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Assessment made on  01 Feb 2005

Generic metadata


Transport Transport (Primary theme)

Climate change Climate change

DPSIR: Pressure


Indicator codes
  • TERM 002
Geographic coverage:

Policy issue:  Meet the EU target under the Kyoto Protocol


Key assessment

GHG emissions from transport increased by 20 % between 1990 and 2002 in the EEA31 countries3. Emissions increased faster in the EEA-EFTA and EU15 Member States than in the EU10. For several EU15 Member States and EEA-EFTA countries rapidly rising greenhouse gas emissions from transport are a serious concern for meeting the Kyoto target.

In the EU15 GHG emissions from transport increased by 22 %; they contribute by 89 % to the total EEA31 transport emissions. The transport emissions increased due to continuous increases in road transport volume (both passenger and freight). Since 2000, the increase of transported related GHG emissions slowed down which might be at least partly due to lower economic activity.


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