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Sound and independent information
on the environment

Glossary

Glossary

CLRTAP United Nations Convention on Long Range Transboundary Air Pollution
CO carbon monoxide
CO2

carbon dioxide

CTP Common Transport Policy
dB(A)

international sound pressure level unit meaning ‘decibel with an A frequency weighting’ which reflects the sensitivity of the human ear

DG

Directorate-General (of the European Commission)

DPSIR

Driving forces, Pressures, State, Impact, Responses

EAP

environmental action programme (5EAP is the fifth environmental action programme of the European Union)

ECMT

European Conference of Ministers of Transport

EEA

European Environment Agency

EIA

environmental impact assessement

EIB European Investment Bank
EIONET

European Information and Observation Network

EMAS

Eco-Management and Auditing Scheme

ESDP

European Spatial Development Perspective

ETC

European Topic Centre

EU

European Union

Eurostat

Statistical Office of the European Union

GDP

gross domestic product

HSR

high-speed railway

ICAO

International Civil Aviation Organization

IEA

International Energy Agency

km kilometers
ktonnes thousand tonnes
LCA life-cycle assessment
MARPOL

International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships

MEET

methodologies for estimating emissions from transport

MS Member State (of EU)
Mt

million tonnes

NGO non-governmental organisation
NMVOC non-methane volatile organic compound
NO2

nitrogen dioxide

NOx

nitrogen oxides

OECD

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development

PM10 respirable Particulate Matter with aerodynamic diameter between 2.5 and 10 µm
PPP purchasing power parities
SEA

strategic environmental assessment

SO2

sulphur dioxide

TEN

trans-European transport network

TERM

Transport and Environment Reporting Mechanism for the EU

TINA

Transport Infrastructure Needs Assessment

TRENDS

Transport and Environment Database System

UN

United Nations

UNCSD

United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development

UNECE United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
UNFCCC

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

VOC

volatile organic compound

WHO

World Health Organization

5EAP

European Union’s fifth environmental action programme


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