Indicator Fact Sheet

Overall energy efficiency and specific CO2 emissions for passenger and freight transport

Indicator Fact Sheet
Prod-ID: IND-110-en
  Also known as: TERM 027
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Assessment made on  01 Nov 2005

Generic metadata



DPSIR: Pressure


Indicator codes
  • TERM 027

Policy issue:  Reduce energy use per passenger-km and per tonne-km


Key assessment

The energy efficiency of road passenger transport has improved by 2 % between 1990 and 2004, while it remained stable for road freight transport over the same period (for a more detailed assessment on the various modes of road transport see also sub-indicator TERM 2005 27b, below).

The energy efficiency of rail passenger transport has decreased by 8 % between 1990 and 2004, while the energy efficiency of rail freight transport has improved by over 5 % over the same period in the EU. This could be related to the combined effect of increased loading factors for rail freight and lower occupancy rates for rail passenger transport.

The energy efficiency of maritime and inland shipping has recorded slight changes of the order of ±3 % in the time period considered.

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