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Transport CO2 emissions in focus

Written by Eulalia Claros and Marketa Pape

On 30 November 2015, the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is due to start in Paris. The aim is for the Parties to adopt binding rules to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and keep global warming below an increase of 2˚C. This overview shows how about 25% of CO2 emissions in the EU result from transport activities. The map below gives the share of transport emissions (from fuel combustion, not including indirect emissions from electricity use) in the total CO2 emissions in each Member State, and the volume contribution of different transport modes to the EU total. While in other sectors the volumes of CO2 emissions have decreased between 1990 and 2012, those resulting from transport show increases, in some cases more than twofold.

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