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Ships and planes keep on increasing GHG emissions

Under measures already in place, land transport in the EU is expected to consume 43 Mtoe (million tonnes of oil equivalent) less energy per year in 2030 than it did in 2010, according to a study by CE Delft. Even this 43 Mtoe cut is less than half of what will be required from land transport under the EU’s proposed 2030 Effort Sharing Regulation. Yet ships and planes in Europe will consume 19 Mtoe more fuel annually in 2030 than they did 20 years earlier. The growth in shipping and aviation will thus undo almost half of the already insufficient progress made by cars, vans, trucks, rail and inland navigation.

Bill Hemmings at Transport & Environment (T&E), said: “Planes and ships are free riding at the expense of land transport’s already insufficient efforts to cut emissions. This is not only unfair but a roadblock to the EU meeting its own climate commitments. Governments need to think again and include shipping in the emissions trading system and strengthen its aviation provisions.”

Globally, shipping is projected to account for 17 per cent of total emissions by 2050. Yet the International Maritime Organization recently decided to delay by at least seven years any agreement on introducing a global measure to reduce GHGs from the sector, with the actual implementation date possibly many years further away.

Source: T&E press release, 6 December 2016. Link:



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