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Governments slow to address road freight transport emissions reductions - Latest Climate Action Tracker analysis

Published: 24/05/2018

Despite its significant contribution to global warming, the road freight transport sector is often neglected in government policies, according to the Climate Action Tracker’s latest memo in its decarbonisation series. The memo was released as Ministers from over 80 countries gather in Leipzig, Germany, for the International Transport Forum where decarbonising the freight transport sector is on the agenda.

About 40% of well-to-wheel CO2 emissions from the global transport sector were attributed to freight transport in 2014. Heavy road transport activity is expected to increase about threefold from 2010 levels by 2050—unless governments introduce policies to reduce this.

The analysis includes a specific EU case study, which shows huge potential for the EU to reduce heavy road vehicle emissions.  The EU Commission’s new proposal for reducing CO2 emissions in new trucks is not yet Paris Agreement-compatible, although a step in the right direction.

Find more details in the press release and at: climateactiontracker.org