Still insufficient progress in making transport fuels more climate friendly, latest EEA data show

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Source: European Environment Agency, 2020-11-19

The European Union is behind its objective to reduce the greenhouse gas emission intensity of fuels sold for road transport to 6% below 2010 levels, as set out in the EU’s 2020 climate and energy targets.

According to the EEA’s fuel quality data indicator, the emission intensity decreased by 3.7% between 2010 and 2018, mostly due to the increased use of biofuels. The emission intensity of fuels sold in the EU actually increased between 2017 and 2018, when considering the effects of indirect land use change due to the increased use of oil crops as feedstocks.

Transport is responsible for more than 25% of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions and is a major contributor to climate change. Cutting emissions from transport is pivotal to realising the ambition of having net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, as set out in the European Green Deal. To support a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from transport, the EU’s Fuel Quality Directive sets the target that fuel suppliers should reduce the emission intensity of fuels sold in the EU by 6% by 2020, compared with 2010. In 2017, the average emission intensity of fuels in the EU was 3.4% lower than in 2010, thus failing to meet the indicative target of a 4% reduction by 2017. By 2018, the average emission intensity was 3.7% lower than in 2010.

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