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Transport & Environment

Developing a sustainable transport system

The EU transport system is currently not sustainable, and in many respects moving away from sustainability rather than towards it. The European Environment Agency highlights in particular the sector's growing CO2 emissions that threaten the EU meeting its target under the Kyoto protocol. It also points to additional efforts that are needed to reach existing air quality targets, points to a large proportion of the population that is exposed to annoying or harmful noise levels, and highlights many more environmental impacts from transport in the EU.

For more information on the environmental impacts of transport, look up the Environment Agency's Transport pages, in particular the following Agency's reports of the Transport and Environment Reporting Mechanism (TERM) :

The Commission has been working in cooperation with the Council to prepare the ground for making European transport policy sustainable. In doing so, it has used an expert group made up of experts from transport ministries and environment ministries in the Member States. Read more about the work towards a sustainable transport system.

In December 2005 the Commission presented a proposal for a reviewed strategy on sustainable development and platform for further action. The Commission's proposal built on the 2001 strategy and advocated a shift in focus to take account of progress made, tackle shortcomings and take account of new challenges.

The result was a renewed EU Sustainable Development Strategy adopted by Heads of State and Governments at the European Council of 15-16 June 2006, where specific objectives, targets and actions are promoted regarding sustainable transport (see page 10 of the renewed strategy).

Conference on Options to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions due to Mobile Air Conditioning (10-11 February 2003)

Conference on Good Practice in Integration of Environment into Transport Policy (10-11/10/2002)