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Stakeholders consultation

Promoting the development of harmonised carbon footprinting measures for both freight and passenger transport services in Europe

Consultation period: 21/03/2014 - 13/06/2014

Summary report pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]

Final report: Introduction of a standardised carbon footprint methodology pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]


Carbon footprinting is a method to generate data about the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of transport operations on an aggregated level of a company, or more detailed, on the level of a trip and service, like the delivery of a parcel. Many initiatives, both at the EU and global level, have been deployed for identifying carbon footprints of transport services. Also several tools are available for comparing various transport modes on the GHG emissions. However, at the moment there exists no universally accepted definition of the concept of carbon footprint. Existing methodologies and tools for measuring the carbon footprint show manifold divergences and inconsistencies between them.

The availability of carbon footprints of transport services that are based on a common methodology and the increased use of carbon footprinting by the industry may improve the GHG performance of the transport sector. In order to contribute to the harmonisation of carbon footprinting measurement for both freight and passenger transport services in Europe, the Commission launched a study supporting the assessment of impacts for possible actions to be undertaken at the EU level.

The context of the consultation is explained in more detail in the background document.

Aim of this questionnaire

The consultation is aimed to map the opinions of stakeholders across the EU regarding harmonisation of carbon footprinting at the service level. The questionnaire has 53 (multiple choice and open) questions and will take approximately 30 minutes to answer.

The questionnaire is structured as follows:

  1. Respondent's profile
  2. Current status of carbon footprinting
  3. Problem definition
  4. Objective
  5. Policy measures


Target group

Companies, public authorities, academia, associations and other stakeholders who have an interest in the issue of standardisation and harmonisation of carbon footprinting in the transport sector.



Please note that this document has been drafted for information and consultation purposes only. It has not been adopted or in any way approved by the European Commission and should not be regarded as representing the views of the Commission. It does not prejudge, or constitute the announcement of any position on the part of the Commission on the issues covered. The European Commission does not guarantee the accuracy of the information provided, nor does it accept responsibility for any use made thereof.

Related documents

Background document pdf - 479 KB [479 KB]