Pollutant emissions from transport (t2020_rk300)

ESMS Indicator Profile (ESMS-IP)

Compiling agency: Eurostat, Statistical Office of the European Union


Eurostat metadata
Reference metadata
1. Contact
2. Metadata update
3. Relevance
4. Statistical Indicator
5. Frequency and Timeliness of dissemination
6. Coverage and comparability
7. Accessibility and clarity
8. Comment
Related Metadata
Annexes (including footnotes)
Eurostat Quality Profile
4.5. Source data

EEA

5.1. Frequency of dissemination Every year
5.2. Timeliness T+2 years
6.1. Reference area All EU MS
6.2. Comparability - geographical < 75% EU MS
6.3. Coverage - Time > 10 years
6.4. Comparability - over time > 4 data points

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1. Contact Top
1.1. Contact organisation

Eurostat, Statistical Office of the European Union

1.2. Contact organisation unit

E2: Environmental statistics and accounts; sustainable development

1.5. Contact mail address

2920 Luxembourg LUXEMBOURG

e-mail contact: ESTAT-RESOURCE-EFFICIENCY@ec.europa.eu


2. Metadata update Top
2.1. Metadata last certified 12/11/2018
2.2. Metadata last posted 06/12/2018
2.3. Metadata last update 06/12/2018


3. Relevance Top

The indicator is part of the Resource Efficiency Scoreboard. It is used to monitor progress towards a resource efficient Europe (i.e. the implementation of the Europe 2020 Resource Efficient Flagship initiative) on the thematic objective of 'ensuring efficient mobility' included in the specific theme 'Key areas'.

The objective of 'ensuring efficient mobility', among other topics, aims to reduce the negative impact of transport on the environment. No specific emission reduction target or objective exists for transport-related emissions. However, emission ceiling targets for total NOx, SOx, NMVOC and NH3 emissions are specified in both the EU National Emission Ceilings Directive (NEC Directive) and the Gothenburg protocol under the CLRTAP (UNECE 1999). Following the Directive on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe (2008/50/EC), a number of limit values (e.g. hourly limit values) have been set for the atmospheric concentrations of main pollutants, including SOx, NOx, air borne particulate matter (PM10, PM2.5), lead, CO, benzene and ozone. Limits have been set at levels that should prevent or reduce harmful effects on health and ecosystems. Although aiming at the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions the 2020 EU climate and energy package will also influence the emissions of air pollutants from the transport sector. In some countries national standards also apply.


4. Statistical Indicator Top
4.1. Data description

Emissions from transport are the main contributor to air pollution. This indicator analyses the transport emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx), non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs) and particulate matter (PM10), with data provided annually starting from 1990. The indicator is an index to year 2000 (index 2000 = 100). 

Emissions are officially reported under the UNECE Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP) to the EMEP Programme (Co-operative Programme for Monitoring and Evaluation of the Long-Range Transmission of Air pollutants in Europe). The pollutants can be grouped into acidifying substances, particulates and ozone precursors. NOx, the leading pollutant from transport, contributes to acidification, formation of ground level ozone and particulate formation. 

No specific emission reduction target or objective exists for transport-related emissions. However, emission ceiling targets are specified in both the EU National Emission Ceilings Directive (NEC Directive) and the Gothenburg protocol under the CLRTAP (UNECE 1999). Following the Directive on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe (2008/50/EC), a number of limit values (e.g. hourly limit values) have been set for the atmospheric concentrations of main pollutants, including SOx, NOx, air borne particulate matter (PM10, PM2.5), lead, CO, benzene and ozone. 

More information can be found in the European Union emission inventory reports to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP). Such reports are published annually and compiled by the European Environment Agency (EEA) in cooperation with the EU Member States.

4.2. Unit of measure

Index (2000 = 100).

4.3. Reference Period

Calendar year.

4.4. Accuracy - overall

Indicator from non-ESS source. For assessment of accuracy please refer to the original source (see link to external data source and metadata in “Annexes”).

4.5. Source data

EEA

Data source: European Environment Agency (EEA)

Data provider: EEA National emissions reported to the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP Convention)


5. Frequency and Timeliness of dissemination Top
5.1. Frequency of dissemination

Every year

Indicator is updated annually.

5.2. Timeliness

T+2 years

New data points are disseminated within two years after the reference year.


6. Coverage and comparability Top
6.1. Reference area

All EU MS

Data are presented for all EU Member states.

The EU-28 aggregate is also available.

6.2. Comparability - geographical

< 75% EU MS

Data are comparable between all EU Member States except some countries

6.3. Coverage - Time

> 10 years

Presented time series starts in 1990.

6.4. Comparability - over time

> 4 data points

Length of comparable time series without methodological break is longer than 4 data points.


7. Accessibility and clarity Top
7.1. Dissemination format - Publications

Reports on the indicators of the Resource Efficiency Scoreboard

A resource-efficient Europe – Flagship initiative under the Europe 2020 Strategy (Communication COM(2011) 21)

A Roadmap towards a Resource Efficient Europe

EEA, Emissions of air pollutants from transport (TERM 003)

7.2. Dissemination format - online database

See table  t2020_rk300

7.3. Dissemination format - other

Eurostat dedicated section on Europe 2020 - Resource Efficient Europe

Eurostat, Environmental Data Centre on Natural Resources


8. Comment Top

Copyrights:

Eurostat Copyright/License Policy is applicable.
EEA standard re-use policy


Related metadata Top
env_air_emis_esms - Air pollutants by source sector (source: EEA)


Annexes Top
Analysis associated with the Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe - Part I
Analysis associated with the Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe - Part II
European Union emission inventory report 1990–2016 under the UNECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP)
External data source and metadata