Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Quantitative analysis of EU greenhouse gas reduction objective and proposed policy measures in the transport sector

Preventing climate change is one of today’s main challenges and will also be faced by  future generations. Several agreements, objectives and measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are on the political table at world-wide and European level.  Recently, the EU has set a target of reducing GHG emissions by 30% (compared to 1990) by 2020, as part of an international agreement, or at least 20% unilaterally.  In this report we analysed what the 30% objective means for the European transport sector.  We translated the objective into a clear GHG emission target level for the transport sector in 2020. We quantified the effort that is needed to reach this target and we studied to what extent currently proposed policy measures help to reach this target level.


Final report



funded by



Bart Van Herbruggen


Griet De Ceuster

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