ENL 33/19Transport and Environmental Issues in the Gases Industry

This Environmental Newsletter is intended to help assist people how they can improve the environmental impact related to transport operations.

According to the European Environment Agency, transport accounts for around a third of the final energy consumption in the EEA member countries and for more than a fifth of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Road transport represents 82% of transport energy use.

Transport is also responsible for a large share of urban air pollution as well as noise nuisance. Road transport, was responsible for 17.5% of all European Union (EU) GHG emissions in 2010

Transport emissions are coming under increasing attention of policy makers in the EU. Emissions of air pollutants from transport have generally declined over the past two decades. However, around 90% of city dwellers in the EU are still exposed to air pollutants at levels deemed harmful to health by the World Health Organization (WHO), and transport is a large contributor to this. Transport also causes noise impacts. Road traffic exposes more people to harmful levels of noise than any other source.