Europe’s transport sector is making only mixed progress in meeting its environment, health and climate policy targets, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) assessment published on 5 December, which tracks the short and long-term environmental performance of this key economic sector across the European Union.
Reducing the environmental, health and climate pressures arising from Europe’s transport sector is critical to achieving the EU’s long-term 2050 objective of living well within the limits of the planet. The EEA Briefing “Transport and Environment Reporting Mechanism (TERM)” gives the annual progress assessment based on a series of indicators which track the progress of the transport sector in meeting related policy targets and objectives. Issues covered in the briefing include emissions, air pollution, noise and renewable energy and the impact of transport on ecosystems and biodiversity. A follow-up TERM report focusing on the environmental impacts arising from aviation and shipping will be published next month.