Sustainability and EU Road Transport Carbon Emissions from Consumption of Diesel and Gasoline in 2000 and 2018
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Climate changeParis AgreementCO2EmissionsCarbon budgetSustainabilityEuropean Union
Bhat, A.; Ordóñez Garcia, J. Sustainability and EU Road Transport Carbon Emissions from Consumption of Diesel and Gasoline in 2000 and 2018. Appl. Sci. 2021, 11, 7601. [https://doi.org/10.3390/app11167601]
SponsorshipGovernment of Andalucia-FEDER/Junta de Andalucia-Consejeria de Economia y Conocimiento CV20-01172; Zamorano, Government of Andalucia
To accomplish the 1.5 degrees C and 2 degrees C climate change targets, the European Union (EU) has set up several policy initiatives. Within the EU, the carbon emissions of the road transport sector from the consumption of diesel and gasoline are constantly rising. (1) Background: due to road transport policies, diesel and gasoline use within the EU is increasing the amount of carbon in the atmosphere and adding to climate risks. (2) Methods: sustainability analysis used was based on the method recommended by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. (3) Results: to meet its road transport requirements, the EU produces an estimated 0.237-0.245 billion tonnes of carbon per year from its total consumption of diesel and gasoline. (4) Conclusion: if there is no significant reduction in diesel and gasoline carbon emissions, there is a real risk that the EU's carbon budget commitment could lapse and that climate change targets will not be met. Sustainability analysis of energy consumption in road transport sector shows the optimum solution is the direct electrification of road transport.