European’s environment Agency announced in March that road and air freight have grown faster than the European Union economy. Road freight grew by 43 percent and Air freight by 35 percent (1997 – 2007). On the other hand, rail and water transportation lost market shares in the same time period.
In the mind of European Union the major factor for the increase in air and road freight was the lack of rail into the old-Soviet bloc countries. If you wanted to supply this countries economies with goods you needed to use mainly road and air transportation.
The EU is concerned by this increase in road and air transport as they are some of Europe’s biggest polluters, contributing heavily in climate-warming emissions. Cleaner methods of transport namely rail and water transport declined. The EU has reported that emissions from internal transport now account for around 19 percent of overall emissions in Europe.
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