EU research agreement a first step towards cuts in traffic pollution?

At the UN conference on climate change (COP 9), the EU has signed a research agreement with the United States, Japan and China to address air pollution from transport.

On 10 December 2003, the EU signed a research agreement with the United States, Japan and China to reduce air pollution from traffic. The agreement foresees joint research on emissions and vehicle testing as well as the creation of a common scientific platform to measure and benchmark air pollution from traffic.

The results of this research will be used for setting International and European standards on emission requirements for vehicles. The Commission will use it as a basis for the drafting of a forthcoming directive on emission standards for passenger cars and light-duty vehicles.

Meanwhile during the UN conference on climate change (COP 9), rail and public transport associations claim that increasing the use of public transport and rail offers the most effective strategy for controlling CO2 emissions and achieving significant energy savings. They are calling for a percentage of funds from carbon trading to be earmarked for the construction and maintenance of sustainable transport networks.

 

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