Research Handbook on Climate Change Mitigation Law
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Research Handbook on Climate Change Mitigation Law

Edited by Geert Van Calster, Wim Vandenberghe and Leonie Reins

Governments around the world have been trying to find ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for decades. This detailed Handbook considers the spectrum of legal and market-based instruments as well as strategies and policies adopted around the world and suggests more effective, comprehensive and responsive ways of managing climate change mitigation.
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Chapter 5: The mitigation of transport’s CO2 emissions in the EU: policy successes and challenges

Ian Skinner


This chapter provides an overview of EU policy that aims to mitigate transport’s greenhouse gas emissions. It begins by outlining the challenges facing the EU’s transport sector in this respect. This is followed by three sections that provide an overview of the development and implementation of relevant EU policies focusing on, in turn, the energy used by transport, the efficiency of vehicles and the way in which transport is used. The chapter concludes by arguing that the EU’s vehicle efficiency policies have been broadly successful, whereas challenges remain in relation in decarbonizing energy and in influencing transport use.

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