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Road transport industry sets bold “30 by 30” CO2 reduction targets

Date

06 Nov 2009

Sections

Transport

IRU, representing truck, bus, coach and taxi operators in 74 countries spanning the 5 continents, commits to achieve a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030.

6 November 200

Geneva - The International Road Transport Union’s (IRU) General Assembly, representing truck, bus, coach and taxi operators in 74 countries on the 5 continents, today unanimously adopted the IRU “30-by-30” Resolution, a voluntary road transport industry commitment to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% by 2030.

IRU President, Janusz Lacny, said: “The IRU and it Members agreed today on an unprecedented commitment to reduce CO2 emissions within the next 20 years. After achieving a commendable reduction in toxic emissions by up to 98% over the last 20 years, which significantly helped improve air quality, the road transport industry is now ready to take up this new challenge and effectively contribute to ambitious CO2 reduction targets.”
This drastic 30% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030, calculated in terms of transport performance (tonne and passenger-kilometres), will use 2007 as the base year.
Janusz Lacny concluded: “While governments struggle, most likely to no avail, to forge a consensus and limit CO2 emissions as a follow-up to the Kyoto Protocol in Copenhagen this December, the road transport industry publicly commits to provide better and cleaner rather than more road transport, and to effectively decouple road transport from its environmental impact.”

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Read IRU Resolution
The IRU and CO2
Contact: Juliette Ebélé, +41 22 918 27 07, press@iru.org

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