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Emissions from shipping and ground freight, as well as the use of personal vehicles, account globally for approximately 13.1% of greenhouse gas emissions (IPCC 2007).


The transport sector is diverse, highly carbon intensive and growing quickly. The global emissions profile has grown by 45 percent between 1990 and 2007, with emissions expected to rise by approximately 40 percent between the 2007 to 2030 (Frost and Sullivan 2010).

To make significant carbon reductions in the sector a fundamental change is required with better transport models, stricter efficiency standards, consumer acceptance of new modes of transport, and adoption of renewable fuels.

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Radical transformation of the transport sector could come through the use of new fuel sources, re-defining the way in which we commute and, and through efficiency retrofits in current transport modes. Significant progress can be made in the near-term – such as clean-tech retrofits for container ships, efficiency measures for trucks and cars, and the use of renewable fuels in airplanes – allowing for cost negative carbon reduction.

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