Collision Course

Free trade’s free ride on the global climate

Rising freight transport linked to international trade growth is making a mockery of global warming targets and setting the world on an environmental collision course.

This report reveals uncontrolled growth of greenhouse gas emissions from international freight and shows the global growth of freight transport linked to increasing international trade and production.

Emissions from the transport sector will cancel out the benefits of any reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from more efficient use of fossil fuels elsewhere and shows that rich countries consume a grossly unfair share of the world’s finite fossil fuels.

It further describes how the human and environmental costs fall most heavily on both poor countries as a whole and the poorest people in wealthy countries.

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