EEA report suggests road charges for heavy-duty goods vehicles should reflect varied health effects of pollution in different countries

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A new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) suggests that new road charges for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs or lorries) should reflect the varied health effects of traffic pollution in different European countries. Diesel, used by most HGVs, causes more air pollution per kilometer than other fuels such as petrol. At the other end of the scale, the same truck driving in Cyprus, Malta and Finland causes damage of around €0.005 (US$0.01) per kilometer.

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Reports highlight ongoing advances in vehicle technology, consumer demand for fuel efficiency in US and Europe

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In Europe, a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) found that the average car sold in the EU in 2012 was 9% more fuel-efficient than the average three years before, due to improved technology and an increase in the share of diesel cars. Registrations of new cars fell furthest in 2012 in Greece (-41%), Portugal (-38%) and Cyprus (-25%), while at the other end of the scale new cars increased by more than 12% in in Estonia and Hungary.

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