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Article Type: Editorial From: Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal, Volume 21, Issue 5
Welcome to Volume 21 Number 5 of MEQ, which has Professor Roberto Sacile (University of Genoa, Italy) as the Guest Editor. Special thanks are due to him and his team for the hard work. Readers will find on this issue a number of interesting papers on different aspects of energy, sustainable development, environmental management and environmental impacts – including risks and hazards- in different parts of the Europe and of the world, showcasing various research initiatives and projects.
In this editorial I would like to refer to a report recently launched by the European Environment Agency (EEA) titled “Towards a Resources Efficient Transport System (TERM)” (available at: www.eea.europa.eu/pressroom/newsreleases/is-europe2019s-transport-getting-greener-partly?&utm_campaign=is-europe2019s-transport- getting-greener-partly&utm_medium=email&utm_source=EEASubscriptions). On its tenth anniversary, the TERM report presents an overview of transport’s impact on the environment, built on an analysis of 40 policy-relevant indicators.
The report’s findings for the period 1997-2007 present a mixed picture, with some improvements in air pollutants and serious concerns regarding persistent growth in transport’s greenhouse gas emissions. While technological advances produce cleaner vehicles, more and more passengers, and goods are travelling further distances, thereby offsetting efficiency gains. Based on analysis of long-term trends the report calls for a clear vision defining Europe’s transport system by 2050 and consistent policies to achieve it. The links between transport and environment are very close and MEQ will certainly keep informing its readers about progresses in this interesting field.
Enjoy your reading!
Walter Leal FilhoEditor