Organised by the Friends of the Earth, the panel heard that trucks are often “the forgotten elephant in the room” in discussions on fossil fuel consumption and carbon emissions related to transport.
“Trucks are the fastest growing sector in terms of oil demand. At 17 million barrels per day, it is one-fifth of the global oil demand. But there has been little public attention and not enough policy measures,” said Fatih Birol, the executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), which compiled the report.
Birol added that one of the reasons for this is that there are one billion cars in the world compared to only 60 million trucks.
But despite the huge disparity in numbers, truck transport accounts for 35% of transport-related CO2 emissions and cars only slightly more, at 40 %.