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Transport sector key to climate fight

The transport sector has a vital role in shaping a new global climate change deal, the executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change has said.

Yvo de Boer told the International Transport Forum on Monday in Leipzig, Germany, that emissions from the sector will rise by more than 30 per cent by 2010 compared to 1990 levels ? the highest increase of any sector.

"The question is whether you as transport stakeholders are willing to proactively shape the Copenhagen deal [scheduled for next year] or have your policies shaped by it."

Mr. de Boer said the transport sector had been "woefully inadequate" in acting to curb greenhouse gas emissions and develop sound eco-strategies.

"All of the current trends in transport fly in the face of what science tells us is required," he said.

"Developed countries now need to start thinking hard about what short and medium-term sectoral emission reductions they want to commit to in the transport sector, along with what interim targets they want to build in on the way."

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