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Parliamentary questions
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7 October 2020
Priority question for written answer P-005518/2020/rev.1
to the Commission
Rule 138
Tiziana Beghin (NI), Mario Furore (NI)
 Subject: Manipulation of data concerning the projected use of and CO2 emissions from the Turin-Lyon high-speed rail link

In a note drawn up for the European Court of Auditors, a group of experts from the University of Lyon 2 analysed the data on traffic forecasts and CO2 emissions in the Turin-Lyon tunnel. 

Their analysis has revealed discrepancies between the statements made by the tunnel’s promoters and the actual reality of transalpine traffic. In particular, according to the promoters, rail freight traffic will exceed 41 million tonnes per year in 2035, i.e. 14 times the current traffic volume. To back up these figures, traffic should grow by 7.6% per year, while transalpine traffic by both road and rail has been increasing by 2.6% per year for the last thirty years.

Moreover, CO2 savings have also been calculated on the basis of these optimistic scenarios: the 9 million tonnes emitted for the construction of the tunnel, according to the promoters, will be offset in 2037. However, according to the experts’ figures, a positive carbon balance is more likely only in 2050 or 2070.

In the light of the above:

1. Will the Commission reassess the EU’s co-financing of this project?

2. In the Commission’s view, are the EU’s climate neutrality objectives compatible with the funding of a project that will have such a high environmental impact?

Original language of question: IT
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