London, England – New research presented by the U.K.-based Committee on Climate Change shows that transport’s contribution to climate change could be reduced by a quarter by 2020 if specific measures are followed. The group said that transport accounts for 28 per cent of U.K. carbon dioxide emissions, which is expected to increase with growing road traffic and flights.
The Committee said that current government policies, including intensive improvements to vehicle efficiency, will achieve less than five per cent reduction in CO2 by 2020. Instead, the Committee has outlined measures that, if taken together, will cut overall CO2 emissions from transport by 26 per cent by 2020 from 2006 figures; cut passenger travel emissions by 32 per cent; cut freight emissions by up to 19 per cent; make cars 25 per cent more fuel efficient; cut car traffic by 15 per cent; and cut domestic aviation emissions by 30 per cent. The measures include short-term solutions such as measures on business travel and funding to switch local car trips to walking and cycling, along with longer-term solutions such as a national travel card, parking controls in new developments, changes in planning guidance, and tax changes to reward low-carbon travel.
“If the government is serious about tackling climate change, it must do something about rising emissions from transport,” said Stephen Joseph, executive director of Campaign for Better Transport. “This research tells us where it must take action, and how it can benefit the public. The measures to cut carbon emissions from transport will also help cut congestion, regenerate communities, improve health and give people real and cheaper travel choices. We will be pressing the government to adopt these measures as part of their strategy to cut carbon emissions.”