Tackle climate change

Government must reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2022 and 80% by 2050.

While the Government has taken steps to reduce carbon emissions, its record in the transport sector is awful.

Transport is the fastest growing source of climate change gases in the UK.  Road transport alone now accounts for 26% of all emissions.

Emissions are rising because building of more roads and airports spurs people to drive and fly more.  The short-term benefits of this travel is costing our children a healthy planet.

Our policy package

A comprehensive package of transport policies, mostly extensions of successful  practices, would help the Government to reach its targets and form the basis of its first carbon budgets. These policies would also boost the economy, increase energy security, support healthier lifestyles and create stronger communities:
  • Our research shows the Government what's needed to reduce carbon emissions from transport;
  • Getting transport pricing right is vital: reducing bus and rail fares and increasing motoring and aviation taxes could lead to a 13% cut in carbon emissions by 2025;
  • We have pressed for a carbon reduction fund, which would signal that carbon reduction is a priority, and would fund a wider range of innovative projects than would otherwise be the case;

Overall reductions

Implementation of our policies would result in the following:

  • CO2 emissions from transport down by 26% by 2020 on 2006 figures
  • Reductions in passenger travel emissions of 32%
  • Freight emissions reduced by up to 19%
  • Cars to become 25% more fuel efficient
  • Car traffic reduced 15%
  • Domestic aviation emissions down 30%

These reductions would be in line with those required for the UK generally to achieve 80% reduction in emissions by 2050.

Our research in detail

With your support we could do even more. 

Last updated: 10 November 2010
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