Climate change

What's needed

The Government must reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2022 and 80% by 2050.  We know how the Government can meet the challenge.

Our policy package

We recommend a comprehensive package of transport policies, mostly extensions of current practices building on past successes. These would help the Government to reach the targets in the Climate Change Act and could form the basis of its first carbon budgets. The policies would also boost the green economy, increase energy security, support healthier lifestyles and create stronger communities.

Overall reductions

Implementation of our policy 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

Last updated: 9 August 2010
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