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Campaigners demand Government action to halt rise in transport greenhouse gas emissions

29 March 2017

Campaigners respond today to new Department for Transport (DfT) domestic transport greenhouse gas emission figures. 

Campaign for Better Transport said that the increased greenhouse gas emissions from domestic transport, shown in new statistics slipped out under cover of the triggering of Article 50, were an indictment of Government inaction on transport emissions, and demanded action to reverse the rise.

Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive, Campaign for Better Transport, said:

“This increase in emissions should act as a wake- up call on Government transport policy which is making things worse. The Government needs to take tough action on car emissions, ensuring lab tests actually reflect real world emissions and fuel consumption, and move away from building big new roads, which threaten to push transport emissions through the roof.  

“Getting more people out of their cars through more investment in better public transport, cycling and walking won't just help tackle climate change, but would help to lower congestion, reduce air pollution and improve public health."

ENDS

For further information please contact Richard Watkins, Press Officer, at Campaign for Better Transport on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773468 or richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to editors

  • Read the Department for Transport’s total greenhouse gas emissions from transport statistics here
  • Read Transport and Environment’s report into the number of dirty diesel cars on the EU’s roads -  Dieselgate: Who? What? How?
  • Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).