The Committee on Climate Change’s new advice for government is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050. As the largest source of UK GHG emissions (23% of the total), transport will need to see major changes – and modal shift towards public transport must be part of the solution

 
The Committee on Climate Change’s new advice for government is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050. As the largest source of UK GHG emissions (23% of the total), transport will need to see major changes – and modal shift towards public transport must be part of the solution

 

If the destination is net zero carbon emissions by 2050, then public transport is the way to get there. That is the message from voices within the UK’s passenger transport sector.

Responding to the Committee on Climate Change’s new advice for the government to reduce UK greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050, Jonathan Bray, director of the Urban Transport Group, said: “This advice is unequivocal: achieving net zero carbon emissions by the middle of the century is possible and affordable, but national policies must be ramped up to make this target credible.

The committee has set out a clear route map for how to tackle transport emissions, from stronger ambition on electric cars and vans, further encouragement of walking, cycling and public transport to avoid car dependency, and a rolling programme of rail electrification – measures we support

“Nowhere is this more apparent than in the transport sector… The committee has set out a clear route map for how to tackle transport emissions, from stronger ambition on electric cars and vans, further encouragement of walking, cycling and public transport to avoid car dependency, and a rolling programme of rail electrification – measures we support.”

Greener Journeys chief executive Claire Haigh has meanwhile called for “bold and ambitious solutions”. In an article in this edition of Passenger Transport, she writes: “If ever there was a moment to put modal switch from car to sustainable mass transit at the heart of government policy it is now.”.

Further coverage appears in the latest issue of Passenger Transport.

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