Towards a zero carbon vision for UK transport
Stockhoml Environment Institute
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This report shows how to reduce UK transport carbon emissions by 76% by 2050. Transport is a major source of greenhouse gases and it is increasing emissions faster than any other sector of the economy. Growing levels of car use, road freight and flying have created difficulties in reducing transport’s greenhouse gas emissions. The report presents a phased programme of technological, financial and behavioural changes could secure the following potential cuts in CO2 emissions compared to business-as-usual approach: 100% in road transport (cars and lorries), 100% in rail transport, 56% in aviation, 49% in shipping. The resulting overall reduction for transport in the UK by 2050 is 76%. It takes an evidence-based approach meaning that reductions are only included if there are already-available experience showing that reductions can be achieved. Further policy approaches might be possible but the report demonstrates what can be achieved just with policies for which there is already good evidence for their practical delivery.
Added on 6 September 2010
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