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21 Aug 2009 02:08:11

No trade off between low carbon and transport

No trade off between low carbon and transport
The UK transport secretary has claimed that there is no need to make huge sacrifices within the motor industry in order to achieve a low-carbon future.

Lord Adonis made the statement while on a visit to Beijing to discuss the development of clean car technology and to get information on high-speed rail.

He noted that people in Britain will not be convinced to cut carbon emissions further if they are forced to give up their cars and motorcycles.

"We'll never sell a low-carbon future to the public if it depends on a deprivation model. I'm convinced that there's no necessary trade-off between a low-carbon future and more or less transport," said Lord Adonis.

"We don't need to have a hair shirt approach. If you can radically cut emissions as a result of new transport technology it is not necessary to face people with an either-or choice between a low-carbon future and big cuts in travel."

Former UK prime minister Tony Blair has echoed Lord Adonis' sentiments at the launch of a new Climate Group research project, indicating the importance of reducing transport-sector emissions if the UK is to meet its carbon targets.



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