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27 Nov 2008 04:11:19

Transport emissions could be slashed



Transport emissions could be slashed
Transport's carbon emissions could be cut by more than a quarter, according to the Campaign for Better Transport.

It published a range of measures combining regulation, incentives, transport plans and behavioural change that could achieve a 26 per cent cut in carbon emissions from transport by 2020, while stimulating the economy.

Research carried out by MTRU suggested that current UK policies would result in a five per cent reduction in the emissions from transport, which account for 28 per cent of the UK's total of UK carbon emissions.

MTRU director Keith Buchan said: "The package in the report is not just about tackling climate change; it would help put the UK economy on a more secure long-term path to recovery.

"The credit crunch has been far worse because warnings were ignored and the opportunity for early, less painful, action was missed. We should learn the lesson and act early to avoid a climate crunch."

Achieving the cuts would require action to reduce work-related travel, cut freight emissions by a fifth, reduce length of journeys and replace short car trips with bicycles or walking, cut aviation emissions, increase use of public transport and reduce car emissions.

The government recently launched a £100 million scheme to promote and develop electrical vehicle technology.

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