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16 Jul 2009 09:07:02

UK to reduce CO2 emissions from domestic transport by 14 percent

UK to reduce CO2 emissions from domestic transport by 14 percent
The government's low-carbon drive continues with the publication of a new report by the Department for Transport outlining plans to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions produced by travel.

Under the terms of the Low Carbon Transport: A Greener Future report, domestic transport's carbon footprint will be reduced by 14 percent over the next ten years.

With transportation currently responsible for over one-fifth (21 percent) of the UK's total carbon output, it is expected that the policy will lead to savings of 85 million tonnes of CO2 between 2018 and 2022.

Announcing the decarbonisation scheme, transport secretary Andrew Adonis explained that reductions will come from the use of cleaner, energy-efficient technologies, alternative fuels and efforts to promote low-carbon forms of commercial transport.

He said: "Transport accounts for a significant amount of our domestic emissions. Therefore decarbonising this sector has to be front and centre of efforts to meet our obligations and commitments to tackle climate change.

"Our strategy sets out a long-term vision for a fundamentally different transport system in our country, where carbon reduction is a central consideration in the way we do business."

Among the key elements are plans to set up a steering group to find ways of measuring and reducing emissions in the freight and logistics sector; a commitment to regulating CO2 from new vans and targets for the long-term development of greener vehicles.

New criteria have also been proposed to mark out which consumer electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles will be eligible for government grants starting in 2011 - namely those with tailpipe emissions of no more than 75g CO2/km.

According to the Low Carbon Transition Plan, which was published in conjunction with this report, the transport and aviation sectors will contribute 20 percent of the overall reduction in CO2 emissions required to meet the UK's target of a 34 percent cut on 1990 levels by 2020.



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