Cutting Transport Emissions in UK by 76%

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17:  Dr Andreas Schroe...
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Towards a Zero Carbon Vision for UK Transport (68 page pdf, Stockholm Environment Institute, Project Report –July 2010)

Also discussed here: How to Reduce UK Transport Carbon Emissions by 76 Per Cent by 2050 (Science News, Aug. 18, 2010)

And here: How to reduce UK transport carbon emissions by 76 per cent by 2050 (Stockholm Environment Institute, Aug. 16, 2010)

A key part of the recommendations in the report reviewed today is the complete decarbonization of vehicle emissions by 2050 through the use of alternative fuels and reducing the need for roads and increasing opportunities for pedestrians and cycling.

Key Quotes:

“Growing levels of car use, road freight and flying have created difficulties in reducing transport’s greenhouse gas emissions

“transport is extremely dependent on oil and there is a likelihood that there will not be much oil left in 2050, compared with today.“

“potential cuts in (CO2 ) emissions compared to business-as-usual approach:

  • 100 per cent  in road transport (cars and lorries)
  • 100 per cent  in rail transport
  • 56 per cent  in aviation
  • 49 per cent  in shipping

The resulting overall reduction for transport in the UK by 2050 is 76%.”

“Policy recommendations:

  • Spatial planning to create neighbourhoods and communities .. to reach destinations on foot or by bicycle and public transport
  • ..regionalisation of production and consumption to bring about reductions in road freight
  • Increases in the cost of transport to implement the so-called “polluter pays principle”
  • Full de-carbonisation of the UK electricity supply system
  • Full conversion of all cars to Plug In Electric Vehicles or Hydrogen Fuel Cells..”

“This project marks a significant break with traditional thinking that regards transport as too hard to deal with when it comes to greenhouse gas reduction. We have shown that the potential is much greater than anyone previously thought and that reductions in emissions go hand in hand with improvements in air quality, health and economic success”

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