Low Carbon Transport: A Greener Future


The challenge of climate change

Climate change is already happening and we need to act collectively and decisively if we are to avoid the worst impacts it could bring. The scientific consensus tells us that by 2050, we must strive to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 per cent.

A developed country like the UK must go even further. This is why we have taken ground-breaking steps through our Climate Change Act, setting a target to reduce UK greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 per cent by 2050. Under the Act, the Government has also set five-yearly carbon budgets for the UK economy out to 2022. Climate change is an international, not just a domestic issue.

The UK’s legislative framework complements the package of targets agreed with our partners in Europe aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions and delivering more energy from renewable sources across the EU by 2020.

And looking wider at a global level, we need to agree to significant further cuts in emissions at the UN talks in Copenhagen at the end of this year. Securing international agreement to reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from aviation and shipping is a vital part of this deal.

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Low Carbon Transport: A Greener Future (1 Mb)

This strategy sets out how we intend to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transport. It also shows how transport will make a major contribution to UK efforts to reduce CO2 emissions by 2022 and 2050 in line with the Climate Change Act 2008.

15 July 2009

Impact assessment of the carbon reduction strategy for transport (847 kb)

This is an impact assessment for the Carbon Reduction Strategy for Transport, “Low Carbon Transport: A Greener Future”. It provides a high level discussion of costs, benefits and other impacts of the Carbon Reduction Strategy between 2008 and 2022.

15 July 2009

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