Sustainable travel

This section describes the Department's work to promote initiatives that can reduce congestion, improve local environments and encourage healthier and safer lifestyles. Many of these initiatives are part of the broader cross government agenda for Creating Safer Greener Communities. Visit for more information on this topic.

Information is also available regarding climate change and transport.

Office for Low Emission Vehicles

Programmes and policies the Office for Low Emission Vehicles has resposibilities for.

Low Carbon Transport: A Greener Future

his 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.

Carbon Pathways – Informing development of a carbon reduction strategy for transport (1 Mb)

This report updates projections of transport CO2 emissions and sets out the climate change challenges faced by the transport sector. To assist in the development of policy options to further reduce CO2 emissions, the paper also analyses transport emissions by mode and reports our new analysis which relates CO2 emissions from transport to journey purpose and journey length.

30 June 2008


All cars on the road today contribute to climate change because their engines burn fuel and therefore produce carbon dioxide (CO2) every time we drive. Yet you can easily reduce these emissions and save money too. By following a few simple tips and suggestions on the Act On CO2 website you can reduce your engine's workload, which means it will burn less fuel and produce less CO2.

19 April 2007

Smarter choices

Smarter choices are techniques for influencing people's travel behaviour towards more sustainable options such as encouraging school, workplace and individualised travel planning.

Climate change and transport

Information on climate change as well as links to sites with information on how people individually can reduce the environmental impacts of their transport choices.

Delivering sustainable, low carbon, travel: An essential guide for Local Authorities

Best practice guide for local authorities on how to deliver environmentally friendly transport on a local level and reduce carbon emissions.

09 November 2009

The European Union's Energy Services Directive

The UK is a signatory to the European Energy End-Use Efficiency and Energy Services Directive (2006/32/EC), also known as the Energy Services Directive. The Directive aims to improve energy end-use efficiency in all sectors, including the transport sector.

Shared space

Shared space is a concept predominantly aimed at reducing the impact of motor traffic in places used by pedestrians. Shared spaces often feature minimal road signing and marking - some schemes also have a shared surface, where kerbs are omitted and pedestrians share a common surface with vehicular traffic. With no clear indication of priority, motorists are encouraged to drive more slowly and interact directly with pedestrians, cyclists, and other motorists.

How to reduce costs and carbon emissions from business related transport

The mobility of people and goods is a key element of successful business, but transport can also offer opportunities for reducing carbon emissions and costs. This page identifies the free guidance, training, information servies and funding available to help organisations identify where costs and CO2 emissions can be reduced from business travel, fleet and freight operations.

18 July 2008

Car Clubs and Car Sharing

Background note to Car Sharing and Car Clubs

Building sustainable transport into new development: Options for growth points and eco towns (561 kb)

Guidance on planning, designing and implementing an effective sustainable transport system in new developments.

03 April 2008

Travel plans

A travel plan is a package of measures produced by employers to encourage staff to use alternatives to single-occupancy car-use.

School travel

Promoting safe and healthy journeys to school which in turn, can also help to reduce the use of the car and impact of the 'school run'.

Travel awareness campaigns

Travel awareness campaigns aim to improve general public understanding of the problems caused by traffic growth and to encourage people to think about their own travel behaviour. These include annual events such as the In Town Without My Car! campaign.


Promoting walking as a healthy and more preferable option to the motor car for short journeys.


Strategies for promoting cycling as an alternative form of transport for local journeys.

Home Zones

Home Zones are residential streets in which the road space is shared between drivers and other road users with the wider needs of residents (including people who walk and cycle, and children) in mind.

Manual for Streets

Manual for Streets provides guidance for practitioners involved in the planning, design, provision and approval of new residential streets, and modifications to existing ones. It aims to increase the quality of life through good design which creates more people-orientated streets.


Brief explanation of teleworking.

27 June 2005

Sustainable travel demonstration towns

Information about the sustainable travel schemes.

Office of Climate Change

The Office of Climate Change (OCC) works across Government to support the development of climate change policy and strategy.

27 November 2007

Email contacts

Sustainable travel email contacts

28 April 2005
Last update:
23 March 2009

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