Government's chief advisor on climate change ready to recommend tougher pollution limits on cars

The government’s chief advisor on transport climate change is ready to recommend tougher pollution limits on cars for 2030, the next stage in the government’s green planning agenda.

Professor Julia King, the transport advisor on the Committee for Climate Change (CCC), said progress towards cutting greenhouse gases has been faster than expected because of the recession and the success of the scrappage scheme.

“We need to capture this benefit and get on to a faster reduction than has been possible previously,” Prof King told Autocar at an industry event today.

The CCC has been recommending five-yearly reductions in C02 output since 2003, with the long-term goal of cutting the UK’s total carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2050.

Transport has been targeted with a 34 per cent cut between 1990 and 2020, but that was still not enough to hit the long-term goal.

With the recession, though, it believes a cut of 42 per cent is now achievable and is expected to recommend that new target to government in its next report, due in December.

What this means exactly for road transport won’t be revealed until the report is published, but it is likely to mean an increased focus on public transport, more eco-driving education, planning strategies to force a shift to public transport, pressure to enforce a strict 70mph motorway speed limit and road pricing.

These five measures, controversial because of their anti-car implications, are already the main planks of the CCC’s transport plan to 2020.

Its interim report in July listed the potential benefits of the five. Road pricing was estimated as saving 6 million tonnes (Mt) of CO2, a strict 70mph motorway limit (1.4 Mt), better planning (3 Mt), eco-driving (1 Mt) and shifting more drivers to public transport (3 Mt).

It is also likely to mean a stronger emphasis on electric cars. The CCC has already recommended that 1.7m electric cars need to be on the road by 2020 to hit the long-term reduction target.

On its way to that target, which ties in with a massive increase in electricity generation from renewable sources, the CCC wants at least 240,000 EVs in regular use by 2015.

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15 September 2010

Rather than clobbering the motorist all the time perhaps these politicians could get some decent investment into an integrated transport system like all our EU partners .

Our docks have poor road integration . The rail network is a joke (try going east to west ) and what happened to the prospect of building an avant guard airport in the Thames Estuary .

Oh sorry but they are too busy fiddling their expenses to do any real work for the country .

The answer seems to be clobber the motorist clobber the motorist but where are the alternatives ?

Ok I' ll calm down now.

15 September 2010

I'd much rather see them put some effort into reducing non-C02 pollution, especially diesel particulates.

15 September 2010

and how is all this electricity for the cars going to get produced?

15 September 2010

[quote Geetee40]and how is all this electricity for the cars going to get produced?[/quote]

What cars? You're on your bike (literally).

Where has all Japanese design went to?

15 September 2010

[quote March1]I'd much rather see them put some effort into reducing non-C02 pollution, especially diesel particulates.[/quote] The current Euro 5 regulations restrict particulates from diesel cars to the same limit as direct injection lean burn petrol cars. The problem is that many taxis and buses in our big towns are very old. Even with reconditioned engines they are old technology. Also bear in mind that the cities with the worst smog are those like Tokyo and Los Angeles that have virtually no diesel cars. As to the original post: The government cannot bring in its own rules but must comply with those from Brussels. Electric cars do not reduce the UK's CO2 output but actually increase it as diesel cars are more efficient than fossil fuelled power stations especially when the losses during transmission of electricity are taken into account. Those who believe that windmills, with their own transmission losses due to their remote locations, will produce 25% or so of UK's energy needs are living in a dream land. Denmark the country with most windmills and yet a tiny population has discovered that it produces the worlds most expensive electricity at the wrong times so it has to export it to Germany below cost price yet import some of its energy needs from Norway and Sweden. The percentage of CO2 produced by cars in the UK is very small compared with housing and all those offices, schools and hospitals yet we see no extra taxes on their energy consumption.

15 September 2010

Apparently we're ahead of target for our CO2 reductions because of the recession. Has anybody noticed the difference in the climate?

Also, it's now obvious it's all those people with jobs that are responsible for CO2 emissions. I therefore propose that we should sack all these people working for a living.

15 September 2010

How will they enforce the strict 70mph speed limit, as speed cameras are being abandoned and the cuts to Police budgets will mean fewer traffic officers...

15 September 2010

And I thought that this Government (at least the Tory part) were supposed to be in favour of increasing the motorway speed limit to 80MPH as in most of the rest of civilized Europe?

15 September 2010

(CATNIP)...Maybe.....They will police the speed limits by fitting your next gen cars with the equivalent of a blackbox tachograph which will probably be networked so it sends you a fine by email, the Lexus ls 460 already comes with driver facial recognition system built into the dashboard, it monitors you as you drive....

I largely agree with (OLDTOAD), the public transport sysytem especially the rail network is bordering on unworkable, it needs billions of pounds of investment alone.

Animals create more CO2 pollution than humans anyway, so my plan is to tax the animals and impose a no flying ban on all birds, subsidies should be given to chickens who have been 'pro no fly' for generations. Countrys with more than their fare share of active volcanoes should be hyper taxed, they could extend this tax to people who fart alot, infact a tin of Heinz baked beans should contain a mandatory pollution warning to the end user and a levy put on dealing with the disposal of discharged methane.

What a load of old cobblers.

Biggest cash cow ever created....being expertly milked by the men in grey suits.


15 September 2010

[quote DBR9]the rest of civilized Europe[/quote] When did the rest of Europe become civilised ?


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