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.