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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.

Julian Rendell

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Peter Cavellini 16 September 2010

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Why is it when it comes to pollution that' it's car's and buses, lorries etc that are mysteriously the biggest polluters?, what about trains, planes and the one that nobody mentions, shipping, oil tankers are powered by huge diesel engines which drink he stuff by the ton!, apparently one tanker in a year creates the Co'2 tonnage for the whole of Britain!, it's about time the real polluter were looked at, i'm getting fed up reading nearly everyday about new taxes on motorists, parking levy's?, what's that all about?, i#ll tell you , becuse councils are having o cut their budgets they're having find ways of getting revenue from parking at work,which means whoever you work for has to pay a levy for each space ,in London's case that could be millions of pounds,and it could even extent too disabled parking spaces,this is due to start next year, it has been tested, i can't remember where, but some company's have re-located because of this, not exactly good for jobs is it?, no,there are much larger polluters out there,and that's where it shoud start.

Old Toad 16 September 2010

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Ordinary bloke ,

I read somewhere the real reason for extra wind turbines is , yes you guessed it , MONEY . Your average 1mW turbine costs about a million quid to site build and erect . However with all the green subsidies etc you can return about 25% on that investment ANNUALLY .

Hmmm now I need to find a million quid so I can invest it in a cast iron scheme that cannot fail to pay me a nice dividend . I bet there are loads of politicians with that kind of money these days .

Sorry for the cynicism but I am too long in the tooth to have the wool pulled over my eyes by idiots .

Not much to do with cars either but we wont have many of em left soon .

ordinary bloke 15 September 2010

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Maxycat wrote:
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
Agreed. Wind turbines are the biggest con of them all. It was reported recently in the Telegraph (It think) that Germany had spend something like 20Billion Euros on developing and building wind technology/turbines over the last 20 years with the stated aim of generating 30% of their power requirements. They have actually achieved about 2% so far due to all the usual reasons that none of the unrealistic pro-turbine activists refuse to acknowledge. Our own Environment/Energy Dept (whatever it's called these days) has also stated that we will need 4,400 wind turbines erected on or off shore in the UK to meet the stupid targets these people keep imposing on everyone. What we really need is a massive nuclear power building programme before all the lights go out on 14th January 2016.