Personal car ownership ‘does not appear to be compatible with significant decarbonisation,’ a new report has found.
The UK will miss its climate change target unless people ditch their cars and make their homes energy efficient, MPs have said.
The Government passed a law earlier this year to cut the country’s greenhouse gas emissions to zero overall by 2050, but this target will not be achieved without clean growth policies being introduced, a report by the Commons Science and Technology Committee has said.
The committee pointed to a number of areas where Government policy to support bringing in low-carbon tech had been delayed, cut back or had undermined emissions reductions.
They include cuts to grants for low emissions cars, the freezing of fuel duty while train and bus fares have risen, and the restriction and removal of policies to improve the energy efficiency of homes, the report said.
The Government said it would consider the findings. […]
The report recommended that in the short term the Government should make it economically attractive to buy used and new low emission cars but that ultimately it “should not aim to achieve emissions reductions simply by replacing existing vehicles with lower-emissions versions”.
The committee joined calls for the Government to bring forward a ban on the sale of new conventional cars and vans planned for 2040 to 2035 at the latest, and for it to explicitly cover hybrid vehicles.
It also called for moves to tackle emissions from car manufacturing, and urged greater efforts to reduce vehicle ownership, boost public transport and car sharing, as well as walking and cycling.
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August 23, 2019 at 11:03AM