Runaway transport emissions

As figures show transport emissions continue to grow, Green MEP, Keith Taylor, is calling on Government to make a U-turn on ‘outdated’ transport policy

Official figures from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy show that while total greenhouse gas emissions have fallen slightly since 2015, emissions from transport including road and air, rose by 2% between 2015/2016, accounting for 26% of total emissions.

In a letter to Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, Keith Taylor urges Government to reconsider committing ‘vast’ sums of public money to ‘outmoded’ roadbuilding projects: “It is alarming that the Government is tearing up our communities and our precious environment for roadbuilding projects that are doomed to fail on their own terms, by actually increasing congestion and the number of cars on our roads.”

Mr Taylor is calling for a move away from ‘wrongheaded’ priorities that include the cutting of bus funding, in favour of fully integrated public transport systems and well-designed transport infrastructure: “To have any chance of meeting our legally-binding climate targets, we need an urgent U-turn: investment can no longer be determined by the outmoded mantra that ‘car is king’.”

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