Novel ideas could drive down carbon on the roads
Ideas that might accelerate the shift towards low carbon vehicles have been lauded in London.At the annual gathering of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership last week the winners of a year-long challenge to come up with a plan to tackle carbon emissions from transport were announced.
The Government-funded LowCVP invited think tanks, academic institutions and NGOs to contribute to the challenge looking at a broad spectrum of solutions.
These ranged from financial and legal incentives and ways to get the message through to the public that individual's emissions mattered to persuading the fuel and motor industries to take voluntary measures to address the problem.
"The Government's own forecasts show that in the absence of new policy measures, or other initiatives, carbon dioxide emissions from road transport will continue to grow," said LowCVP's Neil Wallis.
"It's clear that effective new policies and other initiatives are needed if this sector is going to make a positive contribution to the mitigation of climate change."
The eight winning proposals were from:
Greg Archer, LowCVP director, told delegates: "We need, urgently, to fully evaluate these and other policy proposals and initiatives to tackle rising road transport CO2 emissions.
"There have been some positive recent developments - such as the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation - but we need new initiatives.
"These should encourage both the supply and demand for low carbon vehicles and fuels and tackle the rising vehicle use by encouraging walking, cycling and the use of public transport."
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