Thursday 27 June 2019 / 4:20 PM Andy McDonald / Transport

Friends of the Earth study – Andy McDonald responds

Andy McDonald MP, Labour’s shadow transport secretary, responding to Friends of the Earth’s study on transport and greenhouse gas targets, said:

“This report demonstrates the scale of change needed to meet the UK’s climate targets, and the extent to which the government is falling short.

“The government needs to significantly boost investment in public transport and walking and cycling to encourage people to drive less, and to accelerate the decarbonisation of our transport networks. Government policy is moving us in the wrong direction, with investment in electric vehicles delayed, support for public transport cut and plans to increase the number of flights.

“Labour is committed to providing affordable public transport in public ownership and investing in active travel, quickening the transition to electric vehicles and ensuring that climate change is a priority for transport policy.”

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Notes to editors

Friends of the Earth today released a study reporting that for the UK to deliver on its new net zero greenhouse gas target, a 20% reduction in car travel needs to take place in the next 11 years. Further, 100% of new cars would need to be electric, and flights would have to be reduced by around 18%. https://policy.friendsoftheearth.uk/insight/net-zero-carbon-budget-whole-transport-sector