Friends of the Earth reacts to road transport and air emissions

"Increasing number of car miles is still locking us in to a high carbon future"
  Published:  16 Sep 2019    |      1 minute read

The Office for National Statistics has today (16 September) released statistics on the contribution of road transport to greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions.

Jenny Bates, campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said

“Despite noise made by vehicle manufacturers about cleaner petrol and diesel technology, transport is still the most climate polluting sector and it’s clear petrol and diesel sales have to stop as soon as possible. Admittedly there has been some progress but the ever increasing number of car miles is still locking us in to a high carbon future, as well as causing health-damaging air pollution.

“The only way to stop transport from leading us to further climate breakdown is to drastically cut the miles travelled by car. Cleaner options - such as bicycles, buses and trains - need to me made more accessible and more affordable, which will be good for the health of people and the planet.”

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Notes:

  1. Read the full stats release from ONS here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/environmentalaccounts/articles/roadtransportandairemissions/2019-09-16