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IPCC report confirms urgent action is needed to cut CO2 emissions from transport

8 October 2018

Reacting to the report released today, 8 October, by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Darren Shirley, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:

"The stark warning from the world's leading climate scientists confirms again that urgent action is needed to rapidly cut transport emissions. As the largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the UK, the transport sector's emissions must and can be cut.

"The Government should act now to support increased use of public transport, introduce clean buses, accelerate electric vehicle uptake, cut traffic and electrify the railways. A concerted national effort is needed to transform the UK's transport system to meet the challenge of preventing this looming climate crisis. This is our last chance to avoid a nightmare scenario due to climate change."

Notes to editors

1) The IPCC report can be read online. In its accompanying press release the IPCC states that "Limiting global warming to 1.5ºC would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society... With clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, limiting global warming to 1.5ºC compared to 2ºC could go hand in hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society."

2) According to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, transport is the largest emitting sector of UK greenhouse gas emissions. While emissions from other sectors such as energy supply and business are falling, emissions from transport are still rising.

3) Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).