The Government’s work to decarbonise transport is placing too much emphasis on the shift to electric vehicles without encouraging a shift to clean transport alternatives.
A new report from think tank The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) analyses the Committee on Climate Change’s sixth carbon budget and shows that, without additional measures being put in place, the current approaches to reaching net zero could lead to significantly more cars on the UK’s roads.
It predicts there will be a 28% increase in car ownership between 2021 and 2050, with 10 million more cars on the road by the mid-century.
At the same time, there will be an 11% rise in car traffic while even more land will be required for car parking.
It also warns that an approach that places too much emphasis on the shift to electric vehicles – without also providing sufficient support for alternatives including affordable public transport, walking and cycling – would also likely benefit wealthy people more.
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