Nine walking, cycling, public transport and shared mobility groups have come together to call for rapid action to cut greenhouse gas emissions with less than one year to go until the UN COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow.
The Sustainable Transport Alliance has been established by: the Community Rail Network; the Campaign for Better Transport; Greener Journeys; Bus Users UK; the Community Transport Association; Living Streets; Sustrans; the London Cycling Campaign; and Collaborative Mobility UK (CoMoUK).
The non-governmental organisations see the Sustainable Transport Alliance, a UK-wide alliance for green and fair transport to tackle the climate emergency and ensure inclusive transport for all.
The alliance said rapidly reducing private car use is “crucial to safeguarding our climate and tackling air pollution”.
Greenhouse gas emissions from road transport currently make up around a fifth of the UK’s total emissions, and transport is the largest-emitting single economic sector, states the alliance.
“Private car use needs to be cut by between 20 and 60 per cent by 2030, which requires a transition to healthier, greener modes of transport: walking and cycling; community, public and shared transport such as car, cycle or e-scooter sharing schemes,” it argues.
The alliance has set three priorities:
The alliance was agreed at the recent annual collaborative mobility conference, hosted by shared transport charity CoMoUK. The event explored the challenges facing the UK ahead of COP26 next year and how to hit the country’s legally binding Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions target by 2050.
Richard Dilks, chief executive of CoMoUK, said: “We must turn the corner on greenhouse gas emissions in the next decade if we are to have a chance of keeping the Earth’s climate safe and habitable.
“The biggest source of emissions is transport, and increasing car and van mileage means emissions continue to rise. Individuals, families and communities depend on public, community and shared transport, alongside walking and cycling. All of us stand to gain enormously from prioritising, improving, and widening access to, these modes.”
The Sustainable Transport Alliance has been established by the following organisations:
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