Top adviser attacks inaction on greener motoring

A Committee on Climate Change member has criticised the government’s policy failure in promoting changes in driver behaviour

The government is failing to introduce policies which promote greener behaviour by car, van and lorry drivers, according to Committee on Climate Change member Professor Julia King.

The committee wants government to back a range of “behavioural” measures to reduce emissions from road vehicles, the UK’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions after power stations.

One of these measures is “eco-driving”, which saves fuel and cuts emissions through more careful and gradual acceleration and braking. Others encourage motorists to opt for more fuel-efficient models when buying new vehicles and to choose walking, cycling and public transport more often – the “smarter choices” agenda.

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