Transport is now the single biggest contributing sector to our country’s greenhouse gas emissions, while at the same time being a primary culprit for polluting our air. Worryingly, it’s also a sector which includes parts of the economy that are some of hardest to decarbonise, which might explain why it has barely reduced its emissions at all in the last 30 years.
There are reasons to be optimistic that emissions from transport could soon begin to rapidly fall – the obvious lockdown induced effects notwithstanding. More and more of us are switching from gas-guzzling motors to clean and efficient electric cars — the latest government figures show that registrations for electric cars have gone from around 1,500 in 2010 to 90,000 last year, a healthy increase of nearly 5,700 per cent.
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Date Added: Thursday 4th June 2020