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Smarter Choices

Volume 696: debated on Wednesday 21 November 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What estimates have been made of the contribution that travel planning and smarter choices initiatives will make towards the achievement of the carbon emission reduction targets in the Climate Change (Draft) Bill. [HL193]

Our most recent estimate of the carbon dioxide (CO2) saving from smarter choices and travel planning is for an annual reduction in road transport CO2 of about 0.5 per cent in 2025, or about 0.5 million tonnes of CO2.

The Government are developing the evidence base further to inform future forecasts and decision-making. For example, earlier this year the smarter travel towns initiative reported very encouraging results, showing an increase of over 10 per cent in walking, cycling and public transport use among the targeted population and a commensurate decrease in car use. The final results from the sustainable travel towns will be available in 2009.