Transport and Climate Change

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Deep change transport policies to meet 1.5 oC target

Friends of the Earth asked Transport for Quality of Life to produce a series of papers laying out the changes needed in transport policy for the UK to deliver its fair share of carbon emissions reduction. Transport is now the UK's biggest contributor to climate change that threatens deeply problematic environmental, social and economic consequences, and the need for a change in the trajectory of transport policymaking is urgent. The tacit official assumption that incremental modified-business-as-normal solutions are enough is untenable.


These briefings take a different approach, unflinchingly assessing the challenge head-on and presenting ideas for bold and imaginative alternatives, even where these depart from the comfort zone of government officials and ministers and are not yet part of the mainstream discourse.

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Briefing 1: More than electric cars - Why we need to reduce traffic to reach carbon targets

Briefing 2:  Transforming public transport - Regulation, spending and free buses for the under 30s

Briefing 3: Planning for less car use

Briefing 4: Segregated cycleways and e-bikes - The future of urban travel

Briefing 5: Getting the Department for Transport on the right track

Briefing 6: An Eco Levy for driving - Cut carbon, clean up toxic air, and make our towns and cities liveable

Briefing 7: Transforming transport funding to meet our climate targets

Briefing 8: A radical transport response to the Climate Emergency

Briefing 9: A net zero carbon budget for the whole transport sector


Activists' Briefing: Making transport fit for the Climate Emergency

FoE Activists' Briefing cover imageThis  briefing lays out a complete package for transport policy that is entirely feasible, based on existing world best practice, yet also on a scale and depth that matches up to the severity and urgency of the Climate Emergency.

We hope this will empower all those who care about the Climate Emergency and are in a position to take action in their locality – whether as Friends of the Earth activists, local councillors, or local government officers.

Activists' Briefing: Making transport fit for the Climate Emergency



A Wales Transport Policy fit for the Climate Emergency

Wales Transport Policy fit for the Climate Emergency cover imageThis additional briefing for Friends of the Earth Cymru argues that Welsh policymakers need to think afresh about transport policies for the climate emergency.

It seeks to address the particular opportunities and challenges for Wales, in anticipation of the planned introduction of a new Wales Transport Strategy during 2020.

Technological changes are necessary but not enough to achieve the large, rapid reduction in carbon emissions we need. 


A Wales Transport Policy fit for the Climate Emergency