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CO2 policies must address car use: UKERC

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London, England – Government must do much more than promote electric cars if it wants rapid and deep cuts in transport emissions, and must consider playing a role in helping drivers leave their cars at home, according to a new study by the U.K. Energy Research Centre (UKERC).

The report reviewed over 500 international studies and found that Britain lags behind the leading countries in use of cleaner modes of travel. Policies could have a large impact through reducing the need to travel and promoting walking, cycling, public transport and efficient driving, as well as encouraging low-carbon cars, the report said. In combination, policies to reduce car use could accelerate and reduce the cost of CO2 emission reduction, as well as relieving congestion and improving quality of life.

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