Electric cars aren’t enough for the UK to go totally green, according to Green Britain.
A think group warns that switching to electric vehicles will not be enough to decarbonize travel. According to the Institute for Public Policy Research, walking, cycling, and public transportation must all play a larger role in a greener post-pandemic Britain (IPPR).
“Little progress has been made in decreasing transport emissions over the last three decades,” said Luke Murphy, the head of the IPPR’s environmental justice commission. The government’s current chosen approach prioritizes the transition to electric vehicles. Such an approach will not benefit people or the environment.
“We need to dramatically increase the availability and affordability of clean public transportation options like trains, buses, and trams. [And] encourage more people to walk and cycle on a regular basis, as well as a move to electric automobiles for those who require them.”
According to the IPPR analysis, current approaches to reaching net zero might result in an 11 percent increase in car traffic by 2050 if no extra steps are taken.
It also warns that by the middle of the century, there may be a 28 percent increase in car ownership, resulting in 10 million more vehicles on the road.
It goes on to say that the government should strive for a peak in car ownership by 2030.