The Decarbonisation Dividend: How can policy encourage and enable car users to switch journeys to bus and coach in Scotland?

At this event, we launched a new report by WPI Economics exploring the policy interventions required to encourage and enable car users in Scotland to make more journeys by bus and coach.

Transport is the largest emitter of greenhouse gases in Scotland, with car journeys accounting for 38% of transport emissions. Moving journeys from the car to buses and coaches could play a significant role in delivering decarbonisation in Scotland. A previous report by WPI Economics found that shifting more journeys to bus and coach in Scotland could save up to 1542million KGs of CO2 by 2050. What can policymakers do to encourage and enable this shift?

At this event, a panel of experts came together to discuss the new report and its recommended policy packages. This project is kindly sponsored by the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT).


Mark Ruskell MSP, Scottish Greens Spokesperson on Environment, Climate, Energy, Transport and Culture

 Cllr Claire Miller, Councillor for Edinburgh City Centre & Member of Edinburgh City Council’s Environment & Transport Committee

Paul White, Director, CPT Scotland

Matthew Oakley, Director, WPI Economics

James Kirkup, Director, Social Market Foundation (Chair)