In the UK, the transport sector emits more greenhouse gases than any other, with cars being the highest emitters. In order for our cities, towns, and rural areas to meet Net Zero targets, significant changes are required. Moving journeys from the car to buses and coaches could play a significant part in delivering decarbonisation across the UK.
How can this be achieved at the pace needed to meet emissions targets, and what scale of decarbonisation could be achieved? What are the economic, social and wider environmental benefits of more bus and coach journeys? What are the barriers to change and how do they differ in different parts of the UK?
At this event, we launched a new report by WPI Economics, kindly sponsored by the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT), which seeks to answer these questions. The research provides new evidence of the benefits of supporting motorists to travel by bus and how these apply to different regions of the UK.
Following a presentation of the report’s key findings, we heard from a panel of experts, including Baroness Vere, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport.
Baroness Vere of Norbiton, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Transport
Graham Vidler, Chief Executive, The Confederation of Passenger Transport
Matthew Oakley, Director, WPI Economics
Helena Bennett, Head of Climate Policy, Green Alliance
James Kirkup, Director, Social Market Foundation (Chair)
Read the report here.