The aim of this paper is to provide a comprehensive overview of the current and potential future contribution that the transport sector makes to the UK’s emissions of Carbon Dioxide (CO2). The aim is to develop an understanding of:
- The scale, composition and security of official baseline and projected figures for CO2 emissions from the transport sector to 2010 and beyond.
- The source of the official emissions projections, the assumptions currently used to calculate these figures and the uncertainty associated with them.
- The research needed to identify appropriate policy packages and CO2 emission targets for the UK transport sector for 2050.
The focus of this paper is on UK surface transport, although the discussion on emissions projections includes aviation. Aviation has also been discussed in a previous UKERC seminar.