European vehicle emissions law - Greenpeace reaction

Last edited 8 February 2007 at 5:20pm
7 February, 2007

C02 emissions from the transport sector are rising fast

Reacting to the European Commission’s announcement of mandatory standards on vehicle emissions, Greenpeace campaigner Emily Armistead said:

Over a barrel

Last edited 7 December 2006 at 12:16pm
Publication date: 
5 April, 2007
This report by the Institute for European Environmental Policy studies scenarios in which practical and realistic steps are taken to curtail oil use in transport. A range of scenarios is examined on a 20-30 year timescale. The authors calculate that with simple transport efficiency measures Britain's dependence on foreign oil can be restricted from an eight-fold increase to a two-fold increase. Oil use could be reduced by developing:
  • Vehicles that are more fuel-efficient
  • The use of alternative transport fuels
Download the report:

Day Seven: The Good Stuff

Posted by graham — 26 July 2006 at 8:00am - Comments

Part of the Greenpeace Motor Show blog

After a sustained period of whinging, it's time to have a look at some of the good things on display at the motor show. Whilst most car journeys really ought to be by foot, cycle or public transport, there will be a place for private motor vehicles for quite a while yet, and if you look hard enough, the show has some useful ideas for how we can keep driving in a non-Kamikaze fashion.

Greenpeace reaction to the 2006 Budget

Last edited 22 March 2006 at 9:00am
22 March, 2006

Greenpeace executive director Stephen Tindale said:

"This budget may be the first sign that we're about to get a Prime Minister who acts on climate change instead of just talking about it. Many of these measures will make a difference if properly implemented, though the real test for Brown comes next month when the government has to decide how much carbon British industry is allowed to emit.

The Budget: a chance to combat climate change

Posted by bex — 22 February 2006 at 9:00am - Comments

A traffic jam at night

While the global suffering caused by climate change escalates every day, UK vehicles are pumping out more greenhouse gases than ever before.

CO2 emissions from road transport are rising. Car manufacturers, unlike most other sectors, aren't legally bound to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Instead, when put under pressure to do something about their immense contribution to climate change, they agreed to voluntarily reduce emissions of the average new car by 2008.

Real race is tackling climate change

Posted by bex — 5 April 2005 at 8:00am - Comments

A flood reaches almost four feet high on a flood height marker

Today Prime Minister Tony Blair announced the general election. Some party leaders have already hit the campaign trail, but the most important race we now face is tackling climate change.

Tax gas-guzzlers off our roads

Posted by bex — 15 March 2005 at 9:00am - Comments

Exhaust of a 4x4

Climate change is already killing 150,000 people a year. If the government takes climate change as seriously as it says it does, Gordon Brown will tax gas-guzzlers off our roads tomorrow when he presents the budget.

Earlier today the Chancellor made a keynote speech describing climate change as an issue of justice and recoginsed that the millennium development goals cannot be met without stabilising the climate. He also declared his ambition to make British business the world leaders in environmental productivity.

Londoners say charge 4x4s more

Posted by bex — 7 March 2005 at 9:00am - Comments

A banner reading "charge 4x4s 20 pounds"

More than a hundred volunteers from Greenpeace and the Alliance Against Urban 4x4s took to the streets to poll Londoners about a proposal to increase the congestion charge to £20 for gas-guzzling vehicles like 4x4s. Of the more than 5000 people randomly polled throughout London, 85 percent agreed that the Congest Charge should be higher for gas-guzzlers.

Brown budget urged to go green

Last edited 1 December 2004 at 9:00am
1 December, 2004

Greenpeace is urging Gordon Brown to use this year's budget to tackle climate change by supporting energy efficiency, ending fuel poverty and increasing taxes on petrol, inefficient vehicles such as SUVs and aviation.