20 Sep '12, 8am

New report today from @CBTransport, CPRE & RSPB shows how HS2 can cut carbon (4x what gov predicts on CO2)

HS2 can help deliver a low-carbon transport system – but not on its own 19 September 2012 Government’s plans for High Speed rail can help meet carbon emissions targets - but only if supported by a set of bold policy initiatives which are not currently in place. That is the message from a new report (1) commissioned by three prominent environmental organisations and published today. Government has identified HS2 as an important part of their plans for a low-carbon future (2). Building HS2 on its own delivers a modest saving in carbon of 0.6 million tonnes of CO2 over sixty years. Government needs to put in place a wider package of policies to ensure HS2 is as green as possible. Doing so would quadruple the emission savings. But if Government abandons its sustainability policies, HS2 could result in increased emissions. The report highlights that greater carbon reductions ca...

Full article: http://www.bettertransport.org.uk/media/20-sept-HS2-carbo...

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