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Ideas invited for low-carbon cars

The King Review of low-carbon cars, announced by Chancellor Gordon Brown in the Budget, has issued a call for evidence, inviting views from all interested parties on how best to achieve substantial reductions in road transport emissions over the next 25 years, as part of the Government’s strategy to tackle climate change.

Announcing the call for evidence, Professor Julia King said: “Road transport emissions account for approximately 20% of the UK’s CO2 emissions. Reduction of these emissions, in the UK and internationally, is likely to be one of the most significant challenges in meeting our environmental ambitions and tackling climate change. We are therefore keen to obtain a wide range of inputs from relevant parties to support our review of this critical area.”

Professor Julia King CBE is Vice Chancellor of Aston University and former Director of Advanced Engineering at Rolls-Royce plc. She is working with Sir Nicholas Stern, who published the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change in October 2006.

The King Review will examine the vehicle and fuel technologies that, over the next 25 years, could help “decarbonise” road transport, particularly cars. The full terms of reference can be found on the King Review website http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/king. It will publish an analytical report later in 2007.

As the Stern Report noted: “Transport is one of the more expensive sectors to cut emissions from because the low carbon technologies tend to be expensive and the welfare costs of reducing demand for travel are high. Transport is also expected to be one of the fastest growing sectors in the future…studies tend to find that transport will be one of the last sectors to bring emissions down below current levels.”

The call for evidence is posted on the King Review website www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/king
and the deadline for responses is 20 August 2007.