FTA conference highlights innovative potential for reducing freight emissions - Mick Bates AM

September 11, 2009 2:08 PM

Shadow Minister for the Environment, Mick Bates AM, has welcomed thework of the Freight Transport Association (FTA) to reduce carbonemissions from the transport sector, following his address to the FTA'Cymru Cutting Carbon, Cutting Costs' Conference this week.

In his address to the FTA conference Mick acknowledged the leadership ofthe FTA and the importance of reconciling the economic need of businessto make profit with the environmental necessity to reduce carbonemissions in the battle to tackle climate change.

Commenting Mick stated:

"In Wales the Government has a legal duty to promote sustainabledevelopment. Transport is a challenging sector as in 2007 nearly 25% ofcarbon emissions were from road transport. However there is greatpotential, particularly in encouraging more sea and rail transport, morefuel efficient driving and looking at the use of alternativetechnologies and fuels.

"Road transport will always be important especially as internet salesincrease, so we must look at ways to make vehicles more efficient andreward those with lower emissions. Modern technologies will have a keyrole to play, but there are mechanisms already in place which could beadapted to help encourage greener driving, for example by lowering thetoll on the Severn Bridge for less polluting vehicles.

"There is much work to be done, but with the increasing pressure to moveforward towards a low carbon economy to meet our carbon targets, it iscrucial that we embrace new innovative ways to reduce emissions and worktogether with the common aim of protecting our environment for futuregenerations."

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