In response to the global climate emergency, Scotland’s Climate Change Plan update for 2020 has set out a commitment to reduce car travel by 20% by 2030. Transport accounts for a quarter of Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions, with cars making up almost 40% of transport emissions. Carbon-reduction modelling has concluded it will not be possible to reach net-zero emissions through technological solutions alone, therefore reducing car use is essential for the transport system to be decarbonised at a pace that meets the statutory emissions targets set by the Scottish Parliament.
The route map, co-developed by Transport Scotland and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA), sets out the suite of transport and non-transport policies that will be implemented to support car-use reduction. Through this consultation, the Scottish Government aim to understand further public opinion on the approach taken in the route map, as well as opinion on the potential impacts, and mitigation of said impacts, of the interventions on groups with protected characteristics, island communities, and across socio-economic disparity.
The consultation is open until 6 April 2022.
Source: Scottish Government, 13 January 2022