National Transport Strategy: Takes Climate Action

This is an excerpt from Scotland's National Transport Strategy, providing an overview of one of the four priorities of NTS2.

Takes climate actionPeople will be able to make travel choices that minimise the long-term impacts on our climate and the wellbeing of future generations. We face a global climate emergency. Scotland must transition to a net-zero emissions economy for the benefit of our environment, our people and our future prosperity.

Our transport system:

  • Will help deliver our net-zero target: the Climate Change Act passed by the Scottish Parliament includes an increased ambition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 75% of 1990 levels by 2030, 90% by 2040 (i.e. the period covered by this Strategy) and net-zero emissions by 2045. Transport is currently the largest contributor to Scottish emissions and this will be tackled through a range of actions including an ambition to phase out the need for new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032, changing people’s travel behaviour and managing demand.
  • Will adapt to the effects of climate change: in Scotland we are already experiencing the impacts of climate change and we will adapt our transport system to remain resilient and reduce the harmful effects on future generations.
  • Will enable greener, cleaner choices: over the next 20 years, Scotland will see a continued transformation in transport where sustainable travel options are people’s first choice if they need to travel. We will design our transport system so that walking, cycling and public and shared transport take precedence ahead of private car use.

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