Transport is now the single largest emitting sector in Scotland, accounting for 37 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions. While much of the action necessary to tackle this will fall on governments, individual choices can help ensure we do things differently in the post-Covid world. The largest source of transport emissions in Scotland is cars, at around 40 per cent. Prior to lockdown, over two-thirds of Scotland’s commuters drove to work by car or van and 66 per cent of all journeys in Scotland were single-occupancy trips. The way to drive down these numbers is through shared transport: car clubs; shared rides; and bike hire. While these schemes are not always available in rural areas where cars are necessary, they are commonplace in Scotland’s cities where congestion is a growing problem. There are now over 25,000 members of car clubs in Scotland, up 27 per cent in just one year, and last year schemes in Scotland saved 354 tonnes of carbon dioxide. Not only are car-club vehicles more environmentally friendly than the average privately owned car because many are electric or hybrid, each car takes around 14 private cars off the road. This can transform our cities for everyone, with a positive effect on parking, congestion and local air quality.
Scotsman 23rd July 2020 read more »