Transport is responsible for around a quarter of EU greenhouse gas emissions making it the second biggest greenhouse gas emitting sector after energy (European Commission, 2014).
WHY WE NEED TO ACT
At the end of March 2014 there were 35.3 million vehicles licensed for use on the road in Great Britain (Department for Transport, 2014).
Vehicles have a major impact on the environment through their construction, use and eventual disposal. During a vehicles lifetime its CO2 emissions break down as 10% from its manufacture and 5% from its disposal and 85% coming from fuel use and servicing operations (Environmental Protection UK, 2014).
'Road transport accounts for 22% of total UK emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) a major contributor to climate change.'
(Environmental Protection UK, 2014).