Sustrans responds to UK Parliament’s environment and climate emergency declaration

people walking and cycling in London ©2018, Jonathan Bewley
2 May 2019

On Wednesday 1 May 2019 MPs passed a motion making the UK Parliament declare an “environment and climate emergency”.

Welcoming the announcement, Dr Andy Cope, Director of Insight at Sustrans, said:

“We are very pleased Parliament has declared an environment and climate emergency.

“This declaration calls for urgent and quick action on carbon emissions, including transport, which is the only sectoral source from which emissions continue to grow.

"If we're serious about achieving the zero-carbon targetnow it is the time to increase walking and cycling and reduce the car use. 

“Energy consumption and emissions from transport are influenced not only by technical efficiency and mode choice but also by lifestyle choices and socio-economic factors. To make it easy and attractive for people across the UK to choose active and cleaner ways to travel for everyday journeys, we need cross-government action and large-scale investment in walking and cycling.”

See our evidence submission to a Scottish Parliament Commission on Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill

For further information and interviews, please contact: 

Anna Galandzij, Senior Press Officer at Sustrans, [email protected], 07557 915648
Liv Denne, Press and Media Officer at Sustrans, [email protected], 07768 035318