Select Committee on Environmental Audit Written Evidence

Memorandum submitted by the Commission for Integrated Transport's (CfIT)

  Please find attached a Memorandum on the Commission for Integrated Transport's (CfIT) current work programme activities relating to transport and climate change, which I believe should be of interest to your inquiry.

  CfIT is an independent body set up by Government to advise on transport policy. As part of this role we are currently investigating the impact of transport on climate change.

  The overall aim for this particular piece of research is to examine the issues of long term policy adoption to reducing carbon emissions. A Working Group is looking to provide their thoughts by autumn 2006.

  While this submission does not directly respond to the key questions raised within the current inquiry, I felt it important that you and the Committee of MPs were aware of our investigations which are directly related to a number of the strategic issues the Committee is particularly interested in.


  1.  The Commission for Integrated Transport (CfIT) was established by the 1998 Integrated Transport White Paper. The Commission's remit is as follows.

  Providing policy advice via evidence based reports on:

    —    Future policy options, so-called "blue-sky thinking" on future strategic issues.

    —    Policy issues spanning departmental boundaries (ie environments, social etc).

    —    Best practice amongst local authorities/delivery agencies to encourage improved performance and to highlight barriers to best practice.

    —    Comparisons with European/International policy initiatives and dissemination of best practice.

    —    The impact of new technology on policy options.

    —    Specific issues as requested by the Department for Transport.

  Refreshing the transport debate, based on published reports and with a view to raising the overall level of the "Transport Debate" and where possible to build consensus among stakeholders.


  2.  In March 2005 CfIT provided input into DEFRA's Climate Change Programme Review. Our CCPR response (1) identified questions and possible shortcomings in emissions projections and (2) identified a range of possible measures to reduce carbon emissions (available from the CfIT website, A series of "research gaps" were identified in the advice which, if filled, could enhance the effectiveness of transport policy in meeting the UK's climate change commitments.

  3.  Commissioners were keen to explore further the transport sectors contribution to climate change within the UK and identify the most cost-effective policy options available now or in the future to meet carbon reduction targets.


  4.  A Working Group (WG) has been established to oversee and supervise the delivery of the work programme. The Working Group consists of the following members:

    —    Michael Roberts (WG Chair, CfIT Commissioner and Director of Business Environment, CBI).

    —    Richard Turner (CfIT Commissioner & Chief Executive, Freight Transport Association).

    —    Archie Robertson (CfIT Commissioner and Chief Executive, Highways Agency).

    —    Andrew Sentence (CfIT Commissioner and Chief Economist and Head of Environmental Affairs, British Airways).

    —    Nigel Campbell (Head of Transport Analysis and Review, Department for Transport).

    —    Chris Leigh (Head of National Climate Change Policy, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs).

    —    Edmund King (Executive Director, RAC Foundation).

    —    Simon Barnes (Technical Manager, Environment Team, Society of Motor Manufacturer and Traders).

    —    Jason Torrance (Campaigns Manager, Transport 2000).

    —    Tim Larner (Director, Passenger Transport Executive Group.)


  5.  The initial phase of the work programme has involved developing a sound evidence base of work currently underway in order to identify what further analysis might usefully be done, particularly for the period post 2010. The Working Group has received evidence from a range of departmental stakeholders on modelling of future emissions and is providing input into current updating activities and considering new modelling work.

  6.  The Working Group is holding a seminar on public attitudes towards transport and climate change on 14 February. The purpose of the seminar is to gain a better understanding of what is known about public attitudes towards transport and climate change and what actually makes a difference in influencing decisions. Based upon this information the WG will consider the need for new research.

  7.  The Working Group is considering an investigation into the transport industry's stakeholders (eg fleet managers, chief executives, supply chain designers); their influence on the climate change agenda; what are the best ways to influence their thinking; what are the possible benefits; and how might Government facilitate this?

  8.  The above pieces of work will feed into the Working Groups final analysis of transport's contribution to climate change within the UK and the most cost-effective policy options available now or in the future to meet carbon reduction targets.

  9.  The Working Group is looking to report back to the CfIT Plenary in the autumn 2006.

February 2006

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