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
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, www.cfit.gov.uk).
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
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
Edmund King (Executive Director,
Simon Barnes (Technical Manager,
Environment Team, Society of Motor Manufacturer and Traders).
Jason Torrance (Campaigns Manager,
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
9. The Working Group is looking to report
back to the CfIT Plenary in the autumn 2006.