Actions taken this decade will be crucial in mitigating the worst impacts of climate breakdown. Yet, according to our Climate Gap research, we are not cutting emissions fast enough across any of our key lifestyle areas - including our transport.
Transport and climate change
The larger reductions in travel we saw in 2020 due to Covid are now being reversed. Even though flights and car emissions in 2022 were not back to pre-pandemic levels, they are climbing.
The only transport indicator on track is electric car sales. Reducing car demand is crucial alongside switching to electric cars, because they have problems of their own due to the materials and energy needed. More support is needed for walking, cycling, and public transport. The target for aviation emissions in particular could be much more ambitious, especially as in the UK, only 15% of people take 70% of all flights.