Transport: Exhaust Emissions

Transport written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what specific matters her Department's Environment Directorate is examining in pursuance of their sub-objective to tackle the climate change impacts of transport through putting a price on carbon.

Photo of Jim Fitzpatrick Jim Fitzpatrick Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The functions of the Environment and International Directorate of the Department for Transport include the management of the Department's programme on climate change and the delivery of certain, but not all, individual policy elements of that programme. Some specific matters which bear upon the price of carbon in relation to transport are:

fiscal measures such as fuel duty, vehicle excise duty, and company car tax (taxation policy is a matter for the Chancellor); mandatory European targets for new car CO2 emissions, the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation, European biofuel regulations; inclusion of transport in emissions trading schemes at both global and regional levels e.g. through the International Maritime Organisation, the International Civil Aviation Organisation, the European Union; taking account of the shadow price of carbon in transport appraisal and decision making.

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