The transport sector currently accounts for around 30% of UK greenhouse gas emissions, including the UK’s share of international aviation and shipping. The largest share (about 40%) of these emissions is from private cars.
Transition Chesterfield would like to see reduced reliance on a fossil-fuel powered transport system, and increased support for walking, cycling and public transport. Personal vehicles should be powered as efficiently as possible in terms of energy, preferably generated from renewable sources, to reduce greenhouse gas and other emissions.
Electric vehicles produce about 50% less carbon dioxide (CO2) than petrol or diesel vehicles (under the current mix of grid electricity), but according to the CAT Zero Carbon Britain Report this can decrease to near zero as the electricity network is decarbonised. Electric vehicles also have added benefits of being zero pollution at the point of emission (Chesterfield has in the past and continues to exceed national Air Quality Objectives for air pollution. Electric vehicles are also extremely quiet.
Although most electric vehicles are more expensive to purchase than conventional petrol/diesel vehicles, they have the advantage of having zero VED, and are very cheap to run compared to petrol/diesel engine cars. There are a number of government grants available to help individuals purchase electric vehicles and install electric charging points at home.
There are currently very few public electric vehicle charging points in Chesterfield. Click here to see a map of nearest charging points.
To support the uptake of electric vehicles Transition Chesterfield would like to see the installation of a series of free, fast charging points in public carparks in Chesterfield.