Would Banning Cars In London Cut CO2?

According to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Oxford University, it would be the only way that a drastic reduction of CO2 in London can be achieved. In fact, it would reduce emissions by 72% by 2030.

Car exhaust fumes

London is currently on course to reduce it’s emissions by only 10 – 23%. For more information, read the BBC article.


3 thoughts on “Would Banning Cars In London Cut CO2?

  1. Hmmm, while I like the idea of a 72% reduction in emissions, lets get sober, London is not about to put a ban on cars. Nor is any other major city I might add. In China and India there are far fewer cars per capita, as most people ride bikes or walk, however they are experiencing economic growth which means those huge populations will start buying cars as well. The point is, people will keep on driving. Try taking a car away from an American. That means we have to change the cars in order to decrease emissions. Technology is available for these car companies, but they are apparently lacking incentive to creating more fuel efficient cars. That is why I am backing a bill that is currently being considered in Congress. If passed in its entirety it will create a 35 mpg standard by 2020. It is not a miracle bill, but it is a start, and will force car makers to put more fuel efficient cars on the market. It is also a great big step in the right direction for the USA, who has pretty much ignored global warming since the term was first created. Click on http://www.energybill2007.org to sign the petition and help this amazing bill get passed.


  2. Hi Chessia, thanks for your comment. I agree that it’s completely unrealistic, and that’s half the point. In order to cut emissions to propose levels, such drastic action would have to be taken. Of course it never will be so other means like the one you suggest are necessary.


  3. Hi Joel,
    thanks for the support! I think we all wish that we could jump to carbon neutral in a day, but unfortunately its going to take some tough work. A bunch of student groups celebrated Power Shift 2007 yesterday and lobbied for some extreme green measures in DC-ultimately they want to cut emissions by 80% by 2050. I’m glad that these issues are becoming so important to the youth. I hope you signed the petition at http://energybill2007.org! Ciao


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