This 'weather forecast' for Europe's environment from the European Environment Agency suggests it could be almost impossible for Britain to meet its Kyoto commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Across the EU, instead of a targeted 8% cut in greenhouse gases between 1990 and 2008–12, there is expected to be a 6% rise.
The report not only highlights the massive task facing governments wanting to cut car use, but also the folly of thinking drivers can be priced off the road through taxes and charging schemes when there is no viable alternative. It says: 'Transport is of great economic importance and the source of many environmental problems. Curbing this development and encouraging people to shift from cars to public transport could not be done without major investment in public transport systems.'