by Peter Nunn
Car makers, engineers, industry officials, academics as well as several hundred journalists recently gathered together for a special forum on the environment. They met in
As an event, bringing many eco leaders and specialists together under the same roof on the same day, under the watchful eye of the world’s media, the Bibendum Forum was as timely in today’s environmentally conscious world as it was thought-provoking.
Here and now, meantime,
JAMA has now laid out a very detailed plan to combat CO2 emissions which in the transport sector rose sharply in the early ‘90s but are now shown to be on the decline. What’s more, fuel economy targets set for 2010 have already been met and JAMA’s calculations show that reductions in annual CO2 emissions through higher fuel economy will amount to 21.0 million tons in 2010.
However, to go the next step and reach the 34 million tons target for the transport sector as a whole, improvements in traffic flow and new efficiencies for goods transportation will have to come forward, over and above advances in fuel economy.
Also on the JAMA agenda: the promotion of clean energy vehicles, including new generation diesels; studies on new fuel economy standards and improved fuel quality; the more widespread use of idling stop technology; promotion of “eco” driving and increased number of ETC (Electronic Toll Collection) lanes on highways.
Cuts in CO2 emissions from factories are also running well ahead of schedule. The government’s target of 6.83 million tons by 2010 was met in 1998 and in 2003 stood at 5.79 million tons.
So, step by step,