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Could an increase in UK car tax help our changing climate?

Joanne Parkinson

28th June 2020

UK government advisers have suggested that car tax; paid yearly by the millions of UK drivers should be increased, along with bringing forward the date for conventional cars to be phased out. Currently the date for phasing out is 2035 and there are calls for this to be brought forward to 2032.

This strategy is only one of a number of ideas to reduce the level of CO2 emissions in the UK. Other suggestions include increasing the tax households pay on gas for their home heating; but there are concerns that it will be the poorer in society who will be penalised if this strategy goes ahead and it won't have the impact that is needed.

Focusing on building structures and features may enable houses to become more energy efficient which will then lead to an automatic reduction in the emissions. This will also benefit the economy with an increase in green sector employment.

Other suggestions include improving broadband at home to encourage home working as well as preservation of the existing environment and restoration of natural carbon sinks such as peat bogs.

For more on the suggestions, check out the following article:

Joanne Parkinson

An experienced, outstanding Geography teacher, GCSE examiner and Head of Humanities in a 11-18 school. I'm passionate about all geographical events and am a keen blogger.

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