In a recently released report, “Powering ahead: how to put electric cars on Scotland’s roads,” WWF laid out the steps it says will help Scotland meet its climate emission goals as outlined in the country’s Climate Change Act. Those ambitious goals call for a 42 percent reduction in greenhouse gasses by 2020 and and an 80 percent reduction by 2050. However, WWF points out that road transport emissions actually increased 8 percent in Scotland from 1990 to 2008. To remedy the situation, WWF says Scotland will need to replace 300,000 petrol/diesel cars by 2020. That translates into a dramatic change in the way the country travels, considering that in 2011 only 2,500 out of 28,000,000 cars in the U.K. were electric.
The report offers a number of suggestions, including encouraging the government to continue the procurement of electric vehicles and setting a target of 100 percent of the public fleet to be electric by 2020. WWF also wants the government to institute a “scrappage scheme” – a sort of clunkers-for EVs-swap – to encourage consumers to buy EVs and providing subsidies for EV buyers. Furthermore, WWF also wants the government to publish and commit to an EV action plan setting out how the country will progress towards the EV future, including planning for a charging infrastructure and funding publicly accessible recharging points.
“Making Scotland a world leader in the race to an all electric future could reap huge rewards including reducing emissions, tackling air quality, driving innovation and investment in a new industry,” said Dr. Richard Dixon, director of WWF Scotland. “Our report recognizes there will be challenges on the way to achieving this vision, but sets out solutions to help make this a reality. The first step to reaching our goal is for the Scottish Government to publish an action plan setting out its vision for the role of electric cars in a sustainable transport future.”