A research study into the potential full carbon impacts of HS2 has been commissioned from Greengauge 21 by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), the Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). This report sets out the interim findings, highlighting the issues that we have identified as likely to be significant in the carbon case for HS2. Download the Interim Report (700KB)
In the second phase of the research study, we will model the effects of HS2 on carbon emissions, taking into account knock-on impacts on other modes of transport, and testing the scenarios identified in this report. The final research report, to be published in 2012, will report on this analysis to quantify the key factors that will determine HS2’s contribution to reductions in the UK’s carbon emissions.
The Interim Report draws on two reports commissioned by Greengauge 21 and published alongside this report:
- TEPR – Overview of Policy Issues (300KB) – an analysis of the environmental, transport, energy and other policy issues that will influence the carbon case for HS2. This analysis was commissioned from Dr Ian Skinner of Transport and Environmental Policy Research (TEPR).
- SYSTRA – Factors affecting HSR carbon impacts (350KB) – an analysis of the energy consumption and carbon performance of high-speed trains . This analysis was carried out by SYSTRA.
The research study is being sponsored by: