24th September 2012 | Posted by: Daniel Birkett | Industry News

A study commissioned by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), RSPB and the Campaign for Better Transport has found that the High-Speed Rail 2 (HS2) scheme could help the country meet its target of lowering emissions by 80% on levels seen in 1990 by 2050. Business Green has reported that if HS2 (a high-speed rail link between London and Birmingham) was available today, the CO2 emissions produced after making a trip would be almost three-quarters (73%) lower than making the equivalent journey in a car. It would be more than three-quarters (76%) lower than travelling the same distance by plane. These savings, however, rely on a number of measures that aren't yet in place - including: decarbonising the nation's electricity supply, operating high-speed rail services nationwide and moving travellers and freight away from aviation and cars towards trains. The report states that failing to achieve this would mean that the reductions seen from HS2 would be "modest" or, at worst, "marginally negative".