Cars 'maligned in climate debate'

Debates on climate change have unfairly demonised the motor car, a leading vehicle engineer claims.

Richard Parry-Jones said that while cars have had an impact on climate change they represent only 8% of the problem.

The oil and energy sectors, as well as the car industry, must contribute to substantially reducing carbon dioxide emissions from cars, he said during a speech in London.

Mr Parry-Jones is a former Ford Motor Company executive who is chairing a Government investigation into the automotive industry.

He said that the Government had a key role to play as the car industry and consumers deal with the challenge to personal mobility posed by climate change.

Mr Parry-Jones was speaking at a conference hosted by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders at its headquarters in London.

Earlier this year, he was asked to head a Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform department investigation into the automotive industry to identify measures to tackle the issues of low-cost competition and the move to lower-carbon transport.

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