CO2 emission displays for all road vehicles

It would be mandatory for drivers to display the CO2 emissions for their vehicle, with displays colour-coded: e.g. Red for the largest, most polluting vehicles through to Green for electric vehicles.

By making the displays highly visible, it might be possible to start to exert some peer pressure to encourage people to opt for more efficient/electric vehicles.

Why the contribution is important

There is a culture in Jersey of driving unnecessarily large vehicles often to demonstrate status.  It would be interesting to see a break down of CO2 emissions by type of vehicle and model what would happen if everyone switched to smaller cars.  Taxing large vehicles that are driven for status will only make them more attractive.   Instead by making vehicle emissions highly visible to the community we might start to exert social pressure to change.

by RachelStPeter on February 18, 2021 at 03:15PM

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  • Posted by Vraic February 18, 2021 at 22:39

    Emissions during manufacture must be considered. A large electric vehicle may have greater carbon emmisions over its lifetime than a small efficient diesel purely because of manufacturing emissions.
  • Posted by Nigelblandin February 19, 2021 at 08:13

    That’s not actually correct when the lifespan and total use of vehicles is taken into account. It is something promoted by those businesses and organisation opposed to ev’s as they threatened them.
    Watch the message change now that more and more mainstream manufacturers change to an electric future.

    If the EV isn’t used much, then yes - the production impact is greater than a traditional one - unless that is used a lot.

    How about shared EV use (Like the Evie scheme) for those who only need cars a little bit and sustainable fuels for heavy vehicles, until alternatives are readily available?
  • Posted by SimonLanglois February 19, 2021 at 22:49

    In the UK, and possibly to be adopted in Jersey, is the requirement for all buildings open to the public to have their energy efficiency displayed in a certificate by the entrance. Presumably a poor rating reflects the outlook of the organisation in that they haven't bothered to improve the efficiency of their building.

    A similar scheme for vehicles is a great idea! I hope it gets adopted.
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