Fuel giant BP today invited motorists to "neutralise" their carbon dioxide (CO2) by signing up to a new green initiative (1)
Green Party Principal Speaker Keith Taylor commented: "BP are saying what every car salesman in the country wants them to - carry on driving no matter what. Headline grabbing off-setting schemes like this are token measures, and fail to get to the heart of the matter that road transport accounts for about a quarter of the UK's carbon emissions, and car ownership across the globe is increasing.
"Displacing the problem with feel-good schemes is not the same thing as solving it.
"We urgently need to reduce carbon emissions, and in the absence of non polluting vehicles this means reducing private and freight motoring. An enormous number of food miles are clocked up every year. We need to stop sourcing much of our food and goods from abroad, and buy local instead. Oiling the wheels of over reliance on road transport is simply adding to our carbon problems, not solving them.
"Sir Jonathan Porrit's involvement with the BP scheme should be seen for what it is - a pragmatic attempt to make the best of a bad job. People shouldn't forget to expect Greenwash from BP, a company who despite their claims to the contrary are, in essence, an oil an gas business with second quarter profits of $7.3 billion. They have an appalling track record with regard to their respect to the environment, something which doubtless Jonathan Porrit is fully aware. I would not want to see him tarred with the same brush." (2)