Green economy reacts to transport decarbonisation plan

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The UK government’s transport decarbonization plan was released today (July 14), outlining plans to align all national travel and logistics with the national goal of net zero. Here we bring together the reaction to this policy package from key opinion leaders and organizations in the green economy.

The plan was originally slated for release in late 2020 but was delayed amid Covid-19 and apparently calls for more ambitious targets

Released after months of delay, the plan outlines the government’s approach, in terms of timing and technology, to decarbonize the UK’s most emitting sector – transport. It covers all national modes of transport, including road, rail, maritime transport and flights, but international maritime transport and aviation are not covered.

Commitments have been made to end the sale of new heavy goods vehicles and gasoline and diesel buses and buses by 2040, subject to consultation; electrify the government’s own fleet by 2027 and accelerate spending on public transport and active travel. Plans are also detailed to bring emissions from the aviation sector to zero by 2050 without capping growth, with the ambition to include a 2040 target earlier in the law for national aviation and buildings and airport operations in England.

You can read the initial edie story covering the release of the plan for more information on what’s included.

Here we bring together all the reactions to the Department for Transport’s (DfT) new plan, outlining what key groups and individuals in the UK’s green economy are doing with the policy package.

Caterina Brandmayr, Green Marine Climate Policy Officer, said: “It is very encouraging to see the plan recognize the scale of action needed to reduce transportation emissions as well as to provide cleaner air, reduce congestion and boost employment in new low-carbon industries. Stepping up ambition to ban the sale of all new polluting vehicles, beyond cars and vans, by 2040 is vital to tackling the biggest source of transportation emissions.

“We now need a series of concrete measures, including a mandate for manufacturers to sell clean vehicles, and clear interim targets to accelerate emission reductions in all regions of the country and put the sector on the back burner. on track to achieve net zero. The Treasury must play its part to support the transition and make clean transport the default choice for people and businesses. “

NewAutomotive Policy Officer Ben Nelmes said: “We welcome the news that the government is considering the introduction of a zero-emission vehicle mandate for automakers so that a certain percentage of their cars are electric vehicles (EVs). Our analysis shows that the current arrangements are not working – they are rewarding companies for producing hybrids instead of fully net zero electric vehicles. The system needs to be reformed, and a California-style arrangement makes sense.

“It is essential that the program rewards companies for producing fully zero-emission electric vehicles, rather than relying on steadily declining average CO2 targets for manufacturers, so that companies and investors have confidence. needed to invest in increased battery production and for us to celebrate more Nissan-style investment announcements.

National Grid Head of Future Markets Graeme Cooper said: “This is the first zero emission transport mandate for a large economy and it is a great opportunity ahead of COP26 to show the UK’s commitment to clean transport and air. The government has already made significant investments in electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and today’s announcement will be a further boost, giving industry and consumers clarity and confidence on the road ahead. not only for cars but also for other forms of transport, including heavy goods vehicles.

“To achieve these results successfully, it is essential that the transmission and energy networks work together to ensure the delivery of the most efficient grid solution and to make the most efficient use of available funding. If we are to make the right investment to decarbonise transport, then do it right and for the long term. “

National Grid’s head of long-term strategy Danielle Stewart said: “Hydrogen has a key role to play in helping the transportation sector achieve net zero. For heavy-duty vehicles, biomethane can help reduce emissions as hydrogen technology advances and evolves. To enable the transition, policymakers, infrastructure providers, automakers and the supply chain will need to act quickly, working together to realize the benefits of green gases alongside other zero-carbon solutions. “

Elizabeth de Jong, Policy Director of Logistics UK, said: “The transport decarbonisation plan will help give logistics companies confidence and clarity on the steps they must take on the road to net zero. The consultation on proposed phase-out dates for new heavy-duty diesel vehicles should allow companies to move forward with confidence. Rail, shipping and aviation are all essential parts of logistics, which is why plans to support freight modal shift and develop technologies to reduce emissions in these modes are welcome. “

UK Transport & Environment Director Greg Archer said: “This plan is an important step in the transition to a more sustainable UK transport system. The decision to use only zero-emission road vehicles – including trucks – by 2050 is a global decision and will significantly reduce Britain’s climate impact and improve the air we breathe. This complements the goal of net domestic flights in the UK by 2040, although much remains to be done to tackle emissions from international aviation. “


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