Government publishes world’s first ‘greenprint’ to decarbonise all modes of domestic transport by 2050
Today the Government has announced its plan to decarbonise the UK Transport system.
With just months to go until major climate summit COP26, the plan provides a world-leading ‘greenprint’ to cut emissions from our seas and skies, roads and railways, setting out a credible pathway for the whole transport sector to reach net zero by 2050.
It is argued that cleaner transport will create and support highly skilled jobs, with the production of zero emission road vehicles alone having the potential to support tens of thousands of jobs worth up to £9.7 billion GVA in 2050.
The government today announced its intention to phase out the sale of new diesel and petrol heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) by 2040, subject to consultation, and combined with the 2035 phase out date for polluting cars and vans, this represents a world-leading pledge to phase out all polluting road vehicles within the next 2 decades. The consultation proposes a 2035 phase out date for vehicles weighing from 3.5 to 26 tonnes and 2040 for vehicles weighing more than 26 tonnes, or earlier if a faster transition seems feasible.
The announcement has received a mixed reception, with some advocating support, others being openly sceptical. BIFA will digest the contents and ensure that its members voices are heard as part of any consultation process, although as this follows on from previous communications, bringing forward banning the sale of fossil fuelled cars from 2035 to 2030, there is a clearer direction of travel.