Government announces Transport decarbonisation plan
The Transport Secretary reveals the Transport decarbonisation plan for cleaner air, healthier communities and plethora of new green jobs.
The plans to cut carbon emissions from transport will aim to create a better quality of life by enabling cleaner, quieter cities and will support the UK’s transition towards a net-zero society.
Petrol and Diesel Vehicles
Bold plans include ending the sale of all new petrol and diesel road vehicles, including HGV’s and buses, by 2040.
The decarbonisation strategy will see the Department of Transport (DfT) phase-out vehicles weighing from 3.5 to 26 tonnes by 2035; for vehicles weighing more than 26 tonnes, the government will aim for a target of 2040.
Dan Martin, CEO, Elmtronics says, “This announcement has been long overdue and we welcome the commitment to the decarbonisation of all transport. However, we understand the effects this will have on many businesses and the concerns it may bring. We’re here to offer our guidance and support to help those looking to transition their fleets to electric and to ensure they fully understand what this announcement means for them and their business.”
The Transport Secretary also revealed that the government will commit to electrifying their entire fleet by 2027, three years earlier than originally planned.
Legislation is also due to come in later this year to ensure that all new private EV charge points meet smart charging standards. This will aim to save consumers money on energy bills and fuelling their electric vehicles.
A ‘delivery plan’ will also be published today, which sees all of the current measures around the decarbonisation of vehicles outlined by the government brought into one document. It will include milestones, timelines, and will reveal the progress that is being made towards committing to the encouragement of EV ownership.
Walking, Cycling and Public Transport
The government has previously pledged a £2bn commitment to boost walking and cycling across the UK, however, new plans have also outlined how improvements to public transport and increased support for walking and cycling, will encourage them as people’s first choice for transport.
Also set to be delivered today is the rail environment policy statement. This will outline the direction for the rail industry on environmental issues such as traction decarbonisation, air quality, decarbonising the rail estate, biodiversity and waste.
Covered in the announcement were also plans to meet net-zero domestic aviation emissions by 2050; the Jet zero consultation will set out action plans for how the date will be achieved.
To support the government’s plans, a new wave of highly skilled workers will be required. It’s believed the production of zero-emissions vehicles will create several thousand jobs alone.
Recent announcements from companies such as Nissan and Stellantis will also see the need for hundreds of jobs to be created across the country.
Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps said, “The Transport decarbonisation plan is just the start – we will need continued efforts and collaboration to deliver its ambitious commitments, which will ultimately create sustainable economic growth through healthier communities as we build back greener.”
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