Delayed transport decarbonisation plan launched

Barry White

On 4 July the Department for Transport launched its delayed Transport Decarbonisation Plan, which sets out the Government’s commitments and the actions needed to decarbonise the entire transport system in the UK by 2050. Main changes include a ban sale of new petrol and diesel heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and buses by 2040, with plans to stop the sale of combustion-engine vehicles weighing between 3.5 tonnes and 26 tonnes five years earlier.

The plan, which comprises 216 pages, claims that ambitious policies have been published to transform England for cycling and walking with an investment of £2 billion and more than 300 cycling and walking schemes already being delivered. It also aims to make the UK’s aviation industry net zero emissions by 2050 through the use of more efficient planes, synthetic fuels and even electric or hydrogen powered aircraft as well as carbon offsetting.

Green Alliance has welcomed the plan but says that more is needed to make transport genuinely green. You can read their comments at: https://greenallianceblog.org.uk/2021/07/19/the-transport-decarbonisation-plan-is-a-good-start-but-more-is-needed-to-make-transport-genuinely-green/

Also Ray Hill’s more detailed article in the August ACE Newssheet at: http://acesettleandarea.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/ACE-News-August-2021.pdf

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