At a glance: Everything you need to know about the UK’s Transport Decarbonisation Plan.
Edie 14th July 2021 read more »
Motorways will be fitted with overhead electric wires that can charge eTrucks on the move in bid to ban sale of diesel-powered HGVs by 2040. Ministers have announced plans to fit UK motorways with overhead electric wires that can charge e-Trucks; Part of ambitious plans to cut carbon emissions by banning the sale of diesel-powered HGVs by 2040; Creation of so-called e-highways are among Boris Johnson’s sweeping proposals to ‘decarbonise’ transport. Initiative is believed to be based on trial system in Germany, which is similar to how electric trams operate.
Daily Mail 14th July 2021 read more »
U.K. Unveils ‘Revolutionary’ Transport Decarbonization Plan but Still to Spend $37 Billion On Roads. U.K. transport secretary Grant Shapps has hailed his government’s much-delayed transport decarbonization plan as “revolutionary,” “ambitious,” and a “world first.” However, the plan relies on unproven future technologies for aviation rather than reducing the amount of flying, and it does not envisage cutting England’s $37 billion road building program.
Forbes 14th July 2021 read more »
Transitioning to zero emission cars and vans: 2035 delivery plan. Delivery plan setting out significant milestones towards our phase out dates for petrol and diesel cars and vans.
Dept Transport 14th July 2021 read more »
Last month, the Climate Change Committee delivered a withering verdict on the government’s failure to come up with a proper plan to deliver on its admirably ambitious net zero targets. As the committee released two dismal progress reports, which showed Britain behind on its goal of a 78% cut to greenhouse gases by 2035, its chairman, Lord Deben, observed: “The policy is just not there. It’s clear we need to step up very rapidly.” On Wednesday, ministers were at it again. As they contemplate a societal transition on an epochal scale, affecting all aspects of people’s everyday lives, Boris Johnson and his ministers appear to believe they can get by through a combination of setting dates and making heroic technological assumptions. This time it was the turn of the transport minister, Grant Shapps, to unveil eye-catching net zero pledges. According to the government’s delayed transport decarbonisation plan, polluting diesel and petrol lorries are to be banned in Britain by 2040 at the latest, and all types of transport will be decarbonised by 2050. Yet as the Road Haulage Association pointed out, zero-emissions heavy goods vehicles are still an aspiration rather than a reality, and Mr Shapps has delivered no detail on how the bill for this hypothetical transition will be met. In aviation, where the government has pledged net zero internal UK flights by 2040, there is a similar gap between rhetoric and reality. The notion that hydrogen aircraft and sustainable aviation fuels can obviate the need to fly less, at least in the medium term, is fanciful.
Guardian 14th July 2021 read more »
New green taxes on motoring and flying are likely to be introduced as part of proposals to reduce Britain’s transport emissions, the Government has suggested. Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, unveiled his transport decarbonisation plan on Wednesday, pledging that every vehicle on the roads would be zero emission within decades. The document says further “carbon pricing” for flights could be introduced and suggests new motoring taxes could offset the anticipated loss of fuel duty from electric vehicles. It adds that the Government will need to ensure that “revenue from motoring taxes keeps pace” with the switch to electric vehicles “to ensure we can continue to fund the first-class public services and infrastructure that people and families across the UK expect”.
Telegraph 14th July 2021 read more »
Do you fancy paying a toll to drive your car up a motorway? Or just to do the school run? The government says you won’t have to. But wait. Their exact wording is: “At present we have no intention to introduce road pricing.” It’s a clever form of words, and one we’ve heard before about Freedom Day and vaccine passports. Here’s what it really means: “Road pricing is coming, but we won’t admit it yet”.
Telegraph 14th July 2021 read more »