The Department for Transport (DfT) has said it is on track to deliver a policy roadmap for decarbonising “every single mode of transport” in line with the UK’s 2050 net-zero target this year, despite fears that the coronavirus pandemic would slow progress. According to the policy paper, the new plan will help ensure that public transport and active travel – such as walking and cycling – are the “natural first choice” for daily activities such as commuting and shopping. Achieving this modal shift, the policy paper states, will require financial support for “coherent and cost-effective” networks, coupled with effective behaviour change communications and supports. One such support will be the creation of a “universally recognised measure and tool” that enables individuals to compare how much CO2 their journey will emit, by mode of transport and distance.
Edie 27th March 2020 read more »
A new programme to convert Britain’s railways to electric power will be rolled out after the government admitted that greenhouse gases from trains will rise by a fifth in the next three decades. Analysis published by the Department for Transport (DfT) showed that levels of carbon dioxide from passenger and freight trains are set to increase by 19 per cent up to the middle of the century without intervention. The rise in greenhouse gases emitted by the rail industry runs counter to a predicted overall drop in levels from cars, HGVs, buses, vans and aircraft over the same period, the study said. The admission comes amid concerns over a continued reliance on diesel trains and a failure to convert swathes of the network to electric power.
Times 30th March 2020 read more »