The government has set out the priorities for the development of its Transport Decarbonisation Plan (TDP), which will look to deliver a net zero transport system.
On 26 March it published, Decarbonising transport: setting the challenge, in which it warned the UK must go “much further” in reducing domestic transport emissions to hit interim carbon budgets and the 2050 net zero target.
The TDP will drive this work, with the Department for Transport (DfT) mapping out six key priorities to guide its development. These include accelerating the modal shift to public and active transport, decarbonising how goods are received, leading international efforts in transport emissions reduction to reduce carbon in the global economy and place-based solutions.
It cited the decarbonisation of road vehicles as another priority, with the government to support the transition to zero emission road vehicles through regulatory framework, a strong consumer base, market conditions, vehicle supply, refuelling and recharging infrastructure and energy system readiness. The paper also outlined the UK being a hub for green transport technology and innovation as a priority, with the country’s scientists, business leaders and innovators used to position the UK as an internationally recognised leader of environmentally sustainable technology and innovation in transport.
The DfT is now seeking views from both the public and industry and is planning various forms of engagement, including workshops with stakeholders and representative groups to generate and test policy proposals. The TDP will be published later in 2020.