The government has confirmed its commitment to making at least half of the vehicles on UK roads ultra-low emission by 2030 with the launch of its ‘Road to Zero’ strategy. The strategy, which you can read in its entirety here, outlines measures that will put the UK at the forefront of a global revolution in cleaner driving.
It aims to enable a massive expansion of green infrastructure and promote the use of zero-emission cars, vans and trucks across the country. In the words of the Transport Minister, the result will be “cleaner air, a better environment and a strong, clean economy”.
The government has already set out its air quality plan, which will end the sale of new conventional and petrol diesel cars and vans by 2040. The Road to Zero strategy aims to build towards this commitment and outlines how the government will work with industry, businesses, environmental groups and local government to achieve it. Here are some of the key proposals:
Commenting on the Road to Zero strategy, Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport, said: “The coming decades are going to be transformative for our motor industry, our national infrastructure and the way we travel. We expect to see more change in the transport sector over the next 10 years than we have in the previous century.
“We are expecting our economy and society to experience profound change, which is why we have marked the future of mobility as one of the four grand challenges as part of our modern Industrial Strategy. The Road to Zero strategy sets out a clear path for Britain to be a world leader in the zero-emission revolution – ensuring that the UK has cleaner air, a better environment and a stronger economy.”
The Committee on Climate Change believes the strategy falls short in certain areas. Firstly, it does not think the target of 40% for ultra-low emission new van sales is high enough. It also criticises the lack of incentives to purchase electric and hybrid vans and the absence of measures to address the fast-growing market for higher-emitting vehicles such as Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs).
However, the Road to Zero has also been welcomed for its commitment to improving the availability of charging infrastructure. The new measures to tackle emissions of HGVs have also been widely commended, as until now there was no policy to reduce emissions in this sector.
With many cities ready to introduce Clean Air Zones (CAZ), it’s clear the UK is looking to take the lead on the reduction of carbon emissions. As a forward-thinking company, we consider the environmental impact of all haulage and logistics jobs. Read more about our services and get in touch today.