The transport industry is set to play a major role after the Prime Minister confirmed the UK’s commitment to net-zero emissions by 2050.
In one of her last policies before relinquishing her role, Theresa May committed the UK to eradicating its net contribution to climate change by enshrining the commitment in law, which will see the Climate Change Act 2008 amended.
It follows a recent report from the Committee on Climate Change, which outlined how tackling the climate emergency can be tackled; it will provide significant benefits to public health, result in much better air quality and less noise pollution.
In terms of the transport industry, lower emissions will be achieved through new technologies and a decrease in the cost of electric vehicles.
The government say that the new legislation will ensure the UK is on track to become the first G7 country to legislate for net-zero emissions; a further assessment will be conducted in the next five years to confirm that other countries are taking action that is similarly ambitious.
Theresa May said: “We have made huge progress in growing our economy and the jobs market while slashing emissions.
“Now is the time to go further and faster to safeguard the environment for our children. This country led the world in innovation during the Industrial Revolution, and now we must lead the world to a cleaner, greener form of growth.
“Standing by is not an option. Reaching net-zero by 2050 is an ambitious target, but it is crucial that we achieve it to ensure we protect our planet for future generations.”
The transport industry is already working to achieve net-zero emissions; the government has ensured this with policies such as the Road to Zero Strategy which is ending the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans.
And with technology continuing to improve, so will the industry’s contributions to decreasing emissions and therefore harmful pollution.