A new report from the Committee on Climate Change outlines ambitious targets that will be crucial in ensuring the transport sector can accelerate the move towards net-zero carbon emissions.
According to findings in ‘Net-zero: the UK’s contribution to stopping global warming’, huge reductions in the cost of renewable energy generation make the goal of zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 achievable, but this will only be feasible if steps are taken to boost low carbon power.
The recommendations made in the report are mirrored in the National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA) – a first for the UK – that was published by the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC).
In order to achieve net-zero carbon emissions, the tougher targets are required; for the transport industry, this will become more achievable, the report says, thanks to the new technologies and a decrease in cost of electric vehicles.
The Department for Transport (DfT) has previous confirmed its commitment to harnessing the benefits of battery electric vehicles as part of overall targets to phase out diesel-only vehicles.
The Commission’s own NIA, which is in line with many of those in the net-zero Committee on Climate Change report, called for a national network of electric vehicle charging points, that will be critical if new van sales are to be electric by 2030.
Sir John Armitt, Chair of the NIC, said if zero emissions targets are to be hit, infrastructure in place is essential.
He said: “To achieve net zero emissions by 2050, we must put in place the infrastructure we need to change how we travel and how we power and heat our homes and businesses.
“The key step is to ensure a rich mix of renewable energy sources. that’s why in the UK’s first NIA, we called for at least 50% of our electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030, along with measures to speed up the delivery of lower carbon heating for our homes and the adoption of electric vehicles.”