Low Carbon Transport

The transport sector accounts for 24% of UK emissions, with almost zero progress since 1990.

In 2017, the UK government announced it will end the sale of all new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040. This was a recognition that the transport sector needs to rapidly decarbonise, if it is to meet its share of the UK’s climate goals. The new Clean Growth strategy reiterates that stance.

The Government confirms that it will spend £1bn to drive the uptake of ULEVs (ultra-low emission vehicles). The forthcoming Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill, announced in the latest Queen’s speech, will help to boost the rollout of EV charge points and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure as part of this accelerated adoption of low emission vehicles.

It confirms that, to meet the fifth carbon budget (ending 2032), we may need to see emissions from transport falling by almost 30% compared to today, with at least 30% of new car sales required to be ULEVs by 2030 and possibly as many as 70%.

The Government will set out further detail on a long term strategy for the UK’s transition to zero road vehicle emissions by March 2018.

Transport in Scotland Looking ahead to 2030

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