Ahead of the UK hosting #COP26 in November, I wanted to share some really exciting, positive news with constituents. as this week the Government launched our landmark Transport Decarbonisation Plan. The vision set out in the Plan is to decarbonise all modes of transport by 2050, which I firmly believe is a crucial target as we work towards ensuring the air we breathe is cleaner in our local communities, as we reduce time spent in traffic and make our public transport greener.
The Plan focuses on:
- Cleaner air, healthier communities and tens of thousands of new green jobs
- Consulting on world-leading pledge to end the sale of all new, polluting road vehicles by 2040 and net zero aviation emissions by 2050
- Creating a net zero rail network by 2050, ensuring net zero domestic aviation emissions by 2040 and leading the transition to green shipping.
- Smart electric vehicle charging that could reduce energy bills, and a commitment to electrify the entire fleet of government cars and vans by 2027, highlight ambition to tackle emissions
In his statement to the House of Commons this week, my ministerial colleague the Transport Secretary stressed the following:
“The year 2050 may seem like a long way into the future, but it is just 29 years away. That is why the pace of change will be unparalleled, and why this new decarbonisation plan is a landmark in the evolution of the way we do transport in this country”.
“We are the first country in the world to do this, taking a firm leadership position as we host COP26 later this year in Glasgow and going from being part of the climate change problem to a major part of the solution”.
For the Transport Secretary’s full statement, please visit here
For the full Transport Decarbonisation Plan, please visit here