UK Government launches Road to Zero strategy for vehicles

UK Government launches Road to Zero strategy for vehicles

The UK government has confirmed its ambition to see at least half of new cars to be ultra low emission by 2030 as part of plans to make the UK the best place in the world to build and own an electric vehicle.

The proposals are outlined in the Road to Zero Strategy, which sets out plans to enable a massive expansion of green infrastructure across the country, reduce emissions from the vehicles already on the UK’s roads, and drive the uptake of zero emission cars, vans and trucks. 

Of the 49 policy measures listed, two are most relevant to LEARN and the GLEC Framework:

Item 15. Introducing a new voluntary industry-supported commitment to reduce HGV greenhouse gas emissions by 15% by 2025, from 2015 levels.

“We recognise the need to ensure that independent and robust information is available to HGV operators to enable them to identify relevant measures and technologies for improving their fuel efficiency and reducing emissions. We have funded the EST to develop a freight portal with advice for HGV operators, particularly smaller hauliers, on improving fuel and operational efficiency. This will provide the sector with a valuable source of advice in considering the measures they need to adopt to meet the target. We will work with the FTA, RHA and other key industry bodies to provide advice and help for operators in this area. 

We will also support the freight portal and the industry’s efforts to reduce its emissions by investigating the practical obstacles preventing many hauliers from adopting measures to reduce emissions and how such barriers can be overcome. 

Item 25. Making sustainable supply chains a key theme of our Zero Emission Vehicle Summit in September 2018.

Finally, we will work with the international community to accelerate the global shift to cleaner transport. The UK wants to play an active, leading role internationally. At the Zero Emission Vehicle Summit in September 2018 we will bring together the international community to discuss how to seize collective opportunities and tackle our shared challenges.

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