Unless alternative powertrain solutions are found for medium and heavy commercial vehicles, it is unlikely that transport decarbonisation targets will be met.
This is the view of KPMG, in its report on the decarbonisation of UK road transport.
Creating a low carbon environment to combat climate change has become one of the biggest public policy issues of our time, it adds. Central to the success of this is the decarbonisation of transport, which is the biggest single carbon-emitting sector in the UK, accounting for 28% of the country’s emissions in 2017.
The report adds: “The government’s decision to accept the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) recommendation for a net zero emissions target by 2050 is a striking development that puts the UK in a leadership position on tackling climate change.
“But it also raises the stakes for all parties. Concerted action will be needed across many sectors, from transport to energy to infrastructure, if we are to achieve this target.
“The sale of new petrol and diesel cars and light commercial vehicles (LCVs) is already set to be banned in the UK by 2040 but the CCC has recommended bringing this forward to 2035 or even 2030, if the target of net zero emissions by 2050 is to be achieved.
“The greater the size and weight of vehicle, the greater the challenges of moving to low or zero emissions.
“Increasing numbers of Ultra Low Emission Zones (ULEZs) are set to come into existence in cities around the UK between now and 2026, with London’s ULEZ already in force.
“We can expect to see the definition of ‘ultra-low’ falling progressively over time, from 75g of carbon per kilometre now to perhaps 50g for cars and LCVs.
“Particular action is needed on medium and heavy goods vehicles, which so far have escaped the regulatory pressure placed on cars and LCVs.
“The UK Government’s Road to Zero strategy proposed only a voluntary reduction of 15% in greenhouse gas emissions for HGVs by 2025.
“Even if this is achieved, it will leave a mountain to climb by 2050. However, the EU has passed new rules requiring CO2 emissions from HGVs to be reduced by 15% by 2025 and 30% by 2030."
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A short video by KPMG about the future direction of transport in which it says 'Game changing connections must be made before it’s too late' is here