Road safety organisation Brake has welcomed the announcement of the first steps on the Government’s Transport Decarbonisation Plan (TDP), which is due later this year and will place focus on both zero-emission transport and prioritising public transport/active travel.
In a document outlining the next steps for the work, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps acknowledged how transport has a huge role to play in the economy reaching net zero.
He added: “The scale of the challenge demands a step change in both the breadth and scale of ambition and we have a duty to act quickly and decisively to reduce emissions.”
As well as looking at decarbonisation of road vehicles – including supporting the transition to zero-emission vehicles through regulation, vehicle supply and refuelling and recharging infrastructure – the plan will prioritise accelerating the modal shift to public and active transport.
This includes through a coherent, convenient and cost-effective public network.
It will also explore decarbonising how we get our goods, taking in changing consumer behaviour and transforming ‘last-mile’ deliveries through an integrated clean and sustainable delivery system.
The plan will also consider place-based solutions, considering how and why emissions are highest in specific location and exploring a multi-modal approach where needed.
The plan will take in feedback from individuals, businesses, trade associations, local authorities, scientists, researchers, innovators, interest groups and environmental groups, including through a series of events and workshops and opportunities.
The document, published last week, also refers to the UN’s annual climate change conference COP26, which was due to take place in Glasgow this November but has now been postponed to next year due to the coronavirus pandemic
Commenting on the first steps for the plan, Brake’s director of campaigns Joshua Harris said: “Everyone should be able to move in safe and healthy ways and it’s heartening to hear of the Government’s step change focusing on reducing car use – it has great potential to reduce the number of serious injuries and deaths on our roads, as well as improve people’s health. We now need to see greater investment in active travel, such as more segregated cycle paths and foot paths, to make this vision a reality.”
The Transport Decarbonisation Plan is due to be published in autumn 2020.
Businesses are being invited to share their views on what actions government should take in order to decarbonise transport. Please email TDP@dft.gov.uk or write to Transport Decarbonisation Plan, Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Rd, London, SW1P 4DR.