Road to COP26—decarbonising transport

Road to COP26—decarbonising transport

In light of current policy and funding measures, can the UK achieve its target of zero new polluting vehicles by 2030, and can it inspire other countries to do the same?

In its role as president of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), the UK has pledged to show domestic leadership on climate action. One of its key commitments in this regard is ending the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars by 2030, putting it 'on course to be the fastest G7 country to decarbonise cars and vans'. The ban on new polluting cars is also supported by measures to promote greater uptake in electric vehicles and to reduce congestion. But with transport responsible for the largest share of domestic emissions, will this be enough to decarbonise the sector in line with the UK's net zero target?

In the latest instalment in our series of News Analysis preceding COP26, Paul Dight and Suzanne Moir, Partners in Addleshaw Goddard's Infrastructure Projects & Energy team, consider the viability of the government's plans and provide their insight on (1) potential actions to speed up decarbonisation, (2) the role of Ultra low Emission Zones (ULEVs), and (3) how the UK can encourage and support other nations towards achieving a zero emissions future in transport. 

Read the full article here: Decarbonising transport—will polluting vehicles go by 2030?

For more information, see Practice Notes: Electric cars and ultra low emission vehicles and Road and rail emissions—regulation.


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