Decarbonisation Plan - UK Transport The Department for Transport published the long-awaited Transport Decarbonisation Plan.
Government and van fleet to be 100% zero emission by 2027
The Department for Transport (DfT) published the long-awaited Transport Decarbonisation Plan on 14 July, setting out new targets such as the phase-out of new petrol and diesel HGVs by 2040, as well as publishing other significant documents alongside it.
DfT published a zero emissions vehicle (ZEV) transition delivery plan:
> In 2021 – Infrastructure schemes expanded: Workplace Charging Scheme opened to charities and SMEs; and on-street residential scheme opened for larger projects.
> 2022 – Local EV Infrastructure Fund launched; further consultation on the CO2 regulatory regime expected; and EV Homecharge Scheme to focus on renters, leaseholders and those living in flats.
> 2024 – Potential date for introduction of a new road vehicle emissions regulatory regime.
> 2025 – Existing company car tax rates for zero emission cars currently set to end in March 2025.
> 2027 – Full progress review undertaken; government and van fleet to be 100% zero emission by 2027.
DfT also published the Green Paper on a New Road Vehicle CO2 Emissions Regulatory Framework for the United Kingdom, saying it will seek to define the ‘significant zero emission capability’ that all new cars and vans will be required to deliver between 2030 and 2035. Other significant documents concerning car and van decarbonisation published alongside the plan include:
> In the Green Paper on a New Road Vehicle CO2 Emissions Regulatory Framework for the United Kingdom, DfT will seek to define the ‘significant zero emission capability’ that all new cars and vans will be required to deliver between 2030 and 2035.
> The government published its response to the electric vehicle (EV) smart charging consultation, committing to laying legislation later this year to ensure that all new private EV chargepoints meet smart charging standards. Its intention is to mandate a minimum set of requirements in 2021 that supports the early smart charging market.
> Other actions in the Transport Decarbonisation Plan include consulting on phase out dates for the sale of all new non-zero emission HGVs, with the government’s proposed date to be 2040; and deliver a net zero railway network by 2050, with sustained carbon reductions in rail along the way, and remove all diesel-only trains (passenger and freight) from the network by 2040.
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