Have your say on the Decarbonise Transport Plan

The Government is due to publish the Decarbonise Transport Plan in Autumn 2020. With transport accounting for 28% of the total greenhouse gas emissions in the UK in 2018 it is essential that this plan marks the start of a serious and concerted effort to make transport in the UK sustainable as quickly as possible. Doing so is essential to achieving the Net Zero 2050 goal, and compliance with the Paris Agreement.


You can let the government know what you think needs to be done to make transport greener by filling in the public consultation survey here: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/WF1I3C/.


The team at Louder than the Storm have taken the time to review the expert advice on transport decarbonisation and have included it in model answers to the survey questions below. Feel free to copy and paste these answers into the survey where appropriate. When completing the survey you will be asked a subset of the questions laid out below.


Public Consultation Survey Model Answers.

(Survey questions appear in black font, and answers in red)


What do you think government should be doing to reduce the greenhouse gases that are produced from:


cars?

  • Bring forward the 2040 ban on new conventionally powered vehicles to 2030. This will send a strong signal to both manufacturers and consumers, accelerating the shift towards electric and changes in transport behaviour. Hybrid Electric Vehicles must also be included in this bad if Net Zero 2050 is to be achieved.

  • Subsidise purchases of electric vehicles to increase uptake as has been successful in Norway. The total cost of operating (TCO) for electric must be lower than conventional power if it is to sweep the market.

  • Support the rapid roll out of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. This will give both manufactures and consumers the confidence to invest in electric vehicles

  • Educate people on the practicalities and benefits of electric vehicles. E.g. range anxiety persists despite 99.3% of UK journeys falling within current electric vehicle ranges.

  • Introduce variable road use charges to manage traffic flow in peak periods. This will make journeys more efficient, reduce pollution, and incentivise the use of other more sustainable forms of transport where possible. This may include pricing private vehicles out of urban centers completely to improve congestion and pollution. The revenues raised will be important in replacing lost fuel duty income.

  • Insist that engines meet efficiency standards under normal usage conditions, rather than optimal conditions rarely seen in the real world.

  • There is the possibility that a transition to electric vehicles will actually increase miles driven because of the cheaper cost of travel. It is therefore essential to also undertake measures that reduce travel, or shift it to yet more sustainable modes.

  • Support the establishment of car subscription services. This will decrease the requirement to own a car, and therefore decrease the temptation to use them for unnecessary journeys.

  • Invest in alternatives to car transport, such as; trains, cycling, and walking. The better and more attractive the infrastructure for these alternatives, the more likely that people will use them.

  • Virtual travel and localisation can reduce traveled distance. Encourage people to live closer to their workplace, and commute less often.


buses and coaches?

  • Bring forward the 2040 ban on new conventionally powered vehicles to 2030. This will send a strong signal to both manufacturers and consumers, accelerating the shift towards electric and changes in transport behaviour.

  • Subsidise purchases of electric vehicles to increase uptake as has been successful in Norway.

  • Support the rapid roll out of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.

  • Shift journeys towards trains, cycling, and walking where possible by making these alternatives more attractive and directing people towards them.

vans and lorries?

  • Bring forward the 2040 ban on new conventionally powered vehicles to 2030. This will send a strong signal to both manufacturers and consumers, accelerating the shift towards electric and changes in transport behaviour.

  • Subsidise purchases of electric vehicles to increase uptake as has been successful in Norway.

  • Support the rapid roll out of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.

  • Educate people on the practicalities of electric vehicles. E.g. range anxiety persists despite 99.3% of UK journeys falling within current electric vehicle ranges

  • Invest in R&D to work towards electric technology that is adequate for heavy vehicles.

  • Introduce and support consignment sharing schemes allowing goods to be delivered more efficiently.

  • Reduce demand for rapid delivery, especially to private addresses.

  • Support automated last mile delivery technologies and other last mile alternatives such as click and collect.


passenger rail?

  • Electrified rail is already among the most efficient ways to travel medium to long distance

  • Further emission reductions can be made by decarbonising the production of electricity through shifts to renewable energy sources as well as safe nuclear power stations.

  • Improve cycling and walking infrastructure to make journeys to and from stations more sustainable. Make more room for bikes on trains and in storage areas at stations.

  • Introduce pricing incentives for people that use trains regularly, and who travel to and from stations in sustainable ways.


aviation?

  • Aviation emissions must be limited, either through a strict global cap on emissions, or through the inclusion of aviation emission in the accounting for local carbon budgets.

  • Emissions allowances should be auctioned to avoid windfall profits to high polluters able to sell allowances. Auctioning provides a genuine financial incentive to reduce emissions. The money raised through these auctions should be invested in R&D into decarbonising aviation.


freight?

  • Bring forward the 2040 ban on new conventionally powered vehicles to 2030. This will send a strong signal to both manufacturers and consumers, accelerating the shift towards electric and changes in transport behaviour.

  • Subsidise purchases of electric vehicles to increase uptake as has been successful in Norway.

  • Support the rapid roll out of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.

  • Educate people on the practicalities and benefits of electric vehicles. E.g. range anxiety persists despite 99.3% of UK journeys falling within current electric vehicle ranges

  • Invest in R&D to work towards electric technology that is adequate for heavy vehicles.

  • Introduce and support consignment sharing schemes allowing goods to be delivered more efficiently.

  • Reduce demand for rapid delivery, especially to private addresses.

  • Support automated last mile delivery technologies, and other last mile alternatives like click and collect.

  • Reduce taxes on clean electricity, remove the diesel fuel rebate, and give hauliers a purchase incentive. Focus on increasing the rate at which decarbonisation of the road fleet takes place.


maritime?

  • Maritime emissions must be limited, either through a strict global cap on emissions, or through the inclusion of maritime emission in the accounting for local carbon budgets.

  • Emissions allowances should be auctioned to avoid windfall profits to high polluters able to sell allowances. This would provide a genuine financial incentive to reduce emissions. The money raised through these auctions should be invested in R&D into decarbonising shipping.

  • Introduce speed limits that allow for more energy efficient ship design. Restructure supply chains to accommodate these limits.

  • Restructure global supply chains to reduce the total shipping distances required for goods.

  • Subsides goods from more sustainable, but less cost effective global supply chains.


other transport?


Local journeys

What, if any, changes to reduce the greenhouse gases produced by your local transport, would you like to see made?

  • Educating and incentivising people so as to reduce their demand for mobility; reduced unnecessary journeys will lead to reduced emissions.

  • Where journeys do have to be made, shift them to more sustainable forms. Incentivise walking and cycling where possible. Make trains cheaper and more convenient.

  • Taxi and minicab services must transition to electric. This is already cheaper for the operator over the lifespan of the vehicle in many urban areas compared to diesel.


What, if any, examples of good transport initiatives in your local area do you have (with a particular focus on low or zero emission initiatives)?

  • (include any examples for your local area)


Longer journeys

What changes would you like to see that will help to reduce the greenhouse gases produced from longer journeys?

  • Avoid longer journeys through virtual travel and other behaviour changes that reduce demand for mobility. Increase the social acceptability of alternatives arrangements that negate the need for long distance travel.

  • Introduce increased taxation on long distance leisure travel, especially frequent flyers and long distance flights.

  • Shift journeys to more sustainable modes, especially rail. Increase the affordability and practicality of using the rail network.


Purchasing goods

What action do you think the government should take to reduce the greenhouse gases produced from the:


distribution of goods across the country?

  • Plan supply chains with emissions reductions as a central goal.

  • Incentivise the use of the lowest emission routes and modes of transport.

  • Facilitate behavioural changes towards favouring goods that have sustainable supply chains.

delivery of goods to shops or residences?

  • Reduce demand for high speed delivery

  • Support automated last mile delivery technologies.

Travel choices

(choose the answer that best suits you)

Do you find it:

  1. easy to make informed travel choices in relation to the emissions produced?

  2. difficult to make informed travel choices in relation to the emissions produced?


Information to inform travel choices


What information would you find helpful in making those choices?

  1. The approximate measurement of greenhouse gases emitted as a result of your journey

  2. . A comparison of the greenhouse gases emitted as a result of your journey relative to other forms of transport (Suggested)

  3. A comparison of the greenhouse gases emitted as a result of your journey relative to other lifestyle choices (Suggested)

  4. Don't know?

  5. Other:


Final comments

What other views do you have on how to decarbonise the UK transport network?

  • (include any personal comments you have)

Any other comments?

  • (include any personal comments you have)


By Louder than the Storm Political Lead, MacGregor Cox


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