The government’s policy paper on ‘Creating the transport decarbonisation plan‘ has just been published. Maybe because of the Covid-19 situation it came out with no publicity.
Under current policies, they project a 35% increase in car mileage by 2050 and almost no increase in bus mileage.
The document says “Whilst we know the scale of the challenge, we do not currently know the optimal path for delivering a decarbonised transport network. We, therefore, intend to work with business, academics, researchers and innovators, environmental NGOs and the wider public over 2020 to design the package of decarbonisation policies that can serve the needs of both passengers and wider society, and deliver our goals.”
It appears there are good aspirations, with some signals about achieving net zero carbon emissions, but no real route to get there. Prior to the COVID 19 outbreak, the government did seem to be trying to get this plan together in time for the global COP26 climate summit in Glasgow in November 2020 (now postponed) but appeared to be asking experts to write it for them!
This BBC story Climate change: ‘Gob-smacking’ vision for future UK transport sets the scene about it if you don’t want to read the whole document.
Julia Waterlow, TTL.