As part of the ongoing COP21 talks, Britain has pledged to continue its effort for almost all cars and vans to be zero-emission vehicles by 2050. Announced on Thursday 3rd December, Transport Minister Andrew Jones reaffirmed the UK’s commitment to reduce emissions from transport.
As one of the 13 international members to have signed the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Alliance in September 2015, the UK joins Germany, Holland, Norway and California as regions with established ZEV sales and infrastructure. The alliance aims to promote uptake, manufacture and use of battery electric, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell vehicles in the next 35 years.
This acceleration of ZEV uptake is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than one billion tons per year by 2050. Proposals include removing government barriers to ZEVs, deploying them whenever possible in medium and heavy duty tasks – including in public transportation – and investing in an expanding ZEV infrastructure.
Mr Jones said: “The UK already has the largest market for ultra-low emission vehicles in the EU, and the fourth largest in the world, and today’s pledge reaffirms our commitment to ensuring almost every car and van is a zero emission vehicle by 2050.
“Electric cars are greener and cheaper to run and we are making them more affordable, spending more than £600 million between 2015 and 2020 to support the uptake and manufacturing of ultra-low emission vehicles here in the UK.
“By leading international efforts on this issue, we are playing our part in helping achieve greenhouse gas emission reductions of more than 1 billion tonnes per year across the world by 2050.”