14.7.2021 | Logistics

Government decarbonisation plan announced

Intention to phase out the sale of new diesel and petrol HGVs by 2040. 

Today (14th July 2021) government publishes the world’s first ‘greenprint’ to decarbonise all modes of domestic transport by 2050.

As part of this vision, the government is announcing its intention to phase out the sale of new diesel and petrol heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) by 2040, subject to consultation – combined with the 2035 phase-out date for polluting cars and vans. This represents a world-leading pledge to phase out all polluting road vehicles within the next two decades. The consultation proposes a 2035 phase-out date for vehicles weighing from 3.5 to 26 tonnes and 2040 for vehicles weighing more than 26 tonnes – or earlier if a faster transition seems feasible.

Elizabeth de Jong, Director of Policy at Logistics UK, said:

“The Transport decarbonisation plan will help to provide logistics businesses with confidence and clarity on the steps they must take on the pathway to net zero. Consultation on proposed phase-out dates for new diesel HGVs should enable businesses to move forwards with confidence. Rail, shipping and aviation are essential parts of logistics, so plans to support freight modal shift and develop technologies to reduce emissions across these modes are welcome.

“With logistics already embracing the need to decarbonise its operations, Logistics UK looks forward to working in partnership with the government on future activities and strategies to realise the net-zero ambition together.”

To read full details of the government’s decarbonisation plan, click here.