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Drilling into the detail of CCC’s zero emission transport vision

The Committee on Climate Change’s recommendation that the UK should become a net zero emission economy by 2050 has profound implications for transport. In the last issue we covered the Committee’s main report. Its accompanying technical report, summarised here, goes into greater detail about the transport and related power supply implications of its recommendations. Andrew Forster reports

24 May 2019
Trials abroad are using overhead wires to charge hybrid lorries
Trials abroad are using overhead wires to charge hybrid lorries
The Committee’s Further Ambition scenario envisages a huge increase in hydrogen use, including for transport
The Committee’s Further Ambition scenario envisages a huge increase in hydrogen use, including for transport
The CCC’s illustrative generation mix for its Further Ambition scenario low carbon power system, 2050
The CCC’s illustrative generation mix for its Further Ambition scenario low carbon power system, 2050

 

Transport inevitably forms a key focus for the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) analysis into how the UK economy can achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Putting aviation and shipping to one side, surface transport accounted for 23 per cent of emissions in 2017, of which cars accounted for 14 per cent, HGVs 4 per cent, vans 4 per cent, and buses, rail, and other transport (including mopeds and motorcycles) 1 per cent. 

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