Four key steps needed for transport decarbonisation by 2050

‘There is no silver bullet to decarbonise transport’ is one of the key findings of a cross-industry report on achieving transport decarbonisation in 2050.

Instead, a range of measures are needed in conjunction with cross-sector collaboration.

Making 10 recommendations for Government, industry and partners, the Transport Energy Network makes four key findings about how the 2050 goal can be achieved.

The 42-page report sets a pathway for the country.

In 2019 the UK committed to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 2050 to mitigate the effects of climate change.

At this time, the transport sector had become the UK’s largest contributor of GHG emissions, emitting 28% of UK GHG, while other sectors rapidly decarbonised.

In response to this challenge, the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) and Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) initiated the Transport Energy Network (TEN) which is working collaboratively to accelerate transport decarbonisation.

The network held a programme of workshops to share and improve understanding in the technology and fuels needed to deliver the
net zero 2050 targets across the transport modes.

The report covers progress so far, challenges and opportunities in the maritime, heavy-duty road and off-highway sectors.

These workshops focused on two key questions:

  • What are the technology pathways to net zero across transport sectors?
  • What are the enablers for these pathways?

Roadmaps were then developed considering different transport modes, energy vectors and propulsion solutions.

Key findings and recommendations from these workshops are captured in the extensive report.

2050 energy use estimate, with >75% of transport energy potentially supplied by sustainable low-carbon liquid and gaseous fuels

The next steps for the Transport Energy Network will see it undertake a range of activities:

  • Support cross sector collaboration using workshops and focussed consultation to explore in detail the potential for cross sector collaboration to accelerate decarbonisation
  • Develop scenarios for resource usage and infrastructure development to support the technology pathways identified by these roadmaps
  • Work with APC to update the Automotive Council Energy and Fuel roadmap.

About The Transport Energy Network

The Transport Energy Network was initiated to accelerate transport decarbonisation, supported by the Advanced Propulsion Centre, LowCVP and the University of Brighton.

Set up to address 2050 targets for Net-Zero GHG emissions, it considers different transport modes (on road, off highway, marine, rail and synergies with aerospace sector), looking at strengthening the UK supply chain.

Network activities are designed to encourage collaboration between communities and provide evidence to support policy development in this area.

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