Transport Secretary Grant Shapps launched the first meeting of the Net Zero Transport Board yesterday (July 8) to help guide the decarbonisation of UK transport.
The Board consists of leaders from a range of fields including behavioural change and policy, as well as experts from sectors such as environment, aviation and technology.
The meetings are designed to allow a collaborative approach to help tackle the challenges and issues of decarbonising transport.
In yesterdays meeting, the Board discussed what government action should be taken to support jobs that are in line with the UK’s transport decarbonisation goals.
The Board will also help to inform the Transport Decarbonisation Plan which is due to be published later this year.
Alongside the first meeting, the government is also providing the public with an opportunity to provide their feedback online.
Grant Shapps said: ‘Transport has a huge part to play in tackling climate change and today’s meeting is another important step for this country on our road to Net-Zero.
‘Clearly our ground-breaking Transport Decarbonisation Plan must be shaped by the best brains and informed by the widest array of expertise and experience.
‘I’m determined to build a greener, healthier, more prosperous Britain for future generations and I have no doubt that the Net Zero Transport Board will play an integral part in our green recovery.’
Darren Shirley, chief executive of Campaign for Better Transport, commented on the meeting: ‘We welcome the Government’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions from transport, and its recognition that much more needs to be done to bring the sector in line with Net Zero targets.
‘As the UK begins the process of recovery from Covid-19, the need for sustainable transport has only strengthened.
‘By supporting public transport, walking, cycling and zero-emission vehicles, the Government can not only improve our environment and our health but also create jobs, tackle social exclusion and help the economy to recover.’
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