On 10th February, the Department of Transport has published the Research and analysis Freight carbon review 2017. This is a review of the evidence, opportunities for and barriers to reducing emissions from road freight.
The 2008 Climate Change Act sets a legally binding target to reduce the UK’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 80% by 2050, relative to 1990 levels. The Act requires the Government to cap GHG emissions over successive five-year periods, known as ‘carbon budgets’. The fifth carbon budget, covering the period 2028-2032, was set in legislation in July 2016.
Alongside meeting these targets, improving air quality continues to be a priority. The 2008 Ambient Air Quality Directive (2008/50/EC) sets legally binding limits for concentrations of major pollutants that impact public health including particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2).
- sets out key findings from the ‘Freight carbon review’, which brings together evidence on the opportunities for and barriers to reducing road freight GHG emissions
- identifies a range of government and industry-led emissions reduction options
- outlines a number of measures that the government will put in place to support the road freight industry in reducing GHG emissions from the sector
For further details consult the full report.