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Net Zero APPG: Reaction to the Government’s plan to decarbonise transport

14 July 2021

The Net Zero APPG held a session on the Hard to Abate sectors ahead of the Government’s long awaited, Transport Decarbonisation Plan, published today (14 July 2021).

Given the importance of aviation and shipping to international trade, travel and investment, the decarbonisation of shipping and aviation will be crucial if the Government is to reach its target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 – or sooner.

The Net Zero APPG welcomes the Government’s proposals to decarbonise aviation and shipping and the Secretary of State for Transport ,Grant Shapps’, commitment to the ‘rapid development of technologies in a way that maintains the benefits of air travel and maximises the opportunities that decarbonisation can bring for the UK.’

However, it is clear from the NZ APPG’s hard to abate debate that we need to go further and faster if we are going to meet Net Zero by 2050 or sooner.  Speaking in the opening session, Lord Deben, Chair of the Climate Change Committee said, “we don’t really know quite how serious aviation emissions are” and that the environmental impact of air travel is likely to be more serious than expected but that the Government had at least recognised the problem which was a start.

The Hard to Abate debate brought together experts, academics and MPs from all parties to look at how we can overcome challenges and barriers and transition to more sustainable aviation and shipping and what our ports and airports can do to unlock the green recovery and unlock the transition to greener more sustainable transport, travel and trade.

Speaking in the Mini Session on Aviation and Shipping, Dr Andy Jefferson, from Sustainable Aviation said there is a lot the aviation industry can  and is doing to reduce emissions, including planning more direct routes to avoid additional fuel use, avoiding congestion on flight paths to reduce instances where planes have to wait to land, and using big data to predict weather conditions.

Matthew Grigor from Associated British Ports said that the Government’s decarbonisation plans would be welcome but that the Government need “to take advantage of the UK’s strengths in the maritime sector to support green growth, jobs and skills in technology and shipbuilding” to decarbonise shipping.

The findings and recommendations from all our evidence sessions will be published in our Net Zero Roadmap Report ahead of the COP26 Conference in November.

DECARBONISATION SERIES

10 November 2020

Decarbonisation Report Launch: Putting Net Zero at the Heart of UK Policy

THE ECONOMIC CHALLENGES: How do we make the zero carbon and green recovery happen?

BUILDING NET ZERO HOMES AND COMMUNITIES: Accelerating the low carbon transition across the built environment

DECARBONISING TRANSPORT: Accelerating net zero transition, innovation and infrastructure

GENERATING NET ZERO ENERGY: Accelerating decarbonisation and transition

VISION 10 PLEDGES


 

 

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Previous Meetings of the Net Zero APPG

WS3: Delivering Net Zero Cities and Regions

Will devolving power accelerate Net Zero ambitions in cities and regions? Chaired by Helen Hayes MP

12:00-13:45 Monday 17th May – Full recording available here.

WS2: The Net Zero Economy: Challenges and Opportunities

Are we on the road to a zero carbon economy and a green recovery?

15:00-16:30 Tuesday 9th March 2021 – Full recording available here.

WS1: Decarbonisation Series

Decarbonisation Report ‘Putting Net Zero at the heart of future UK Policy’ Launch

14:00-15:30 Tuesday 10th November 2020. Recording available here.

How do we make the zero carbon economy and green recovery happen?       

15:00 – 17:00 Tuesday 30th June. Recording available here.

Building Net Zero Homes and Communities: Accelerating the low carbon transition across the built environment

15:00 – 17:00 Tuesday 9th June 2020. Recording available here.

Decarbonising Transport: Accelerating net zero transition, innovation and infrastructure

15:00 – 17:00 Tuesday 2nd June 2020. Recording available here.

Generating Net Zero Energy: Power and Industry: Accelerating decarbonisation and transition

16:00 – 17:30 Monday 18th May 2020. Recording available here.

Net Zero APPG Parliamentary Launch Reception

21st January 2020, 16:00 – 18:00, Churchill Room, House of Commons.

Inaugural meeting of the Net Zero APPG

14th January 2020, 12:30-13:00, W2 House of Commons.

Can Britain lead an innovative and sustainable future in a competitive global marketplace?

19th December 2019, 10.00-12.00, Macmillan Room, Portcullis House.

Is energy market reform the key to unlocking a low carbon, secure and affordable future?

21st November 2019, 14.00-16.00, Committee Room 11, House of Commons.

Vision10 Green and Smart Cities: Can Devolution drive a low carbon future? 

24th April 2019, 10.30-12.00pm, Committee Room 10, House of Commons.

Income and Expenditure

View the Net Zero APPG’s Income and Expenditure Statement for January – December 2019 here.

The Net Zero APPG is kindly supported by Savills, Barratt Developments, EDF, Atkins, National Grid, WSP, Centrica and Inspired Energy. If you are interested in supporting the Net Zero APPG then please get in contact via [email protected].