UK government issues Transport Decarbonisation Plan


Ahead of hosting global climate meeting COP26 in Glasgow later this year, the UK government has today issued a Transport Decarbonisation Plan. The Department for Transport described it as “the world’s first ‘greenprint’ to decarbonise all modes of domestic transport by 2050”.
As yet unclear are exact details of the maritime component of the plan but further details are expected emerge shortly. Maritime UK has previously indicated that the plan was expected to ‘re-dedicate the UK to the ambitious objectives and activity at IMO’.

Meanwhile, the UK Chamber of Shipping’s new Chief Executive Elect, Sarah Treader, commented upon her appointment earlier this month: “The shipping sector is at a crucial stage in its decarbonisation journey and I know it will be one of the top priorities for me and the team at the Chamber.

“I look forward to working with the UK government and leading organisations around the world as we look to reduce emissions whilst continuing to promote global trade” continued Ms. Treader, currently Chief Executive of the Royal Yachting Association, who is due to take over leading the UK Chamber of Shipping in October, replacing Bob Sanguinetti who moves to head up Port of Aberdeen.

Andrew Williams, partner at global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, commented: “Decarbonisation is the defining challenge facing the transport sector this generation, so it is encouraging to see the Transport Decarbonisation Plan taking a holistic approach to the entire sector in the UK.

“Businesses are determined to play their part in decarbonising the sector, and we will need to see a combination of bolder government action, technological innovation, operational and consumer change, greater international cooperation and support from the finance sector to meet these targets.”

Decarbonisation will be one of the major themes discussed at this year’s London International Shipping Week 2021 (LISW21) taking place from September 13-17.