Few Government visions receive as broad support as the long-awaited transport decarbonisation plan (TDP), while also prompting so many questions. On the plus side, the transport, business, and central and local government communities universally accept that the world faces a climate emergency – reinforced by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, which warns that climate change is already affecting every region globally, and that without urgent action, heatwaves, droughts, and loss of Arctic Sea ice will increase.
UN secretary general António Guterres called the report “code red for humanity”, warning that “the internationally agreed threshold of 1.5°C is perilously close”.
Among the transport community there is consensus about the imperative to reduce dramatically, and, ideally, to zero, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from all modes of transport.
Where hands start being raised, however, is in the policies, timescales and resources to achieve such bold environmental goals. Put simply, who has to do what, by when, and who is going to pay?