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New report highlights economic benefits of transport decarbonisation

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Analysis published in a new report has shown that transport decarbonisation could result in a multi-billion pound boost to local economies across the country, but says action from the Government is needed.
The Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA) and Hitachi Energy’s report – Decarbonising Transport: Enabling local energy solutions - is an analysis of the energy requirements to deliver Net Zero transport systems in local areas across the UK.
The report used Southampton and the Solent as a case study as it is one of few that includes national transport hubs across land, sea, and air.
However, if progress is not made in transport decarbonisation, there is both a risk that this economic growth potential will be lost and that net zero targets will be missed. The report – launched at the Houses of Parliament - calls on the Government to deliver a consistent framework, guidance and resources to local areas so they can produce transport decarbonisation plans.
Nina Skorupska CBE, chief executive at the Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA), said: “In our drive to reach net zero, the decarbonisation of transport undoubtedly presents the greatest challenge. Over recent years, we have seen exponential growth in the sales of electric cars and vans, supported by a growing EV charging infrastructure network. By comparison, little progress has been made to decarbonise the “harder to reach” areas of the transport system: heavy road vehicles, shipping and aviation.
“Our report is based on a case study of Southampton and The Solent, as a location that features international transport hubs across land, sea and air. The report makes clear that, if decarbonisation is achieved across all of these modes of transport, local economies could see multi-billion pound benefits.
“However, this potential will only be realised if the Government delivers a consistent framework, guidance and resources to local areas so they can produce transport decarbonisation plans.”