UKPIA responds to announcement on combustion engine vehicles

In its aims to decarbonise transport the UK Government has today announced plans for an end to sales of new conventional combustion engines from 2030. UKPIA fully supports the decarbonisation of transport and will continue to work with its members to deliver that aim but believes that, as well as encouraging EV uptake in light vehicles, government should support the uptake of a range of technologies to reduce carbon emissions in light transport without a ban, but welcomes the acceptance that hybrids have an important role to play.

Stephen Jones UKPIA director general

Stephen Marcos Jones, UKPIA director general, commented:
“The downstream oil sector recognises the need for action on climate change and will play an active role in the pathway to net-zero emissions.
“UKPIA and our members know that a range of technologies including EVs have a major role to play into the 2030s and beyond, and we will keep working with government to deliver this ambitious new target.”
To be ready for the end of the sale of new conventional combustion engines from 2030, UKPIA believes that a holistic plan coupled with regulatory certainty is needed from the UK Government to enable the sector to meet this challenge.
Stephen explained:
“We also need to work with government to make sure that low carbon liquid fuels (LCLFs) continue to be developed. Harder to decarbonise sectors, like aviation, will rely on LCLFs, meaning we need to develop them now to ensure they are decarbonised for 2050.”
UKPIA will continue to work with government on creating a clear plan that ensures greenhouse gas emissions are reduced across all technologies in the most economically efficient way – taking a whole system-based approach with tailored policy interventions for difficult to decarbonise sectors such as aviation.
Stephen concludes:
“While internal combustion engines will still be in use for some time to come, it is important to deploy low carbon liquid fuels, like biofuels, into the fuel mix sooner as they offer significant carbon emissions reductions with today’s car fleet.”