Government must allow all zero emission vehicles in order to achieve net zero

Industry body UKPIA is calling for Government to drop its narrow focus on electric vehicles and include all types of zero emission cars and vans (ZEVs) in transport decarbonisation plans.

Calls for Government to take a ‘technology neutral’ approach to achieve net zero.

In response to a Government consultation on the Zero Emission Vehicle Mandate, UKPIA says Government needs take a ‘technology neutral’ approach to achieve the most efficient path to net zero.

The DfT is restricting allowed ZEVs with no exhaust emissions to such as battery or fuel cell electric vehicles. This contrasts with the EU, which recently announced it will also allow ZEVs powered by e-fuels after 2035 to help achieve net zero. UKPIA believes the UK should follow suit.

No single solution

With previous analysis of future demand by UKPIA showing that no single low carbon technology can meet all the energy needs of transport, heating and power generation UKPIA believes that a range of technologies will be needed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at the scale required to meet net zero.

CEO, Elizabeth de Jong, said: “Vehicles with no tailpipe emissions will have a hugely important role in decarbonising the UK’s transport sector and we have provided constructive feedback so that the Government’s Mandate can support their rollout.

“However, as the EU has already acknowledged, use of low carbon fuels can also meet sustainability requirements and offer combustion engine vehicles a route to net zero.

“A technology neutral policy would allow emissions from cars and vans to be correctly assessed over their full product lifecycle – from production, to use and recycling. It would also mean that consumer choice, rather than Government policy, would drive the multiple decarbonisation technologies needed for net zero.”

UKPIA’s full response to the consultation A Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Mandate and CO2 Emissions Regulation for New Cars and Vans in the UK: here.