Lord Adonis, new Secretary of State for Transport, has affirmed the Department for Transport’s commitment to a low carbon vehicle future.
In his first set of public speeches in his new role, he has highlighted the need for his department and the government to work closely with business to push forward the necessary transformation of transport in the UK.
An example of this desire to work with the business sector is the unveiling of a website on which businesses can compare fuel efficiency and emissions of new vans. This database will help managers make the right economic and environmental decisions when purchasing new vans.
Lord Adonis said:
"Transport accounts for a significant amount of our domestic emissions. Therefore de-carbonising this sector has to be front and centre of efforts to meet our obligations and commitments to tackle climate change.
“Our strategy sets out a long-term vision for a fundamentally different transport system in our country, where carbon reduction is a central consideration in the way we do business.”
The Department of Transport’s new strategy document entitled 'Low carbon transport: a greener future' highlights five main points:
• Supporting the automotive industry and encouraging greener practices and products
• Ensuring the UK is a world leader in the design and manufacture of low carbon vehicles
• Providing consumers with incentives to encourage the purchase of low carbon vehicles
• Ensuring infrastructure is in place to make them a viable option, such as easy access to charging points for electric vehicles
• Building partnerships between the public and private sector and various tiers of government to ensure that these aims are encouraged
“Together they add up to a cleaner future for our environment, a greener future for our motorists and a better future for our automotive industry.
There are issues that define every age; issues which shape every generation, and climate change is such an issue.”
The Government's van emission database can be found at: http://www.vca.gov.uk/vandata/vehicles.aspx/
Posted under Fuel Efficiency, Automotive and Public / Government / Charity on 13 August 2009