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Large Goods Vehicles: Carbon Emissions

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 90338, tabled on 9 December 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to help ensure that carbon emissions from heavy goods vehicles are substantially reduced before 2030.

Answered on

15 December 2021

The Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) scheme supports the reduction of carbon emissions from heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) by incentivising greater use of low carbon fuels. These fuels currently contribute around a third of the emission savings required for the UK’s transport carbon budget, including saving 5.24 million tonnes of CO2 emissions in 2020. That is the equivalent of taking 2.5 million vehicles of the road for a full year.

To support the rapid transition to fully zero emission vehicles, we will build on this years’ £20 million zero emission road freight trials by running a mass scale multiyear demonstration of battery electric, hydrogen fuel cell and electric road systems on UK roads starting next year. These will support the Government’s ambitious and world leading phase out dates for the sale of all new non-zero emission HGVs by 2040 and those 26 tonnes and under by 2035, which is supporting decarbonisation, as well as driving innovation and investment.