Peter Davidson, executive director of the Tank Storage Association (TSA) in the UK, has welcomed the UK government’s plan to decarbonise transport by 2050.
The UK government’s transport decarbonisation plan sets out the actions necessary to decarbonise all modes of domestic transport by 2050. Key to this ambition is the pledge to phase out the sale of new diesel and petrol cars and vans (up to 26 tonnes) by 2035 followed by vehicles more than 26 tonnes, such as heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), by 2040. This is subject to consultation and the dates may be earlier if this is deemed feasible.
In the plan, the UK government sets out plans to increase cycling and walking with an investment of £2 billion (€2.35 billion) over five years. Public transport will also be boosted, with the delivery of 4,000 zero-emission buses and phasing out polluting buses and coaches. All diesel trains will be removed by 2040, there will be a line electrification programme, and support for the development of battery and hydrogen trains, to create a net-zero rail network by 2050.
The UK government says it will aim for net zero for the UK domestic maritime sector possibly as early as 2030, including examining economic instruments for this, phasing out non-zero emission vessels, potentially mandating shore power, and extending the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) to support renewable fuels of nonbiological origin used in shipping.
Also in the plan is ensuring net zero domestic aviation emissions by 2040. The government has launched its ‘Jet Zero’ consultation, which runs to 8 September 2021. The Jet Zero document sets out its vision for the aviation sector and includes improving the efficiency of the aviation sector, accelerating the deployment of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and supporting the development of zero emission aircraft, as well as a pledge to work with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The plan aims to preserve the convenience and connectivity offered by aviation.
The government says that its transport decarbonisation plan will result in cleaner air, quieter cities and better quality of life, as well as supporting tens of thousands of jobs worth up to £9.7 billion GVA in 2050.
Davidson says that the TSA stands ready to work with the government to ensure that the UK’s tank storage sector can fully support and lead on the necessary innovations for net-zero.
‘TSA members are a critical part of the supply chain ensuring existing and future products reach their customers. While the bulk liquid storage sector and associated logistics are already active in a number of areas that will drive success going forward, ultimately, investment and collaboration with government and all partners will be pivotal as the UK transitions to a decarbonised economy,’ he says.