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Transport decarbonisation in the UK - low-carbon fuels, infrastructure, sector-specific targets and next steps for policy

Morning, Friday, 30th April 2021

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will be an opportunity to examine priorities for decarbonisation across the UK transport system, and takes place as the Government develops its forthcoming Transport Decarbonisation Plan, intended for publication later this year.

Bringing together stakeholders with key policymakers, areas for discussion include:

  • securing holistic change across the transport system
  • setting bespoke, effective and achievable emissions targets for different transport modes
  • building up UK transport industry manufacturing capabilities for net-zero
  • preparing electricity network infrastructure for widescale electric vehicle deployment
  • next steps for alternative fuels and supply capacity for hard-to-decarbonise vehicles and activities
  • investor confidence and effective incentives for industry development

The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from BEIS; DIT; DfT; HSE; NAO; ORR; The Planning Inspectorate; DAERA, NI; and the Welsh Government.

The agenda:

  • Examining the challenges for transport decarbonisation in the UK, and the options for effective policy and industry action
  • Priorities for the Transport Decarbonisation Plan -  holistic design, clarity on net-zero targets, technology rollout, and taking account of behavioural and public transport developments
  • The future of low-carbon and alternative fuels - tackling barriers to scale and development, demonstrating efficiency, cost reduction opportunities, and applications across large and non-road vehicles
  • Transport electrification in the UK, and next steps for power grid readiness and whole-systems integration
  • Establishing the market and industry for wide-scale EV rollout and adoption - addressing commercialisation challenges, the needs of national charging capacity, and the future for cost accessibility
  • The policy trajectory for UK transport emissions reduction and the role of alternative fuels going forward

Key areas for discussion:

  • emissions reduction across the transport system - and what strategies, guidance and initiatives are needed from the Transport Decarbonisation Plan:
    • net-zero targets - setting binding objectives unique to each transport mode, providing guidance on technology options for decarbonisation, and putting in place policy and industry support
    • addressing adoption barriers - incentives including fiscal options, support mechanisms for de-risking manufacturing, and the role of incentive design in reducing upfront consumer costs
    • public transport - supporting commercialisation and affordability of low emission buses, alternative fuels for trains, and ensuring capacity is sufficient to meet growing user demand
    • hard-to-decarbonise parts of the transport system - next steps for aviation net-zero, developing suitable transition fuels for shipping, and setting a clear strategy for rollout
  • vehicle electrification - preparing the transport and power system for rapid expansion:
    • network infrastructure - readiness and modernisation, and developing capacity across the grid for EV integration and contribution to grid flexibility, and system operator network balancing
    • domestic manufacturing capacity - building cross-sector coordination on components and batteries, regional skills and production capabilities, and incentives for private investment
    • charging infrastructure - innovation in fast-charging technology, enhancing the national charging network, and engaging local stakeholders on roadside and household charging expansion
    • consumer adoption - reducing cost and non-cost barriers including incentive options, public engagement on issues such as range anxiety, and working with industry on affordability
  • hydrogen and other alternative low-carbon fuels - developing their role in the transport energy mix, and priorities for supporting system integration and the research and development base:
    • industry and investor confidence - clearly demonstrating value in biofuels and low-carbon fuels for HGVs, and evidence of the cost effectiveness of using proven fuel alternatives
    • increasing efficiency - opportunities for the energy-intensive value chain, agriculture and the transport circular economy, waste-based fuels and biodegradable materials
    • addressing scale challenges - new and affordable production centres, and what steps national and regional planners can take to widen infrastructure for low-carbon refuelling
    • hydrogen - priorities for supporting and growing the sector and its use across transport, commercialising large-scale production, growing the research base, and working with industry to develop market-ready hydrogen powered vehicles

A scan of relevant developments:

  • the Transport Decarbonisation Plan - the strategy under development by the Government for a holistic approach to decarbonising the transport system, looking at:
    • policy tools for supporting the roadmap for transport net-zero, including:
      • how targets and standards might be set across transport modes
      • the options available for commercialisation and manufacturing incentives
    • developing customised strategies that can work for each transport type
    • addressing scale, rollout and adoption barriers for EVs
    • growing the role of hydrogen and alternative low-carbon fuels and widening it to other modes such as rail, aviation and HGVs
  • the National Infrastructure Strategy - including its provisions for transport decarbonisation in developing national infrastructure, and long-term steps for rolling out EV infrastructure as well as production facilities for low-carbon and alternative fuels production
  • the Energy White Paper - a long-term strategy for developing the energy and low-carbon system up to 2050, including areas that affect transport, such as clean power generation for EVs, flexible networks for charging, and transitioning oil and gas assets for alternative fuel production including hydrogen
  • the Ten Point Plan for Green Industrial Revolution - with an initial investment of £12bn for the mobilisation of clean energy shifts and sectors, including policy, market, industry and infrastructure support for the transport transition, such as hydrogen commercialisation, electric vehicle rollout, and developing low-carbon aviation fuel
  • Growing Back Better: putting nature and net zero at the heart of the economic recovery - the Environmental Audit Committee’s recent report:
    • welcoming the Government’s recent focus on green initiatives but finding that the UK is lagging behind on transport decarbonisation
    • calling for the Government to:
      • set out plans for substantial long term investment in public transport
      • accelerate the roll out of electric vehicle charging stations
      • commit greater funding to hydrogen powered transport
  • the Treasury’s Net-Zero Review interim report - an assessment of the financial, policy and market priorities for net-zero strategy design, with attention paid to transport and aligning goals with the Transport Decarbonisation Plan, and connecting the sector with net-zero schemes for electricity, buildings and agriculture
  • £84m boost for technology to power a green aviation revolution - through the ATI Programme to three aerospace projects working towards net-zero emissions flights
  • Government powers up electric vehicle revolution with £20m chargepoints boost - DfT announces that the On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme will continue into 2021/2022
  • petrol and diesel - ending the sale of all new petrol and diesel cars by 2030, with a ban on all new cars and vans that are not zero emission at the tailpipe scheduled for 2035
  • hydrogen trains - running on the UK train network as part of the broader £23m Hydrogen for Transport Programme, with plans to retrofit existing rolling stock with clean hydrogen by 2023
  • the Jet Zero Council - a collection of industry specialists from across the aviation and fuel value-chain to commercialise and develop market-ready solutions for net-zero aircrafts by 2050
  • the Clean Maritime Plan - government’s policy, market and technological priorities for mobilising emissions reductions in the maritime sector and a trajectory for net-zero by 2050

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from BEIS; the Department for International Trade; the Department for Transport; the Health and Safety Executive; the Office of Rail and Road; the National Audit Office; The Planning Inspectorate; DAERA, NI; and the Welsh Government.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy,  as well as from transport sector stakeholders including transport providers and their consultants, vehicle manufacturers, oil and gas companies, alternative fuel producers, infrastructure and engineering firms, environmental groups, city and urban planners, technology platforms, researchers from academia and higher education, together with reporters from the national and specialist media.  

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speakers

Rachel Solomon Williams

Head, Low Carbon Fuels, Department for Transport

Professor Greg Marsden

Professor of Transport Governance, University of Leeds and Director, DecarboN8

Matthew Bell

Director, Frontier Economics


Lord Teverson

Officer, APPG on Electric Vehicles


Rob Wood

Chief Executive Officer, Gasrec

Randolph Brazier

Director, Innovation & Electricity Systems, Energy Networks Association

Dave Smith

Director, Central Technology, Rolls-Royce

Rupert Lugg

Director, Projects Team, Burges Salmon

Dr Maria Sharmina

Senior Lecturer in Energy and Sustainability, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Manchester

Joseph Cosier

Policy Manager, Energy UK

Julian Hetherington

Automotive Transformation Director, Advanced Propulsion Centre UK

Dr Graham Cooley

Chief Executive Officer, ITM Power

David Sidebottom

Director, Transport Focus

Senior speaker confirmed from Shell International Trading and Shipping

David Turley

Director and Lead Consultant, Biofuels, NNFCC