“UK’s Net Zero Awareness Week” it’s good to read government plans to decarbonise travel across the UK. Overall land-based travel is the biggest polluter as shown in the DfT’s publication last week.

The Government’s strategy includes promoting walking and cycling; accelerating the move away from fossil fuels. But electrification and expecting everyone to walk and cycle is not the answer. Reducing congestion is important, so the strategy proposes a shift to public transport as well as walking, cycling, and scooters. It proposes electrifying cars, buses, coaches, and trains. There are plans to increase car occupancy too.

This could be a great opportunity for the UK to lead innovation in vehicle design, the promise is better air quality and reducing road noise, is better for our health and well-being. The immediate challenge is to step free of Covid-19 without being driven away from communal travel.

To understand how you can do your bit, and understand more about how this might impact on your development plans do get in touch with SCP.