Stricter action to slow the sale of new combustion-engined cars will be needed if the government is to hit its target for zero-emissions transport by 2040, a conference was told last week.
“Consumers do not have responsibility for this problem; we can’t expect them to have the solution,” said Jillian Anable, professor of transport and energy at the University of Leeds, at the annual LowCVP conference in London. “It is only policy that has led to [OEM] product policy. Why should the consumer be expected to lead the change?”
Electrified plug-in vehicles currently account for about 2% of the UK market – a share that has taken about seven years to establish.
To achieve 100% of new car sales in the next 22 years – will require “regulation, regulation, regulation,” said Anable during the conference, which was organised by LowCVP, a forum for industry and government to discuss decarbonising road transport.
Speaking at the same event, Bob Moran, head of environment strategy at the Department of Transport and one of the authors of the government’s 'Road to Zero' white papers, stressed that there will be “no bans” on any type of combustion-engine car.
“The 2040 policy will be technology led - there will be no bans,” he said.