The sale of new diesel HGVs should be banned from 2040, says a new report looking at the future of freight transportation.
The report from the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) found that the UK’s freight system makes a significant contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. It’s a situation that is repeated in many countries around the world.
The NIC suggested a short-term shift to rail and sea freight, but admitted this wouldn’t lead to full decarbonisation. The answer, according to the report, is switching to alternative fuels.
If road freight is to be decarbonised by 2050, then the sale of new diesel HGVs needs to stop by 2040.
Road freight is, of course, just one contributor to the issue of carbon emissions – there are many more.
But even if the logistics sector is willing to make the switch away from carbon-based fuels, it needs the right infrastructure in place. Businesses rely on the support of the logistics sector and governments need to take action to make the necessary investments.
After all, operators can’t magic new vehicles and vehicle charging points out of thin air.