UKERC Review of UK Energy Policy

UKERC have published a review of UK Energy Policy ahead of the Autumn Statement next week and the forthcoming Industrial Strategy and Emissions Reductions Plan. The review makes a number of evidence-based recommendations to policymakers, and calls for urgent action during this Parliament on a number of key areas.

The transport section, co-authored by Dr Christian Brand, Senior Research Fellow and Associate Professor at the Transport Studies Unit and Environmental Change Institute, highlights the importance of integrating air quality and low carbon policy. Transport remains the sector with greatest inertia in terms of carbon emissions reduction and presents particular challenges due to the many actors involved. Across the sector, increases in demand (in particular in urban freight) have been offset by increases in efficiency, with domestic transport GHG emissions of today being roughly at the same level as in 1990. Emissions rose in 2015 after several years of modest reductions.

Christian said: "Transport policy needs to be more explicitly oriented towards creating the low-carbon transport system of the future and renewed policy focus on infrastructure investment is urgently needed." The review makes recommendations on how to build the transport system of tomorrow and how to maximise co-benefits of low carbon transport.