Low carbon transport
Emissions from the transport sector are largely unchanged from 1990 levels, which, combined with the fact that emissions from energy supply have been cut by 65 per cent since 1990, has resulted in transport recently becoming the largest emitting sector in the UK. There could be up to 10 million electric vehicles on UK roads by 2030 and a decade later the Government plans to phase out the sale of internal combustion engines entirely, representing an important opportunity to leverage the increasingly decarbonised electricity supply to cut transport emissions.
EVs will therefore play a key role in the future of road transport. Energy UK established the Electric Vehicle Working Group to provide a forum for retailer, generator and other energy stakeholder to develop positions on the optimal market arrangements for electric vehicles. The Electric Vehicle Working Group has enabled Energy UK to establish positions with which to influence government, most recently in a letter to ministers setting out the need for ambition in the Road to Zero and requesting ambitious targets for decarbonisation.
Published in 2017, ‘The Electric Vehicle Revolution’ sets out industry positions on the growing interdependency of transport and power and the facilitation of the uptake of electric vehicles. The Electric Vehicle Working Group is currently working on a follow-up paper to outline the key challenges and opportunities of integrating low carbon transport solutions into the energy system, as part of which a paper and consultation on smart charging standards was recently undertaken.
Other key work areas for the Electric Vehicle Working Group in 2018 include ongoing engagement with the Automated and Electric Vehicle Bill and continued close engagement with OLEV.
Energy UK also sits on Government’s EV Energy Taskforce and the GLA’s EV Infrastructure Taskforce, as well as a range of other groups.