Government To Set Automotive Emissions Targets

Sun 17th Apr 2022

British motoring manufacturers will be required to produce a set amount of zero-emission vehicles by 2024 thanks to new mandates about to be introduced by the Department for Transport.

The DfT has launched a consultation period this week, with the aim of setting out the limits on the amount of electric and hybrid vehicles which should be produced each year, with percentages required on total output in the build-up to 2030.

The aim is to help the industry work towards the proposed 2030 ban on new pure petrol and diesel car and van sales. Transport remains one of the UK’s highest sources of emissions and it is hoped that the cutbacks on petrol and diesel vehicles will help the country meet their future carbon emissions targets.

Papers published for consultation suggest that the percentage of zero-emission vehicles will be somewhere between 20-30% by 2024, and that the Net-Zero Strategy across the industry should be 52 per cent by 2028.

“Demand is increasing rapidly,” the publication said. “The mandate will give certainty about the minimum proportion of zero-emission cars we expect to be supplied, although consumer demand may naturally exceed this level.”

That consumer demand is currently driving monthly EV sales of 16.1% according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, however there are a number of key areas which need ironing out in the near future, particularly with pressure on the government to address their Energy Security Strategy in the wake of spiralling fossil fuel prices.

“The requirement to sell an ever-increasing number of zero-emission vehicles that, crucially, can be powered by increasingly renewable energy sources, is vital for the UK’s energy security,” the documents state.

“Recent global events have demonstrated that continued reliance on fossil fuels makes the UK susceptible to geopolitical issues when those issues impact on global fuel production. As an island nation, the UK has the best wind, wave and tidal resources in the whole of Europe. The new regulatory framework will promote the use of this domestic energy production, reducing our reliance on imports.”