Big talking ‘greenprint’ not enough – we need proper investment and plan, says GMB

The UK government publishes the world’s first ‘greenprint’ to decarbonise all modes of domestic transport by 2050. There's a transport decarbonisation plan for cleaner air, healthier communities and tens of thousands of new green jobs.

The plan provides a ‘greenprint’ to cut emissions from the seas and skies, roads and railways, setting out a clear pathway for the whole transport sector to reach net zero by 2050, but some argue it is too little too late.

“The UK is massively behind the rest of the Europe and playing catch up," says Gary Carter, National Officer at the energy union GMB. “Talking big on the environment ahead of a climate summit is all well and good. But we need proper investment, a proper plan and real action; action to create well paid green jobs and affordable, net-zero carbon transport options for consumers. We desperately need investment in hydrogen and bio-methane technologies as power options for HGV and construction vehicles”. 

Nissan and Vauxhall's announcements to make electric cars in the UK will help reach greenprint’s goals.

“The Nissan and Vauxhall announcements are a much-needed start, but government intervention is required to create well-paid jobs and ensure workers get the skills needed in EV installation, automotive electrification and battery supply chains," added Carter.

The major climate summit COP26 takes place this November in Glasgow, Scotland.

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