‘Our Ask Is That SME’s Are Included’ – RHA On Net Zero Plans
RHA Policy Lead for Environment and Vehicles Chris Ashley has told climate event attendees that SME’s must be included in net zero plans.
Speaking at yesterday's Delivering Net Zero in a Changing World event, hosted by The Zemo Partnership in Westminster, Chris highlighted the vital role small businesses will have in the transition to net zero.
“The RHA supports Net Zero. We understand the imperative to decarbonise. Hauliers, both large and small, throughout the UK are developing their decarbonisation plans and beginning to introduce the zero emission HGVs where our very limited infrastructure allows.
“Formidable challenges remain. With an estimated £100 billion of investment needed to decarbonise the HGV sector alone, our clear ask is that small businesses are included in the transition to Net Zero.
“We can do this transition well, and it can enjoy the support of all. That’s because it is vital that everyone is brought along the journey to net zero. Our vision is to ensure the right policies and financial support is in place to allow us to do the ‘heavy lifting’ of phasing in the new zero emission technologies.
“But to move on from the shaky start that has happened with Clean Air Zones and London’s ULEZ requires effective collaboration. Industry, government, and local authorities must work together to understand each other’s needs to implement the workable policies needed.
“We at the Road Haulage Association look forward to working with Zemo and our many partners to make this happen.”
With zero-emission HGVs comprising 0.8% of the current fleets, alternatively fuelled commercial vehicles are limited in supply and often too expensive for smaller firms.
This is why we’re calling on the government for financial incentives for SMEs to adopt these vehicles. Bringing down the purchase and running costs of new low-carbon and zero-emission vehicles should be considered by the Treasury as an important step to making the UK carbon neutral.
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