Decarbonising transport is crucial to help minimise the impact of climate change

Transport is responsible for 42% of all carbon dioxide emissions in the Transport East area – the national average is 28%.

Our decarbonisation priority sets our overall aim of achieving net zero transport emissions by 2040. Our four goals to achieve this are:

  • reducing demand for trips
  • shifting transport modes
  • switching to alternative fuels
  • planning for zero carbon emissions
Reducing demand for trips

Reducing the need for people to travel and encouraging shorter journeys is important to decarbonise transport. Transport East will support partners’ ambitions to provide homes and workplaces with access to ultra-fast broadband and 5G mobile coverage. This includes rural and coastal areas where good sustainable transport connections are more challenging to provide.

We will also encourage the provision of better digital connectivity on public transport and exploring the idea of bringing services and facilities closer to communities through initiatives such as 20-minute neighbourhoods.

Shifting transport mode

One of the biggest areas we can influence is creating a transport network that encourages people to use public transport, walk and cycle and use shared transport instead of the private car.

Better public transport services and walking and cycling infrastructure would mean more people can choose to make a sustainable journey.

Switching to alternative fuels

We need to rapidly increase the number of net zero carbon vehicles on our roads at the earliest opportunity.

As the take-up of electric vehicles accelerates, we will work with local authorities to monitor electric vehicle ownership trends to better understand charging point infrastructure requirements.

Our strategy embraces other fuels such as hydrogen, which could be a good solution for fleets and larger vehicles like buses and agricultural vehicles for longer distance services in rural areas. There is also potential for alternative fuels to make in difference in rail.

Preparing for the uptake of electric vehicles

We are supporting transport authorities across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex to plan, locate and design charging infrastructure to help speed the transition to low carbon private transport.

EV:Ready is a dashboard tool that provides transport officers with an evidence base to plan and prioritise future EV charging infrastructure (EVCI) requirements.

We have also supplied transport officers with a report known as ELVIS, which provides an overview of the region’s current and projected EV and EVCI landscape including the current EV usage, land use opportunities and delivery challenges for charging infrastructure.

Planning for zero carbon emissions

New housing developments must prioritise access to sustainable transport. Building homes in places that help people travel sustainably and designing communities which enable people to walk, cycle and use public transport will help us achieve this.