The Department for Transport (DfT) has released its promised local authority decarbonisation toolkit providing advice on how to reduce transport carbon emissions across a range of areas.
The suite of documents covers:
- Active travel: local authority toolkit
- Car clubs: local authority toolkit
- Decarbonising road freight, servicing and deliveries: local authority toolkit
- Demand responsive transport: local authority toolkit
- Lift sharing: local authority toolkit
- Transport in rural areas: local authority toolkit
- Zero emission buses: local authority toolkit
The release follows the publication last year of the DfT's Transport decarbonisation plan, which announced the upcoming toolkit and 'recognised the role local areas and regions have in reducing emissions from transport'.
The DfT said the purpose of this toolkit is to provide advice to local authorities on planning and taking measures to reduce carbon emissions from transport by:
- highlighting the benefits of different interventions
- setting out the actions local authorities can take to reduce carbon emissions
- sharing best practice and lessons learnt from case studies of successful schemes already delivering local benefits
- signposting local authorities to other published guidance and methodologies
- Help for local authorities on electric vehicle charging infrastructure has also been published.
- Longer term plans for decarbonising transport
'Our toolkit is one example of how we are supporting local authorities to decarbonise transport. We will also make quantifiable carbon reductions a fundamental part of local transport planning and funding and are currently updating our guidance on local transport plans to help local authorities do this. We plan to publish the new guidance, along with technical advice on quantifying carbon in this context later in 2022,' DfT officials said.