British industry has criticised a report by the National Infrastructure Commission suggesting new petrol and diesel lorries should be banned by 2040.
Tom Thackray, CBI Energy and Infrastructure Director, said, “Business has long acknowledged that decarbonisation is a vital ingredient for making the UK economy as competitive and fit for the 21st century as possible.
“However, banning particular technologies, without taking the positive steps needed to support the transition to a low-carbon future and to widen the availability of alternative fuels and technologies will be counterproductive.
“The National Infrastructure Commission’s report rightly recognises road and rail freight as a vital component of the UK economy. But different technologies will have different applications across transport modes, from shipping to air freight. Understanding these will be of the utmost importance if we are to meet our 2050 climate change targets.”