The Rt Hon Grant Shapps was appointed Secretary of State for Transport on 24 July 2019 in
cabinet. He was elected the
Conservative MP for Welwyn Hatfield in 2005.
his leadership, the DfT is pushing the UK's clean air agenda for zero
emission shipping with calls for proposals, with percentage grants
for competition winners of up to 70% of eligible costs. Most calls are
for short term proposals, but there is scope for longer term feasibility
The UK Government’s decision to accept the Committee on
Climate Change’s (CCC) recommendation for a net zero emissions target by 2050 is a
policy development that puts the UK in a leadership position on tackling
change. But it also raises the stakes for all parties. Concerted action will be needed across many sectors, from
transport to energy to
Air pollution is considered the world’s greatest environmental risk to health, accounting for 7 million global deaths annually. It has been termed a global public
health emergency by the
WHO. In the UK alone, an estimated 40,000 lives are cut short annually because of air pollution. Costs to society, business and health service add up to more than £20 billion each year.
Carbon emissions, i.e. air pollution produced by
internal combustion engine (ICE), including
oxides, volatile organic compounds, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, particulates and
dioxide, therefore constitute a major public health issue.
House of Commons
Phone: 020 7219 8497
Welwyn Hatfield Conservative Association
Phone: 01707 262632
Grayling and Nus Ghani 2018/2019
The Department for Transport
UK, part of UK Research and Innovation Clean Maritime Plan and supports the transition to Net Zero by
2050 in line with the International
Maritime Organization's (IMO's)
targets for zero emission shipping.
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