8 June 2022 | Net Zero

Transport Minister highlights key role of councils in helping to reach Net Zero at LGTAG conference

Transport Minister Trudy Harrison highlighted the key role that local authorities will play in delivering Net Zero at the LGTAG – Local Government Technical Advisers Group Presidential Conference ‘Greening the Black’.

 

 

 

The event, which has been organised by the Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG), took place at Church House Westminster on 8 June, tackling the practical issues of decarbonising our highways and public infrastructure.

Speaking at the event, Trudy Harrison said: “Real change happens at the local level. That is how we’re going to achieve Net Zero when local leaders develop and implement proposals, which make a lasting difference in how we move on our roads, when local businesses are given freedom to innovate and trial new technology to make our highways more sustainable, and importantly, when groups such as LGTAG continue to encourage collaboration and shared learning. So the success of one business or local authority, ends up benefitting everyone. If we do get that right, our roads can start to be seen as more of the cure, rather than the cause, of climate change.”

Ms Harrison, who recorded a specific address for the conference, also talked about the rise in electric car sales and corresponding increase in the number of EV chargers, which she pledged would number 300,000 by 2030.

The Minister also talked about advancements in active travel with an ambition to have half of all journeys being walked or cycled. She said that local authorities are at the “heart of our activity” to make this happen, and discussed the setting up of Active Travel England to support this.