Driving the roadway revolution

Last year we wrote a compelling blog on the Future of Electric Trains, detailing both the Australian potential and a real-life case study out of the UK of how electric trains could have a massive impact on our own countries emissions. 

Once again we see England at the forefront of driving roadways to Net Zero Emissions with the UK government announcing another enhancement programme and forward-thinking policy working alongside road and construction heavyweight Highways England. 

Highways England aims to start its net-zero road enhancement scheme by 2025 to reduce the carbon year-on-year and deliver net-zero road maintenance and construction by 2050. Highways England have started small by replacing all street lighting with LED alternatives. They are increasing accessibility to electric vehicle charging on main highways and then moving into Net Zero construction supplies and compounds by 2030 (including cement, concrete, and asphalt, some of the world’s biggest carbon polluters.) The 3 stage “green road map” highlights a 40-50% reduction by 2030, increasing to net-zero by 2050. 

First up, we need to understand what is Net - Zero? 

Put simply, net-zero refers to the balance between the amount of greenhouse gas produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere. We reach net zero when the amount we add is no more than the amount taken away.

What does the UK have that we don't? 

With clear policy and a commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement, the UK pledged to adopt Net-Zero emissions countrywide leading up to 2050.  Australia has only committed to a 26-28% reduction by 2030 with no post-2030 target pledge as yet. 

Where do our skills come in? 

The Hanlons Team has a broad range of environmental technical skills and are continuously upskilling and ensuring we are across the latest developments in the sustainability sector. We can ensure your project combats emissions by working with your suppliers and contractors. We understand a sustainable, net-zero project can be intimidating. We are here and ready to sign up for this challenging transition.

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