Supporting the ambitions of the government’s transport decarbonisation plan is a key area of work for EEH.
Our approach champions an understanding of a place – its size, location, geography, existing transport network and demographics – and to develop the pathways best suited for its own unique characteristics.
Quantifiable carbon reductions: During 2023/24 we will be supporting partners quantify the impact of their updated local transport plans on reducing carbon emissions. See our June 2023 report to Board, section four.
Decarbonisation pathways: In conjunction with Transport for the South East and Transport East, we are nearing completion on a project which will give each local authority a robust carbon ‘baseline’ outlining the scale of emissions from transport, where they are occurring and the journeys that are causing them.
Electric vehicle charging infrastructure: EEH – working with Transport East – has developed a tool to help local authorities plan electric vehicle charging infrastructure. It includes robust baseline data, electric vehicle uptake scenarios and a forecast of likely charge point requirements. Based on traffic flow and power grid capacity it points to the likely sites where private sector providers will invest, further quantifying the likely areas of focus of public sector support. See our report to Board in December 2022.
Alternative fuels: Our work to understand alternative fuelling infrastructure for the freight and logistics sector provides an understanding of the potential regional and local impacts of the alternative fuelling of freight vehicles on carbon emissions – and consequently, the infrastructure requirements to deliver decarbonisation of freight and logistics.
Smart junctions: An important aspect of our approach to net zero is using the latest technologies and innovation to extract maximum value from existing infrastructure. We have commissioned a study which will look to quantify the possible benefits of smart junction technologies to maximise the use of the existing highway network.