The scale of transformation required through decarbonisation is unprecedented. We need to make fundamental changes, not only in how and why we travel, but also in the sectors that support zero emission mobility – from energy generation and transmission through to vehicle manufacturing and energy storage solutions.
Scottish industry and academia were some of the first to respond to this challenge. We continue to invest strategically to maximise the economic benefits for communities, businesses and industry. As we transition to a net-zero economy, Scotland is becoming a globally important destination for innovation and investment in zero emission mobility.
Our world-leading climate change targets provide an opportunity. Scotland can benefit from being the first to design the low-carbon transport solutions all countries will require.
As the host country of COP26 in November 2021, Scotland demonstrated its international leadership by signing no fewer than five international declarations relating to the decarbonisation of transport. This includes being the first country in the world to sign the Climate Group’s public sector fleets pledge.
To deliver a green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, while at the same time responding to the global climate emergency, we’re taking a mission-led approach to ensure that:
- Scotland is at the forefront of markets for zero emission mobility
- Scotland is the global destination for innovation and investment in sustainable, zero emission mobility
- People and places benefit fairly from the shift to sustainable, zero emission mobility
We cannot achieve this alone. Through our Low Carbon Economy Directorate, we will work to achieve this shared goal through new collaborations, transitioning to zero-emission transport with the help of partners in a fair and accessible way.
As part of this, we are engaging with the Energy and Climate Change Directorate in the delivery of the Energy Strategy and Just Transition Plan (ESTJP).
The ESJTP will take a whole systems approach. This means covering not solely energy generation, but all energy transmission and demand in Scotland. Transport is one of the biggest ‘demand sectors’ of energy, and neither the energy nor transport sectors can decarbonise without the other in sync.
Co-design is central to the ESJTP, and this provides an excellent opportunity to strengthen both transport and energy stakeholders knowledge and understanding of the others’ sector, and to begin to collectively explore the strategic questions that are common to both.