Low Carbon Transport: A Greener Future
UK Petroleum Industry Association

15th July 2009


UK Government Strategy for a Transition to a low carbon future

The UK Government today launched a number of strategies to underpin the UK’s transition to a low carbon future, as well as updating on current policy initiatives and creating new agencies to facilitate this transition.

These included:

(Click on the titles above to open a pdf of the documents)

The strategy for the transport sector through to 2022, aims to reduce carbon emissions from domestic transport by up to 14 per cent over the next decade through a combination of measures including new more efficient vehicle technologies, lower carbon fuels, traffic management and market mechanisms designed to factor in carbon costs to transport prices.

The transport strategy also includes the announcement of the creation of an Office of Low Emission Vehicles ('OLEV') and for renewables the Office of Renewable Energy Deployment ('ORED').

UKPIA member companies are already engaged in helping to reduce road transport and carbon emissions both through their own work into the development of alternative fuels, the research of future fuels, and energy efficiency measures, as well as input into the work of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership. In addition carbon emissions from refining and transport fuels are being or will be addressed by legislation and existing measures that include:

  • Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation
  • Climate Change Act
  • Carbon Reduction Commitment
  • EU Emissions Trading Scheme
  • EU Directives on Fuel Quality and Renewable Energy Sources


Nick Vandervell +44 (0)20 7269 7600

Notes to editors:

  1. UKPIA represents the oil refining and marketing companies operating in the UK, which also own approximately 2,190 of the UK's 9,264 service stations.
  2. UKPIA members own and operate the nine crude oil processing refineries in the UK.

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