Thank you for taking the time to get in touch to share your concerns. The Government believes that the transition to zero-emission vehicles will help us meet our climate change obligations, however, I do not think this is the be-all and end-all solution to our energy and climate problems.
Whilst Electric Vehicles are better for the environment than fuel-powered cars, and it is right that we transition away from fossil fuels eventually, we can’t transition on the cheap and I think serious consideration needs to be given to the scale of investment that’s needed to create green industries, especially in held-back regions like the North.
More generally, in my view, in order to reduce emissions, we need to be investing in renewable energy sources. Many experts, civil society groups and trade unions have advocated that green technologies should be introduced, along with changes such as boosts to public transport infrastructure and properly insulating homes, as part of a just transition and Green New Deal.
As the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) reported this April – investments in renewable energy, create more jobs than fossil fuels.
Thank you again for getting in touch to share your thoughts on this important matter. I will continue to bear in mind the points you have raised.
Jon Trickett MP
8th March 2023