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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 165

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Mark speaking at the Global LNG Bunkering Summit in Amsterdam WattsUp!  Zero Carbon Transport: Be the change you want to see in the world. A year ago the UK Government became the first in the world to publish a national ‘Transport Decarbonisation Plan’.As COP President it assumed a clear and firm leadership position ahead of COP 26 in Glasgow, and as the plan states it sought to  bring ‘together governments, cities, industry, businesses, and civil society to deliver shared…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 164

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Mark speaking at the Global LNG Bunkering Summit in Amsterdam Watts Up!   I’m currently engaging with transport industry stakeholders, visiting places as diverse as Amsterdam and Athens, on a mission to explain what is going on in the UK, Europe and globally in terms of global trends, but also in terms of future transport regulation. I’m shocked by the massive and unprecedented gap that is emerging between regulators and those that are regulated, and the tremendous…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 163

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Mark speaking at the Global LNG Bunkering Summit in Amsterdam Watts Up!   It was great to have the chance to address the Global LNG Bunkering Summit 2022 in Amsterdam this week, to brief the industry on the latest regulatory proposals from Brussels, set out in the EU’s Fit for 55 Package, on how European and international shipping calling into EU ports will have to decarbonise. I also briefed industry on the EU’s recent REPowerEU proposal, that will…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 162

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Mark with UK Ambassador to the EU, Lindsay Croisdale-Appleby CMG Watts Up! Transport policy was already undergoing a seismic change in order to become more resilient and sustainable, to learn from the lessons of COVID to protect delicate and complex supply chains and finally, to respond to the climate crisis as the fastest growing source of CO2 emissions. The pace of change has now intensified following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and transport – as the…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 161

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  Mark with UK Ambassador to the EU, Lindsay Croisdale-Appleby CMG It was an honour to co-host an event on behalf of UK Transport in Europe on zero carbon transport with Lindsay Croisdale-Appleby CMG, the UK Ambassador and Head of the UK Mission to the European Union, at the UK Ambassador’s Official Residence in Brussels. It was part of an intensive two-day programme to facilitate meetings between the best of UK transport with representatives of the European…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 160

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  The anguish and horror facing the people of Ukraine are uppermost in our thoughts and in our hearts as the war in Ukraine rages on, the humanitarian situation deteriorates and the impact on neighbouring countries, and indeed the entire world, grows each day. Everything we hold dear, not least the fragile peace in Europe that has held since 1945, albeit with some notable exceptions like the war in former Yugoslavia, is under threat. And we’ve certainly…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 159

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  WattsUp! Mark Watts explains why despite soaring fuel bills we can’t stop believing in  Zero Carbon Transport! The elephant in the room according to many of my former colleagues on the Transport Committee of the European Parliament is the impact of soaring fuel prices on the plans to decarbonise transport. Some are even calling for a delay to plans to green transport until fuel prices fall. Transport Commissioner Adina-Ioana Vălean robustly defended the plans and responded…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 158

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  WattsUp! The new year has started with geo-political challenges on many fronts, from the on-going global pandemic to being on the edge of war in Ukraine, and domestic crises, from the Downing Street parties held during lockdown to the energy price hikes.  It’s easy, on days like these, to forget the long term, the strategic and the big picture.   But the climate challenge remains the challenge of our generation, and the follow up from COP26 is…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 157

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  WattsUp! UK Transport in Europe works hard with the UK Government and the UK’s devolved administrations to make a success of our new relationship with our European friends, for the mutual benefit of everyone in the transport sector and all those we serve. It’s been a rollercoaster year for transport, coping with the unprecedented challenge of the global pandemic and planning for the post-pandemic recovery. But that’s not stopped the sector also planning for a smarter…

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UK TRANSPORT AND BREXIT NEWS & VIEWS NO. 156

Mark’s EU Week for Transport  WattsUp! WattsUp indeed! or rather ‘what next’ after COP26? We predicted that COP26 would be a stepping stone not a destination and sadly we were correct. But the UK Presidency deserves credit for reaching a consensus that takes the world nearer to the goal of tackling the climate crisis. Overall the respected ‘Climate Action Tracker’ calculates that after COP26 we’re on course for a temperature rise between 2.4°C and 2.7°C, compared to a predicted 3.6 °C…

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