Electric Vehicles Network & Clean Growth

We will upgrade our rapid electric vehicle charging infrastructure and support new clean industries across the country.

The UK is a global leader in tackling climate change and encouraging more people to make the switch to electric vehicles will be crucial for achieving our Net Zero emissions target by 2050.

We will ensure that everyone in England and Wales is within 30 miles of an electric vehicle chargepoint, so that people don’t need to worry about running out of charge. We will also increase our commitment to offshore wind, invest in new carbon capture technologies and help energy-intensive industries to decarbonise.

By getting Brexit done, we can focus on people’s priorities like tackling climate change, listening to the science in order to leave our environment in a better state for next generation.

Background

The transport sector is currently the highest emitting sector, which we must decarbonise if we are to end the UK’s contribution to global warming by 2050.

Electric vehicles are cleaner, cheaper to run and longer-lasting than petrol and diesel equivalents, so we want to make it even easier to own one.

We have already said that we will end the sale of new conventional petrol and diesel cars as soon as possible, leaving cleaner air for the next generation.

We will consult on bringing forward the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2040 to the earliest possible date.

The UK is a world-leader in offshore wind.

We currently have more installed capacity in offshore wind that any other country, and our Offshore Wind Sector Deal aims to triple the number of jobs in the industry by 2030.

Our solution

Investing an additional half a billion pounds to expand the electric vehicle charging network, ensuring no community is left behind as we accelerate the electrification of transport.

We will invest £500 million to complete a fast-charging network for electric vehicles, ensuring that everyone is always within 30 miles of a chargepoint. This comes on top of the £400 million we have recently announced to expand the network. This funding will also be spent on the Plug-in Van Grant Scheme and research and development into low and zero emission technology.

Increasing the amount of electricity we get from offshore wind by 2030, creating more jobs and cementing the UK’s position as a global leader in the industry.

Our Offshore Wind Sector Deal aimed to increase offshore wind capacity to 30GW by 2030, but as the cost of providing offshore wind has fallen, the industry believes it's possible to go further. So we will increase offshore wind capacity to 40GW by 2030, creating 9,000 more jobs by working with our partners in the private sector to remove barriers and put additional support in place to deliver the target. We will also explore the possibilities around floating wind turbines.

Investing £800 million in the infrastructure needed to establish Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) clusters, leaving our environment in a better state for the next generation.

We will provide £800 million to pay for the core transport and storage infrastructure needed for CCS clusters to be established in the 2020s. We want to have the first CCS plant operational by the mid-2020s – creating thousands of jobs in the coming decades.

Helping energy-intensive industries decarbonise in order to meet our world-leading Net Zero by 2050 target.

We will invest half a billion pounds to support our high-energy intensive industry to go low carbon – investing in new technologies like Electric Arc Furnaces to replace older, polluting furnaces.

Conservative record

Setting a legally binding target to end our contribution to global warming by 2050, ensuring we protect the planet for future generations.

We were the first major economy in the world to introduce a net zero target for emissions, meaning that our contribution to global warming will end by 2050.

Already providing £400 million to bolster Britain’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure, making the reality of driving electric vehicles easier and more accessible.

The Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Fund supports the installation of charge points across the UK.

Ending the sale of new conventional petrol and diesel cars by 2040 at the latest, making transport cleaner and leaving a better environment for the next generation.

We are investing almost £3 billion to reduce emissions and will end the sale of all new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040.

Reducing greenhouse gases by a quarter under the Conservatives.

We have reduced greenhouse gases by 25 per cent since 2010, whilst decarbonising faster than any other G20 nation since 2000.

Generating record levels of clean energy by supporting renewable technologies.

In 2018, renewables generated 33 per cent of the UK’s electricity, up from 6.9 per cent in 2010. Offshore wind generation has increased by over 500 per cent under the Conservatives, and 99 per cent of all solar power deployment has taken place under the Conservatives.

Creating millions of low carbon jobs, growing our economy while reducing emissions.

Our investment has meant there are almost 400,000 people working in low carbon businesses and their supply chains across the country already, and we will create two million low carbon jobs by 2030.

Making the UK a world-leader in offshore wind.

The world’s largest offshore wind farm is being built off the east coast of Britain. 75 miles off England’s Yorkshire coast, Hornsea One will produce enough energy to supply 1 million UK homes with clean electricity when it is completed in 2020.