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The third paper on our future of commuting campaign with CBI (Confederation of British Industry), provides a series of practical recommendations on how business and government could work together to turn the corner towards net zero to enable a healthier and more environmentally sustainable country.

Transport accounts for around a third of UK carbon emissions, with 15 percent of all trips and 20 percent of distance being travelled for commuting purposes pre-pandemic. As COVID-19 restrictions start to ease, employees are reconsidering where they work and how they commute - giving employers a unique window of opportunity to reduce the impact of these journeys on the environment.

Government has set targets to become net zero by 2050 including ambitious commitments to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2030, (as well as hybrid vehicles from 2035). To make this possible, they will have to work together with businesses and make investments in the appropriate infrastructure to support people make the shift.

Greener miles sets a series of recommendations to:

  • Suggestions for employers on how to take greater responsibility for the emissions created by their employees’ commutes, factoring these emissions into their net-zero strategies and setting out tangible steps to help their employees make greener journeys to and from work. 
  • Policy details on how the government should support public transport to provide an efficient and integrated system that is more reliable for commuters but also makes use of greener vehicles. 
  • The need for investment in accessible, reliable, and affordable infrastructure and incentives to support the transition to electric vehicles.
  • The wider importance of modal shift away from cars either to public transport or to active and shared mobility.

Please contact IGHMarketing@kpmg.co.uk or speak with your usual KPMG contact to discuss the paper.