The report makes 10 recommendations, including action to ramp up the production of greener fuels, such as sustainable diesel, biomethane and hydrogen fuels, the importance of a lifecycle approach to assessing greenhouse gas emissions, and encouragement for the government to be technologically “agnostic” when it comes to supporting the different solutions to achieve net zero.
The University of Brighton is involved through its Advanced Engineering Centre (AEC), an internationally-recognised centre of research which leads the Advanced Propulsion Centre spoke for Thermal Propulsion Systems and Thermal Efficiency.
Dr Atkins said: "The report demonstrates the importance of academia, industry and government working together to developing zero carbon technologies.”
She added, "The AEC is a pioneer in fields including applied thermofluids, automotive engineering, heat transfer, sprays and two-phase flows. These technologies are vital to achieving zero emission targets"
The report will be officially launched at the Low Carbon Vehicle Event this month (18-19 November) and is supported by a series of ‘roadmaps’ which project how different propulsion technologies and energy vectors are expected to develop in the transition to net zero in 2050.
Philippa Oldham, Stakeholder Engagement Director at the Advanced Propulsion Centre, said: "This report shows the power of thinking holistically about green transport and makes a powerful case for why we must not put all our eggs in one basket when supporting decarbonisation technologies.
"We particularly need to recognise the complexity and variation in approach necessary across sectors, while acknowledging the gains that can be made when different sectors work together on a shared approach."
Read the Transport Energy Network report.