Boris Johnson set to return to Cop26 on ‘transport day’

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    oris Johnson is set to return to the Cop26 climate summit for “transport day”, where a series of announcements on low carbon travel are due to be made.

    The Prime Minister urged countries to “pull out all the stops” ahead of returning to the Glasgow summit on Wednesday, where negotiators are set to scrutinise a first draft of a “cover decision” – a negotiated outcome to the talks that aims to boost climate action.

    It comes as several transport aims have been drawn up, including that new heavy goods vehicles sold in the UK will need to be zero emissions by 2040.

    Thirty countries have also agreed to work together to make zero emissions vehicles the new normal, and plans for “green shipping corridors” will be unveiled – facilitating a shift to zero emissions vessels.

    And 14 states, collectively making up for more than 40% of global aviation emissions, have put their names to a commitment to a new decarbonisation target.

    Ahead of the announcements, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said travel, including aviation, should be “guilt free” and added the Government did not see flying as “the ultimate evil”.

    It comes amid criticisms of people attending Cop26, including the Prime Minister, using planes for short journeys.

    Mr Shapps told The Telegraph: “I believe, as Transport Secretary, that we can get to guilt-free travel in this country. There’s been an idea that’s been allowed to percolate that somehow if we’re going to meet all these different carbon commitments we are going to need to get to the point where we all stay home, that travel is somehow something which attracts great guilt.

    “It gets worse the further you travel, so flying is, of course, the ultimate evil, as it’s presented, and that’s just not what we believe as the British Government.”

    He added any changes to the way we live our lives “should not be the inability to go and visit you friends and family and do business”.

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