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2020 will be a big year for low emission vehicles in farming in the UK

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The UK government will place a ban on all new motor vehicles that use oil resources such as petrol or diesel and any vehicles that are hybrid models by the year 2035. This ban falls under the “Ten-point plan for a green industrial revolution” set by the UK government, using which they are trying to achieve a target of zero emissions in the UK by the year 2050.

The ten-point plan for a green industrial revolution consists of the following:

  1. Advancing Offshore Wind: Grow the economy of the UK by utilising renewable energy generated from a source such as offshore wind.
  2. Drive the growth of low carbon hydrogen: Use hydrogen to provide a clean fuel and heat source for the UK’s homes, transport, and industries.
  3. Delivering Advanced Nuclear Power: the UK to look into the future of nuclear power by investing in advanced modular reactors.
  4. Accelerating the Shift to Zero-Emission Vehicles: To end the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles ten years earlier than planned.
  5. Green Public Transport, Cycling, and Walking: the UK to invest in rail and bus services to help cyclists and pedestrians. 
  6. Jet Zero and Green Ships: UK to investments in R&D that can help develop zero-emission aircraft and sea transport.
  7. Greener Buildings: Utilise more energy-efficient ways for buildings.
  8. Investing in Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage: Capture all the emitted carbon dioxide in the UK.
  9. Protecting UK’s Natural Environment: Combat biodiversity and adapt to climate change by restoring natural habitats for wildlife and creating green jobs.
  10. Green Finance and Innovation: the UK to develop new sources of finance to fund various green technologies to achieve net-zero emissions.

The year 2020 will be coming with ample opportunities for electric and low emission vehicles. It will be a critical year for certain policy developments about low emission vehicles. The UK has a vision that by the year 2050, almost every vehicle will be a ULEV. ULEV stands for Ultra Low Emission Vehicle, and these are vehicles that use low carbon technologies and only emit less than 75g of CO2/km from the tailpipe of a vehicle.

Dan Hayes, project manager from Zemo Partnership, said, “The electric vehicle revolution is undoubtedly underway, and this will affect farming in many ways.” Zemo Partnership, previously known as Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, is a non-profit organisation that brings together the UK government, various NGOs, experts, and other state holders to achieve zero emission from transport systems.

Dan Hayes will be speaking at the Energy and Rural Business Show on the 3rd and 4th of March 2020. 

Dan said the following:

  • As the new tax changes are coming up, the sales of combustion cars will decrease from 2035. 
  • Car manufacturers will be facing massive fines if they fail to comply with the emission targets
  • Concerning this, the farming and rural business sector will also feel several repercussions from these and other related changes that will happen in the near future.

According to the director of Energy & Rural Business Show, David Jacobmneyer, it won’t be wrong to predict that the UK farms might become the key players in the storage,  generations, and supply of renewable fuels.
David also said, “In terms of low emission farm machinery, manufacturers are beginning to introduce electric, biogas, hydrogen fuel or hybrid tractors and farm vehicles with the development of affordable solutions that will work within the parameters of the realities of agriculture.” He also said that Biomethane could become an essential transport fuel and save costs compared to diesel.

The Energy and Rural Business Show will be taking place on the 3rd and 4th of March at the East of England Arena in Peterborough. At this show, farmers will get an opportunity to view various low emission vehicles such as electric quad bikes, eco chargers, and many more.  


At the show, there will be The Low Emission Vehicles Theatres that will be including sessions on several subjects like:

  • Development of infrastructure 
  • Autonomous farm machinery 
  • The integration of low-carbon transport technologies
  • Opportunities that the growth of this sector will offer
  • A focus on biofuels markets 

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