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A Technology Neutral Approach to Decarbonisation

Motorcycling Matters No 4: A Technology Neutral Approach to Decarbonisation

The BMF and National Motorcyclists Council (NMC) are calling for a pragmatic approach to the decarbonisation of powered two-wheelers. Whilst accepting the need to reach net zero in all areas of society, both organisations say that the path taken for two-wheelers must be proportionate and realistic, adding that petrol-powered motorcycles and scooters make up only 0.46% of the UK’s total domestic transport emissions.
The transition of motorcycles to electric power is lagging behind that of cars, and needs extra time to catch up, with a clear and realistic deadline for the end of sales of new petrol-powered motorcycles. The BMF and NMC are also calling on all political parties to embrace a variety of technologies to reach net zero rather than relying solely on battery-electric. E-fuels and hydrogen are currently developing technologies, and the motorcycle sport sector is leading the way on developing clean fuels. Another factor is the total life cycle emissions of all vehicles, and this needs to be taken into account when opening up future technologies.

Paul Morgan CBE of the British Motorcyclists Federation (BMF) said: “ The BMF calls on the next Government to work in partnership with the motorcycling sector to promote and realise the potential of the sector as an important low and zero emissions solution to Net Zero targets; one that offers significant, affordable and sustainable urban mobility benefits, including reduced congestion and increased air quality for towns and cities.”

You can find more on the BMF’s priorities to secure the future of motorcycling as we head towards the General Election and beyond in the Manifesto Motorcycling Matters which you can access via the article on BMF’s website. In the run up to the election we are seeking to get all Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs) to sign up to these priorities by getting them to sign our Motorcycling “Pledge” to support the future of motorcycling.

We are urging all riders to get involved in the campaign and to ask their PPCs to sign the Pledge to confirm their support to our Manifesto priorities. We need your support and action now to deliver a bright and sustainable future for UK motorcycling.

Written by Peter Henshaw

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