The Climate Change Committee has called for a new target that BPVs should make up at least 60% of new cars and vans sold in the UK by 2030.
The CCC says the UK must shift much more swiftly towards electric cars to reduce carbon and tackle local air pollution.
The committee suggests that the drive towards this battery-powered vehicle boom should include tax incentives, financial support and a strategy to roll-out BPV re-charging infrastructure, as well as tougher emissions standards on new car sales beyond 2020.
The CCC report also warns that household energy bills and carbon emissions will rise unless the government devises new policies to save power.
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) confirms that household energy bills and emissions have been forced down over the past decade by EU energy efficiency rules. Appliances like fridges, freezers and boilers are now designed to use less energy for the same work.
Since 2008, when the Climate Change Act was introduced, electricity demand is down 17% and gas demand is 23% lower, thanks to better insulation and UK rules on improved boilers – although the cost per unit of electricity and gas has continued to rise.
The CCC report also says a national energy-efficiency strategy is urgently needed to insulate millions of homes and create new forms of heating that don’t foul the air or crank up climate change.
The committee emphasised that policies should include how the government intends to reduce emissions in the crucial areas of transport and buildings, where emissions are currently rising.
After the CCC’s fifth carbon budget was passed lasts year, the government began to talk about its “emissions reduction plan”, which morphed more recently into a “clean growth plan”.
While this is understood to have been more or less ready to publish before Theresa May called the general election, new climate change minister Claire Perry confirmed to Parliament it will now be published after the summer recess which ends on 5 September.
CCC chairman Lord Deben (who, as John Gummer, was a former Environment minister) said he is ‘confident’ the government will produce the plan since it is a statutory requirement.