Just transition for the transport sector: a discussion paper

This discussion paper is intended to support engagement on a just transition for the transport sector. Building on this engagement, a draft targeted action plan and route map (late 23/24) will outline the key steps to delivering a fair transition for the sector.

Draft Outcomes for the transport sector

Jobs, Skills and Economic Opportunities

1: The net zero transition supports new and existing fair and well-paid jobs across Scotland, within transport services, supply chains and in the wider economy, enabled through decarbonised and better transport provision

2: The transport sector supports a diverse workforce and advances equality of opportunities for all, regardless of protected characteristics, and delivers on the five dimensions of fair work

3: Transport (and digital) connectivity underpins a strong, dynamic, resilient and productive economy which creates wealth and high-quality employment across Scotland and has reduced regional inequalities

4: Scotland is at the forefront of markets for zero emission mobility and becomes a global destination for innovation and investment in sustainable, zero emission mobility

Communities and Places

1: Communities (particularly in rural and remote and suburban areas) are well connected with each other, having better digital connectivity and shared transport that meets their local needs

2: The transport system supports changes to the planning system in opening up public and private spaces, providing increased access to safe, green spaces – in line with the principles of 20 Minute Neighbourhoods, communities live within

close proximity to the local services and amenities they need, thus reducing demand for transport.

3: Island communities are well connected to the mainland, with affordable and low-carbon transport options

4: Communities are meaningfully engaged with and their views have been considered at every stage of the decision-making process regarding transport (connectivity) needs

People and Equity

1: Better and safer transport options (with reliable infrastructure) are accessible and affordable to all, especially those with additional accessibility needs and vulnerable or isolated people

2: Transport poverty, where individuals cannot satisfy their daily basic activity needs because of transport affordability, mobility poverty or accessibility poverty, or exposure to externalities/health harms, is eliminated in Scotland

3: The transition to decarbonised transport, including the transition away from fossil-fuelled vehicles, does not disproportionately burden those less able to pay

4: Access and support for active travel options leads to healthier outcomes and reduces inequality

Environment, Biodiversity and Adaptation

1: Future and pre-existing transport infrastructure has been remediated where applicable to maintain and increase biodiversity levels and improve habitats

2: All of us, but particularly the oldest, youngest and those with pre-existing medical conditions are protected from the harmful impacts of poor air quality because of transport

3: Scotland's transport system is well-adapted and prepared for the current and future impacts of climate change. It is safe for all users, reliable for everyday journeys and resilient to all but the most extreme weather-related disruption

4: Scotland's supply chain has minimised and mitigated embedded carbon and the wider environmental impacts associated with vehicle production and use. Circular economy principles underpin the manufacture, use, re-use and disposal of decarbonised transport and associated infrastructure


Email: justtransition@gov.scot

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