Clean Transport Export Capability Guide

An overview of the UK’s ‘Clean Transport’ export offer

The right move to drive clean transport exports

What is clean growth?

There are three main areas to ‘Clean Growth’.

First, it’s the UK Government’s strategy for boosting our economy while reducing gas emissions and protecting the environment.

Second, it will achieve this through encouraging the creation and production of innovative goods, services and technologies.

And, third, it is here to help UK businesses of all sizes, through the Department for Business and Trade (DBT), to export their goods and services.

The ambition is for Clean Growth to help deliver a Green Industrial Revolution, as set out in the Government’s Ten Point Plan.

This manifesto includes investing £48 billion of public and private investment into clean industries, creating 250,000 new green jobs by 2030.

While Clean Growth is opening up significant business opportunities at home, selling goods, services and know-how to customers abroad can help UK businesses grow even further.

DBT provides free support and service for firms seeking to take advantage of these global export opportunities.

Find out how your business could benefit from export opportunities in green, transport-related industries.

For help with your export journey, access our expert guidance, tools and services 24/7 using our online export support.

The cleaner way to keep the world moving


The 2015 Paris Agreement should be a turning point for the long-term future of the planet.

One of the key ways to achieving net zero emissions is the decarbonisation of the global transport sector.

Currently it accounts for around 23% of total energy-related CO2 emissions, but without immediate action, this could rise to a staggering 40% by 2030.

Clean Growth is about building on the UK's strength as a genuine climate pioneer. This is illustrated by the fact that we were the first G7 country to legislate for a net zero emissions target by 2050, while reducing gas emissions and protecting the environment through the creation and promotion of innovative goods, services and technologies.

We are working with industry to identify and maximise the economic opportunities for UK businesses and citizens that the global carbon transition will bring.

As UK transport-related industries and associated supply chains move towards achieving low-carbon targets, clean growth is generating a wealth of export opportunities.

It is estimated that the low-carbon economy could generate up to £170 billion in export sales by 2030. The Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution targets the creation of 90,000 jobs across the UK within the life of the current Parliament, and up to 250,000 jobs by 2030.

This guide provides an overview of the UK’s current ‘Clean Transport’ export offer. Specifically, it focuses on how the UK is now accelerating the continued decarbonisation of its transport network.

UK transport-related businesses can access a wealth of free support and services, provided by DBT and wider government departments, to help them export successfully in a global economy that is rapidly becoming more sustainable.

Find out more about how your business could benefit and how we could help you take advantage of some exciting export opportunities.

For help with your export journey, access our expert guidance, tools and services 24/7 using our online export support.

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Clean Growth: one step towards a Green Industrial Revolution

Clean Growth is just one aspect of the UK's comprehensive Ten Point Plan to invest in the development and implementation of clean technologies – our Green Industrial Revolution.

UK businesses like yours have a vital role to play by exporting those innovative, world-leading products and services out onto the global stage. UKEF is also supporting the Ten Point Plan supply chains, working with business to grow green UK industries and resilient, export focused supply chains.

Point 1 Advancing Offshore Wind

Point 2 Driving the Growth of Low Carbon Hydrogen

Point 3 Delivering New and Advanced Nuclear Power

Point 4 Accelerating the Shift to Zero Emission Vehicles

Point 5 Green Public Transport, Cycling and Walking

Point 6 Jet Zero and Green Ships

Point 7 Greener Buildings

Point 8 Investing in Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage

Point 9 Protecting Our Natural Environment

Point 10 Green Finance and Innovation

View the ten point plan in full

Clean Growth energy transition: the bigger picture

There are five interconnected ‘life cycle’ stages in the transition to clean, green energy. These stages are dealt with in more detail on the following pages:

You can also view these UK success stories.

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