A statement issued by the government earlier this week said that "the first-of-a-kind plan will set out in detail what government, business and society will need to do to deliver the significant emissions reduction needed from all modes of transport".
In particular, it added, the plan "will consider how UK technology and innovation can be implemented to encourage major changes to the way people and goods move across the UK".
The DfT said the plan "will take a coordinated, cross-modal approach to deliver the transport sector’s contribution to our decarbonisation targets".
Work on the plan "will start immediately, with the department publishing a document setting out the challenge later this year," said the DfT, adding that the plan is "due to be complete next year".
Transport secretary Grant Shapps said: "We want to work with industry and communities around the country to develop this plan – to make our towns and cities better places to live, help to create new jobs, improve air quality and our health, and take urgent action on climate change."
Earlier this week, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) published its much-anticipated Environment Bill.