To reinforce a focus on the target for road transport emissions to be zero by 2050, the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership has renamed itself as Zemo Partnership.
LowCVP, set-up in 2003 to accelerate a sustainable shift to lower carbon, says it is embracing the new net zero target and changing its name as a direct and powerful demonstration that the world has changed and that the climate emergency means that ‘low’ is no longer enough.
The organisation points out that 18 years ago, when it was formed, road transport emitted 118Mt of greenhouse gases (GHG) a year. Since then, despite road miles increasing by 20 per cent, overall emissions have fallen 5 per cent, driven by low carbon policy and developing technology. Today, however, transport is the UK’s largest GHG-emitting sector, responsible for about 28 per cent of emissions, and a step-change in progress is needed.
Zemo Partnership’s 200+ member organisations will be asked to commit to a new ‘Partnership Charter’ supporting the objective of accelerating the transition in transport to zero emissions.
Zemo Partnership managing director Andy Eastlake says: “For the past 18 years LowCVP has played a pivotal role in helping to deliver the UK’s low emission transport targets.
“In 2020, over 10% of all new cars sold were ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs), surpassing the target set out at the LowCVP’s inception in 2003.
“But today low is no longer enough and we must reset our targets, roll up our sleeves and focus on the road to zero.”
Philip Sellwood, Zemo Partnership chair adds: “We are very aware that changing our name means nothing if it is not backed-up by tangible actions. Later this year, a new ‘Zemo Acceleration Programme’ of stand-out initiatives will be announced to demonstrate Zemo Partnership’s purpose and positioning to all our stakeholders.”