The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) has rebranded in a bid to accelerate net-zero.
LowCVP is a public-private partnership that was established in 2003 to accelerate a sustainable shift to lower carbon vehicles and fuels while also creating opportunities for UK business.
18 years ago, when LowCVP was formed road transport accounted for 118 Mt of greenhouse gases (GHG) a year. Since then, despite road miles increasing by 20%, overall emissions have fallen 5%, driven by low carbon policy and developing technology.
However, today transport is one of the largest sources of GHG emissions, responsible for about 28% of all UK emissions.
Therefore, LowCVP has highlighted that ‘low carbon’ is no longer good enough and they are therefore changing their commitments to net-zero, with a new brand name – Zemo.
Zemo’s 200 plus 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’s Managing Director Andy Eastlake said: ‘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.
‘Re-born, as Zemo Partnership, we are strengthening our commitment to make change happen faster and accelerate the transport transition to zero emissions.’
Greg Archer, UK director of Transport and Environment (T&E): ‘The rebranding and refocusing of the LowCVP to become Zemo Partnership is illustrative of the urgency of the climate challenge and recognition that surface transport must be zero-emission by 2050 if the UK is to meet its climate goals. Transport and Environment looks forward to working closely with Zemo Partnership on our common goal to shift to zero-emission vehicles.’
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