The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) has today announced it has rebranded to the Zemo Partnership, to reflect the fact that UK road transport emissions will have to fall to zero by 2050.
The 200+ member-backed, non-profit organisation was set-up in 2003 to accelerate a sustainable shift to lower carbon, cleaner vehicles and fuels. It is now embracing the new net zero target and changing its name as a demonstration that the world has changed and that the climate emergency means that ‘low’ is “no longer enough”.
18 years ago, when LowCVP was formed, road transport emitted 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. Today, however, transport is the UK’s largest GHG-emitting sector, responsible for about 28% of emissions.
In 2019 the UK became the first major economy to pass a law requiring the UK to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. Zemo Partnership will build on years of successful collaboration with members, focusing on the aims and ambitions of Government, to ensure that transport is a key enabler of our net zero future.
A new website for the Zemo Partnership has been launched, alongside a new visual identity. Members will also 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 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.
“Re-born, as Zemo Partnership, we are strengthening our commitment to make change happen faster and accelerate the transport transition to zero emissions.”
Zemo Partnership members and stakeholders are positive about the change:
Cllr Rishi Madlani, Head of Sustainable Finance & Just Transition, NatWest Group:
“We are delighted to work with the Zemo Partnership building on the strong foundations established over 18 years. The Partnership’s new name reflects the continued acceleration of activity in the sector following the UK’s Net Zero target and the Government’s 10-point plan. We look forward to working with the Partnership to support our customers in decarbonising their vehicles and fleets.”
Graeme Cooper, Project Director Transport Decarbonisation, National Grid:
“National Grid welcomes the Partnership’s change of name. This reflects the increasing urgency to fully decarbonise transport in order to meet our climate ambitions and improve our air quality. We look forward to continuing to work with Zemo Partnership to enable a fully decarbonised transport system.”
Greg Archer, UK Director, 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.”