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A new Council for Net Zero Transport has been assembled by Zemo Partnership to help steer the UK’s transport decarbonisation transition following a study conducted by the trade body in 2023. 

The new Council comprised of senior stakeholders, chaired by Lord Deben, formerly UK Environment Secretary and Chair of the Climate Change Committee; will engage senior figures from government, industry, environment and academic sectors to help focus efforts to forge a clear, strategic direction for road transport decarbonisation.

Lord Deben, said:

“Our generation faces no greater challenge than that of tackling climate change. With transport responsible for over a quarter of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, if we’re going to solve this problem we have to effectively decarbonise transport. We must do this for our environment, and we will reap rewards both politically and economically from doing so.”

This news accompanies a separate announcement from the Zemo Partnership of a new collaboration with the Welsh Government, to deliver a bespoke strategy for Wales covering heavy and light-duty commercial vehicles, with focus on sustainable fuels, electrification and the potential role for hydrogen.

Zemo’s Executive Director, Claire Haigh, said:

“Decarbonising transport is a vital – and particularly challenging – element of the UK’s legally binding net zero targets. The policy prescriptions needed to do this are complex, nuanced and cross-sectoral, and achieving a successful outcome will be of huge benefit to the UK’s environment, society and economy. This is too vital a task for us to be distracted by over-simplifications and the short-term vagaries of our political system.

“We have some world-leading targets but we’re at a key moment in the transition and what we need now is a laser-like focus on delivery. To achieve this, we’ll need the full participation of government (nationally and locally – to the level of each town and parish council) industry, consumers and operators.”

Lee Waters, Deputy Minister for Climate Change in the Government for Wales said:

“We’re excited by the potential of this project to stimulate and accelerate the decarbonisation of commercial vehicles in Wales which we view as a key challenge on our path to net zero.”

Zemo Partnership (formerly Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership) is a public-private partnership working to accelerate a sustainable shift to low carbon fuels and zero emission vehicles, to find out more click here.

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