Claire Haigh (pictured left), the Founder and CEO of Greener Vision (formerly Greener Transport Solutions) and Executive Director of the Transport Knowledge Hub is to take on the leadership role at Zemo Partnership from January 2024 as Andy Eastlake steps down after more than a decade leading the organisation. He leaves a legacy of sustained progress in transport decarbonisation and with the end of transport’s ‘fossil era’ in sight.
When Andy Eastlake began leading the Partnership in 2012, zero emission vehicles were an extremely rare sight; barely 1,000 battery electric vehicles (BEVs) were sold in that year (and average new car CO2 emissions were still 135 g/km and measured on the NEDC!). He leaves as annual BEV and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) car registrations approach 500,000, almost a quarter of the UK’s new car market.
Zemo Partnership’s Chair, Philip Sellwood CBE, said:
“Andy has made an outstanding contribution to this agenda, driving mobility in all its forms on a faster route towards net zero. Much has been achieved so far but there’s still much to do as we progress into the delivery phase of the decarbonisation transition.
“I warmly welcome Claire as Andy’s replacement. She comes to the role with a wealth of transport experience and also detailed knowledge of Zemo. I look forward to working with her.”
Claire has worked closely with Zemo/LowCVP for many years. As the Partnership’s Vice Chair, in early 2023 she carried out a wide-ranging survey of the views of (approaching 100) senior stakeholders on the past role and future opportunities for Zemo, providing input to a strategic review commissioned for the Partnership’s 20th anniversary year.
The key conclusion of the review was that the priority now for net zero is the delivery of targets. This will be the Partnership’s primary focus under Claire’s leadership. A Zero Emission Mobility Taskforce has been established to support this purpose.
Claire Haigh said:
“I am delighted to be taking the helm of Zemo Partnership at this crucial juncture for the net zero agenda.
“Climate change is our greatest predicament and decarbonising transport is one of the toughest challenges of all. The UK has some world-leading targets, but what is now needed is a laser-like focus on delivery. Crucially, we need the right policies and incentives to enable the investment and support the supply chain transition.
“There is a massive amount to do, but there has also been significant progress. Under Andy’s exemplary leadership, Zemo has been there as the honest broker every step of the way – working with government, industry and academia to find solutions for net zero road transport.”