Council for Net Zero Transport Formed to Accelerate UK Transport Decarbonization

A new Council for Net Zero Transport, convened by Zemo Partnership, comprising senior stakeholders hopes to help steer UK transport’s decarbonization transition as it moves into the crucial delivery phase. The Council will be chaired by Lord Deben, formerly UK Environment Secretary and Chair of the Climate Change Committee
Council for Net Zero Transport Formed to Accelerate UK Transport Decarbonization
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It will engage senior figures from government, industry, environment and academic sectors to help focus the Partnership as we work together to forge a clear, strategic direction for road transport decarbonisation.   

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 decarbonize transport. We must do this for our environment, and we will reap rewards both politically and economically from doing so.”

Zemo’s new Executive Director, Claire Haigh, said, “Decarbonizing transport is a vital – and particularly challenging – element of the UK’s legally binding net zero targets.

“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.”

Zemo Partnership (formerly Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership/LowCVP) is a broad stakeholder partnership. A not-for-profit organization, it has been working for over two decades to provide guidance to government and industry around the policy and initiatives needed to accelerate road transport decarbonization. 

Zemo Partnership is also announcing an exciting new project on behalf of the Welsh Government.

The Welsh Commercial Vehicle Decarbonization program will deliver a strategy for Wales covering heavy and light-duty commercial vehicles, with focus on sustainable fuels, electrification and the potential role for hydrogen. Zemo will be working closely with the Government of Wales to develop the strategy and routes to delivery.

Commenting on the project, 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 decarbonization of commercial vehicles in Wales which we view as a key challenge on our path to net zero.”

Zemo Partnership’s Chair, Philip Sellwood CBE, commented, “The new Council for Net Zero Transport along with the invitation to work alongside the Welsh Government come at a key time in transport’s decarbonization transition.

“We’ll be working even more closely with our wide-ranging membership to focus on what we need to do together to deliver the targets in the best interests of our environment and the UK’s industrial future.”

Claire Haigh’s report  is available here

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