LowCVP becomes Zemo Partnership

Green vehicle development group, the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP), has changed its name to Zemo Partnership.

The change of moniker is intended to highlight the fact that UK road transport emissions will have to be zero by 2050. The organisation is embracing the new net-zero target and changing its name as a ‘direct and powerful demonstration that the world has changed and that the climate emergency means that low is no longer enough’.

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) was set-up in 2003 to accelerate a sustainable shift to lower carbon, cleaner vehicles and fuels.

Zemo Partnership is to build on years of collaboration with members, focusing on the aims and ambitions of Government, to ensure that transport is a key enabler of the country’s planned net-zero future.

Speaking at the Partnership’s 2020 virtual annual conference, Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, said: “We stand on the verge of a new revolution; a green transport revolution, driven by the Partnership.

“We can achieve nothing without collaboration, without the extraordinary array of businesses, academics, environmental institutions that make up the Partnership.”

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.”

Tanya Neech, UK Sustainability Officer, Scania GB: “Scania has been an active member and supporter of LowCVP for many years. We welcome this exciting new name and focus for the Partnership, further aligning with the UK’s net zero ambition. Our ambition for the future is to launch a new electric product every year and we look forward to working alongside Zemo Partnership to continue to drive the shift and decarbonise road transport.”

Martin Dean, Business Development Director, Go-Ahead said: “To address global warming, we need to achieve the biggest shift in transport technology and travel habits for a century. In addition to decarbonising vehicles, that means encouraging people to walk, cycle or use low-emission forms of public transport wherever possible. As Britain’s biggest operator of electric buses, Go-Ahead is pleased to be part of this partnership. We look forward to sharing knowledge and expertise to accelerate our collective journey.”

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