From the 18 February the non-profit, government-linked, Low Carbon Partnership (LowCVP) will be known as the Zemo Partnership, to reflect a change in emphasis away from 'low carbon' and towards 'zero carbon'..
LowCVP was set-up in 2003 to drive a sustainable shift to lower carbon, cleaner vehicles and fuels and is now embracing the new net zero target and changing its name to demonstrate that the world has changed and that the climate emergency means that ‘low’ is no longer enough.
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. ‘Low carbon’ is no longer good enough and a step-change in progress is needed.
In 2019, the UK became the first major economy to pass a law requiring the country 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.
Commenting on the change Gerry Keaney, BVRLA Chief Executive said: “This rebrand signifies more than a name change. It reflects our collective commitment to driving the decarbonisation of road transport and delivering the UK’s zero emission goals. Zemo Partnership will ensure that the great work done under LowCVP during the past two decades is continued with the fundamental step-change of focusing on zero emission. An essential shift to remain fit-for-purpose in the decades ahead.”
See the new Zemo Partnership website.