Zemo Partnership Spearheads Revolutionary Council for Net Zero Transport and Welsh Decarbonisation Project
The Zemo Partnership has recently unveiled its groundbreaking report, “Delivering Net Zero in a Changing World,” alongside the establishment of the pioneering Council for Net Zero Transport.
This strategic move marks a significant step towards reshaping the decarbonisation landscape of the UK’s transport sector.
Originally known as the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, Zemo Partnership is a collaborative effort between public and private sectors dedicated to spearheading the transition towards low carbon fuels and vehicles that emit zero emissions. The newly formed Council brings together prominent industry stakeholders, with Lord Deben, the former UK Environment Secretary and current Chair of the Climate Change Committee, serving as its inaugural chair. This initiative seeks to unify efforts by engaging with top-tier government officials, climate experts, and academic leaders to devise a comprehensive and strategic approach for reducing carbon emissions in road transport.
Lord Deben expressed the critical nature of this endeavour, stating, “Our generation faces no greater challenge than that of tackling climate change.” He emphasized the pivotal role of transport, which accounts for over a quarter of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, in addressing climate change. The aim is to decarbonise transport not only for environmental benefits but also to achieve significant political and economic gains.
Claire Haigh, the new Executive Director of Zemo Partnership, highlighted the importance and complexity of decarbonising transport in meeting the UK’s legally binding net zero targets. She underscored the need for comprehensive policy solutions that span multiple sectors and the crucial role of focused delivery. Haigh called for the engagement of all levels of government, industry, consumers, and operators to ensure the successful outcome of this mission.
Additionally, Zemo Partnership announced its latest initiative, the Welsh Commercial Vehicle Decarbonisation programme, on behalf of the Welsh Government. This bespoke strategy aims to address the decarbonisation of both heavy and light-duty commercial vehicles in Wales, with a particular emphasis on sustainable fuels, electrification, and exploring the potential of hydrogen as a fuel source. Deputy Minister for Climate Change in the Welsh Government, Lee Waters, expressed enthusiasm for the project’s capacity to drive the decarbonisation of commercial vehicles in Wales, viewing it as a critical component of the nation’s journey towards net zero.