THE Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) has rebranded itself to the Zemo Partnership.
Set up in 2003 to accelerate a sustainable move to lower carbon and cleaner emission vehicles, the organisation has to all purposes run its course.
Embracing the net zero challenge by 2050 as the next stage in its life, the non-profit organisation says the change of name is a “direct and powerful demonstration that the world has changed and that the climate emergency means that ‘low’ is no longer enough”.
According to the Zemo Partnership, when the LowCVP was formed 18 years ago, road transport emitted 118 Mt of green house gases a year.
In the intervening period, mileage has increased by 20% while overall emissions have fallen by 5%. Nevertheless, road transport is still responsible for 28% of emissions. Zemo says low carbon has to be replaced by zero carbon.
Zemo Partnership’s managing director, Andy Eastlake, commented:
“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.”
The Zemo Partnership has more than 200 member organisations, and is based in Westminster, London.
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