LowCVP moves from Low to Zero and becomes Zemo Partnership to accelerate transport change


Following the Committee for Climate Change and government policy to reach net-zero CO2e emission in the UK by 2050 the non-profit, government-linked, 200+ member-backed organisation will be known as Zemo Partnership.

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

18 years ago, 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 UK 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.

To support the introduction of the new name a Zemo Partnership website, visual identity and other communications materials are introduced today.

Zemo Partnership’s 200+ member organisations will be asked to commit to a new ‘Partnership Charter’ supporting the objective of accelerating the transition in transport to zero-emissions.

Speaking at the Partnership’s 2020 virtual annual conference, Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP highlighted the turning point, saying: “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 says: “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.”

Philippa Oldham, Director of Stakeholder Engagement – APC UK, says: “Today’s announcement about the name-changing of the LowCVP to Zemo Partnership demonstrates further commitment from trusted UK organisations to deliver on the net-zero targets.

The only way that the UK will achieve this is through collaboration and since its formation in 2003 the LowCVP has led the way by working alongside UK government and its membership to provide the evidence to answer some of those difficult emission reduction questions.

This heritage forms a firm foundation upon which Zemo Partnership can build on, remaining a trusted organisation which both industry and UK government can work with to accelerate the development of policies based on the evidence to deliver the next part of this journey to net-zero .”    

To find out more, visit the new Zemo website by clicking here.