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Logistics UK's CEO David Wells joins Council for Net Zero Transport to support new government

With the General Election imminent, the Council for Net Zero Transport is well placed to support the new government as it refocuses on the challenge of delivering net zero and maximising the benefits to UK Plc from the transition.

Zemo Partnership, 6 June 2024, announced the full membership of the new independent Council for Net Zero Transport chaired by Lord Deben, former Chair of the Climate Change Committee.

Leading Council Member David Wells, CEO, Logistics UK comments: “The logistics sector is committed to decarbonising, but this must be a fair transition that keeps costs down for businesses, public services and households while maintaining resilient supply chains.

“The only way to achieve that is through partnership, with a plan co-developed between businesses and government to get to net zero and phase out fossil fuels.

“The new Council for Net Zero Transport will play a vital role in developing such a plan and ensuring it’s at the top of the new government’s priorities. I am honoured to be part of it.”

Zemo’s Executive Director, Claire Haigh, said: “Whoever enters Downing Street on 5th July the fundamental challenges for net zero remain the same. Our dependence on fossil fuels exacerbates the threat of climate change and exposes us to ever increasing risks. 

“Transport is the fastest growing source of global greenhouse gas emissions. We urgently need to move beyond targets to the delivery of net zero transport. There are huge benefits and industrial opportunities if we get this right. We need a clear roadmap to the destination. 

“We’re greatly encouraged that so many leading people with large stakes in the transport decarbonisation agenda have readily agreed to work with us to steer UK transport decarbonisation through this next crucial delivery phase.”

The Council for Net Zero Transport will provide a high-profile focal point for the UK’s transport transition to net zero through its delivery phase to be completed by 2050.

It is established as an independent forum to provide strategic oversight of the development of the Delivery Roadmap for Net Zero Transport. 

Confirmed members include:

•             The Rt Hon Lord Deben (CHAIR)

 •            David Wells, CEO, Logistics UK

 •            Chris Stark, CEO, Carbon Trust

•             Mike Hawes, CEO, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

•             Elizabeth de Jong, CEO, Fuels Industry UK

 •            Dr Doug Parr, Chief Scientist & Policy Director, Greenpeace UK

•             Professor Jillian Anable, Chair in Transport and Energy, Univ. of Leeds, ITS

 •            Professor Neville Jackson, Chair, RAC Foundation

•             Edmund King OBE, President, Automobile Association

•             Cordi O’Hara OBE FEI, President, UK Electricity Distribution National Grid

•             Fiona Howarth, CEO, Octopus Electric Vehicles

•             Cllr Darren Rodwell, Chair, Local Infrastructure and Net Zero (LINZ) Board, Local Government Association

•             Anne Shaw, Executive Director, Transport for the West Midlands

•             Martin Tugwell, CEO, Transport for the North

Published On: 06/06/2024 15:00:00


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