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Prime Minister announces that UK will host Zero Emission Vehicle Summit in Autumn 2018

Tue 12 December 2017 | Back to news list

The Prime Minister, Theresa May, has announced that the UK will host a global Zero Emission Vehicle Summit in the Autumn of next year. The aim of the summit is to "cement the UK’s position as a world leader in the low emission and electric vehicle industry". The Summit promise was made alongside other announcements by the Prime Minister to tackle climate change and its impacts, including £140m of new funding to help the world's poorest communities address the effects of climate change.

The Prime Minister's statement said that the Summit will help to demonstrate the UK’s commitment to putting clean growth at the heart of the UK's recently announced Industrial Strategy: "The Zero Emission Vehicle Summit will bring together ministers, industry leaders and sector representatives from around the world to further the development of the low emission and electric car market."

Mrs May said that the Summit will "build on the Government’s manifesto commitment for almost all cars and vans to be zero emission by 2050".

In her remarks, made at the One Planet Summit in Paris, the Prime Minister said that the announcements "underline how the UK is leading an international effort to meet the commitments made under the Paris Agreement"

The Prime Minister also commented on how the UK and Canada-led Powering Past Coal Alliance is helping to drive the international community and big business to phase out the use of unabated coal.

The Prime Minister said: "Tackling climate change and mitigating its effects for the world’s poorest are among the most critical challenges that we face. That is why I am joining other world leaders in Paris today for the One Planet Summit and committing to stand firmly with those on the front line of extreme weather and rising sea levels.

"And by redoubling our efforts to phase out coal, as well as build on our world leading electric car production, we are showing we can cut emissions in a way that supports economic growth."

According to a report in Business Green, the announcement of the Zero Emission Vehicle Summit raises the prospect of it being scheduled to bolster the Government's Green Great Britain Week initiative, which was announced as part of the recently launched Clean Growth Strategy and is also expected to happen next autumn.

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