Wealden resident Steve Malkin begins an ambitious eight-month Zero Carbon Tour of the UK with the first fully-electric coach to grace our roads.
Steve, who lives in Wadhurst, co-founded Planet Mark with Sir Tim Smit of Eden fame. The pair took their Carbon Battle Bus to Parliament this week to begin the nationwide tour which aims to engage with businesses, communities, farms and schools in an effort to encourage them to reduce their carbon print and meet net-zero targets. The final stop will be November’s COP26 summit in Glasgow. It is hoped that businesses will use the stop-offs to share their sustainability commitments or sign-up to take meaningful action to support the net zero carbon goal.
“The Zero Carbon Tour illustrates the fantastic array of actions that business and communities across the country are already taking to address climate change”, says Wealden councillor Jo Howell who welcomed the initiative. “I applaud this effort to spotlight UK innovation in net zero products and services”, she added. “
The tour is also welcomed by Wealden’s MP, Nus Ghani who led on the environmental aspect of bus transport during her time as a junior transport minister. “Looking after our environment is one my top priorities in Wealden and nationwide. Buses are a key public transport system and it is vital that we work towards making them cleaner and greener.”
“We need to empower individuals, communities and businesses to go green and I am proud that a Wealden-born company is leading this zero-carbon initiative”, added the MP.
The UK has set a net zero-carbon target for 2050 and companies large and small are busy planning how to achieve this. Steve Malkin believes that his tour provides a key moment of impetus to tackle the climate crisis.
“We want to accelerate information and action to enable businesses to set zero carbon targets and implement achievable steps to deliver them”, he explains. “Net zero brings more urgency and more opportunity for organisations to work together to tackle the climate crisis. In doing so, they are publicly demonstrating their commitments that they are organisations and brands that are here to support society and our transition to net zero.”
Talking of this autumn’s gathering in Glasgow, he adds: “COP26 is incredibly important, as it places the UK at the forefront of decarbonisation to address the urgent and immediate requirement to take action for the good of society and our planet.”
Follow the bus’s progress: https://tour.planetmark.com/