After more than a decade at the helm, Claire Haigh is stepping down as CEO of campaign body Greener Journeys to “pursue a wider role in the decarbonisation of transport” it has been announced this morning. A statement says that “further announcements will follow.”
In a statement Claire Haigh says: “2021 is going to be a critical year for the decarbonisation agenda. All our research at Greener Journeys has shown that buses have a pivotal role to play in decarbonising transport.
“It has been privilege to play a part in raising awareness of the vital role of buses.
“However, we need solutions across the board for all forms of passenger and freight transport. Transport is the biggest polluting sector of the UK economy. Looking ahead to the COP26 UN Climate Summit in Glasgow, the UK will need to have developed a credible plan for transport.”
Speaking for the bus industry, Martin Dean, Chairman of the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) said: “’Claire has done a huge job for the bus industry over the past 11 years and we will always be grateful for her contribution.
“Through her use of carefully researched evidence and reach to a much broader range of stakeholders she has promoted a compelling message. We look forward to continuing to work with her as she pursues a broader agenda of transport decarbonisation.”
About Greener Journeys
Greener Journeys is dedicated to encouraging more sustainable travel. It aims to reduce CO2 emissions from transport by encouraging people to switch some of their car journeys to bus or coach instead.
Switching from car to bus for just one journey a month would mean one billion fewer car journeys on our roads and would save 2 million tonnes of CO2 every year.
It commissions research into the social, economic and environmental benefits of public transport and campaign to make sure that those benefits are realised.
It presents evidence to Government and Parliament, build partnerships and run modal switch campaigns.
Its work allows everyone from policy makers to industry executives to individual passengers to make evidence-based decisions about the ways in which people travel.