New UK Ambassador promotes climate change collaboration with Shenzhen Bus Group
●Ambassador promoted the ‘Race to Zero’ campaign to reduce emissions
●UK and China are global leaders on climate change and this year will host COP 15 in Kunming and COP 26 in Glasgow
●The UK wants an ambitious climate change partnership with China
The Ambassador visited the Shenzhen Bus Group and boarded a COP26-branded electric double-decker bus at the ‘Race to Zero – Green Transport Partnership Event’. Race to Zero is a campaign to mobilise ‘net zero’ initiatives around the world.
At the event, the UK Ambassador to China, Caroline Wilson CMG, said:
“I am really pleased to be in Shenzhen and I welcome the news that Shenzhen Bus Group and BYD have committed to supporting the Race to Zero Campaign.”
“The UK and South China already have a strong green partnership as we are collaborating on everything from green finance to green hydrogen and from civil nuclear to long-distance power transmission.”
Shenzhen Bus Group Co., Ltd. (SZBG), established in 1975, is the largest comprehensive public transportation operator in Shenzhen, China. It operates 330 bus routes and 810 customized bus routes, and owns a fleet of about 13,000 vehicles （including 5,988 pure electric buses, 5,805 pure electric taxis, 338 rental vehicles, 253 cross-border vehicles and 133 coaches）carrying about 800 million passengers annually.
The Group became the largest pure electric vehicle operator in the world after achieving full electrification for buses in 2017 and taxis in 2018. It also became the first public bus operator from China in 2017 to sit on the Bus Committee of International Association of Public Transportation (UITP). It also currently holds the chairmanship for the Taxi and Ride-hailing Committee of UITP.