Trade bodies, institutions, alliances, partnerships, regulators and statutory bodies

All these bodies are related to innovation, technology and transport government and its agencies are here

Terminology note: ‘Great Britain’ comprises the nations of England, Scotland and Wales. What is commonly known as the ‘UK’, full title the ‘United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland’, is the sovereign state. The ‘British Isles’ is the geological group of islands, comprising the UK, the Republic of Ireland and Isle of Man; that is most commonly called ‘Britain and Ireland’.

Latest update: 21 December 2021

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ACEA – The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association, or ACEA, unites Europe’s 16 major car, truck, van and bus makers. The voice of the auto industry: a technological world leader and the backbone of the EU economy, its members keep Europe on the move, providing diverse solutions for moving people and goods from A to B.

ACFO – Now defunct as a standalone body, in March 2020 the fleet representative group ACFO (Association of Car Fleet Operators) merged with fleet training body the ICFM (Institute of Car Fleet Management) to form The Association of Fleet Professionals – see The Association of Fleet Professionals

AIR (Allow Independent Road-testing) – A global non-for-profit independent alliance born in 2017 out of the ‘Dieselgate’ scandal about emissions testing. Its members include Cenex and the Energy Savings Trust and it calls for an international, harmonised accurate emissions rating system. It publishes the AIR Index – an independent emissions rating for cars from A to E – using approved independent testing organisations in a scientifically-robust programme of on-road trips.

ALBUM – Trading name of the Association of Local Bus Company Managers, formed in 1984 and represents the remaining municipal and independent bus operators in the UK. It provides a networking for bus managers, to share best practice and respond to government consultations. There are separate marketing, engineering, finance and traffic groups that meet regularly.

Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) – A trade association established in 2009 to represent the anaerobic digestion (AD) and bioresources industry to help to remove the barriers faced by the industry. In 2014 it widened its remit to include emerging technologies and products from the bioeconomy.

Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) – Owned by its members and, working on their behalf, APSE maintains and develops a network of local government officers, managers and councillors from local authorities across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Working on a not-for-profit basis, APSE is dedicated to promoting excellence in the delivery of frontline services to local communities around the UK. Through the extensive APSE network, more than 250 local authorities and organisations are able to share information and expertise on vital frontline services, ask for advice and innovative solutions, and develop new, viable ways forward in an effort to help one another. APSE provides a united national voice for these authorities, as well as showing them the way to move forward and develop strong, sustainable frontline services.

Association for Standardization of Automation and Measuring Systems (ASAM) – Founded in 1998, ASAM has achieved important steps towards a successful international organisation. With 200 member companies worldwide, it is a standardisation organization where experts from OEMs, Tier-1s, tool vendors, engineering service providers, and research institutes meet to commonly standardise development and test systems for the automotive industry. It pursues the vision that tools of a development process chain can be freely interconnected and data can be seamlessly exchanged.

Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (ADEPT) – Established in 2010, the former County Surveyors’ Society represents place directors from 10 county/unitary and 3 combined authorities, along with 12 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), 3 sub-national transport bodies and 18 corporate partners drawn from key service sectors. ADEPT members are at the very heart of maximising sustainable growth in communities throughout the UK. It proactively engages with central Government on emerging policy and issues, responds to consultations, and promoting initiatives aimed at influencing Government policy. We also represents public sector interests across all its key areas.

Association of Fleet Professionals (AFP) – see The Association of Fleet Professionals

ATCO – Trading name of the Association of Transport Co-ordinating Officers. Formed in 1974 it brings together local authority officers whose work involves responsibilities for passenger transport, including those directly concerned with strategic policy development and implementation, and commissioning passenger transport services for a wide range of public authorities. These include shire counties and unitary councils in England, Wales and Scotland, Passenger Transport Executives, London Regional Transport, the Isle of Man, the States of Jersey and Northern Ireland. Members give advice to the Local Government Association and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities. The Association co-operates closely with Adept (formerly CSS), the Community Transport Association and the Urban Transport Group.

Automotive Council – Established in 2009 to enhance dialogue and strengthen co-operation between UK government and the automotive sector, the Council is made up of senior figures from across industry and government and meets three times per year.

BEAMA – The UK trade association for manufacturers and providers of energy infrastructure technologies and systems. It represents more than 200 companies, from start-ups and SMEs to large multinationals. Its member’s products ensure low carbon energy and environmental services are delivered safely, securely and efficiently to UK homes, businesses, transport and grid networks.  It supports its members in ensuring that the UK has a strong electrotechnical industry that is recognised as an essential part of modern society and brings invaluable economic, social and environmental benefits.

British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) – A Trade Association representing the interests of 100 member companies whose mission is to promote safety in the use, storage, transportation and handling of industrial, food and medical gases.

British International Freight Association (BIFA) – The British International Freight Association (BIFA) is the prime trade association for UK registered companies engaged in the international movement of freight by all modes of transport, air, road, rail and sea, and/or customs brokerage. BIFA has approx. 1500 members in the logistics and supply chain sector, known generally as freight forwarders, who offer a wide range of services within these various modes.

British Tyre Manufacturers Association (BTMA) – A trade body representing manufacturers and retreaders supplying the UK market from factories in Europe (two-thirds of tyres on UK roads). It supplies a large number of helpful tyre-related tyre fact sheets covering fitting, use, damage and its causes, inspection and repairs.

British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) – Established in 1967, it is the UK trade body for companies engaged in the rental, leasing and fleet management of cars, vans and trucks. On behalf of its 980+ member organisations, the BVRLA works with governments, public sector agencies, industry associations, consumer groups and other stakeholders across a wide range of road transport, environmental, taxation, technology and finance-related issues.

BSI – The trading name of the British Standards Institution, which owns the BSI Kitemark. Founded in 1901, and publishing standards for steel sections for tramways, it was the world’s first National Standards Body and it remains a leading global standards maker, accredited by 20 local and international bodies.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority – Local government body, details on this page

Canal & River Trust (CaRT) – The charitable trust that owns and manages 2,000 miles of canals, rivers, reservoirs and docks in England and Wales. It is also the owner of most bridges carrying roads over its waterways. It was formed in 2012 as the successor to state-owned British Waterways’ to take over its assets, which also include a large canalside property portfolio, when the UK government decided to pass its assets to a charity. Around one-quarter of its income is an annual grant from the Department for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA). British Waterways’ assets in Scotland were transferred to Scottish Canals.

Carbon Trust – Established in 2001 as a not-for-dividend collaboration between government and business in the UK, it has since expanded to operate globally. It helps reduce carbon emissions and increase resource efficiency through providing specialist help, support and advice. It has operations and projects across the globe, supporting companies and organisations wherever help is needed.

Career Ready – An education partner of Think Logistics, it is a UK-wide charity, linking employers with schools and colleges to open up the world of work to young people. Career Ready gives students from lower income families the confidence, skills and networks to achieve their potential. By volunteering for Career Ready, employers get a rewarding opportunity to develop their own presenting, coaching and management skills and find the next generation of talented employees.

Catapult Centres – A network of world-leading centres designed to transform the UK’s capability for innovation in specific areas and help drive future economic growth, funded by Innovate UK. Visit our dedicated Catapult page

Centre for Sustainable Road Freight (SRF) – see The Centre for Sustainable Road Freight 

Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) – The UK organisation that represents and qualifies professionals who plan, design, build, manage, maintain and operate transport and infrastructure. Established in 1930, it has 13,000 members and its HQ is in London, supported by 12 regional branches.

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)  – The UK membership organisation for professionals involved in the movement of goods and people and their associated supply chains. Established in 1919, it is part of the CILT international family with 33,000 members across the world. Its mission is to add value to individual and corporate members by enhancing their knowledge, careers, and businesses by setting, supporting and delivering professional standards and education and by promoting logistics, transport and their associated supply chains to society as a whole.

Cheshire and Warrington Combined Authority – Local government body, details on this page

The Climate Group – See The Climate Group

Coach Tourism & Transport Council of Ireland (CTTC) – The representative body for the Republic of Ireland’s coach touring companies, and private bus operators.

Cold Chain Federation – UK trade body for the temperature-controlled supply chain in the UK. It members are businesses who operate frozen and chilled storage facilities and/or temperature-controlled distribution vehicles, plus companies who have mutual commercial or policy interests.

Committee on Climate Change – An independent statutory body established under the Climate Change Act 2008. Its purpose is to advise the UK Government and Devolved Administrations on emissions targets and report to Parliament on progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate change.

Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) – A trade association representing the coach and bus industry in Great Britain and a focus for consultation on national and international legislation, local regulations, operational practices and engineering standards.

Connected Places Catapult – Visit our dedicated Catapult page

COSLA –  The trading name of The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, it is the voice of Local Government in Scotland. Established in 1975, it provides political leadership on national issues, and works with councils to improve local services and strengthen local democracy. It is a councillor-led, cross-party organisation which works on councils’ behalf to focus on the challenges and opportunities they face, and to engage positively with governments and others on policy, funding and legislation.

Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC) – An expert committee established by the Transport Act 1985, providing advice to the government on the transport needs of disabled people. It is funded by the Department for Transport, as a arms-length public body. All DPTAC activities are aligned with its vision statement, that “disabled people should have the same access to transport as everybody else, to be able to go where everyone else goes and to do so easily, confidently and without extra cost”.

Drive to Zero – see Global Drive to Zero

Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) – An executive agency of the Northern Ireland Department for Infrastructure. It is responsible for setting and enforcing standards for drivers and vehicles, registering drivers, and the issuing of licences. Unlike Great Britain, DVA services are not available online.

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) – An executive agency of the Department for Transport (DfT), covering Great Britain responsible for maintaining a database of drivers in Great Britain and a database of vehicles for the entire United Kingdom, and issuing Road Fund Licences. Its counterpart for drivers in Northern Ireland is the Driver and Vehicle Agency.

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) – An executive agency of the Department for Transport (DfT), covering Great Britain. It carries out driving tests, approves people to be driving instructors and MOT testers, carries out tests to make sure lorries and buses are safe to drive, carries out roadside checks on drivers and vehicles, and monitors vehicle recalls. The responsibilities of the DVSA only cover Great Britain. In Northern Ireland the same role is carried out by the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) – see above.

Electric Roads Consortium The Department for Transport has awarded funding through Innovate UK to a consortium to lead the UK’s first ever study on the electrification of long-range trucks with dynamic charging, using overhead wires on motorways. The consortium comprises Costain, Siemens Mobility, Scania, the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight, Ove Arup, Milne Research, Possible, SPL Powerlines UK, Box Energi and Clarke Infrastructure Planning.

Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce (EVET) – Set up at the request of the Government, the Taskforce was formed in October 2018 at the request of Government to make suggestions to Government and industry to ensure that the GB energy system is ready for and able to facilitate and exploit the mass take up of electric vehicles. The Taskforce was chaired by Philip New, CEO Energy Systems Catapult, and run by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP). Its report – with 21 recommendations – was published in January 2020.

Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA) – Founded in 1905, the Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA) is a not-for-profit trade association that provides a leading industry voice to help shape the future policy direction within the sector, that includes the Gas Vehicle Network (CVN)

Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) – A non-profit organisation that supports informed debate on energy and climate change issues in the UK. Climate change presents important challenges and opportunities to Britons. It believes that debates on these issues should be underpinned by evidence, and involve the full range of stakeholders. It supports journalists, parliamentarians and other communicators with accurate and accessible briefings on key issues, and work with individuals and organisations that have interesting stories to tell, helping them connect to the national conversation. ECIU Briefings are available free, and distil the often complex issues of climate science, energy policy and economics into straightforward language. They are written by specialist journalists, checked by experts in the relevant field, and updated with the latest significant developments.

Energy Networks Association (ENA) – The voice of all the networks, representing the ‘wires and pipes’ transmission and distribution network operators for gas and electricity in the UK and Ireland.

Energy Saving Trust – A UK-wide independent, not-for-profit organisation funded by the government and the private sector, aimed at reducing energy use (including transport). Founded in 1992 as a government-sponsored initiative, following the global Earth Summit (the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development held in Rio de Janeiro that year) and the UK gas regulator’s proposal to increase energy efficiency. It acts as a bridge between consumers, government, trade, businesses, third sector organisations, local authorities, and the energy market. The target audience is consumers, local authorities, energy companies, and policy makers. It also provides grants and advice to the public.

Energy Systems Catapult – Visit our dedicated Catapult page

Energy UK – The trade association for the GB energy industry with a membership of over 100 suppliers, generators, and stakeholders with a business interest in the production and supply of electricity and gas for domestic and business consumers.

England’s Economic Heartland – Sub-National Transport Body. Details on this page

EUBIA – the European Biomass Industry Association, was established in 1996 as an international non profit association in Brussels, Belgium. The organisation represents the interest of its members, SMEs, Research Institutes and Universities working on the field of biomass across Europe.

European Transport Safety Council (ETCS) – ETSC is a Brussels-based independent non-profit making organisation dedicated to reducing the numbers of deaths and injuries in transport in Europe. Founded in 1993, ETSC provides an impartial source of expert advice on transport safety matters to the European Commission, the European Parliament, and national governments. It maintains its independence through funding from a variety of sources including membership subscriptions, the European Commission, and public and private sector support for various activities.

Faraday Battery Challenge – Visit our dedicated page

Faraday Institution – see The Faraday Institution

Federation of Passenger Transport Northern Ireland (FPTNI) – Established in 2002, it is the trade body for commercial coach and bus operators in NI. It is also the only organisation that promotes coach tourism in Northern Ireland, through a dedicated Tourism Committee.

FISITA – Umbrella organisation for the national automotive societies around the world – controlled by the engineering profession and supported by the global automotive industry. Founded in Paris in 1948 FISITA’s purpose is to bring together engineers from across the globe to share ideas and advance the technological development of the automobile.

FTA – see Logistics UK

Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) – The FLTA is Europe’s largest representative body for all aspects of lift trucks and associated equipment. Since 1972, the FLTA has been improving standards and safety in the materials handling industry, with initiatives including National Fork Lift Safety Month, the FLTA Awards for Excellence, and a national apprenticeship scheme. A Safe User Group also encourages safety among companies that own and operate forklift trucks.

Foundation for Integrated Transport (FIT) – Formed in 2014 to make transport better for people and the environment, its vision is: a world where people can live decently without a car and enjoy good, affordable public transport; where transport causes little climate change; where public transport is integrated and complemented by safe and attractive routes for walking and cycling. It funds projects that will help to make this vision a reality.

Future Cities Catapult – Visit our dedicated Catapult page

Future Generations Commissioner – A statutory post created as a result of the Welsh Government’s Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. This is legislation requiring public bodies, including Welsh Government, to put long-term sustainability at the forefront of their thinking and decision making. It created the post of Future Generations Commissioner, and resulted in its 803-page The Future Generations Report 2020. One of the key recommendations was to set a target for a modal shift to sustainable transport.

Gas Alliance Group – An alliance formed in 2009 (then called the Gas Bus Alliance) of independent UK companies bringing together the separate expertise in natural gas and bio-methane infrastructure and re-fuelling, to deliver biomethane and natural gas solutions to the bus and commercial vehicle sector. With only a handful of companies in the UK with an interest in alternative transport fuel; rather than early competition in a small sector, the joining of several of the most practiced companies formed the Alliance. It provides everything from the design, supply and operation of fuelling stations, to the sourcing of and transport of gas supplies, together with support from vehicle manufacturers.

Gas Bus Alliance – See Gas Alliance Group

Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (GEMA) – The governing body of Ofgem (Office of Gas and Electricity Markets) comprises a board appointed by the Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Its function is to ensure that Ofgem operates as an efficient organisation and its powers and duties are derived from various UK and EU energy laws.

Gas Vehicle Network – The Gas Vehicle (GVN) Network was formed to promote natural gas vehicles as a transport solution, to accelerate development of the GV industry and to encourage increased use of gas (both Liquid Natural Gas – LNG and Compressed Natural Gas – CNG) and biomethane as low emission transport fuels. The Network is a member-funded body that promotes a better understanding of the strategic potential for the natural gas vehicle industry in the UK. It promotes a collective and collaborative view, rather than the position of single members or single groups of members.The GV Network brings together major UK companies across the GV industry supply chain who are driving the increasing use of gas as a transport fuel. These includes network operators, infrastructure providers, vehicle manufacturers, fuel providers and logistics companies.

Global Drive to Zero – Drive to Zero aims to accelerate the growth of global zero- and near-zero-emission (ZE) commercial vehicle space, with the aim of ZE technology becoming commercially competitive by 2025 and dominant by 2040 in specific vehicle segments and regions. Drive to Zero is built upon a technology strategy for change called the Beachhead Strategy — a strategy that identifies the commercial vehicle market segments where zero- and near-zero technologies are most likely to succeed and help drive growth in other segments.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority – Local government body, details on this page

Green Bus Fund – Visit our dedicated page here

Green Economy Fund – Visit our dedicated page here

Green Logistics – A four-year research project, funded by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) and supported by the Department for Transport and Transport for London, it ran until 2010. Its reports are on its website, which is maintained by the six University project partners.

Greener Journeys – A UK bus industry-backed campaign body to encourage modal shift to buses that ran from 2010 to 2020. Established and funded by the CPT the campaign was dedicated to encouraging people to make more sustainable travel choices. It aimed to reduce CO2 emissions from transport by encouraging people to switch some of their car journeys to bus or coach instead. Its mantra was that ‘Switching from car to bus for just one journey a month would mean one billion fewer car journeys on our roads and would save two million tonnes of
CO2 every year. The campaign was ended in January 2021 when the CPT said that “the key aims and objectives of Greener Journeys will be carried out by CPT.” Although its website was deleted, a full archive of Greener Journeys reports and responses are now hosted by CPT at

Greener Transport Solutions – Founded in 2021 by former Greener Journeys CEO Claire Haigh, the not-for-profit sustainable transport group aims to transform communities into cleaner, greener, less congested and more prosperous places to live and work, where greener transport is the affordable and desirable choice for everyone. Through the Transport Knowledge Hub it works with central and local Government, Sub-national Transport Bodies, Combined Authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships, and the wider transport community to encourage investments that will facilitate inclusive and sustainable economic growth.

Heart of the South West Combined Authority – Local government body, details on this page

Highways England – Highways England is the government-owned company charged with operating, maintaining and improving England’s motorways and major A roads (trunk roads). Highways England’s road network is 4,300 miles. While this represents only 2% of all roads in England by length, they roads carry one-third of all traffic by mileage and two-thirds of all heavy goods traffic. Local roads are managed by local authorities or Transport for London. Until April 2015 Highways England was an executive agency of the  Department for Transport (DfT), called the Highways Agency.

Highways Term Maintenance Association (HTMA) – The trade organisation which represents the service providers who look after the highway network within the UK, the HTMA was established in April 2005 to promote the positive contribution that the highways management and maintenance industry makes to the nation and to be an effective influencing voice on behalf of the Industry. Its members are some of the best-known consulting engineers, construction companies and service providers. In February 2020 the HTMA announced that it will cease operating and be wound up later in the year. HTMA members made the decision following the departure of a number of tier 1 highway maintenance contractors from the organisation after changes in 2018 which saw it change direction to focus on tier 2 suppliers.

Homes England – The government’s housing accelerator to drive positive market change. By releasing more land to developers who want to make a difference, it’s making possible the new homes England needs. It is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government.

ICCT – The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), founded in 2011, is an independent nonprofit organization founded to provide first-rate, unbiased research and technical and scientific analysis to environmental regulators. Its mission is to improve the environmental performance and energy efficiency of road, marine, and air transportation, in order to benefit public health and mitigate climate change.

ICFM – Now defunct as a standalone body, in March 2020 the fleet training body the ICFM (Institute of Car Fleet Management) merged with fleet representative group ACFO (Association of Car Fleet Operators) to form The Association of Fleet Professionals – see The Association of Fleet Professionals

Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund – Visit our dedicated page here

Information Technology Telecommunications and Electronics Association – see techUK

Innovate UK – Visit our dedicated page here

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – The United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change, it provides regular assessments of the scientific basis of climate change, its impacts and future risks, and options for adaptation and mitigation.

International Council on Clean Transportation – see ICCT

International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) – A global certification system, headquartered in Germany, offering solutions to address the sustainability requirements for all feedstocks and markets, including fuel.

Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education (IfA) – An employer-led crown non-departmental public body, it oversees the development, approval and publication of apprenticeship standards and assessment plans as well as the occupational maps for T Levels and apprenticeships. The Institute is responsible for Technical Qualifications, which is the main, classroom-based element of the T Level. T Levels are two-year technical study programmes that will become one of three major options for students to study at Level 3 alongside apprenticeships and A levels. It works with employer groups – called trailblazers – to develop apprenticeship standards and assessment plans, as well as, making recommendations on funding bands to the Department for Education for each apprenticeship standard. The Institute has a role overseeing External Quality Assurance (EQA) across all EQA providers to ensure quality, consistency and credibility. It is accountable for the quality of apprenticeships and technical education.

Institute Of The Motor Industry (IMI) – Established in 1920 it recognises automotive professionals with a range of qualifications, learning and development programmes for professionals working in the automotive retail, related and adjacent sectors. It also provides assessment for the irtec scheme.

Institute of Transport Administration (IoTA) – Formed in 1944 its purpose is to deliver career development in the practice of transport management. Representing road, air, sea and rail, the Institute offer management solutions in response to the day-to-day needs of the transport industry, including statutory road transport management (CPC) and driver education (DCPC).

Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers (IGEM) – The professional engineering institution for gas, to support individuals and organisations connected with the industry, including publishing technical standards. Working with stakeholders from across the industry it represents the views of its members and the wider gas community and to inform and influence current and future gas and energy policy.

IRTE – Trading name of the Institute of Road Transport Engineers, founded in 1944, which supports transport engineers throughout their careers and encourages high standards, with an emphasis on safety and best practice. It also provides IRTE Workshop Accreditation. It is one of three professional sectors of the Society of Operations Engineers (SOE), which is also the membership body.

irtec  – The independent accreditation/qualification scheme that validates the competence of road transport technicians who maintain vehicles and trailers in the freight and passenger industries. An irtec licence is valid for five years, and the scheme was created by the IRTE to raise standards and encourage industry self-regulation.

LDES Council – Its formal title is the Long Duration Energy Storage Council, but it trades as the LDES Council. The LDES Council provides fact-based guidance to governments and grid operators and major electricity users on the deployment of long-duration energy storage.  A CEO-led organization, the LDES spans a wide range of energy storage technologies and includes among its members technology innovators, energy users and investors.

Leicester and Leicestershire Combined Authority – Local government body, details on this page

LEP Network – see The LEP Network 

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority – Local government body, details on this page

Local Condition Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG) – Formed of councils that are responsible for managing highways, LCRIG’s mission is to facilitate fresh thinking in innovation and collaboration and to act as a conduit between the ‘highways community’ consisting of politicians, councils, council groups, the supply chain, key organisations, industry associations, academia, training and educational providers and the media. LCRIG also supports the Department for Transport, working in partnership with the ‘highways community’, to enable change through using innovative techniques not only to help achieve savings and efficiencies but to ensure that we all work together to ensure that road users see improved highway services maintained to a standard that people expect and deserve.

Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP) – There are 38 Local Enterprise Partnerships across England, including London. Details on this page

Local Government Association (LGA) – The national membership body for local authorities in England and Wales. Formed in 1997, it is a politically-led, cross-party organisation that works on behalf of councils to ensure local government has a strong, credible voice with national government. It aims to influence and set the political agenda on the issues that matter to councils so they are able to deliver local solutions to national problems. The core membership comprises 339 of the 343 councils in England and includes district, county, metropolitan and unitary authorities along with London boroughs and the City of London Corporation. The 22 Welsh unitary councils are in membership via the Welsh Local Government Association. For authorities in Scotland, see COSLA.

Logistics Emissions Reduction Scheme (LERS) – A free-to join-industry initiative to record, report and reduce carbon emissions from freight transport. The scheme is provided by FTA free to the whole logistics industry.

Logistics UK – Founded in 1899, it is one of the largest trade associations in the UK, with 17,000 member companies moving goods by road, rail, sea, and air. Its mission is to represent the views and interests of the logistics industry from large multinationals to small and medium businesses. As champions and challengers, Logistics UK speaks to Government with one voice on behalf of the whole sector. Policy is decided by its members from all modes, through its quarterly regional and national councils: the British Shippers Council, the Rail Freight Council, the Road Freight Council, and the Freight Council. Previously called the FTA, it changed its name in 2020 to Logistics UK, to better represent its members’ range of interests.

This video explaining the work was made before the name change from FTA to Logistics UK, to better represent its members’ range of interests.

London Tourist Coach Operators Association (LTCOA) – See UK Coach Operators Association

Long Duration Energy Storage Council – see LDES Council

Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) – See Zemo Partnership

Make UK – The manufacturers’ organisation formerly known as EEF (Engineering Employers’ Federation), until its name change in February 2019. Founded in 1896, it works at every level to ensure UK Manufacturing performs and grows. It works with manufacturing, engineering and technology-based businesses in the UK to connect, share, solve problems and create opportunities together. It does this through regional and national meetings, groups, events, advisory boards and online networks/communities.

Merseytravel – Local government body (PTE), details on this page

Metro – Local government body (PTE), details on this page

Midlands Connect – Sub-National Transport Body. Details on this page

National Chargepoint Registry UK –  Established by the UK Government in 2011, it provides a public database of publicly-funded chargepoints across the UK in support of the Government’s objective to promote the use and sales of Ultra Low Emission vehicles (ULEVs).

National Grid – The owner and operator of the gas National Transmission System (NTS) and the Electricity System Operator (ESO) in Great Britain. It is also the owner of the electricity transmission network in England and Wales. Note: In Scotland, the Transmission Network Ownership is split into two companies, SP Energy Networks and SSE. Northern Ireland is part of a single electricity market with the Republic of Ireland.

National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) – The non-ministerial government department responsible for providing expert advice to the UK Government on infrastructure challenges facing the UK. One of its main tasks is to undertake a national infrastructure assessment during each Parliament. Its delivers independent, strategic thinking, analysis and advice to address the UK’s long-term infrastructure needs.

Network Rail – Network Rail is the owner and infrastructure manager of most of the railway network in Great Britain. Network Rail is an arm’s-length public body of the Department for Transport with no shareholders, which reinvests its income in the railways. It is also the owner of most railway bridges.

Net Zero Teesside (NZT) – Net Zero Teesside is a Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) project, based in Teesside in the North East of England. It aims to decarbonise a cluster of carbon-intensive businesses by as early as 2030 and deliver the UK’s first zero-carbon industrial cluster. Working in partnership with local industry and with committed, world class partners, the Project plans to capture up to 10 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, the equivalent to the annual energy use of over 3 million UK homes.

Nexus – Local government body (PTE), details on this page

North East Combined Authority (NECA) – Local government body, details on this page

North of Tyne Combined Authority – Local government body, details on this page

Northern Endurance Partnership (NEP) – A partnership formed in October 2020 by BP, Eni, Equinor, National Grid, Shell and Total to develop offshore carbon dioxide (CO2) transport and storage infrastructure in the UK North Sea, with BP as operator. The infrastructure will serve the proposed Net Zero Teesside (NZT) and Zero Carbon Humber (ZCH) projects that aim to establish decarbonised industrial clusters in Teesside and Humberside.

Northern Evidence Academic Forum – A body created by Transport for the North (TfN) to ensure a collaborative approach to infrastructure planning and policymaking and to ensure that investment decisions are based on the most relevant and latest research and data. It connects the region’s policy and decision-makers with academics who are undertaking the cutting-edge research that could help shape and inform those choices.

NOVUS – A logistics sector-led higher education initiative that aims to provide the strategic solution to the challenge of the growing skills gap and talent shortfall. It aims to inspire and recruit tomorrow’s supply chain professionals and help them build their careers with a single package that provides a foundation of relevant education, training and experience and a guaranteed graduate level supply chain job in a major company. It is run under the umbrella of the CILT and is funded by leading blue chip manufacturing, retailing and logistics service providers.

Office of Road and Rail (ORR) – A non-ministerial government department responsible for the economic and safety regulation of Britain’s railways, and the economic monitoring of Highways England.

Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) – Visit our dedicated page here

Ofgem (Office of Gas and Electricity Markets) – The official regulator for the gas and electricity markets. It is non-ministerial government department and an independent National Regulatory Authority, recognised by EU Directives. Its principal objective is to protect the interests of existing and future electricity and gas consumers. It is governed by the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (GEMA).

Midlands Connect – Sub-National Transport Body. Details on this page

REA – Trade name of The Association for Renewable Energy & Clean Technology. A not-for-profit trade association, established in 2001, it is the largest renewable energy and associated clean technology body in the UK. With 550 member organisations representing every type of renewable energy in the UK, it covers power, heat, and transport. It develops informed policy and advocates on behalf of its members to Government. Members comprise generators, project developers, fuel producers and distributors, equipment manufacturers and distributors, installers and service providers, and range from major multinationals to sole traders.

Real Time Information Group (RTIG) – Provides a focus for all involved in UK bus real time information (RTI), with a comprehensive remit to cover the effective and efficient use of technology in the interests of passenger transport users, operators and sponsors. RTIG has a wide membership, drawn from local authorities, bus and rail operators and system suppliers, and enjoys excellent working relationships with Government and other key industry groups.

Regen – A not-for-profit centre of energy expertise and market insight whose mission is to transform the world’s energy systems for a zero carbon future. It has a whole system approach that covers all aspects of the energy transition across power, heat and transport. With more than 200 members in the business, local authority and community energy sectors, it provides an expert and highly influential voice of the industry for the policies and market innovation required to drive us to net zero.

ReWiRE – See Women in Renewable Energy Network (ReWiRE)

RHA – Trading name of the Road Haulage Association, a UK trade association with 6,000 member companies operating 80,000 HGVs. It strives to deliver best in class knowledge and expertise to its members.

RHA Coaches – Trading name of the part of RHA (see above) that represents UK coach operators.

Scottish Canals – The stand-alone public body of the Scottish Government that owns and manages 137 miles of waterways. It is also the owner of most bridges carrying roads over its waterways. It was formed in 2012 to take over from state-owned British Waterways, when the UK government wanted to pass its assets to a charity. The Scottish Government decided that the network should remain state owned.

Sheffield City Region Combined Authority – Local government body, details on this page

Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) – The voice of the UK motor industry representing 800 automotive companies, it promotes its members’ interests, at home and abroad, to government, stakeholders and the media.

SOE – Trading name of the Society of Operations Engineers (SOE), a professional membership organisation representing 17,000 individuals and companies in engineering. It supports and encourages best practice and health and safety initiatives internationally, and is committed to the ongoing growth and personal development of its members, through specialist knowledge-sharing and professional learning, including the irtec scheme. SOE was created with the merger of The Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IPlantE) and The Institution of Transport Engineers (IPlantE) in 2000, and was boosted in 2003 when The Bureau of Engineer Surveyors (BES) also joined. These form the three professional sectors of the Society and collectively bring more than 50 years’ professional engineering experience. SOE provides central services, while each of the sectors is dedicated to the specialist needs of its members.

SRF – see The Centre for Sustainable Road Freight (SRF)

Technology Strategy Board – former name of Innovate UK 

techUK – The trading name of the Information Technology Telecommunications and Electronics Association.  A trade association representing 850 technology companies, mainly small and medium enterprises (SME), which employ 700,000 people, around half the tech-sector jobs in the UK. techUK helps its members grow, by developing markets and networks, while reducing business costs and risks.

Tees Valley Combined Authority – Local government body, details on this page

The Association of Fleet Professionals (AFP) – The fleet industry’s membership organisation, formed in March 2020 by the merger of the fleet representative group ACFO (Association of Car Fleet Operators) with fleet training body the ICFM (Institute of Car Fleet Management).

The Centre for Sustainable Road Freight (SRF) – The Centre is a collaboration between Cambridge and Heriot-Watt Universities and organizations in the freight and logistics sectors, with a major 5-year grant from EPSRC. Its purpose is to research engineering and organisational solutions to make road freight economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. The centre has £5.8m funding for the first 5 years.

The Climate Group – An international non-profit organisation with offices in London, New Delhi and New York that aims to accelerate climate action with the goal of a  world of no more than 1.5°C of global warming and greater prosperity for all. It does this by bringing together powerful networks of businesses and governments, which shift global markets and policies. It acts as a catalyst to take innovation and solutions to scale. And it uses the power of communication to build ambition and pace. It focuses on the greatest global opportunities for change.

The Faraday Institution – The UK’s independent institute for electrochemical energy storage research, analysis and skills development. It drives early stage, industry-inspired research with a clear mission: make significant scientific breakthroughs in battery research in the global race to electrification.

The International Council on Clean Transportation – see ICCT

The LEP Network – Champions the impact and value of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in building local economic growth and prosperity across England. It acts as the lead commentator and negotiator for LEPs at a national level with government, advisers, businesses, academia, think tanks and other target audiences. It also acts as a central source of information and data on LEPs at a national level.

Think Logistics – An employer-led not-for-profit alliance that promotes the logistics industry and its opportunities to young people and undergraduates across the UK. It is supported by the FTA, CILT, NOVUS, Career Ready and 40 other companies.

Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain – A Statutory body, reporting to the Department for Transport responsible for the licensing and regulation of those who operate heavy goods vehicles, buses and coaches, and the registration of local bus services. They are assisted in this work by deputy Traffic Commissioners, who also preside over a number of public inquiries. There is no equivalent body in Northern Ireland, where all regulation is carried out directly by the Department of Infrastructure.

Transport East – Sub-National Transport Body. Details on this page

Transport Decarbonisation Alliance – A ‘coalition of the willing’ to decarbonise transport it brings together countries, cities and companies. It was launched in 2018 as a unique collaboration to accelerate the worldwide transformation of the transport sector towards a net-zero emission mobility system before 2050. The TDA is part of the 12 commitments made at the One Planet Summit hosted by President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, France in December 2017.

Transport Focus – An executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Transport, it is the UK’s independent watchdog for users of England’s major roads, plus bus and rail passengers. With a strong emphasis on evidence-based campaigning and research, to ensure that it knows what is happening on the ground, it uses this knowledge to influence decisions on behalf of passengers and road users to secure improvements and make a difference.

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) – Local government body, details on this page

Transport for London (TfL) – Sub-National Transport Body. Details on this page

Transport for the North (TfN) – Sub-National Transport Body. Details on this page

Transport for the South East – Sub-National Transport Body. Details on this page

Transport Systems Catapult – Visit our dedicated Catapult page

Travel South Yorkshire – Local government body (PTE), details on this page

United Nations Climate Change – Established in 1992 when countries adopted the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). With the subsequent adoption of the Kyoto Protocol  in 1997 and the Paris Agreement in 2015, parties to these three agreements have progressively reaffirmed the body’s role as the UN entity tasked with supporting the global response to the threat of climate change. The secretariat is in Bonn, Germany.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – The UN’s climate body, which holds an annual summit known as a COPor Conference of the Parties, attended by national ministers and, for the key ones, heads of state.

UK100 – A network of “highly ambitious” local government leaders, who have pledged to secure the future for their communities by shifting to 100% clean energy by 2050.  It is the only network for UK local authorities, urban, suburban and rural, focused on climate and clean energy policy. Local leaders are working together to create flourishing communities, seizing the opportunities of technology to create jobs and establishing a nationwide project of renewal, focussed on local needs and ambitions. It connects local leaders to each other, to business and to national government, enabling them to showcase their achievements, learn from each other and speak collectively to accelerate the transition to clean energy.

UK and Ireland Fuel Distributors Association (UKIFDA) – The trade association for the liquid fuels distribution industry. It provides a collective voice, helping members optimise their business efficiencies and promote industry best-practice through training and a comprehensive Code of Practice. Most importantly it represents members at national and international level, using its status as an industry body to influence government thinking.

UK Coach Operators Association (UKCOA) – The UK Coach Operators Association was originally the London Tourist Coach Operators Association, formed in 1976. It represents coach operators who operate coaches from the UK to anywhere in Europe, including:

  • Business – to and from places of work, training or corporate hospitality;
  • Education – Home to School transport; educational visits to places of interest; sport and other inter school events;
  • Leisure – travel to sporting events, afternoon or evening entertainment including the Theatre, music concerts and other activities;
  • Tourism – the many sights and experiences that London has to offer;
  • Airport Transfers – inter-airport or to and from central London.

In addition, it can advise members of any requirements for the services they provide to be run under a London Service Permit (LSP) issued by Transport for London (TfL). Together with our industry partners, it works to improve the infrastructure and environment in the UK for coach travel.

UK Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Association (UK EVSE) – Launched in 2013, the trade association aims to provide a collective voice for industry participants within the UK EVSE community, focused on technical matters, policy and stakeholder education. UK EVSE members are committed to supporting the development of national and commercially sustainable networks of electric vehicle charging infrastructure and to working with the motor industry to aid the processes necessary to introduce new electric vehicles to the UK market.

UKIFDA – See UK and Ireland Fuel Distributors Association

UK Research and Innovation – Works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish. A non-departmental public body, it is funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government, which it distributes via its Innovate UK delivery agency.

Urban Transport Group – Established in Previously called the Passenger Transport Executive Group (PTEG) until 2016, it represents the UK’s city region transport authorities making the case for urban transport – in particular for the funding and powers its members need to plan and deliver transport networks that support inclusive and sustainable growth. It represents 12 transport delivery bodies: in Greater Manchester (Transport for Greater Manchester), Liverpool City Region (Merseytravel), London (Transport for London), Sheffield City Region (South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive), Tyne and Wear (Nexus), West Midlands (Transport for West Midlands) and West Yorkshire (West Yorkshire Combined Authority). It includes associate bodies in Strathclyde (SPT), West of England Combined Authority, Tees Valley Combined Authority, Nottingham City Council and Translink (Northern Ireland).

Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) – An executive agency of the Department for Transport, it is the designated UK national authority for approving new road vehicles, agricultural tractors, off-road vehicles and components.

Western Gateway – Sub-National Transport Body. Details on this page

West Midlands Combined Authority – Local government body, details on this page

West Midlands Network – Local government body (PTE), details on this page

West of England Combined Authority – Local government body, details on this page

West Yorkshire Combined Authority – Local government body, details on this page

Women in Renewable Energy Network (ReWiRE) – The vision of the ReWiRE network is to make gender diversity a priority at all levels of the clean energy sector, making companies more resilient and able to innovate. ReWiRE enables people and organisations to connect, learn and take action on gender diversity and inclusion – hear from the best speakers in the industry, enhance your entire skills portfolio and celebrate gender diversity in one of the world’s fastest growing industries.

Zemo Partnership – Active since 2003 as the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, until its renaming in February 2021, it is a not-for-profit, independent partnership, jointly funded by government and its members, whose breadth of backgrounds and perspectives make it unique. It is collaborative, bringing together government, industry, NGOs, experts and the widest range of key stakeholders at the highest levels, with a shared vision of accelerating transport to zero emissions. It shapes government policy, regulation and initiatives, influences business strategy and provides information and advice to those working to reduce emissions, improve air quality, and combat climate change through cleaner mobility.

Zero Carbon Humber (ZCH) – A consortium of energy and industrial companies plus academic institutions with a shared vision to transform the Humber region into the UK’s first net-zero carbon cluster by 2040. Together they are working to deliver low-carbon hydrogen production facilities and carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS), together with region-wide infrastructure that will enable large-scale decarbonisation across the country’s most carbon intensive region. It has partners and supporters involved in every aspect of the value chain, including energy generation, onshore and offshore infrastructure owners and developers, industrial users and supply chain specialists. In addition to Zero Carbon Humber’s 12 formal partners, it has public support from over 50 other international, national and regional organisations. Zero Carbon Humber partners Equinor and National Grid are also part of the Northern Endurance Partnership that will develop the offshore pipeline and storage infrastructure in the southern North Sea for the carbon dioxide (CO2) captured by Zero Carbon Humber and Net Zero Teesside.

Zero Emission Vehicles Transition Council (ZEVTC) – Formed in November 2020, it is the world’s first political forum through which ministers and representatives from governments from most of the world’s largest and most progressive automotive markets – that collectively account for more than half of all new car sales globally – meet to discuss how to accelerate the pace of the global transition to zero emission vehicles.

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