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LowCVP News, 31 March 2015. (Issue 126)
Government to support adoption of greener taxis, vans, motorcycles and HGVs

A £45m fund to encourage the introduction of greener taxis, extension of the Plug-in Van incentive scheme, support for electric motorcycles as well as support for gas refuelling points for HGVs, were among a flurry of announcements made before the dissolution of Parliament for the General Election. The announcements are made as news comes in of booming global EV passenger car sales.

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Government announces £65m funding for low carbon cities and greener buses

Twelve cities are competing for a share of a £35m Government fund which will support them in demonstrating their potential for becoming exemplars in the adoption of ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs). The Government has also announced that an additional £30m will be made available to encourage the further adoption adoption of low emission buses, an area in which the UK has been at the forefront. 

Hold the date! LowCVP Annual Conference, Weds June 24, Westminster

Bookings for the LowCVP's 2015 Annual Conference, which will be held on 24 June in Westminster, will open shortly. This leading event on the green transport policy calendar regularly attracts leading figures from government, industry, academia and the environmental movement. This year's conference is timed to take place in the week leading up to Britain's first Formula E race, which will be held in London's Battersea Park. The event will focus on future fuels for transport, the infrastructure required to support them, particularly in the city environment.

LowCVP Champions Awards to be presented at gala dinner Sept 9, alongside LCV 2015

The LowCVP is once again teaming up with Cenex to present this year's Low Carbon Champions Awards at a gala dinner which to be held on the evening of Wednesday September 9, alongside Cenex's Low Carbon Vehicle (LCV) Event 2015. The LowCVP, in collaboration with LCV-Cenex, is planning an even bigger and better event than in 2014, and is currently inviting interest in sponsorship of the Awards. The call for Awards entries in eight categories will be announced in the next few weeks. 

Electric motorbike market receives funding boost

The UK government has announced funding of up to £1,500 for riders to buy electric motorbikes and scooters. Up to £7.5 million is to be set aside to boost the uptake for electric 2 wheelers and help riders bridge the cost gap between  electric motorcycles and conventional petrol versions.

Budget 2015: Fuel price frozen again; slower tax rises for cleaner company cars

The Chancellor has announced £100m support for driverless cars and slower rises in Company Car Tax for ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) in Budget 2015. In other measures, Mr Osborne has again frozen duty on petrol and diesel and provided support worth £1.3bn for the North Sea oil industry which has been hit by lower oil prices.

LowCVP News

LowCVP Parliamentary reception showcases strength of UK low carbon automotive sector to ministers, MPs

Eight specialist companies, dynamic innovators in low carbon road transport, were showcased at a Parliamentary event in the House of Commons by the LowCVP in early March. A new report from Cambridge Econometrics was launched a the event. The report shows how the drive for low carbon road transport is – and will continue to be - good for motorists, good for the economy, jobs, growth and exports as well as essential to protect against climate change. 

LowCVP announces new Board members

The LowCVP has recently welcomed six new members to its Board of Directors bringing new expertise from different areas of the automotive and fuels community, including transport operators and NGO representatives. 

Prompt payment discount for LowCVP membership

Members wishing to hold thier subscription fees at last years rates can do so by paying promptly. The fees for the new  year have risen in line with the funding increase from DfT 3.5% but members paying before the end of May deadline can benefit from a discount holding the fee at 2014/5 level. 

Industry News

Motor industry launches campaign to counter negative diesel claims

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and the CEOs of BMW UK, Ford of Britain, Jaguar Land Rover and Volkswagen have joined forces to challenge what they describe as 'the demonisation of diesel’ at an event in London.

Climate Change News

Global climate emissions from the energy sector stall in 2014

The International Energy Agency (IEA) reports that accordingly to preliminary figures gobal emissions of carbon dioxide in the energy sector stalled in 2014, halting four decades of upward rise, except in years with an economic downturn. It suggests that policy responses, rather than economic factors, led to the zero growth in emissions. The IEA estimates that global CO2 emissions totalled 32.3 billion tonnes in 2014, unchanged from the previous year.

Reports & Studies

Report shows transport energy has a significant role to play in delivering GHG reductions

The final report of the Transport Energy Task Force, published on the 29 March, has concluded that transport energy can and should contribute to major reductions in GHG emissions, and that for the foreseeable future, sustainable biofuels have a significant role to play along with other low carbon fuels including methane, LPG and electricity. 

More British components used in UK vehicle manufacturing - Auto Council report

New research published by the Automotive Council shows that in 2014 British component-makers sold 19% more products to UK vehicle producers than the year before with around one third of the components in a UK-built car domestically sourced.   

Report assessing size and performance of the UK’s low carbon economy published

The latest assessment of the size and performance of the low carbon economy in the UK has been released by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).  The report estimates the size and performance to be £122bn in 2013, accounting for 1.5% of all UK jobs.


LowCVP Annual Conference 2015

The LowCVP Annual Conference is a leading event on the green transport policy calendar and regularly attracts leading figures from government, industry, academia and the environmental movement. This year's conference is timed to take place in the week leading up to Britain's first Formula E race, which will be held in London's Battersea Park.

CENEX - Low Carbon Vehicle (LCV) Event 2015

Cenex's LCV is one of the UK’s leading low carbon vehicle events. LCV2015 will provide exhibitors with a technology exhibition area based in three halls, as well as outdoor exhibition space on the Steering Pad for both static vehicle displays, and space for vehicles participating in the ride & drive activities on Millbrook’s tracks. Following its successful inauguartion last year, the event will also include a Gala Dinner featuring the LowCVP Low Carbon Champions Awards on the evening of September 9.

GreenFleet Scotland 2015

Are you a Fleet Professional that is looking to improve the overall efficiency of your transport? Are you looking to save money on the operational costs of running your fleet? If so, and you want to know exactly how that can be achieved, then you need come to GreenFleet Scotland.

Other News

Aberdeen sees arrival of UK’s first hydrogen bus refuelling station

The UK's first hydrogen bus refuelling station has officially opened in Aberdeen as part of a £19 million green transport project led by the City Council. 


We are pleased to welcome the following new member to the Partnership.

Brunel University - Mechanical Engineering is the most established subject at Brunel University and it is one of very few that provides the broad engineering education in mechanical, aerospace, automotive/motorsport engineering, and building service engineering as demanded of modern mechanical engineers. 


Bus Working Group, 28 April 2015, (venue tbc). On the agenda: 2015-16 work programme update; DfT/OLEV update; LCEB monitoring & TfL update; LCEB regional workshop; LEB accreditation procedure progress. 
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Passenger Car Working Group, 6 May 2015, (FIA Foundation, WC2). On the agenda: 2015-16 work programme; OLEV consultation and feedback; LEV guide; tool and microsite update; policy framework project update.
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Fuels Working Group, 14 May 2015, (venue tbc). On the agenda: 2015-16 work programme; Transport Energy Task Force dissemination and next steps; Infrastructure Roadmap; Advanced fuels; Sustainability criteria.
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Innovation Working Group, (date and venue tbc). On the agenda: 2015-16 work programme; report on the potential for L category vehicles in the UK; regional support for SMEs; H2020 funding opportunities and consortium building.  
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Members' Council, 4 June 2015 (venue tbc). On the agenda: 2015/16 work programme, annual conference and awards, project dissemination planning. 
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LowCVP Board meeting, 9 July 2015 (Carbon Trust, SE1). On the agenda: governance 2015/16 progress, audited accounts sign-off, finances, update on LowCVP projects. 
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Current activities and projects taking place in each of the LowCVP's Working Groups: more information.


» DfT - Robert Goodwill MP - New era for motoring (GOV.UK)

» OLEV battery competition goes live! (GOV.UK)

» TETF mention in parliamentary debate on biofuels (parliament.uk)

» Driverless cars to create jobs and save lives (Telegraph)

» Low carbon vehicle public procurement programme summary report (GOV.UK)

» Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: The UK Economic Opportunity (SMMT)

» Sustainability Live at the NEC Birmingham, 21-23rd April (sustainabilitylive.com)

» MEPs retaliate against EU countries on biofuels draft law (Euractiv)

» Electric vehicle batteries 'already cheaper than 2020 projections' (The Carbon Brief)

» Electric vehicles' second-hand value 'similar to diesels' (Business Green)

» China to boost new energy vehicles (Global Times)

» Shanghai to invest US$16b for clean air (China.org.cn)

» ecoVan of the Year 2015: Nissan e-NV200 (VansA2Z)

» Dundee’s taxis are electric (Diesel Car Magazine)

» CO2 cuts claim sees ministers challenged by experts (BBC)

» ETI seeks partners for smart tyre pressure optimisation system (The ETI)

» Wireless Charged buses planned for Oxford (GOV.UK)

» 665,000+ EVs worldwide (IEA)

» The Fifth Carbon Budget – Call for Evidence (The CCC)

» Smart Charging the way forward? (EU Electric)

» Biofuel from whisky: Scottish pioneers receive funding boost (edie.net)

» New EU rules for safer and more eco-friendly lorries (Europa)

» Envrionemtal Audit Committee publishes report on air quality (parliament.uk)

» Renewable Fuel Transport Obligation Guidance: Year 8 (GOV.UK)

» New investment takes Celtic Renewables Ltd's valuation to £10million (Celtic Renewables)

» Oregon Moves Ahead on Clean Fuel Standard (Switchboard)

» EVs new car sales share greatest in Norway, Netherlands, US & Sweden (IEA)

» ETI UK Bioenergy Forecast Report (Energy Technologies Institute)

» WWF releases five-step plan for 'truly sustainable' EU economy (WWF)

» Government departments sign up to ‘green revolution’ (GOV.UK)

» Ultra-low emission vehicles: more choice than ever (Telegraph)

» Commission pushes environmental taxation (Transport Environment)

» Carmakers sued for 'misleading' adversiments (Transport Environment)

» Electro-mobility and alternative fuels central to ‘energy union’ agenda (Transport Environment)

» Air pollution will kill thousands in Europe, EEA warns (ECEEE)

» Top civil servant to be new RAC Foundation Director (US8)

» ETI seeks partners to deliver a cost-effective UK energy system for LCVs (ETI)

» Supporting growth of the UK bioeconomy: opportunities from waste (GOV.UK)

» Ford launches new app to help electric car owners drive efficiently (Edie.net)

» UK Low Carbon Scenarios from ETI (ETI)

» Audi Q7 enters the "volt-age" in Geneva with new sub 50 g/km Q7 e-tron quattro (Audi)

» Government rejects diesel tax increases but will consider emission zones (parliament.uk)

» Birmingham Low Carbon Fuel Infrastructure Blueprint (GOV.UK)

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