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LowCVP News, 30 April 2015. (Issue 128)
UK new car CO2 emissions down 2.9% in 2014 - 17th successive year of improvement

Average UK new car CO2 emissions fell 2.9% in 2014 compared with the previous year according to the latest annual SMMT New Car CO2 Report. Average emissions are down by almost a quarter since 2007 to 124.6g/km; 4.2% below the EU's regulated target of 130g/km set for 2015.

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European Parliament confirms law to limit crop-based biofuels

The European Parliament has given its final approval to a law limiting to 7% the use of crop-based biofuel in the transport sector. The European Commission said, in tabling the final proposal, that it's clear that biofuels can contribute to reducing GHG emissions from transport but that some can do more harm than good to the environment.

LowCVP Conference 2015 - 20% discount for bookings made before 8 May

This year's LowCVP Annual Conference will take place on 24 June in Westminster. Focusing on 'The Energy for Future Transport' the event will discuss how Formula E can help make electric motoring mainstream in the run-up to the final e-Prix in Battersea Park on June 27-8. There is a 20% discount for 'early bird' bookings made before 8 May. Join us for this not-be-missed highlight of the low carbon transport calendar!

UK Supreme Court orders Government to take “immediate action” on air pollution

The UK's highest judicial body, the Supreme Court, has ruled that the UK Government must deliver plans to cut illegal levels of air pollution in Britain before the end of 2015.

Ambition on climate pledges will boost economies, jobs, health - new report

An analysis of International Energy Agency data by the New Climate Institute finds that major economies would boost prosperity, jobs and health if they take the action steps needed to limit climate change to 2 degrees Celsius. The report says that Europe's pledge to cut emissions 40% by 2030 compared with 1990 levels will create 70,000 full-time jobs, prevent 6,000 pollution-related debts and result in a €33bn cut in fossil fuel imports. 

Reports & Studies

SMMT urges careful evolution in motoring taxation - new report

While government policy allied with industry action have been effective in delivering rapid cuts in average new car CO2 emission values, this success will cause a challenge in the form of declining future revenues from the motor sector. To help address this, the SMMT launched  a new report, by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) which considers the future of motoring taxation, focusing primarily on the role of vehicle excise duty (VED).

Study shows 15% CO2 reduction for fleets involved in Low Carbon Vehicle Public Procurement Programme

The Low Carbon Vehicle Public Procurement Programme (LCVPPP) which involved 77 public sector fleets has achieved an overall 15% reduction in CO2 emissions according to analysis by Cenex which ran the project.  

LowCVP News

LowCVP Low Carbon Champions Awards to be presented at bigger and better venue

The LowCVP and Cenex, will jointly hold the second LCV Networking Dinner on Wednesday 9 September 2015 at a new, bigger venue. Due to last year’s demand, the event will move to the DoubleTree by Hilton at the MK Dons Stadium, nearly doubling the event capacity.

LowCVP announces call for nominations to Low Carbon Champions Awards 2015

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) has announced a call for nominations from organisations that have made a real difference in the area of low carbon road transport. There are seven Award categories, covering areas ranging from cars to innovation, from fuels to publications, and the winners will be announced at a gala dinner taking place alongside Cenex’s Low Carbon Vehicle Event on Wednesday 9 September 2015.

International Developments

Norway to reconsider EV subsidies as sales soar

Norway is to reconsider the subsidies it offers on electric vehicles after the measure to encourage uptake started to dent state finances. A fifth of all new cars sold in Norway have been electric so far this year. The country, with just 5.1 million people, accounted for a third of all European battery-powered car sales last year. It is estimated EV incentives have cost the government around $660m (£430m). 

Other News

New Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future programme to encourage young entrepreneurs to create a sustainable future

The Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future programme which has recently been announced seeks to inspire young entrepreneurs to create a sustainable future. Through the programme, Shell is looking to identify and reward young entrepreneurs in the UK who have businesses providing innovative solutions to the society's most significant challenges, including in the area of transport. 


LowCVP Annual Conference 2015 - The Energy for Future Transport. Can Formula E electrify mainstream motoring?

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.

Beyond Conventional Powertrain

Sustainable Vehicle Technologies (SVT) 2015 will examine the latest advances in propulsion and vehicle efficiency technologies with a view to understanding the latest developments of systems for carbon dioxide reduction over the entire vehicle lifecycle.


Bus Working Group, 8 October 2015, (venue tbc). On the agenda: 2014-15 work programme; LowCVP Conference and Awards 2014; OLEV consultation and feedback; Car labelling research next steps; LowCVP van procurement guide; Best Practice Principles guidance.
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Passenger Car Working Group, 6 May 2015, (FIA Foundation, WC2). On the agenda: DfT/OLEV policy update; LEV guide, tool and microsite; Low emission LDV policy guide; Implications of WLTP on the UK fuel economy; L-cat vehicle market research project.
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Fuels Working Group, 14 May 2015, (venue tbc). On the agenda: 2014-15 work programme;  LowCVP Conference and Awards; Infrastructure roadmap; Sustainability definition; advance fuels.

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Innovation Working Group, date and venue tbc. On the agenda: 2014-15 work programme; LowCVP Conference and Awards; L-Category vehicles; SME-University collaboration.
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Members Council, 4 June 2015, (venue tbc). On the agenda: 2015-16 work programme; LowCVP Annual Conference; developing LCA project plans; GHG modelling. 
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LowCVP Board meeting, 9 July  (Carbon Trust, SE1). On the agenda: 2015-16 work programme; accounts sign-off; LowCVP Awards;  new government feedback. 
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» California's set second greenhouse gas target (LA Times)

» UK ELECTION: Where the parties stand on climate and energy (The Climate Group)

» Rich nations' fossil fuel export funding dwarfs green spend (ECEE)

» New global renewable energy additions continue to beat fossil fuels (Edie.net)

» EU emissions fall record 5% in 2014 (Climate Action Programme)

» Liberal Democrats policy: £100m prize for ULEV manufacturers (BBC News)

» Cenex-LCV 2015 Registration Now Open (Cenex)

» Dutch government sued for climate inaction (Climate Action)

» Can biofuel use increase carbon emissions? (Biofuel Reform)

» Has range anxiety been solved for electric cars? (Electric Vehicle Research)

» Jaguar Landrover wins Queens award for sustainable business (Edie.net)

» Beijing: Electric Vehicles to be Exempt from Restriction (China Daily)

» World Bank Chief: Scrap fossil fuel subsidies in favour of carbon taxes (ECEEE)

» Increasing gap between real world mpg and EC test data (EmissionsAnalysis.com)

» St Andrews launches Scotland's largest electric car club (Edie.net)

» Fleet Operators could save £2.6 billion a year through Electric Van (Green Fleet)

» EU agrees 7% cap on 'harmful' biofuels (Edie.net)

» China's Electric Car Production Surges (Xinhuanet.com)

» Aston Martin committed to solar powered car project (Edie.net)

» New Software tool to calculate the potential for natural gas as a HDV fuel (ETI)

» Intelligent Energy to lead emission-free lorry project (Leicester Mercury)

» Aluminium-ion battery could revolutionise energy storage (Edie.net)

» Tesla sets new company record for EV sales (Edie.net)

» Hydrogen fuel from corn husks could displace petrol (Edie.net)

» Hybrid Air Vehicle receives E2.5m in EU funding

» Low Carbon Transport Fuels Scoping Paper (gov.uk)

» Next round of funding from APC4 - 15th May (APC)

» Paris cuts cars by 50% after pollution emergency (Climate Action Programme)

» City Car Club acquired by Enterprise (CarPlus.org.uk)

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