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LowCVP News, 29 May 2015. (Issue 129)
Conservative Government announces new ministers with responsibilities for low carbon agenda

Following the election of a majority Conservative Government at the General Election on May 7, the Prime Minister has made several new ministerial appointments who will take on responsibilities for low carbon transport, energy and climate change. Andrew Jones, MP for Harrogate, joins the Department for Transport team responsible for low carbon transport issues, including OLEV.

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LowCVP Conference 2015 - exhibition and association opportunities; 10% off registration before 11 June

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's a 10% discount on delegate bookings made before 11 June with some exhibition and association opportunities still available. Join us for this not-be-missed highlight of the low carbon transport calendar!

LowCVP launches Low Emission Bus website

The LowCVP has launched a new Low Emission Bus section on its website to help disseminate information on the Office for Low Emission Vehicle’s Low Emission Bus Scheme. The site provides details of guidance, funding eligibility and the definition of a Low Emission Bus (LEB). The LEB scheme is designed to help bus operators and local authorities source the cleanest bus technologies and stimulate the low and ultra-low emission bus markets.

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. 

International Developments

EU Member States approve EC proposals for 'real-world' air pollution emissions test procedures

EU Member States have approved proposals from the European Commission to introduce 'real world' driving air pollution emissions test procedures for motor vehicles. The new test regulations are expected to come into force from September 2017.

EEA data shows European vans are now 6g below the 2017 CO2 target; market up by 18%

The average van sold in the European Union in 2014 was around 2.4% more fuel-efficient than those sold in 2013, according to preliminary data from the European Environment Agency (EEA). Fuel efficiency has continued to improve and new vans now emit almost 6 grams of CO2/km below the 2017 target.

Policy Developments

£60m boost for low carbon technologies

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), in partnership with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Innovate UK is to invest up to £60 million in collaborative research and development funding to support the development of low carbon, low emission automotive propulsion technologies

Industry News

Fleet Technology Congress to highlight sector views on new technologies

Ahead of the Fleet Technology Congress on 1 July 2015 the BVRLA is seeking to establish the views of fleet operators, suppliers and company car drivers on the latest vehicle developments. Topics covered by the survey include attitudes towards telematics, safety technology and autonomous driving.

Tesla announces launch of home energy system that can store renewable electricity

Electric car maker Tesla has launched batteries that it says can power homes and businesses, storing solar energy and serving as a back-up system during power cuts. The system, named Powerwall, represents a move by Tesla beyond its core vehicle business.


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.

My Electric Avenue webinar: Driving Together for a Cleaner Future - Early Trial Results

My Electric Avenue is hosting its first webinar specifically for the automotive and electric vehicle charging sectors. The webinar will share early results from the trials and provide an introduction to My Electric Avenue. 

UK AD & Biogas 2015

The UK's only dedicated anaerobic digestion and biogas trade show will return to the NEC in July 2015. Showcasing the latest AD technology and services from 250 exhibitors, the show will also feature a free two-day conference, free seminar sessions, one-to-one advice clinics, an R&D Hub, a biomethane vehicle area and more.


Innovation Working Group, 9 July 2015 (Welsh Automotive Forum, Cardiff). On the agenda: 2014-15 work programme; LowCVP Conference and Awards; L-Category vehicles. 

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Passenger Car Working Group, 24 September 2015, (TfL, Holborn WC1). On the agenda: DfT/OLEV policy update; Low emission LDV policy guide; Implications of WLTP on the UK fuel economy; Low emission vans; L-cat project update.
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Fuels Working Group, 1 October 2015, (BOC, Guildford). On the agenda: Advanced biofuels and biofrontiers; supporting RED 2020 Fuels; Transport Energy post 2020; Sustainability definition.

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Bus Working Group, 8 October 2015, (venue tbc). On the agenda: OLEV consultation and feedback; Car labelling research next steps; LowCVP van procurement guide; Best Practice Principles guidance. 
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Members Council, 4 June 2015, (IMechE). On the agenda: 2015-16 work programme; LowCVP Annual Conference; collaboration/funding and providing value. 
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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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» China announces tax free purchase plan for new energy vehicles (China Daily)

» Action plan to support car club growth in London (Edie.net)

» Is stop-start technology worth it? (Emissionsanalytics.com)

» Norway’s EV initiatives extended to 2017 (EVFleetWorld)

» Does the decline in urban private car use mean cities are outgrowing the car? (Guardian)

» Year 7 biofuels statistics published (DfT)

» Millbrook report suggests LPG automotive use growth to 2050 (Transport Engineer)

» Audi makes low carbon fuel mix for diesel (Irish Times)

» US, Canada and Mexico in new climate partnership (Huffington Post)

» Cummins announces new CO2 goals for 2020 (Cummins)

» VW publishes sustainability report (Edie.net)

» Eco-unfriendly driving costs motorists £700m (Transport Business)

» British Gas moves on plans to make more of its fleet electric (Business Green)

» Local Wandsworth residents to be given free passes to Formula E e-prix in June (Wandsworth.gov.uk)

» UK showcases innovative vehicle technology in Japan (.GOV.UK)

» Low cost, low carbon car hire scheme to expand (NorthEastCA.gov.uk)

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