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LowCVP News, 28 February 2017 (Issue 150)
Government publishes Freight Carbon Review; focus on cutting emissions from trucks

The Government has published its Freight Carbon Review, which brings together evidence on the opportunities for and barriers to reducing road freight greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). The report identifies a range of government and industry-led emissions reduction options and outlines a number of measures that the government will put in place to support the road freight industry in reducing GHGs.

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Policy Developments

Mayor confirms plans for introduction of T-Charge in central London from October 23

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has confirmed the introduction of an Emissions Surcharge - or 'T (Toxicity) Charge' - from October 23 this year. The £10 daily Surcharge will operate in the central London Congestion Charge area and will apply to cars, vans, minibuses, coaches and HGVs that do not meet the minimum Euro emissions standards.

Defra awards £3.7m under Air Quality Grant programme

Eighteen local authority projects across England will benefit from nearly £3.7m as part of the Government's efforts to combat poor air quality. The Air Quality Grant programme is an annual initiative which has awarded more than £52m since it started in 1997.

New measures on EV infrastructure in Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill

A new Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill has set out plans to enable easier access to recharging infrastructure for electric vehicles. It also seeks to ensure the right infrastructure is in place for the growing market for electric vehicles.

VED changes to take effect on April 1; now is a great time to buy a hybrid!

This month is a good one to buy a hybrid electric vehicle because from April 1, changes in Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) announced last year will come into effect and increase the tax rate on hybrids. Zero emission vehicles will qualify for the lowest VED band and remain tax free.

Met Police to introduce 250 EVs to fleet

The Metropolitan Police has announced plans to 'green' its fleet of vehicles by introducing 250 electric vehicles. The Met says the aim is to help reduce London's air pollution and that it's part of a major overhaul of its 4,000 strong fleet.

Milton Keynes set to open first-ever Electric Vehicle experience centre

The UK’s first multi-brand showroom for electric vehicles as well as charging technology is set to open in Milton Keynes. Due to be launched in Spring this year, the centre will be located in the city’s main shopping centre and run by leading provider of electric vehicle infrastructure, Chargemaster. 

Reports & Studies

Fossil fuel demand to peak then fall after 2020 due to low carbon technologies says new report

A new report, the result of a collaboration between Carbon Tracker and the Grantham Institute, says that the demand for coal and oil will peak in 2020 as low carbon technology prices - including for EV batteries - continue to tumble.

Bus renaissance under way in some UK towns and cities

The bus is coming back into fashion in parts of the UK where new, modern and innovative service offers are helping more people beat congestion, cut pollution and get from A to B more conveniently. This is one of the leading messages of a new report by the LowCVP, commissioned by Greener Journeys.

On-road NOx emissions exceed Euro 6 limits by 7 times - ICCT report

A recent report from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) finds that on-road nitrogen oxides emission levels of modern diesel cars are on average about seven times higher than the limit set by the Euro 6 emission standard, which went into effect in September 2014. 

ITF report: current international policies won't deliver target transport carbon reductions

The International Transport Forum's report, Transport Outlook 2017, says that the transport sector's CO2 emissions will rise up to 60 per cent between 2015 and 2050, with shifting global trade patterns making it difficult to decarbonise the transport industry.

Other News

Waitrose introduces ten 500-mile range biomethane trucks to its fleet

Waitrose has started operations with ten new Scania CNG (compressed natural gas) trucks. The manufacturer describes the trucks' range - 500 miles - as "game changing".

London street lights pilot to enable electric vehicle charging

Three street lights in Kensington, central London, have been adapted to provide electric charge points as part of a trial set up by the Borough council in partnership with UK Power Networks and Ubitricity. The adaptation allows two local residents to charge their vehicles from a street light near their front door, and receive accurate bills for their electricity use via their smart phone or home PC.

Mayor announces two new electric bus routes to cut air pollution in London

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced two additional all-electric bus routes for the capital. Starting in Spring 2018, 36 electric buses will run on route C1 (White City to Victoria) and route 70 (South Kensington and Acton) This will boost the total number of electric buses in London to 121, in addition to the 2,000 hybrid-electric buses already on the road. 

LowCVP News

LowCVP working closely with Government on key projects

The LowCVP is working closely with OLEV, the Department for Transport and the Joint Air Quality Unit to support these and other government bodies on a number of projects.

LowCVP to host first regional 'green bus workshop' in Manchester

The LowCVP will host the first of four free regional green bus workshops for operators and local authorities to hear about the operational experiences of low carbon and low emission bus technologies and fuels at the University of Manchester on 30 March.

Third and final instalment of LowCVP's 'Green Bus' box set published

The LowCVP has published the third in a 'trilogy' of reports for Greener Journeys describing how significant progress has been made in 'greening' the UK bus sector through long-term policy focus, industrial commitment and effective partnership working between a wide range of stakeholders and, ultimately, focusing on passengers' needs.


GreenFleet Scotland 2017 - 05/05/2017

GreenFleet Scotland will demonstrate the viability of ultra-low emission, plug-in, hybrid and electric vehicles to organisations looking to improve the efficiency of their fleet and transport operations and to address poor air quality caused by emissions from road transport.

Next steps for a national air quality plan - 15/06/2017

The seminar will provide opportunity to assess Government’s plans for improving air quality. Planned sessions look at priorities for reducing pollution levels with the aim of meeting environmental requirements and improving public health. There will be discussions on the implementation and funding of new clean air zones in many cities, and what policy measures should be pursued to reduce CO2 and NO2 levels in the air.

Upcoming LowCVP Activities

LowCVP Board meeting, 25 April 2017 (Ricardo Rail, W2). On the agenda: 2017-18 work programme plans; finances; strategy update; Grant offer submission to govt. 

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Bus Working Group,  27 April 2017 (Horiba-MIRA, Nuneaton). On the agenda: DfT policy update, TfL update, LCEB monitoring,. Work programme update, Greener Journeys, LEB workshops. Guest speaker: Horiba-MIRA.

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Passenger Car Working Group, 4 May 2017 (SMMT). On the agenda: OLEV and DfT update, Transition to WLTP, Improvement of consumer Information, Low carbon car fiscal study. 

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Fuels Working Group, 11 May 2017, (DfT, London SW1). On the agenda: DfT update, the RED 2, Advanced Biofuels, E10, EV Network Group update; Work programme 2017/18. Guest speaker: NNFCC.

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Innovation Working Group, (Date & venue tbc). On the agenda: Work programme planning 2017-18; workshop & consortium building; L - category report finalisation.  

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LowCVP Members Council, 2 March 2017, (SMMT, SW1). On the agenda: Work programme planning; Govt update; Communications 2017; membership fees.

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Commercial Vehicle Working Group, 1 March 2017 (Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham). On the agenda: Gas & urban delivery vehicle testing; retrofit accreditation scheme; N20 Investigations; CV focus at LCV17.

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Current activities and projects taking place in each of the LowCVP's Working Groups: more information.


» 37% of new vehicles sold in Norway are electric (Climate Action Programme)

» Shift to renewables ‘unstoppable’ says Shell boss (The Times)

» Nissan collaborates with WiTricity on wireless recharging (Charged.EVs)

» Consumer needs should dictate low-emission vehicle market, says ETI

» DfT publishes proposed ULEV measures for inclusion in the Modern Transport Bill (Gov.uk)

» Installation of free smart chargers gets underway for electric vehicle owners (Electric Nation project)

» WS Atkins says EVs “pointless without green energy” (AceNet)

» Harrogate to get electric bus fleet with 'opportunity charging' (SMMT)

» Diesel AdBlue scandal reverberates in Europe (Transport & Environment)

» Warwickshire Rural Electric Vehicle project (WREV) publishes results (Coventry University)

» Mercedes begins electric ‘E-Truck’ trials (SMMT)

» Largest ever European Hydrogen bus project launches in Germany

» BD Auto and Energy launches new electric light commercial vehicle (BD news)

» Department for Transport to have new Permanent Secretary (Gov.uk)

» Nottingham City Council announces blueprint for better taxis in Nottingham, including EVs (My Nottingham News)

» Howard Tenens to operate first rigid gas-powered trucks (SMMT)

» Carmakers come together to promote low emission vehicles (SMMT)

» Hydrogen fuel station opens on M25 (Daily Telegraph)

» France opens first solar panel road (Evening Standard)

» Tesla plans for three new battery ‘gigafactories’ (Fortune)

» MPs debate Ultra Low Emissions Vehicles - Westminster Hall debate link (Hansard)

» Starch slurry as a transport fuel feedstock – DfT call for evidence (gov.uk)

» Lord Drayson and Moovit unveil air monitoring transport app for UK commuters (B&G tomorrow)

» Electric van sharing scheme in Paris a world first (SMMT)

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