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LowCVP News, 31 October 2017, (Issue 158)
Greenhouse gas levels hit highest ever level in 2016 - WMO

The World Meterological Organisation says that without rapid cuts in CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions, we are heading for dangerous temperature increases by the end of this century. The WMO's latest Greenhouse Gas Bulletin says that concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increased at record-breaking speed in 2016 to the highest level in 800,000 years. The report says that "the abrupt changes in the atmosphere witnessed in the past 70 years are without precedent".

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Policy Developments

Government announces 'Clean Growth Strategy', setting out benefits of decarbonisation

The UK Government has announced its long-awaited industrial strategy which sets out proposals for decarbonising all sectors of the UK economy through the 2020s to meet the 5th Carbon budget by 2032. It explains how the whole country can benefit from low carbon opportunities, while meeting national and international commitments to tackle climate change. The strategy places 'smart energy systems' and new technologies at its centre, highlighting specifically where £2.5 billion of investment will be made in low carbon innovation.

£10 a day 'Toxicity Charge' begins for older, more polluting ICE cars in London

A new £10-a-day T-charge (Toxicity Charge) has begun in London which will operate in addition to the £11.50 Congestion Charge. It will apply to pre-Euro 4 petrol and diesel vehicles driving into central London. It is part of a series of measures by the Mayor of London to tackle air pollution in the capital which also includes the recent launch of a new online car checker designed to help motorists choose vehicles with the cleanest engines.

Oxford proposes 'world first' Zero Emission Zone in city centre

Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council are proposing to introduce what they say is the world’s first Zero Emission Zone in Oxford city centre. The authorities are consulting on proposals which will see a phased introduction, beginning with several city centre streets from 2020. Meanwhile, proposed bans on petrol and diesel vehicles in Holland and in cities including Paris would appear to be hastening the automotive technology transition.

UK Government announces £65m for battery tech research institute

The UK Government has announced the consortium of UK universities that will form the new ‘Faraday Battery Institute’. The Institute's mission is to raise the UK to a leadership position in battery research and technology.  £65m will be channeled through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Institute will initially invest £13.7m to set up its headquarters. 

Tackling carbon emissions one of three key priorities says National Infrastructure Commission

The National Infrastructure Commission said that the three Cs - Congestion, Capacity and Carbon - are key priorities as it published its interim National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA). Once every Parliament, the National Infrastructure Commission is required to publish its NIA which analyses the UK’s long-term economic infrastructure needs, outlines a strategic vision over the next 30 years and sets out recommendations for how identified needs should be met.

Reports & Studies

Study finds electric vehicles reduce life-cycle GHG emissions, even with carbon-intensive grid mix

A new report from Belgium's VUB University for Transport and Environment finds that electric cars emit significantly fewer greenhouse gas emissions over their lifetimes than diesel engines even when they are powered by the most carbon intensive electricity.  The findings further corroborate LowCVPs previous research from 2011 and 2013.

T&E publishes work on designing representative vehicle tests

Brussels-based NGO Transport and Environment has published a briefing about its findings based on more than 400 real-world CO2 tests, performed with Peugeot-Citroen. T&E says that road tests conducted under controlled conditions are not as reproducible as a laboratory test but do provide a robust basis for estimating real-world emissions.

Signs of peak in oil demand as EVs and renewables surge

Leading oil analysts Wood Mackenzie have forecast that world petrol demand will peak in little over a decade as a result of the rise in electric vehicles and more efficient engines. Meanwhile The Times reports that figures released by the AA show that UK petrol and diesel demand fell in the first 8 months of 2017, compared with the same period last year, despite an increase in traffic.

LowCVP News

Leading innovators in low carbon transport recognised at LowCVP gala dinner

LowCVP News: The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) announced the 2017 Low Carbon Champions last night at the ‘green transport’ networking event of the year, held in association with Energy 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham.

Industry News

Volvo and Geely unveil new 'Polestar' electric vehicle brand

Volvo and the Chinese manufacturer Geely have announced the launch of a new brand - Polestar - and the launch of a new vehicle - Polestar 1 - a plug-in hybrid vehicle with extended electric range. Meanwhile, in a separate manufacturer alliance Mazda, Denso and Toyota have signed a contract to jointly develop basic structural technologies for EVs.

OVO and Nissan partner in vehicle-to-grid consumer offering

The car manufacturer Nissan and energy supplier Ovo Energy have announced plans to collaborate in the launch of a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) service in 2018. The new offering combines OVO Energy’s intelligent energy technology and the Nissan xStorage Home system using Nissan LEAF second life batteries. 


Low Emission Bus Workshop: Nottingham - 16/11/2017

LowCVP host their third Low Emission Bus Workshop in Nottingham, discussing the challenges facing the city and the wider county and celebrating the achievements made to date in rolling out Low Emission Bus technologies in the city.

LoCITY Annual Conference - 07/11/2017

The event will showcase the latest ultra low emission vehicles and technologies available for city fleets. The free-to-attend event will be held at London’s Alexandra Palace on Tuesday 7 November, with the latest clean, safe and quiet urban commercial vehicles and technologies on show in a full-day’s programme with top industry speakers.

Upcoming LowCVP Activities

Bus Working Group11th January 2018 (tbc). On the agenda: DfT policy update, TfL update, LCEB monitoring,. Work programme update, LEB workshops. Guest speaker: tbc.
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Passenger Car Working Group, 25 January 2018 (venue tbc). On the agenda: OLEV and DfT update, WLTP, fiscal study, work programme update, air quality related projects, Guest speakers: tbc.

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Fuels Working Group, 8th February 2018, (venue tbc). On the agenda: DfT update, E10, EV Network Group plans. Guest speaker: tbc.
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Innovation Working Group, 13th November 2017 (Warwick Manufacturing Group, Warwick University). 
On the agenda: Work programme 2017-18; L  category final report, future of EV charging/battery storage.
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Joint Group Working Projects, 14 December 2017 (venue tbc) 
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Commercial Vehicle Working Group, 1 February 2018 (tbc), (venue tbc)
On the agenda: DfT Ministerial Low Emission HGV TF outcomes, LoCITY; work programme planning.
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LowCVP Board Meeting, 2nd November 2017 ( SMMT, 71 Great Peter St, London SW1).
On the agenda:  Finances; government update, work programme update.
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Help steer the policy and build the markets by joining the Partnership..

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

New Members

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

  • Vehicle Repowering Solutions Ltd
  • Madano
  • Wirth Research Ltd
  • UPS Europe SA/NV
  • Chargemaster Plc
  • Control Technologies UK Ltd
  • Green-Mopeds.com Ltd
  • Advanced Energy Consultancy DMCC
  • Cambridge Electric Transport Ltd
  • Dynamon Ltd


» Britain is decarbonising at three times average rate of G20 states, according to PWC study (Utility Week)

» Event: The role of taxis in the future of digital mobility: 7-8 Dec, London (UITP)

» LowCVP Chairman Darran Messem joins Madano as transport head (Gorkana)

» Winners of £51 million government competition to develop world-leading self-driving car testing infrastructure unveiled (Gov.uk)

» £150k Shell Springboard Programme is now open (Shell Springboard.org)

» The Queen adds electric van to collection

» Public Bill Committee on Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill launches call for evidence

» T&E says scientific consensus shows that Europe’s biofuels policies do raise food prices (T&E)

» Four Committees relaunch a joint inquiry on air quality

» Ford to cut costs $14 billion, invest in trucks, electric cars (Reuters)

» Shell opens its first UK electric vehicle charging points (FT)

» Mega-battery plant to come online in Sheffield (The Guardian)

» Toyota trials zero emission hydrogen truck (Business Green)

» ClientEarth launches legal challenge over EU car emissions test rules (Business Green)

» Global EVRT to launch Electric Vehicle Road Trip Middle East 2018 (Global EVRT)

» Lord Deben and Paul Johnson reappointed to Committee on Climate Change (Gov.uk)

» Renault announces new subsidiary to work in field of energy and electric mobility (Renault press release)

» Johnson Matthey to invest £200m in battery storage technology in 2018 (Climate Action Programme)

» Hyundai launches electric car sharing service -starting with 100 Ioniq EVs in Amsterdam (Electrek)

» Liverpool to open electric bus routes (Transport Business)

» Mitsubishi to electrify its core model range (Mitsubishi Press Release)

» One in three car-buyers would go electric (Press Association/Daily Mail)

» ABB unveils smart charging solution for bus depots (ChargedEVs)

» DfT publishes research on advanced drop-in biofuels: UK production capacity outlook to 2030 (Gov.uk)

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