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LowCVP News, 20 December 2017, (Issue 160)
A very Merry Christmas and low carbon 2018 from all at the LowCVP Secretariat!

The LowCVP team would like to wish all our members and newsletter readers a Merry Christmas and happy and prosperous New Year! Phew – Another very busy year lowering carbon and raising the bar for LowCVP and all its members. Thank you all for your collaboration, enthusiasm and advice and on behalf of the secretariat team I wish you all a restful Christmas break and a prosperous New Year.
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Policy Developments

Prime Minister announces that UK will host Zero Emission Vehicle Summit in Autumn 2018

The Prime Minister, Theresa May, has announced that the UK will host a global Zero Emission Vehicle Summit in the Autumn of next year. The aim of the summit is to "cement the UK’s position as a world leader in the low emission and electric vehicle industry". The Summit promise was made alongside other announcements by the Prime Minister to tackle climate change and its impacts, including £140m of new funding to help the world's poorest communities address the effects of climate change.

Climate Change News

US studies suggest climate change progressing faster and with greater severity than thought

A study published by a leading US scientific institution suggest that current predictions of climate change may be too optimistic. The study, by the Carnegie Institution for Science in California says that there is a 93 per cent chance that warming may exceed 4C by the end of the century. Past studies have estimated the likelihood of a 4C rise occurring at 62 per cent.

Industry News

Bioethanol plant to remain closed until future for fuel is clearer says Vivergo

The operators of a bioethanol plant in Hull which employs 150 workers says it will 'closely monitor the market' before considering reopening the plant. Vivergo, which is owned by Associated British Foods, said it had stopped operating the plant because of uncertainty around biofuels policy and future demand for the fuel.

Ban on BMW electric car ad over misleading environmental claims

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned an advert for an electric BMW car saying it made misleading environmental claims.  The advertisement for the BMW i3 (which is available as both a pure battery version or with a petrol range extender) appeared in a Facebook advertisement which has been censured by the UK’s advertising watchdog for claiming the electric car, was “clean” and “zero emissions”, in a ruling that could have a knock-on effect on other electric car advertising. 

Reports & Studies

Battery electric vehicles now close to total ownership cost parity with ICE vehicles say researchers

A new study by researchers at the University of Leeds finds that financial subsidies have enabled battery electric vehicles to reach cost parity with conventional ICE vehicles in terms of Total Cost of Ownership in the UK as well as in parts of the USA and Japan.

Mitsubishi Outlander hybrid leads UK plug-in league table, ahead of Nissan Leaf

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle) is the most common plug-in car on the UK's roads, ahead of the pure battery-electric Nissan Leaf according to analysis by the RAC Foundation, based on DVLA data.


Rushlight Show - 25/01/2018

The 9th Rushlight Show provides a leading opportunity for cleantech companies and sustainable solutions providers to meet investors and financiers, corporate customers, government departments, advisers and intermediaries. 

Upcoming LowCVP Activities

Members Council, January 208 (date tbc) (One Birdcage Walk). On the agenda:  Government update; LowCVP 2017-18 work programme; Board elections; other LowCVP events and activities in 2018.
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Bus Working Group, 11 January 2018 (One Birdcage Walk). On the agenda: Information and updates; LowCVP BWG work programme 2018-19; AQ plan/CAZ updates.
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LowCVP Board, 18 January 2017 (Madano, London). On the agenda:  Updated strategy review; Board elections; LowCVP work programme 2018-19.
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Passenger Car/Innovation Working Group, 25 January 2018 (One Birdcage Walk).  On the joint agenda: 2018-19 work plans;  Updates on CVRAS, LEFT, ULET standards, freight portal, DfT Task Force and emissions reduction strategies.

Fuels Working Group, 8 February (venue tbc). On the joint agenda: E10, AFID, 2018-19 Work programme planning. 

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» EU announces €9bn in funding for climate action (Euractiv)

» APC - TDAP funding competition - DEADLINE EXTN to Jan (APC-UK)

» VW CEO calls for an end to diesel subsidies and city bans on dirty cars (CNN)

» Defra air quality consultation – opportunity to provide input closes on January 5 (Gov.uk)

» Celtic Renewables to build whisky residue biofuel plant at Grangemouth (Celtic Renewables PR)

» EV charge point use in Scotland up by almost a half in last year (RAC Foundation)

» PSA designs an electrified L-Category (micro) vehicle (PSA PR)

» Direct line insurance offers 5% discount on insurance for autonomous Tesla (Autocar)

» Mayor of London invites stakeholders to consultation on planned changes to the Ultra Low Emission Zone and Low Emission Zone

» House of Commons publishes briefing paper on Fifth Carbon Budget (Parliament.uk)

» Leeds publishes plans for city centre clean air zone (SMMT)

» Parliamentary questions asked on bi-directional EV-charging (Theyworkforyou.com)

» VW’s mobility start-up unveils electric ride-sharing concept (GreenFleet)

» Report deals blow to ‘Electrofuels’ as future option for transport (T&E)

» Electric car push drives premiums for greener metals (FT)

» Government publishes area of crops grown for bioenergy in England/UK: 2008-2016 (Gov.uk)

» Electric black cabs launch on London’s roads (BBC)

» LowCVP’s E10 report cited in Parliament (Parliament.uk)

» New electric truck from Thor to challenge Tesla’s Semi (Electrive)

» Rachel Solomon Williams to take over from Rob Wakely as head of low carbon fuels at DfT

» Stephen Marcos Jones replaces Chris Hunt as Director General of the UK Petroleum Industry Association (UKPIA)

» EA Technology promises to become carbon neutral business (Business Green)

» 500 all-electric Renault Zoe now in Madrid in car sharing initiative – ZITY (Newspress)

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