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LowCVP News, 30 November 2018 (Issue 171)
IEA predicts 'peak oil' in terms of demand from cars due to rise of EVs, greater efficiency

The latest World Energy Outlook from the International Energy Agency (IEA) forecasts that oil demand for use in cars will peak as a result of growing use of electric vehicles. However, overall demand for oil is projected to continue increasing. The IEA report says that demand for oil used for transport is already falling in some markets and segments, notably buses.

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Industry News

UK new car average CO2 emissions rise to highest level in five years

The average level of CO2 emissions of new cars sold in September this year was 128.3g/km, the highest recorded since July 2013 according to the latest statistics published by the Department for Transport. The rise has been attributed to a shift in buyers preferences from diesel to petrol vehicles and the introduction of new WLTP emissions regulations which provide CO2 figures more representative of on-the-road performance. 

Tesco and VW partner to provide UK's largest retail EV charging network Tesco and VW have announced the development of what they say is the largest UK retail Electric Vehicle charging network, powered by Pod Point. The network, to have 2,400 charging bays across 600 Tesco stores will involve a combination of (free) 7kW and paid for (rapid) 50kW chargers. Read more

400% increase in battery 'megafactory' capacity forecast by 2028

Specialists forecast a 400% increase in the capacity of battery 'megafactories' worldwide by 2028. Consultants Benchmark Mineral Intelligence forecast that approaching 60% of 1.1TW/h production capacity will be in China and less than 20% in Europe. Battery production at scale is seen as a key route to reducing the cost of electric vehicles and improving range.

Policy Developments

European Parliament votes to strengthen CO2 targets for trucks   The EU Parliament has voted for the introduction of stronger, binding CO2 limits for trucks than had been proposed by the European Commission. Despite CO2 monitoring and baseline-only commencing in January ‘19, Parliamentarians have voted for a 20 percent truck Read more

LowCVP and Transport for London unify bus test to support UK manufacturers

From the 1st November 2018, there will be one unified test procedure used by both Transport for London (TfL) and the national Ultra Low Emission Bus (ULEB) accreditation scheme, streamlining market access for manufacturers of clean, low carbon buses. The use of the same test will enable manufactures to test a vehicle once and for it to be eligible for use in both London market as well as qualifying for national grant schemes.

Reports & Studies

CCC report suggests limiting use of UK biomass in energy to 'most valuable end-uses' A new report by the Committee on Climate Change concludes that sustainably harvested biomass can play a significant role in meeting the UK's long-term climate targets, provided it is prioritised for the most valuable end-uses. It recommends phasing out biofuel use in cars and vans in the 2030s and that usage in HGVs should be reviewed in the 2020s. Read more

EV Energy Task Force stakeholder launch event - video published

Over 100 representatives of key stakeholder organisations were represented at the public launch of the Government's new EV Energy Taskforce which is convened by the LowCVP and which was announced as a part of the ‘Road to Zero’ strategy in July. A new video to introduce the initiative which was filmed a the event has been published.

Hydrogen a credible option to help decarbonise UK energy, transport - report

A new report from the Committee on Climate Change says that hydrogen is a credible option to help decarbonise the UK energy system but its role depends on early Government commitment and improved support to develop the UK's industrial capability. The report finds hydrogen could replace natural gas in parts of the energy system, where electrification is not feasible or is prohibitively expensive.


CCC call for evidence on transition to net zero-carbon economy closes on Dec 7

The Committee on Climate is calling for evidence to contribute to its advice to UK and devolved administrations' long-term targets for greenhouse gas emissions in terms of the UK's transition to a net zero-carbon economy. The call for evidence will close on 7 December.


Low Emission Bus Workshop Birmingham - 11/12/2018

The LowCVP will host its sixth Low Emission Bus Workshop at Birmingham International Airport on Tuesday 11th December 2018. The free workshop will provide local authorities and bus operators with information on new technologies and fuels, sharing operational experiences of low carbon and low emission solutions for bus fleets around the UK, including retrofit SCR projects. Register for tickets https://lebworkshopbirmingham.eventbrite.com

Sustainable Innovation Forum - 09/12/2018

With COP24 being hailed by the UNFCCC as ‘Paris 2.0’, the Sustainable Innovation Forum presents a crucial opportunity to drive forward the Paris Agreement framework by bringing together 600+ delegates engaged with fast-tracking the global green economy. The LowCVP's Managing Director Andy Eastlake will be speaking at the event, and the Partnership's association with it entitles members to a 10% discount on delegate fees.

UK Bus Summit 2019 - 06/02/2019

The 5th annual UK Bus Summit will take place in London on 6th February 2019. The UK Bus Summit is the premier bus event covering all parts of the UK. Held right at the heart of Westminster to elevate the importance of bus at the centre of local and national decision making. The event allows the opportunity to compare and contrast bus policy throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

Energy and Rural Business Show 2019 - 06/02/2019

For the latest advances in low emission vehicles in the rural sector don’t miss Energy and Rural Business Show 2019. The event which includes Energy Now Expo, Low Emission Vehicles Expo and Rural Business Expo is free to attend. LowCVP's Managing Director, Andy Eastlake, will be speaking at the Conference associated with the event.

Upcoming LowCVP Activities

Upcoming Working Group Meetings:

Fuels Working Group: 10th December 2018 - IMechE, One Birdcage Walk, SW1H 9JJ
On the Agenda:

  • Low Carbon Fossil Fuels
  • RFNBOs
  • Development Fuels

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LEB Workshop: 11th December 2018 - Birmingham Airport
On the Agenda:

  • National Policy Outlook
  • Birmingham Airport Zero Emission Vehicles
  • Impacts on the grid from electric HDV

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Members Council Meeting: 13th December - Department of Transport, London, SW1P 4DR

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Bus Working Group: 10th January 2019 - IMechE, London
On the Agenda:

  • LCEB/LEB Monitoring Update
  • BSOG Reform - LowCVP Proposals and Member Input
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Low Emission Taxi Workshop: 14th January, Birmingham City Council
Interested Stakeholders Click Here To Register

EV Energy Taskforce Second Stakeholder Seminar: 28th January, Maple House, Birmingham
Interested Stakeholders Click Here To Register





» VW to convert three German plants to build electric cars (Reuters)

» Andrew Jones returns to DfT; Jesse Norman promoted to ministerial level (Gov.uk)

» Bill to standardise EV recharging progressing in Parliament (Fleet News)

» One in ten new buses bought in Europe is electric (T&E)

» ScottishPower has launched an ‘end-to-end’ electric vehicle deal alongside a car retailer (Scottish Power)

» Electric Vehicle Market expected to reach nearly $600,000 Million by 2025 – consultants’ report (Allied Market Research)

» Scania, Lucketts and Green Biofuels join forces to trial HVO in coach trial (Scania)

» Only EVs allowed new registration in Spain by 2040 (El Pais)

» Project to explore potential role of mobile energy storage in supporting future EV growth (Centrica)

» BBC report: Thousands of UK hybrids may have never been plugged in (BBC)

» The European Parliament mandated that between 43% and 75% of new buses be ‘clean’ vehicles by 2030 (T&E)

» British Columbia to phase out non-electric car sales by 2040 (Daily Telegraph)

» Mayor of London - Mayor launches five new Low Emission Bus Zones (London.gov)

» BBC announces new Greener Broadcasting strategy (BBC)

» Midlands to host £1bn centre for 'smart mobility' (Warwick)

» BP invests £25m in rapid charge points (Fleet News)

» Long-range hydrogen fuel cell lorry unveiled by US’ Nikola (Daily Telegraph)

» Southwark Council begins roll out of lamppost electric vehicle charging (Southwark.gov)

» US' Rivian Auto debuts electric pick-up truck with 600km range (Forbes)

» First Ultra Low Emission Zone signs go up in London for April 2019 introduction (TfL)

» Kia and Hyundai to add solar roof panels to electric, hybrid and ICE vehicles (Charged EVs)

» Company bosses call for UK net zero by 2050 (Business Green)

» Bath proposes £9 'congestion charge' plan to tackle pollution (The Guardian)

» SMMT announces new President - George Gillespie, HORIBA Automotive Test Systems (Automotive World)

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