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LowCVP News, 28 June 2019 (Issue 178)
UK becomes first major economy to pass net zero emission law

The UK has become the first major economy in the world to legislate to bring greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. The legislation amends the 2008 Climate Change Act which set a target for an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 (compared with 1990 levels).

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LowCVP News

Our new Minister of State confirmed as keynote speaker for LowCVP Conference - Last chance to book! New transport minister Michael Ellis MP has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at the LowCVP's 2019 Annual Conference will take place in Westminster, London on Monday, July 8th. The event will focus on the fuels agenda, acknowledging the momentum behind moves to 'electrify everything', while analysing which other fuel types can support the drive to cut emissions in the short, medium and, potentially, long-term and what policy interventions are required to support them. There's only just over a week left to book!  Read more

LowCVP News: Report highlights growth prospects for Powered Light Vehicles in the UK

(LowCVP News Release) A new study from the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership identifies the potential for Powered Light Vehicles (PLVs) to play a significant role in providing lower impact mobility for UK citizens in the future, particularly in urban areas.  It concludes that there is a substantial economic opportunity for companies involved and - in broader industrial terms – for ‘UK Plc’ in nurturing this market.

LowCVP publishes new resources to help vehicle operators tackle air pollution on Clean Air Day To coincide with National Clean Air Day, the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) has published a Clean Vehicle Retrofit Technology Guide to highlight the role that the wide range of retrofit technologies can play in improving air quality by cleaning up the existing vehicle fleet. Read more

EV Energy Taskforce Summer Stakeholder Workshops

As the EV Energy Taskforce begins the final stages of preparing its findings to report back to the UK Government, it will be holding a series of regional workshops around the country to gain feedback on the emerging themes from the wider stakeholder community. If you would like to provide some feedback on the draft proposals from the EV Energy Taskforce, please register your attendance at either: Leeds - 4th July 2019 APC, Coventry - 30th July 2019

Reports & Studies

EU new car CO2 emissions up in 2018; 2020/21 targets now very challenging says EEA Average emissions from new passenger cars registered in the European Union (EU) increased for the second consecutive year in 2018, according to provisional data published by the European Environment Agency. Average new car CO2 emissions across the EU rose 2.0g CO2/km to 120.4g. For the first time, the average CO2 emissions from new vans also increased. Read more

The 'Road to Zero' is "neither clear nor straight" says BVRLA

A new report from the BVRLA, which represents the UK vehicle rental and leasing industry, says that the Government "needs to supercharge its electric vehicle strategy if it is to have any chance of meeting its new 'net zero' emissions by 2050 pledge. Meanwhile, a report by Transport & Environment says that the national climate and energy plans for all countries across the EU are clearly insufficient to meet 2030 and 2050 targets. The UK, however, comes close to the top of what the report authors say is a weak field.

Policy Developments

Mayor outlines plans for electric vehicle future in London The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has set out his plans for a major expansion of London’s electric vehicle-charging network. The Mayor plans to bring together the public and private sector to deliver rapid development in the electric vehicle infrastructure in the capital. The plan includes commitments by businesses and retailers to transform EV charging provision in London over the coming years. Read more

Other News

Motorists could save £41,000 on fuel over lifetime by switching to EV Research by EDF Energy found that the average British motorist could save £41,000 over their lifetime if they switch to an electric vehicle rather than continuing to run a typical, conventional petrol vehicle. Over their lifetimes British motorists spend an average of over £56,000 on petrol, according to the study. Read more

Transport Energy Network workshops to focus on low carbon fuel options

The Transport Energy Network - coordinated by the Advanced Propulsion Centre in collaboration with Brighton University and LowCVP - will be holding two workshops in July aimed at enhancing collaboration between low carbon fuel and thermal powertrain developers. The events will be held on 24 July (Birmingham) and 25 July (London). 


BVRLA Future Mobility Congress - 04/07/2019

BVRLA's Future Mobility Congress will take place in the West Midlands, the UK’s First Future Mobility City. It will bring together key stakeholders from the private and public sector to examine and debate the key strategies urban policymakers are working on.

Climate Innovation Forum 2019: Accelerating policy, innovation and finance for zero carbon cities - 03/07/2019

The first ever Climate Innovation Forum, taking place on 3 July in London, will present panels, keynotes and in-depth streamed sessions. It will be the first in a series of regional events aimed at championing innovation to accelerate the zero carbon economy.The LowCVP's Managing Director Andy Eastlake will be speaking at the event. NB There are 20 complimentary places for LowCVP members at the event!  

UK AD and World Biogas Expo - 03/07/2019

The largest international trade show dedicated solely to anaerobic digestion and biogas, the UK AD and World Biogas Expo 2019 offers a unique combination of industry insight, innovation and investment opportunities for both the UK and international markets.

The EV Experience Conference - 02/07/2019

Bringing together a range of senior stakeholders from the automotive, EV charging, fleet, payments, and renewables industries, this year’s EV Experience Conference will convene industry and policymakers to envision the desired consumer experience of electric vehicles in 2025. 

Consumers, Vehicles and Energy Integration - study findings - 03/07/2019

CVEI is a comprehensive three year study for the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), delivered by consultants TRL, in partnership with Baringa, Cenex, and Element Energy, to determine the barriers and motivators which influence consumer uptake and use of electric vehicles and the impact on energy system infrastructure. This event will unveil the findings from a world-first study into Consumers, Vehicles and Energy Integration (CVEI).

Upcoming LowCVP Activities


Members Council Meeting: 4th July 2019 - IMechE, One Birdcage Walk, London SW1H 9JJ

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EV Energy Taskforce Stakeholder Summer Workshop (I): 4th July, The Studio, Riverside West, Whitehall Road, Leeds, LS1 4AW
Interested Stakeholders Click Here To Register

LowCVP Annual Conference: 8th July, One Birdcage Walk, London, SW1H 9JJ
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Joint Commercial Vehicles/Bus/Fuels Working Group Meeting: 17th July 2019 - Volvo Trucks, Warwick
On the Agenda:

  • ULET Developments
  • LEFT updates and test results
  • Depot Fleet Electrification
Members Click Here To Register

EV Energy Taskforce Stakeholder Summer Workshop (II): 30th July, Advanced Propulsion Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry,CV4 7AL
Interested Stakeholders Click Here To Register





» All future government-funded home chargepoints to be ‘smart' by 1 July 2019 (Gov.uk)

» MPs to debate a motion on ending sale of new petrol cars and diesel cars and vans on 4 July (Parliament.uk)

» Leeds and Birmingham “significantly postpone” clean air zone start dates (Motor Transport)

» LowCVP at Fully Charged Live 2019 – video review published! (LowCVP)

» London mayor Sadiq Khan announces car-free day to tackle pollution (WRAL)

» Element Energy-led report says V2G charging points could soon be economically viable (Current)

» Global passenger transport demand to treble between 2015 and 2050 (Future Fuel Strategies)

» India to waive registration charges for all EVs (Electrive)

» Charge Up Britain: National Infrastructure Commission campaign calls for national EV charging network (NIC)

» New charging guide to support consumers in purchasing and operating an EV (EST)

» All ministerial cars to be electric by 2030 (Auto Express)

» UK car manufacturing declines for 12th month in a row as output falls -15.5% in May (SMMT)

» Volkswagen WeShare launched in Berlin as full electric service (Newspress)

» Latest monthly BEV sales figures show 81% year-on-year rise (SMMT)

» Clean electricity overtakes fossil fuels generation in Britain (BBC)

» Mr Whipp-E: Nissan unveils UK's first electric ice cream van (This is Money)

» Tesla Model 3 deliveries begin in the UK (Daily Express)

» EV charging sites now outnumber petrol stations (Zap-Map)

» GKN + UK consortium to ‘drive new era of electric powertrain development in UK’ (Tyre & Trader News)

» Select Committee announces plans for Citizens’ Assembly on tackling climate change (BBC)

» Hyundai introduces electric double-decker bus (Hyundai)

» EU CO2 emission standards for heavy-duty vehicles now binding (Electrive)

» JLR and BMW join forces on electric car technology (BBC)

» Treasury Committee launches inquiry into decarbonisation of the UK economy (Parliament.uk)

» Pope Francis declares 'climate emergency' and urges action (The Guardian)

» “The auto industry is finally advertising its EVs” (Charged.EVs)

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