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LowCVP News, 30 September 2019, Issue 181
IPCC report says choices made now are critical for the future of our ocean and cryosphere

A new, landmark report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) highlights the urgency of prioritizing timely, ambitious and coordinated action to address unprecedented and enduring changes in the ocean and cryosphere (the frozen parts of the planet). It says that extreme sea level events that used to happen once a century will occur every year in many parts of the world by the middle of the century because of global heating.

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Policy Developments

Government announces funding for 'greener' buses; £30m for Net Zero projects in Spending Round 2019 Chancellor Sajid Javid, announcing the 2019 Spending Round, said that there will be £200m funding to "transform bus services" and an additional £30m funding to "accelerate progress on developing decarbonisation schemes that will help to move the UK towards its Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions target by 2050".  Read more
A third fewer polluting vehicles entered central London during ULEZ first four months - report An analysis of the early impacts of London's new Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) found that in the first four months of its operation (March – July 2019) there was a reduction of 12,524 older, more polluting, non-compliant vehicles detected in the zone: a reduction of over a third.  Read more

Government promises investment in EVs, trees and nuclear fusion on eve of Conservative Party conference

The Government has promised to invest 'up to £1bn' in a package of measures to tackle the climate emergency including developing electric cars, planting a million new trees and funding the further development of nuclear fusion on the eve of its party conference in Manchester. With a General Election expected soon, the political parties are laying out their pitches in the key areas of policy.

Labour Party announces 2030 net zero aspiration; EV loans, recharging investment The Labour Party has made a raft of policy announcements - which may become General Election manifesto commitments - backing policy measures designed to accelerate the transition to low and zero emission road transport. Zero interest loans for the purchase of electric vehicles, state-sponsored investment in EV recharging infrastructure and three UK-based battery 'gigafactories', public car sharing and scrappage schemes.  Read more

Cross-party Green New Deal calls for actions to help deliver Net Zero by 2030

Cross-party MPs led by the Green's Caroline Lucas and Labour's Clive Lewis have announced plans to table legislation to force the government to bring forward the Net Zero target to 2030 and implement wide-ranging measures to achieve it.

Industry News

Amazon buys 100,000 electric vans from Rivian in largest ever EV order The online retail giant Amazon has ordered 100,000 fully electric delivery vans from a US start-up company, Rivian, in a deal worth $5 billion. Read more

LowCVP News

LowCVP calls for closer integration of life cycle assessment to inform technology choices (LowCVP media release) As electric vehicles start to become mainstream and the contribution of renewable energy to the electricity grid grows, by 2030 over 70% of CO2 emissions from typical new road vehicles could arise during the production – rather than use – phase of the life cycle of a typical vehicle. Read more

LowCVP News: First pollution-busting SCR retrofit solution for trucks accredited under CVRAS Scheme

(LowCVP media release) The first selective catalytic reduction (SCR) retrofit solution for conventional heavy goods vehicles has been accredited under the UK’s Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme (CVRAS), ahead of the introduction of Clean Air Zones in Birmingham and Leeds in 2020.

Other News

Auckland transport accelerates low emissions bus uptake...after LowCVP support

Auckland Transport is accelerating the uptake of low emission buses including electric and fuel cell models as part of its transition to a low emissions bus fleet. Auckland is working to a strategy outlined in its 'Low Emissions Bus Roadmap' which builds upon work provided to city strategists by the LowCVP in 2017-18 and which is referenced in the city's Bus Roadmap. 

The Guardian announces changes to use of language around climate, environmental crises

The Guardian newspaper has announced plans for changes to its in-house 'style guide' which mean that the language used to describe climate and environmental issues will be changing. In future, rather than 'climate change' the preferred terms will be 'climate emergency' or 'climate breakdown'. 'Global heating will be preferred over 'global warming'. 


Fleet Heroes Awards and Conference 2019 - 28/11/2019

Energy Saving Trust’s Fleet Heroes Awards & Conference 2019 will be held in central London on Thursday 28 November. These awards celebrate sustainable transport and recognise those organisations that are leading the way and making progress towards achieving zero emissions.

'Ready for Future Transport Propulsion Systems' - WMG networking event - 17/10/2019

Find out about the current electric vehicle (EV) market and growing opportunities for component suppliers...Hear from companies who have moved into this market...Find out about the support available to help you become part of the EV supply chain...What is the role for Electric Vehicles in Future Transport Propulsion Systems?

Rushlight Awards 2019-20 open now - Closing date 30 November 2019

The Rushlight Awards are the only set of awards designed specifically to support and promote all the latest clean technologies, innovations and initiatives for businesses and other organisations throughout UK, Ireland and internationally. There are separate categories for each of the renewable energies, clean fuels, transport, energy efficiency, power generation and storage, resource, water, sustainable manufacturing, agriculture and products, clean environment and deployment initiatives.

Freight in the City Expo - 06/11/2019

Taking place on 6 November 2019 in London’s Alexandra Palace, Freight in the City Expo will be full of key decision-makers looking for the latest technology and equipment to make urban freight movements safer, cleaner, quieter and more efficient.

Energy and Rural Business Show UK - 03/03/2020

The Energy and Rural Business Show is a business event for the agricultural and rural communities of the UK, providing in depth information and guidance on renewable energy generation and use, diversification ventures, low-emission vehicle & machinery options and ways to maximise the value of available resources.

Upcoming LowCVP Activities

Joint Commercial Vehicle and Fuels Working Group: 21st November - tbc
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  • Low Carbon Fuels for Heavy Duty Vehicles
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» Wrightbus of Northern Ireland goes into administration (BBC news)

» UK battery electric vehicle sales surge as Tesla Model 3 is third best-selling model in August (The Guardian)

» Road transport emissions up since 1990 despite efficiency gains (The Guardian)

» Leading operators sign letter of intent on chargepoint inter-operability (REA)

» The Faraday Institution announces a further £55 million for energy storage research (Imperial College)

» City leaders call for £1.5bn funding to support national CAZ network (Air Quality News)

» Emissions-based parking scheme to be introduced in Croydon (TransportXtra)

» Bus firms to only buy ultra-low emissions vehicles by 2025 (Sky News)

» Carmakers set to produce enough EVs to meet their CO2 targets (Transport & Environment)

» Scottish Parliament passes climate change bill (Holyrood)

» Nearly 5,000 delegates attended Cenex’s 12th LCV show, breaking new records (Cenex)

» EU auto industry forms unlikely alliance with NGO (T&E) on electric cars (Euractiv)

» Fleet electrification pilot set to give market ‘confidence’, reduce network upgrades (Current)

» Report: Batteries could cut global transport and power emissions by 30% (World Economic Forum)

» Survey: Half of passengers say they use Uber over environmental concerns (edie)

» NewMotion and ChargePoint sign UK roaming agreement (Current)

» £1.25m DecarboN8 project to tackle transport emissions (N8 Research Partnership)

» Nissan and EDF Group partners to accelerate EV adoption and grid integration across Europe (Green Car Congress)

» Electric Vehicles to be 'normal' by 2030, but do consumers understand what's on offer? (GoUltraLow)

» UPS partners with TEVVA Motors to introduce new PHEV vans to UK fleet (ChargedEVs)

» Delphi claims new inverter will cut EV charging time in half (Bloomberg)

» Dual fuel hydrogen gritters for Glasgow (Motor Transport)

» Green GB Week delayed due to Brexit (Business Green)

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