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LowCVP News, 1 July 2020 (Issue 190)
Post-lockdown 2020 must be "defining moment in fight against climate change" says CCC

The Committee on Climate Change says that the Government must seize the opportunity presented by the Covid-19 disruption into a defining moment in the fight against climate change. In its annual report to Parliament, the Committee sets out, for the first time, recommendations for actions for each department of government. For road transport, the CCC calls for the full phase-out of petrol and diesel cars, vans and, now, motorcycles too, by 2032 or earlier, and for stronger incentives, plans and clean air zones, to encourage progress in freight vehicles. 

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Policy Developments

Green number plates approved by Government The Government has approved the roll-out of green number plates from Autumn 2020. The Government says the scheme is a part of plans to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. Read more

Government announces ten projects to share in £73.5m funding to cut vehicle emissions

The Government has announced ten projects that will share £73.5m to advance technology to help reduce vehicle emissions. The projects from across the UK will each receive a share of the funding to develop new technology for the next generation of electric taxis, cars and vans – including recyclable batteries, advanced electrical systems and ultra-lightweight components.

International Developments

France and Germany lead EU countries in delivering 'green stimulus' packages; increasing EV subsidies France and Germany have announced plans for major 'green stimulus' packages as the countries emerge from lockdown and seek to get their economies moving again. Other EU countries, including Spain and Holland have also announced revitalisation plans with strong 'green' elements. Read more

First-in-the-word standards for zero emission trucks set in California The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has announced the first rules in the world which aim to require truck manufacturers to ensure the trucks and vans they sell in the state by 2045 wil be zero emission.   Read more

LowCVP News

LowCVP Annual Conference - RESET 2020: Driving the Green Recovery (News release:) LowCVP's Annual Conference 2020 on July 15 will ask how we can seize the opportunity for an investment-led green recovery in road transport. The event will provide a forum for policy ideas and proposals to help inform the Government's Transport Decarbonisation Plan, due to be published this year.  Read more

RESET 2020: Is now the time to refocus road transport decarbonisation policy? Complete our annual conference survey!

Has the disruption caused by the 2020 pandemic opened the door to more ambitious and innovative policies to decarbonise our road transport system and accelerate the net zero transition? Give us your views in our pre-conference stakeholder survey and join us on-line on July 15th to find out what other leading stakeholders think. The survey has 10 questions and takes only a few minutes to complete.

50% of buyers say choosing an environmentally friendly new car is now more important than before A survey commissioned by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) and the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) has found that motorists considering a new car are now more concerned about ‘going green’ – with 50% saying that environmental friendliness has become more important to them in the last year. Read more

Industry News

John Lewis to build biomethane filling station as it transitions to low emission trucks The John Lewis Partnership has announced plans to build a dedicated biomethane gas filling station near its HQ in Bracknell to enable its largest heavy goods vehicles to use a low carbon alternative to diesel. John Lewis has also revealed an ambition to stop using fossil fuels across its entire 4,800 strong transport fleet by 2030. Read more

Get your message out! Exhibition opportunities at LowCVP Conference, 15 July With over 500 delegates already registered to attend the LowCVP Annual Conference online on July 15, have you considered holding a digital exhibition at the event to get your message out and build your contacts network? Digital exhibiting is easy and it can get your organisation's name or product in front of a large, influential stakeholder community. You don't have to lug heavy stands or brochures all the way to a venue...and it's cheap too; the cost for LowCVP member organisations starts at only £250. Read more

Other News

'Overwhelming' majority of Climate Assembly UK members express support for changes needed to achieve net zero An interim briefing following the conclusion of the Citizens Climate Assembly UK says that an overwhelming majority of its 100+ members say that Government, employers and others should support changes to the economy and lifestyles which help achieve the UK’s net zero emissions target. Read more


Life-cycle Analysis Week webinar series 6-10 July. Register Now! LowCVP and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) are excited to announce that we'll be hosting a week-long webinar series focused on sustainability and life-cycle analysis in the automotive industry. We'll be joined by a variety of expert guest speakers to discuss hot topics in this arena during #LCAweek from Monday 6 July. Read more

Smarter Mobility Europe - 01/07/2020

Smarter Mobility Europe LIVE, 1-3 July, is a creative virtual 3 day summit that answers the questions, concerns, and hopes that the mobility industry in Europe has right now around what the mobility world will look like in Europe during and post COVID-19.


» Global oil demand, CO2 emissions likely peaked in 2019 – Report (Reuters)

» Hydrogen fuel bubbles up the agenda as investments rocket (The Guardian)

» Transport Secretary reveals hydrogen bus competition (Local Transport Today)

» Macron pledges €15bn to deliver climate pledges (The Guardian)

» UK poised for £24bn boost from electric cars by 2025, says APC report (Business Green)

» Tesla now the most valuable car maker in the world (Financial Times)

» Only 6% of public want life to return to pre-pandemic times (Sky News)

» £15 million to support the development of ZEV technologies and a supporting supply chain (Gov.uk)

» Ford revs up 2050 carbon neutrality target (Business Green)

» Arctic Circle sees 'highest-ever' recorded temperatures (BBC)

» EV startup Arrival reveals new electric bus (ChargedEVs)

» UKERC - A New Green Shovel? Options for the transport stimulus package (UKERC)

» Van retrofit options introduced into CVRAS scheme (EST)

» Electric Nation Grid trial shows EV clustering (Electric Nation)

» Lyft pledges to shift its two million drivers to electric vehicles by 2030 (The Verge)

» BP to write off billions as Covid amplifies climate concerns (Bloomberg)

» Transport Committee: Grant Shapps gives evidence on Coronavirus: implications for transport (Parliament.uk)

» BEIS hosts post-COVID green recovery roundtable (Current)

» DPD to trial London EV Company's new 'range-extending' electric van (Business Green)

» Shell announces restructuring to accelerate net zero push (Newsbreak)

» Temporary increases to the London Congestion Charge announced (TfL)

» OVO pledges to deliver all-electric fleet by 2030 (OVO)

» Businesses surpass Government target in race towards EV adoption – survey (Fleet News)

» Good Energy increases stake in Zap-Map to take majority share (ZapMap)

» Philip Sellwood, new LowCVP Chair, profile interview (Current)

» Hyundai says it can now meet demand for electric cars in the UK (Car Dealer)

» Million-mile electric vehicle battery ready for production (The Independent)

» Leeds City Council adds 122 electric vans to its fleet (WhatVan)

» McDonalds to install electric car charging points (The Independent)

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