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LowCVP News, 1 February 2021, Issue 197
Biden inauguration leads to resurgence of US engagement in climate change

Joe Biden's inauguration as President of the United States heralded a flurry of announcements and policy reversals signalling the United States' reengagement with international efforts to tackle climate change.

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Industry News

2020 was record year as BEVs achieve 6.6% of UK new car sales

Despite the pandemic and a near-30% fall in UK car sales in 2020, battery electric vehicles achieved a record 6.6% of all sales. Combined with plug-in hybrids (PHEVs), more than one-in-ten vehicles sold in the UK in 2020 can be recharged with a plug according to data recently published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

McKinsey projects fossil fuel demand will peak by 2029 - ahead of earlier scenarios

McKinsey - one of the world's largest consultancies - says global fossil fuel demand is set to peak by 2029. The company's Global Energy Perspective 2021 report says that the impacts of Covid-19 have permanently shifted energy demand curves and that although demand will likely rebound to 2019 levels by 2023, it will not return to its previous growth path and is likely to reach a global peak before 2030.

Nissan commits to UK production; sets 2050 carbon neutrality target Nissan has announced that it is setting a global goal for the company to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. It says that by the early 2030s, every all-new Nissan vehicle sold in key markets will be electrified. Meanwhile, reports say that the company has committed to continue manufacturing cars in the UK for the long-term as a result of the trade deal agreed between the EU and UK last December.  Read more

Ovo Energy unveils smart tariff for EVs to cut costs, help balance grid

Ovo Energy has announced a new flat fee (6p/kWh) energy tariff, exclusively available to EV users at any time of the day, powered by innovative technology from Kaluza which enables the vehicle to draw power at times when electricity is cheapest. Ovo says that the deal could cut charging costs by as much as 63 percent and also help to balance the electricity grid by reducing demand at peak times, while also cutting the need to invest in new power generation.  

European truck makers promise to phase out IC-engines by 2040

A group of Europe's leading truck manufacturers have promised that they will stop selling vehicles driven by internal combusion engines by 2040. Chief executives of Daimler, Scania, MAN, Volvo, DAF, IVECO and Ford have signed a pledge to phase-out combustion engines and focus on hydrogen, battery technology and “clean fuels.”

UK cleantech company announces breakthrough in 2nd gen biofuel technology A Redcar-based cleantech company - Nova Pangaea Technologies - has announced what it says is a breakthrough in its proprietary second-generation biofuel technology which will significantly reduce its customers' costs and enable the introduction of advanced biofuels. Read more

Reports & Studies

Shell-Deloitte report says road freight sector is closer to decarbonisation 'tipping point' than many expect A new report from Shell and Deloitte based on interviews with over 150 road freight sector executives and experts across 22 countries finds that while the sector is facing several barriers to decarbonisation it is close to an inflection point due to increasing regulatory and market pressure, and that it will evolve faster than many expect.  Read more

Policy Developments

Scottish Government makes extra £25m available for green buses

A further £25m funding has been made available by the Scottish Government to encourage the adoption of clean, green buses through a second round of the  Scottish Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme.

LowCVP News

LowCVP inviting new Board member nominations as it enters next phase of the drive for zero - Deadline extended!

LowCVP is inviting nominations for senior stakeholders to stand for election to the Partnership's Board of Directors. New Board members will join at a critical phase as the Partnership repositions itself to support the increased pace of transport decarbonisation, after the UK commitment to Net Zero by 2050 and as we approach the publicatieen on of the Government's Transport Decarbonisation Plan next Spring. The deadline for nominations has been extended until 15 Feb.


Transport Energy Network Workshop - 04/02/2021

The recent Transport Energy Network (TEN) highlighted the potential to harness synergies across transport and energy sectors to accelerate progress towards net zero. This workshop aims to explore in more detail areas in which cross- sectoral collaboration could really make a difference. TEN is an initiative from APC, LowCVP and the University of Brighton.

‘Roadmap to Net-Zero’ webinar - 10/02/2021

The APC's Roadmap to Net-Zero’ webinar provides a great opportunity to hear from those who created the Automotive Council Roadmaps & industry experts who are using them to plan future propulsion technology.

Rushlight Show 2021 (virtual) - 10/03/2021

The 12th Rushlight Show is a leading event for cleantech companies and sustainable solutions to meet investors and financiers, corporate customers, government departments, advisers and intermediaries.

Low Carbon Agriculture 2021 - 09/03/2021

Low Carbon Agriculture 2021 is a vibrant new business event for forward thinking farmers, landowners and industry operators. The event will explore ways to address climate change through the generation of renewable energy, the implementation of low carbon technology and best practice in both carbon and environmental land management.

Net Zero Week 14-20 June - 14/06/2021

Net Zero Week will be a national awareness week; a focal point for generating awareness and momentum for businesses and consumers starting the journey to decarbonise, acting as an information hub for those already on their way. It will be an annual event, this year taking place four months before the UK hosts the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in November 2021 Glasgow.

Upcoming LowCVP Activities


LowCVP Working Group Meetings
For the duration of the COVID-19 Lockdwn, LowCVP still intent to hold regular meetings of our various workgroups online using Microsoft Teams.

Standard agenda items will include:

  • Government Updates
  • 2020/21 Work Programme Update
  • Guest Presentation

Details for each working group's activities are published here .

Key Dates:

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If you would like to take part in this important work to decarbonise road transport during this crucial time, please consider joining LowCVP and get involved.





» Kwasi Kwarteng becomes new Business Secretary - Alok Sharma full time CoP President (Gov.uk)

» MPs launch inquiry into potential for road pricing (Transport Committee - Parliament.uk)

» Sale of ICE vehicles could be limited before 2030 (Smart Transport)

» Indian energy company plans £750m low carbon hydrogen production hub in UK (Financial Times)

» General Motors targets zero-emission line-up by 2035 (Autocar)

» LowCVP MD Andy Eastlake named fourth in GreenFleet list of ‘top 100 influencers’ 2021 (GreenFleet)

» Shell set to buy UK’s largest electric vehicle charging network from Ubitricity (The Guardian)

» DfT - UK on the cusp of a transport revolution, as self-driving vehicles set to be worth nearly £42 billion by 2035 (Gov.uk)

» PM launches ‘Build Back Better’ Business Council (Gov.uk)

» Hyundai's value surges by $9bn amid reports of Apple deal (MSN.com)

» ICCT report: Driving a green future: A retrospective review of China’s electric vehicle development and outlook (ICCT)

» Bristol to introduce charging clean air zone (Bristol Post)

» London’s 9,000 buses now meet ULEZ standards (TfL)

» Coventry and Oxford set to become UK’s first all-electric bus cities (Gov.uk)

» AA president issues manifesto for less driving when normality returns (The Independent)

» Volkswagen plans to install 300 kW DC charging stations at German sites (ChargedEVs)

» Shell pulls out of UK sustainable jet fuels plant project (The Chemical Engineer)

» Ohme launch free smart charging app to help electric car drivers save money (Electric Drives)

» Business Green Net Zero Festival to return in 2021 (Business Green)

» Climate regulation threatens competitiveness of German auto industry - Deutsche Bank (Clean Energy Wire)

» Government of Canada launches Hydrogen Strategy (Fuel Cells Works)

» T&E says Campaign to electrify Uber has ripple effect in ride-hailing business (T&E)

» Nottingham to combine V2G, solar and battery storage with new energy management system (Current)

» Norway becomes first country to sell more electric cars than petrol (Autocar)

» Committee on Climate Change ‘Path to Net Zero’ event resources now available (CCC)

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