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LowCVP News - 28 June 2013 Issue 106

LowCVP Annual Conference 2013 - Just a few more days to book your place!
11th Jul 2013

As new fuel and vehicle technologies – like electricity and biofuels – are introduced to drive road transport we will need to assess emissions arising ‘beyond the tailpipe’. Attend the LowCVP Conference and find out what these profound changes will mean for your organisation. Speakers at the LowCVP's 2013 Annual Conference include transport minister Norman Baker MP plus leading representatives of the European Commission, CONCAWE, Department for Transport and the Commitee on Climate Change.

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Policy Developments

New Clean Bus Fund announced with £5m funding

The UK Government has announced £5m of funding aimed at encouraging local authorities to reduce local pollutants from buses. The new Clean Bus Technology Fund will support upgrades to pollutant-reducing engine or retrofit technologies.

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Motorway speed limit rise to 80mph 'off the agenda'

Government plans to raise the motorway speed limit to 80mph which were launched by former Transport Secretary Philip Hammond appear to have been shelved. The current Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin is reported as saying that the move was "not a priority".

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Vote on EU 95g CO2 limit delayed indefinitely following German Government pressure

A vote which was expected to confirm a 95g/km CO2 limit for new cars by 2020 has been indefinitely delayed as a result of pressure by the German Government according to reports. An agreement was understood to have been reached on the target between the European Parliament, the Commission and the Council. It must now be addressed by Lithuania, which takes on the the six-month rotating EU Council Presidency on 1 July.

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Reports & Studies

UK carbon emissions up 3.5% in 2012 says Climate Committee, though trend still lower

The UK is not on course to meet its climate targets beyond 2020 according to the latest report from the Committee on Climate Change. While there has been progress in some policy areas, the Committee on Climate Change said carbon emissions rose in 2012 by 3.5%, mainly as a result of cold weather and the greater use of coal for power generation.

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ETI report : UK climate goals are achievable without compromising consumer expectations for light vehicles

A major new report from the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) says that UK energy and climate change goals can be achieved without needing consumers to compromise on expectations for light vehicles. the report says that in all likelihood a combination of petrol, biofuels and the at-home charging of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles will enable light vehicles to achieve their required contribution to the UK’s 2050 energy and climate change goals.

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EEA says van manufacturers must improve model efficiency to meet emissions targets

The European Environment Agency (EEA) has said vans must become more efficient if European Union 2017 and 2020 carbon dioxide reduction targets are to be met. According to Agency data, an average van used in Europe currently produces about 180.3g of CO2 per kilometre. However, the limit outlined for 2017 only allows 175g, and is to be further decreased by 2020 to 147g, which will require an 18.5% reduction on current levels.

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New IEA report calls for urgent action on climate change abatement

In a new report, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has called for urgent action by governments to implement four energy policies that would keep climate goals alive without harming economic growth. The Agency launched its 'World Energy Outlook Special Report, Redrawing the Energy-Climate Map', which suggests the need for intensive action before 2020, as the world remains off-track to limit the global temperature increase to 2 degrees C.

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New study demonstrates climate impact of personal travel choices

A new study calculates the environmental effects of passenger trips of typical distances for business or holiday trips using different modes of transport. The report, published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, is by researchers at Austria's International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the Norwegian Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research (CICERO).

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DfT publishes latest report on Local Sustainable Transport Fund

The DfT has published a report on progress of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund. A total of £560 million was originally made available through the Fund to enable the department to fund a number of high quality bids for local projects with a focus on transport sustainability.

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LowCVP News

Join the LowCVP and get up to £245 off the cost of attending the LowCVP 2013 Conference on July 11

LowCVP members will enjoy a bigger discount than ever to attend this year's Annual Conference which will be held on July 11 in Central London. Non-members who would like to benefit from the discount can do so by registering to become members in advance of booking their Conference place.

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LowCVP in the media

The LowCVP has contributed a number of recent articles to a range of media outlets including Energy World, Green Fleet and Greener Journeys. A recent article for Energy World provided a ten year perspective on progress towards decarbonising road transport.

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International Developments

China signals shift in financial support for low carbon vehicles from consumer discounts to R&D

China is to focus more financial backing on the R&D sector, rather than relying on consumer discounts on vehicle purchases. China has not extended national subsidies for electric vehicles which expired at the end of 2012.

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Obama vows to tackle climate change in major policy speech

In a major intervention on climate policy, President Obama has announced a far-reaching plan to tackle climate change which reports suggests will profoundly reshape the way the US produces and consumes electricity. It also includes the introduction of new fuel standards for trucks, following standards for cars and light vehicles which were announced earlier.

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Other News

Project seeks neighbourhood groups to share use of EVs; includes subsidy incentive

The 'My Electric Avenue' project is looking for neighbourly groups of drivers, involving 10 people or more to drive an electric car for 18 months as part of a trial of new technology which monitors and controls the electricity used during charging. Each person will have an all-electric Nissan LEAF five-door family hatchback at an exclusively subsidised monthly rental for 18 months and a free home charger installed.

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Hybrid Powertrain 2013: Component & System Level Technological Development Summit
17th Jul 2013

The Hybrid Powertrain 2013: Component & System Level Technological Development Summit is the first dedicated hybrid powertrain technical forum in Europe. (Note: 15% discount for LowCVP members.)

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Low Carbon Vehicle Event 2013 - registration closes Monday 2 September, 5pm
4th Sep 2013

Now in its 6th year, LCV is one of the UK's leading, national low carbon vehicle events featuring a major exhibition (including ride and drive opportunities), conferences, seminars, networking and other activities. The LowCVP will be exhibiting and otherwise playing an active role at the event including promoting the Low Carbon Automotive Directory supported by the Dept for Business and UKTI.

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4th Annual National Sustainable Transport Conference
3rd Oct 2013

Govtoday and Securing the Future will be hosting the 4th Annual National Sustainable Transport Conference - 'Unlocking the door-to-door journey' - in association with Sustrans, Passenger Focus and the British Parking Association. The event is offering some free places for members of the LowCVP.

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Motorsport Valley Launchpad event
3rd Jul 2013

This networking event, run by the Technology Strategy Board, will explain the key elements and opportunities of the Motorsport Valley Launchpad competition and to offer an opportunity for those interested to network with the view to meeting potential consortium partners.

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IDP Networking and Consortium Building Event
5th Aug 2013

The 10th competition in the Integrated Delivery Programme (IDP 10) of the Technology Strategy Board's Low Carbon Vehicle Innovation Platform (LCVIP) will be launched shortly. To give interested parties the chance to learn more about the scope of the latest competition and to find out how you can take part, the TSB is holding a major networking opportunity at the Motor Heritage Centre at Gaydon on 5th August.

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LowCVP - other future activities


LowCVP Annual Conference, 11 July, London.
Bus Working Group, 10 September, Manchester. On the agenda: Low carbon bus roadmap; Barriers and opportunities to expanding the low carbon bus market; Opportunities for CO2 reduction in the minibus market
Passenger Car Working Group, 19 September, London. On the agenda: Low carbon van project; Dealer car labelling survey project; Revision of marketing best practice guidelines
Fuels Working Group, 3 October, Venue tbc. On the agenda: ILUC position paper; Future fuels/RED scenarios; E10
Innovation Working Group, 10 October, Loughborough Univerisity. On the agenda: SME toolkit review; Low Carbon Automotive Directory; Technology Challenge 2013
Members Council,17 October, Venue tbc.
LowCVP Board, 31 October, Venue tbc.


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New LowCVP Members

New LowCVP Members: EValu8 Transport Innovation Ltd

EValu8 Transport Innovation Ltd

New LowCVP Members: DGV - MEXPRO


New LowCVP Members: Williams Hybrid Power

Williams Hybrid Power

New LowCVP Members: Centre for Automotive Power Systems Engineering

Centre for Automotive Power Systems Engineering

News in Brief

Labour announces commitment to 2030 carbon targets (Edie news link)
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Mike Hawes appointed as Chief Executive of SMMT (SMMT news link)
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China and US step up cooperation on climate change (China Climate Change Info Net link)
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Ford to optimise use of recycled materials in vehicle production (Ford press release link)
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BMW says car batteries will double in power in five years (Wintons World news link)
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M&S saves £135m through sustainability initiative (Energy Live News)
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Ricardo begins construction of £10m low carbon emissions research centre (Ricardo news link)
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MPs call for mandatory sustainability reporting (ENDS report link - subscription needed)
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Ex-LowCVP Board member Joe Greenwell to lead new Automotive Investment Organisation (Gov.uk press release)
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ACEA appoints Erik Jonnaert as new Secretary General  (ACEA press release link)
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Government voices support for waste-generated biomethane to drive uptake of renewable gas-powered vehicles (Edie news link)
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Tesla chief calls for new sales model for vehicles to be introduced in US (Oregon Herald news link)
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Naked cyclists protest against 'car culture' (Independent news link)
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