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LowCVP News - 28 February 2013 Issue 102

Government announces £37m plan to improve EV recharging infrastructure

The Government has announced plans to provide 75% of the cost of installing new charge points at people's homes, on streets and at railway stations. The package of measures also includes plans to increase the numbers of rapid charge points at strategic locations to make longer journeys in electric vehicles easier.

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Reports & Studies

Government-industry study says hydrogen vehicles could be widespread on UK roads by 2030 

A joint Government-industry study, published by BIS, says that over one and a half million hydrogen-powered vehicles could be on UK roads by 2030. The forecast is made in an interim report commissioned to evaluate the benefits of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) and ensure the UK is well positioned for their commercial roll-out.

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Ricardo-AEA report says EU can achieve 60g/km new car CO2 emissions by 2025 with existing technology

A report commissioned by T&E and Greenpeace suggests the EU can more than halve its existing carbon dioxide emissions from new cars using existing technology. Written by Ricardo-AEA, the report says that with the right mixture of electric, hybrid and conventionally-fuelled cars will enable Europe to reach a target of 60 grams per kilometre from the average new car in 2025.

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Biofuels supplies falling short of RTFO targets but sustainability levels and UK content rise

The amount of biofuel sold to the UK market fell to just 3% of total road fuel supplied in the period April to October 2012 according to the latest Government statistics. The fall was a result of a reduction in the supply of biodiesel to the UK market. Of the 631 million litres of renewable fuel supplied, 59% (371 million litres) was proven to be sustainable.

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New studies show future impact of land-use change from biofuels development

Indirect land-use change from the use of feedstock-based biofuels will cause an increase in greenhouse gas emissions in the future according to two new studies from the EU's Joint Research Centre (JRC), the Netherlands Environment Assessment Agency (PBL) and Koen Overmars, an independent Dutch consultancy.

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Policy Developments

Scottish Government announces plans for provision of EV infrastructure throughout Scotland

The Scottish Government has announced proposals worth £2.6m to introduce free installation of home recharging points for electric vehicles throughout Scotland and the provision of public charging outlets within at least every 50 miles on trunk roads. The proposals also include plans to integrate the network of recharging facilities with public transport.

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New car fuel economy label extended to electric and hydrogen cars

An amendment to Government regulations means that electric cars for sale in car showrooms must follow those running on petrol and diesel and display a fuel economy label. The LowCVP and representatives of the car industry have developed a design of the label for electric cars, introducing colour-coded elements (as already exist for conventional vehicles) and other information which will appear on labels under the pre-agreed voluntary commitment by industry.

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Businesses to be required to report GHG emissions, including transport, from April 2013

From April 2013, all businesses listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange will be required to report their levels of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions including some transport data, both in the UK and overseas. The UK is the first country to make it compulsory for companies to include emissions data in their annual reports and the move will increase the focus on transport-related emissions.

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Prime Minister says energy efficiency will be 'motor of green growth'

In a significant intervention, the Prime Minister said that the UK must priorities growth in "green industries" such as energy efficiency and renewable energy. Mr Cameron has recently been criticised by environmentalists for taking a low key approach to environmental issues and has also come under fire from Conservative critics who have campaigned for the watering down of climate targets. In a separate development an amendment to the Energy Bill proposes the early setting of an electricity decarbonisation target for 2030.

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Industry News

£22m venture set up to help small firms commercialise new and low carbon automotive technologies

A new £21.8m initiative aimed at boosting component manufacturing in the automotive sector has been launched. 'The Proving Factory' will be run by Tata Steel and and low-carbon vehicle engineering firm and LowCVP member, Productiv. It has been set up with £13m of Government funds matched by £9m in private investment, will provide a facility for small companies to turn prototype technologies into commercial products.

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LowCVP News

LowCVP Tenth Anniversary video published; Other Anniversary Reception/Awards resources now available

The LowCVP has published a video to mark the organisation's Tenth Anniversary. Other video materials and resources surrounding the Partnership's Tenth Anniversary and Low Carbon Champions Awards - including keynote speeches and news releases - are now available on the LowCVP website. The LowCVP has received positive feedback in a survey about both events.

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Other News

Businesses to be offered free advice about introducing hybrid and electric vehicles to their fleets

The Energy Saving Trust is offering a hundred businesses a free review of their fleet operations to help establish whether they could benefit from switching to electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles. The announcement is the latest phase of the EST's Plugged-in Fleets Initiative (PIFI), which is backed by £280,000 of government funding.

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IMechE Seminar: Engine downsizing: how low can we go?
9th Apr 2013

The vehicle manufacturing industry is pushed to achieve stringent emissions standards while consistently improving the fuel consumption of future vehicle platforms. Novel solutions are needed to achieve the level of downsizing required by means of high levels of boosting. (Delegate rate discounts for LowCVP members.)

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Green Fleet Arrive 'n' Drive - The Fleet Sustainability Event
16th May 2013

Greenfleet Arrive “n” Drive is the UK’s only fleet event dedicated to helping business fleets to lower emissions and costs. The event provides an intensive day of unique driving experiences, insight and information exchange to enable managers to make fleet procurement decisions with confidence.

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UK Biomethane Day 2013
21st May 2013

UK Biomethane Day 2013 is about bringing everyone involved in the sector together to network and learn from industry experts, talking about first hand experience on current projects within the UK. Attendees will receive a briefing pack and have an opportunity to talk face-to-face with representatives of the gas distribution networks and all the key suppliers in the biomethane market. Major exhibitors are already confirmed for 2013, following the success of the 2012 event.

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LowCVP - other future activities

Members Council, 6 March. On the agenda: life-cycle assessment; LowCVP Annual Conference, website revamp.
LowCVP Board, 21 March. On the agenda: future strategy; Board elections; Work programme agreement.
Bus Working Group, 14 April.On the agenda: Low Carbon Bus roadmap; Work programme development.
Passenger Car Working Group, 16 April. On the agenda: Car labelling; work programme development.

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News in Brief

Study says impact of black carbon on climate has been underestimated (T&E website link)
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Coalition of small businesses calls for tighter controls on inefficient 'gas guzzling' vans (EurActiv news link)
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NGO report says EU can meet renewable energy target without need for 'harmful' biofuels (T&E website link)
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Nissan Leaf sales pass 50,000 marker (GreenCarWebsite news link)
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Mayor announces plans for an Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London (GLA news link)
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UK Parliament publishes new report on taxation of road fuels (report download link)
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EVs to achieve 300km per charge range in five years, says VP of Chinese tech institute (Hybrid-EV.com news link)
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Charge Your Car and Chargemaster sign EV recharging partnership deal (The Engineer news link)
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Electric car registrations in last five years - Parliamentary answer (Hansard news link)
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Vauxhall offers free home recharging installation for Ampera buyers
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UK businesses could save £50m by losing unneccessary weight in the back of vans - report (Fleet News link)
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