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Issue 139
Save the date! LowCVP Annual Conference, Thursday 30 June 2016


The LowCVP's 2016 Annual Conference will take place on Thursday 30 June 2016 at a venue within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. The event will be held in association with the  'Make the Future London' exhibition and delegates will also have a VIP opportunity to see cars of the future in action at the Shell Eco-marathon.


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Policy Developments

OLEV announces winners of £38.2 innovation competition

Light-weighting technology taken from Formula 1 motor racing could soon be used in mainstream family cars after a consortium won a share of a £38.2 million research competition announced by OLEV this month.


LowCVP and Clean Air Alliance lead initiative to join up the climate change and air quality agendas

Reflecting the growing concern about the health effects of urban air pollution alongside renewed pressure for carbon reduction, the LowCVP and the Clean Air Alliance – working with other representatives of the air quality community – have announced an initiative to help make sure that transport actions to mitigate both problems are joined-up as effectively as possible.


Budget freezes fuel duty, extends company car BIK, capital allowances

The 2016 Budget contained some measures which will have an impact on UK low carbon transport. The Chancellor froze fuel duty for the sixth year in a row while announcing that the rates of car, van and motorcycle VED, Van Benefit Charge and van and car Fuel Benefit Charge are being raised in line with inflation. The Government will continue to support the uptake of zero and low emission vehicles through retaining the Van Benefit Charge for two more years and extending the first year allowance for business purchases of low emission cars for a further three years.


Climate Change News

Atmospheric CO2 levels rising at fastest rate for over half a century

Carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the atmosphere have grown more in the last year than at any time in over half a century according to data measurements taken at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii.


LowCVP News

Low Carbon Champions Awards 2016 call for nominations set to open

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) will formally open its call for nominations to the 2016 Low Carbon Champions Awards in the week beginning 11 April. The Champions Awards celebrate organisations that have made a real difference in the area of low carbon road transport. There are seven Award categories, ranging from cars to innovation, from fuels to publications, and the winners will be announced at a gala dinner that will take place alongside Cenex’s Low Carbon Vehicle Event (Cenex-LCV) on Wednesday, 14 September 2016.


Reports & Studies

UK new car average C02 emissions fell 2.6% to a new low of 121.4g/km in 2015 says SMMT report

UK average new car CO2 emissions fell once again in 2015, to a new low of 121.4g/km according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) latest report. This was a 2.6% decline on 2014 (124.6g/km), a 32.9% fall on 2000 and a 26.4% decline since 2007. While the rate of progress is on par with the 2.6% averaged since 2000, SMMT says it does represent a further slowdown on the level reported just after the recession – with the average rate of improvement being 3.9% between 2008 and 2014.


Industry News

Daimler to manufacture electric and hydrogen buses

Daimler Bus, owners of Mercedes-Benz, have announced that the hydrogen fuelled Citaro F-CELL and pure electric Citaro E-CELL will be brought up to assembly line production standard, with the first buses expected to be in operation from 2018.


Events

'Oil Market Futures' - how climate policies will impact on future oil prices - 20/04/2016

New climate and energy policies are proliferating in the wake of commitments made at the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference. Looking forward, this has significant implications. Implementing the Paris Agreement implies the roll out of global policies that will cut oil use. The 'Oil Market Futures' study by Cambridge Econometrics, ICCT and Poyry Consulting will provide the background for a debate on how climate policies will impact future oil prices.


European Bus Forum 2016 - 23/06/2016

The LowCVP's Managing Director Andy Eastlake is among the speakers at this year's European Bus Forum, which will be held in Manchester on June 23rd. Produced by Eurotransport and hosted by Transport for Greater Manchester, this one-day conference and gala dinner, offers opportunities for collaboration and networking. A 20% discount on delegate fees is available for LowCVP members.


GreenFleet Scotland 2016 - 15/04/2016

GreenFleet Scotland is the fleet event for Scotland, designed to demonstrate the viability of ultra-low emission, plug-in, hybrid and electric vehicles to organisations that want to improve the efficiency of their fleet and transport operations and to address poor air quality caused by emissions from road transport.


Future Fuels 2016: Automotive, Marine and Aviation - 26/04/2016

The links between CO2 from fossil fuels and global warming is firmly established, and the desire to reduce the CO2 emissions associated with transportation remains a key policy driver. This event will present an engineering view of how to ensure the ongoing reduction of C02 from the automotive world. (There are delegate fee discounts for LowCVP members.)


LowCVP New Members

We are pleased to welcome the following new members to the Partnership.

NGV Network has been formed to promote natural gas vehicles as a transport solution.

Hewland Engineering Ltd specialises in the design and manufacture of transmissions for competition cars.

Greener Journeys is the national campaign for modal switch from car to bus and coach.

Gasrec is Europe’s leading supplier of liquefied gas fuel to the road transport sector.

Argent Energy Ltd pioneered the large scale commercial production of biodiesel in the UK.

Vantage Power manufactures complete hybrid powertrains that retrofit buses already on the road.

Perpetual V2G Systems Ltd provide vehicle power solutions for a variety of applications.

University of Brighton is a thriving, multi-campus university on the south coast of England.

LowCVP Upcoming Activities

LowCVP Board meeting, 20 April 2016 (Carbon Trust, London SE1). On the agenda: 2016-17 work programme; LowCVP budget; Board structure; future strategy. Members click here

Bus Working Group, 28 April, (venue tbc). On the agenda: 2016-17 work programme; LowCVP Conference and Awards 2016; Latest LCEB statistics; ULEZ & CAZ update; Clean Vehicle Technology Fund; Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme. 
Members click here

Passenger Car Working Group, 4 May, (GM/Vauxhall office, Luton). On the agenda: 2016-17 work programme; LowCVP Conference and Awards 2016; Latest OLEV news; DfT update; E10 & L-Category project updates.
Members click here

Fuels Working Group, 12 May 2016, (Venue tbc). On the agenda: new work programme; Future Fuels scenarios; Ensuring an EV-ready powergrid; Advanced biofuels; E10; LowCVP Conference and Awards 2016.
Members click here

Innovation Working Group, 19 May 2016, (Venue tbc). On the agenda: 2016-17 work programme; LowCVP Conference and Awards 2016; Latest news from APC etc.
Members click here

LowCVP Members Council, 7 June 2016, (DfT, Horseferry Rd). On the agenda: New work programme; DfT & BIS updates; Working Group progress and updates; CO2 'top down' study; LowCVP Conference and Awards 2016. 
Members click here

Help steer the policy and build the markets by joining the Partnership..

Current activities and projects taking place in each of the LowCVP's Working Groups: more information.

News-In-Brief

» Netherlands passes motion to ensure only all-electric cars to be sold from 2025 (Dutch News)

» Juniper Research raises forecast of hybrid and EVs on the road by 2020 from 12 to 17 million (Green Car Congress link)

» EEA report looks at policy & environmental consequences of UK 'Brexit' (IEEP report download link)

» Climate change could cause 500,000 extra deaths in 2050 says new report (UNEP link)

» Cost of EV batteries has fallen by more than half in five years (UNEP report download link)

» Hyundai achieves new records for hydrogen fuel range (Edie news link)

» Ecofys study finds that EU renewable fuel targets may have increased emissions (Guardian news link)

» Daimler to follow Tesla with new €500m lithium-ion battery factory (ReNew Economy link)

» Renault provides fleet of 150 Zoe EVs for smart solar charging project (Charged EVs link)

» European Mayors urge clampdown on diesel emissions (Euractiv link)

» Energy Storage could save £2.4bn a year by 2030 says Carbon Trust report (Report download link)

» EPSRC £6.8m grant awarded to research next generation Li-ion batteries (Bath Univ news link)

» TfL launches ULEZ awareness campaign (TfL news link)

» Leased vehicle sector well ahead of market in adoption of ULEVs (BVRLA news link)

» Mahindra to launch £13,000 EV in UK market (Charged EVs link)

» London unveils first electric double-decker bus (Business Green link)

» Cross-party support for new climate change law (Guardian letters link)

» UK's first high-pressure grid connected CNG filling station opened (National Grid news link)

» Semi-autonomous truck ‘platoons’ to be trialled in Europe this year (Euractiv link)

» Business Secretary opens WMG's Energy Innovation Centre (Warwick news link)

» Energy and Climate Change Committee launches 2020 renewable heat and transport targets inquiry (Parliament.uk link)

» Aberdeen to offer Scotland's first hydrogen cars through car club (Scotsman news link)

» Tokyo aims to deploy 6,000 FCVs, over 100 fuelcell buses, and 35 hydrogen stations by 2020 (Twitter link)

» New UK rapid charging electric vehicle network completed with 74 sites (Autocar link)

» McLaren’s £1bn expansion plan to include hybrids (GreenFleet link)

» First electric vehicle to grid charging system commissioned at Aston University (Aston link)

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