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LowCVP News - 20 December 2012 Issue 100

Mixed reactions to outcome of Doha Climate talks

The EU welcomed the outcome of the Doha climate conference saying it "lays the basis for more ambitious international action against climate change in the short term, paves the way for a new global climate agreement to be finalised in 2015 and enables a second period of the Kyoto Protocol to start on 1 January 2013". Reactions otherwise were mixed; there was a general view that there had been progress in some, but not all, key areas but that overall progress was too slow.

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Reports & Studies

New report identifies clear opportunities for cutting carbon and lowering costs from road freight operations

(Media release) Switching from diesel to gas, reducing rolling resistance and aerodynamic drag and introducing more hybrid and electric vehicles are identified as key opportunities for further cutting carbon and improving efficiency in the road freight sector according to a new report commissioned by the Transport Knowledge Transfer Network (TKTN) and the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP).

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Study examines potential for new car ownership models

A new study by the RAC Foundation and the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) examines the potential for new car ownership models to kick-start the electric vehicle market, as well as the role of local authorities and central government in creating the necessary policy framework for car clubs and rental to mature.

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EEA says most car manufacturers on track to meet 2012 CO2 targets

Of the 20 largest car manufacturers 18 are on track to meet 2012 CO2 targets, with the remaining two very close, according to the European Environment Agency (EEA). The EEA's report - CO2 emissions performance of car manufacturers - also found that five of these manufacturers are also on track to meet their 2015 targets.

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RAC Foundation report throws doubt on 'peak car' theory

The RAC Foundation's 'On the Move' report is a major study of shifting travel patterns amongst different sections of society since the late 1990s. The report examines the idea that car use may be at or close to its peak and finds evidence that the theory may not be correct.

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Policy Developments

Industry welcomes decision to revisit Budget decision on low carbon Company Car Tax rates in Autumn statement

Industry and other bodies welcomed the Chancellor's commitment in the Autumn Statement to revisit the Budget 2012 decision on Company Car Tax rates for low carbon vehicles and to look at options for continuing consumer incentives beyond 2015.

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Industry News

UK automotive sector defies 2012 recession with rising sales and investments reports SMMT

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders reports that while the UK economy went through a double-dip recession in 2012, the UK automotive sector performed strongly, producing 10% more vehicles than in 2011, becoming Europe's second largest new car market.

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Plug-in Car grant claims by vehicle model reported in Parliamentary answer

Nearly half of all the claims made under the DfT's Plug-in Car grant scheme were for tne Nissan Leaf in the period January 2011 to October 2012. Of nearly 2,200 claims for grants, over 1.000 were for the Leaf. The second most popular model in this period was the Vauxhall Ampera, followed by Toyota's Plug-in Prius, though both these models came to the market later.

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LowCVP News

LowCVP Low Carbon Champions Awards to be presented at London ceremony, 29 January 2013

The LowCVP Low Carbon Champions Awards celebrate achievements in delivering innovation, new products, programmes and other initiatives which have helped to accelerate the shift to low carbon road transport. The LowCVP's third Champions Awards will be presented at a gala event to take place at One Birdcage Walk on January 29 2013 following a keynote address from Lord Deben (John Gummer), Chair of the Committee on Climate Change. Former 'Tomorrow's World' presenter Kate Bellingham will be the Awards MC.

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The LowCVP's Tenth Anniversary Celebration and Low Carbon Champions Awards - 29 January 2013, Central London

There are a few delegate places left for the LowCVP's Tenth Anniversary Celebration, and for the Champions Awards which follow the reception on Tuesday 29 January 2013 at One Birdcage Walk. The Anniversary Celebration, at which transport minister Norman Baker will speak, provides an opportunity to celebrate the successes of the LowCVP's first ten years and to introduce a strategy for the future. Lord Deben (John Gummer MP) will speak at the opening of the Champions Awards.

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Sustainable Urban Mobility seminar showcases LowCVP Technology Challenge winners

A LowCVP seminar focusing on how technology will shape the cities of the future also showcased the winning entries of the 2012 LowCVP Urban Mobility Techology Challenge. Delegates heard a 'Dragons Den'-style analysis of the winning Challenge entries following a series of presentations and debates involving experts in the field which are now available to download.

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Other News

Christmas wishes, office closure and the LowCVP's 100th newsletter!

The LowCVP secretariat would like to wish all our members and newsletter readers a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and low carbon 2013. In this, the 100th LowCVP e-newsletter, we should like to note that - should anyone be short of reading material over the festive period - there are now nearly 2000 news articles stored and searchable on the LowCVP website!

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LowCVP - other future activities

Bus WG, 15 January 2013. On the agenda: BSOG review; Bus Working Group ongoing strategy; Eco-driving;
LowCVP Board, 29 January 2013. On the agenda: Future strategy; 
Passenger Car WG, 7 February 2013
Fuels WG, 14 February 2013
Innovation WG, 28 February 2013
Members Council, 6 March 2013

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News in Brief

Chargemaster agrees £8.5m deal to buy Elektromotive (Business Green news link)
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Micro-hybrids to be dominant hybrid vehicle type for next 10 years - report (IMS Research news link)
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Nissan to launch 15 new hybrids and EVs by 2015 (Autoevolution news link)
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London Olympics' emissions 28 percent lower than organizers' forecast (Planet Ark news link)
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BMW and Boeing to collaborate on carbon fibre recycling (Business Green news link)
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Honda announces that three new hybrid technologies are in the pipeline (Green Fleet news link)
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China publishes report on policies to address climate change (China.org news link)
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How to help the electricity grid cope with EV charging - project gets OFGEM funding approval (Green Car Guide.com news)
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Shell Springboard aiming to find the UK's next big idea in low carbon enterprise and innovation - deadline 18 January (Shell Springboard website link)
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Electric car racing launches in Rome (Daily Telegraph news link)
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European Parliament Environment Committee backs plan to reduce motor vehicle noise (European Parliament website)
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Nissan announces £250m investment to build Infiniti premium vehicles in Sunderland from 2015 (SMMT website link)
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Poll shows motorists think EVs are at least as safe as conventional cars (Nissan news link - via Green Car Website)
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