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LowCVP News - 30 June 2012 Issue 94

Government should introduce 'feebates' to drive low carbon vehicle uptake says Campaign for Better Transport

A feebate scheme along the lines of the 'bonus-malus' initiative successfully introduced in France would provide a clearer signal to consumers to switch to low carbon vehicles according to the Campaign for Better Transport (CfBT). The Treasury's current review of Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) provides a good opportunity to consider the introduction of such a scheme it says.

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Policy Developments

Government postpones planned rise in fuel duty

The Chancellor, George Osborne, has announced that he is to postpone the planned 3p per litre rise in fuel duty from August until January 2013. The move was welcomed by road user groups but criticised by some NGOs.

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Committee on Climate Change warns that the speed of UK emissions cuts needs to increase fourfold

Though UK greenhouse gas emissions fell 7% in 2011, only about a tenth of this fall can be linked directly to proactive policy measures the Committee on Climate Change says in its latest report to the Government. The Committee says that the underlying rate of progress is only a quarter of what is required to meet future carbon budgets.

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European Commission set to propose binding 95g/km new car CO2 target for 2020; 147g/km for vans

The European Commission looks set to propose a tighter binding emissions standard for new European cars according to recent reports. The proposal which, according to Reuters, is likely to be made public in July will recommend a binding 95g/km CO2 target for 2020.

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Head of IMF, senior policy makers favour tax burden shift from income tax and VAT to carbon and energy taxes

Christine Lagarde, Head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says that the economic growth needed to get the world’s economies back to health must be ‘on a different track than before the crisis’. She calls for governments had to make the most of carbon pricing mechanisms to generate revenue in a way that will encourage sustainable growth.

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Transport Select Committee holds oral evidence session on low carbon vehicles

The Transport Select Committee, a cross-party group of MPs, has held an oral evidence session on low carbon vehicles. The inquiry focused on the potential for plug-in vehicles to contribute to decarbonising transport. 

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Reports & Studies

Motorists prioritise fuel economy over emissions, says survey

Fuel economy remains the highest priority for the majority (71%) of car buyers choosing their next car, according to a new survey by Auto Trader. The report indicates, however, that carbon emissions are an increasing concern for British motorists with 53% suggesting that CO2 is a significant issue for them when buying.

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ICCT report estimates cost of introducing emissions reduction technologies for light-duty vehicles

A new report from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) demonstrates that that cost estimates for introducing emission reduction technologies for light duty vehicles are regularly overstated.

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New car CO2 emissions down 3% in EU in 2011 - EEA report

A new report from the European Environment Agency says that  carbon dioxide emissions from new cars in the European Union fell by an average of 3 per cent in 2011 compared with 2010. This followed a drop of 4 per cent in the previous year.

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Industry News

Michelin introducing 'intelligent' tyres to provide easy tyre pressure monitoring for large commercial vehicles

Michelin is to introduce a new generation of tyres to a fleet of 100 double-decker buses operated by Stagecoach in London which can automatically communicate pressure levels and also provide traceability of tyres throughout their lives in service. The system offers the potential for better tyre management which can improve fuel consumption and cut CO2 emissions.

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Toyota GB cuts carbon emissions from UK operations; commits to further reductions

Toyota GB says it has cut its carbon footprint by hundreds of tonnes of CO2 through the adoption of a series of measures including new lighting systems, adjustments to air conditioning performance and changes to operational hours.The firm has now set a target to reduce its combined emissionsof 3,873 tonnes a year from its GB sites by 20% by 2013.

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Elektromotive set to create UK's largest charging network; EU industry bodies seek to standardise plug systems

Electric vehicle (EV) charge point provider Elektromotive is to create the UK’s largest pay-as-you-go network of public access charging stations for EVs.

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Saab set to re-form as electric vehicle manufacturer

A year after it last manufactured a vehicle Saab was sold to National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), a company set up to buy Saab assets, owned by a consortium of Chinese and Japanese investors. In a statement from the administrators Saab will start a new operation to develop and produce electric cars and has assets to cover about a third of its debts of 13bn kronor (£1.2bn).

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LowCVP News

The LowCVP has moved!

The LowCVP has moved its Central London headquarters from Victoria Street to Three Birdcage Walk, Westminster where we are now co-located with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

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The LowCVP writes to Chancellor regarding Budget tax changes for low carbon cars

The LowCVP has written to George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, with regard to tax changes on low carbon cars which were announced in the last Budget.

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Other News

New forum launched to tackle life-cycle sustainability of products

The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has brought together more than 80 organisations who will take a collaborative approach to cut the life-cycle impacts of products sold in the UK. The Product Sustainability Forum (PSF) includes household names, trade associations and other stakeholder bodies.

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Cost and operational simplicity are key to electric vehicle take-up says SMMT expert panel

Product cost and the simplicity of ownership of electric vehicles as well as better consumer understanding are keys to take-up of electric and hybrid vehicles according to a panel of experts speaking at the SMMT International Automotive Summit in a session chaired by What Car? Editory-in-Chief, Chas Hallett.

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Events

Funding Opportunities under the EU's 7th Framework Programme (FP7)
5th Jul 2012

The LowCVP, Transport KTN, FP7UK, SMMT and Transport iNet would like to invite you to the free FP7 funding opportunities work programme seminar. The seminar will outline the funding priorities for transport research under the FP7 programme for the year 2012. The main focus is on eco-innovation, safe and seamless mobility, and competitiveness through innovation. The event can also be attended on-line (as a webinar).

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Low Carbon Vehicles 2012, Millbrook
5th Sep 2012

Cenex's Low Carbon Vehicles (LCV) 2012, one of the leading events on the low carbon transport calendar, is now open for visitor registration. The LowCVP will be amongst the exhibitors at LCV2012. Why not come and visit us on Stand C21?

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Investing in Future Transport and Revolve Eco-Rally 2012
16th Aug 2012

Investing in Future Transport is a high-level conference covering innovation and investment opportunities in the transport sector. The conference is organised by Revolve and Cleantech Investor and is supported by the Mayor of London and chaired by journalist and TV presenter, Quentin Willson. LowCVP members will receive a 25% discount on the delegate fee.

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New LowCVP Members

<img style="border:solid 1px #A5C2D2;width:116px;" src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk//assets/members/logo/412.jpg" _cke_saved_src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk//assets/members/logo/412.jpg" "="" alt="New LowCVP Members: Ma Innovation Ltd" width="116"> </a><h4 style="font-size:14pt;letter-spacing: -1px; margin: 0; padding: 0;"><a style="color:#6193AA;" href="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/our-members/412/bulletin/" _cke_saved_href="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/our-members/412/bulletin/">Ma Innovation Ltd</a></h4></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr> <tr><td style="padding:20px 10px 0;"><h3 style="color: #6193AA;font-size:16pt;padding: 0 0 0 0px;margin: 0;letter-spacing:-1px;"><img src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/images/bulletin/bullet_h.gif" _cke_saved_src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/images/bulletin/bullet_h.gif"> News in Brief</h3><table> <tbody><tr valign="top"><td><img src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/images/bulletin/arrow.gif" _cke_saved_src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/images/bulletin/arrow.gif" style=" margin-right:2px; border:0; text-decoration:none"></td><td><p><a style="color: #666666; text-decoration: none; font-size:12pt;" href="http://www.climateactionprogramme.org/news/mexico_introduces_binding_targets_on_climate_change/" _cke_saved_href="http://www.climateactionprogramme.org/news/mexico_introduces_binding_targets_on_climate_change/" target="_none">Mexico becomes first developing country to implement binding carbon targets (Climate Action web link)<br><span style="color:#6193AA;">read more »</span></a></p></td></tr> <tr valign="top"><td><img src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/images/bulletin/arrow.gif" _cke_saved_src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/images/bulletin/arrow.gif" style=" margin-right:2px; border:0; text-decoration:none"></td><td><p><a style="color: #666666; text-decoration: none; font-size:12pt;" href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/jun/21/tory-green-investment?newsfeed=true" _cke_saved_href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/jun/21/tory-green-investment?newsfeed=true" target="_none">Senior Tories urge Cameron to take ‘green’ route (Guardian story link)<br><span style="color:#6193AA;">read more »</span></a></p></td></tr> <tr valign="top"><td><img src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/images/bulletin/arrow.gif" _cke_saved_src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/images/bulletin/arrow.gif" style=" margin-right:2px; border:0; text-decoration:none"></td><td><p><a style="color: #666666; text-decoration: none; font-size:12pt;" href="http://www.happyplanetindex.org/" _cke_saved_href="http://www.happyplanetindex.org/" target="_none">Costa Rica leads the latest 'Happy Planet Index'. UK is 41st in country list. (Happy Planet Index link)<br><span style="color:#6193AA;">read more »</span></a></p></td></tr> <tr valign="top"><td><img src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/images/bulletin/arrow.gif" _cke_saved_src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/images/bulletin/arrow.gif" style=" margin-right:2px; border:0; text-decoration:none"></td><td><p><a style="color: #666666; text-decoration: none; font-size:12pt;" href="http://www.eti.co.uk/news/article/eti_invest_14m_in_energy_storage_breakthrough_with_isentropic" _cke_saved_href="http://www.eti.co.uk/news/article/eti_invest_14m_in_energy_storage_breakthrough_with_isentropic" target="_none">ETI invests £14m in energy storage breakthrough with Isentropic (ETI website link)<br><span style="color:#6193AA;">read more »</span></a></p></td></tr> <tr valign="top"><td><img src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/images/bulletin/arrow.gif" _cke_saved_src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/images/bulletin/arrow.gif" style=" margin-right:2px; border:0; text-decoration:none"></td><td><p><a style="color: #666666; text-decoration: none; font-size:12pt;" href="http://assets.dft.gov.uk/publications/low-carbon-fuels-newsletter/low-carbon-fuels-201206.pdf" _cke_saved_href="http://assets.dft.gov.uk/publications/low-carbon-fuels-newsletter/low-carbon-fuels-201206.pdf" target="_none">New appointments in DfT biofuels division (DfT Low Carbon Fuels Newsletter link)<br><span style="color:#6193AA;">read more »</span></a></p></td></tr> <tr valign="top"><td><img src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/images/bulletin/arrow.gif" _cke_saved_src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/images/bulletin/arrow.gif" style=" margin-right:2px; border:0; text-decoration:none"></td><td><p><a style="color: #666666; text-decoration: none; font-size:12pt;" href="https://www.media.volvocars.com/uk/enhanced/en-uk/Media/Preview.aspx?mediaid=44273" _cke_saved_href="https://www.media.volvocars.com/uk/enhanced/en-uk/Media/Preview.aspx?mediaid=44273" target="_none">Volvo shows first plug-in diesel (V60) at Goodwood Festival (Volvo news link)<br><span style="color:#6193AA;">read more »</span></a></p></td></tr> <tr valign="top"><td><img src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/images/bulletin/arrow.gif" _cke_saved_src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/images/bulletin/arrow.gif" style=" margin-right:2px; border:0; text-decoration:none"></td><td><p><a style="color: #666666; text-decoration: none; font-size:12pt;" href="http://www.smmt.co.uk/2012/06/jaguar-land-rover-scoops-top-environmental-award/" _cke_saved_href="http://www.smmt.co.uk/2012/06/jaguar-land-rover-scoops-top-environmental-award/" target="_none">Jaguar Land Rover wins top climate change award (SMMT news link)<br><span style="color:#6193AA;">read more »</span></a></p></td></tr> <tr valign="top"><td><img src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/images/bulletin/arrow.gif" _cke_saved_src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/images/bulletin/arrow.gif" style=" margin-right:2px; border:0; text-decoration:none"></td><td><p><a style="color: #666666; text-decoration: none; font-size:12pt;" href="http://www.utilityweek.co.uk/news/news_story.asp?id=196997&title=British+Gas+joins+partnership+to+provide+home+charging+for+electric+vehicles" _cke_saved_href="http://www.utilityweek.co.uk/news/news_story.asp?id=196997&title=British+Gas+joins+partnership+to+provide+home+charging+for+electric+vehicles" target="_none">British Gas and Cenex join forces to promote home charging for EVs (Utility Week news link)<br><span style="color:#6193AA;">read more »</span></a></p></td></tr> <tr valign="top"><td><img src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/images/bulletin/arrow.gif" _cke_saved_src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/images/bulletin/arrow.gif" style=" margin-right:2px; border:0; text-decoration:none"></td><td><p><a style="color: #666666; text-decoration: none; font-size:12pt;" href="http://europeanmotornews.com/2012/06/12/uk-engine-plant-to-build-engines-for-bmw-i8-plug-in-hybrid-sports-cars/" _cke_saved_href="http://europeanmotornews.com/2012/06/12/uk-engine-plant-to-build-engines-for-bmw-i8-plug-in-hybrid-sports-cars/" target="_none">UK engine plant to build engines for BMW i8 at Hams Hall, near Birmingham (European Motor News link)<br><span style="color:#6193AA;">read more »</span></a></p></td></tr> <tr valign="top"><td><img src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/images/bulletin/arrow.gif" _cke_saved_src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/images/bulletin/arrow.gif" style=" margin-right:2px; border:0; text-decoration:none"></td><td><p><a style="color: #666666; text-decoration: none; font-size:12pt;" href="http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Nl1/Newsroom/DG_202127" _cke_saved_href="http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Nl1/Newsroom/DG_202127" target="_none">Former LowCVP Board members - Professor Julia King DBE and John Wood MBE - recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours (Direct Gov news link)<br><span style="color:#6193AA;">read more »</span></a></p></td></tr> <tr valign="top"><td><img src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/images/bulletin/arrow.gif" _cke_saved_src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/images/bulletin/arrow.gif" style=" margin-right:2px; 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