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LowCVP News - 29 February 2012 Issue 90

First vehicles eligible for Plug-in Van Grant announced

The Government has announced details of the first seven electric van models eligible for up to £8,000 - or 20% - discount under the new Plug-in Van Grant.

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Policy Developments

DfT publishes RTFO Guidance following RED implementation

The Government has published Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) Guidance covering the period from the implementation of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) on December 15, 2011 to the end of the obligation year on April 14.

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Benefit-in-kind tax changes to encourage lower carbon car purchases from 6 April

Regulations for qualifying low emission cars (QUALECS) - those with CO2 emissions below 120g/km - are to be scrapped from 6 April this year. Businesses offering company cars will be affected by the move, which will change car benefit charges and which are intended to further incentivise the purchase of lower carbon cars.

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Ed Davey appointed new Energy and Climate Change Secretary of State

Former UK employment and consumer affairs minister Ed Davey has been appointed as the new Energy and Climate Change Secretary, following the resignation of fellow Liberal Democrat Chris Huhne.

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Low Carbon Truck Demonstration Trials - full details announced.

The Technology Strategy Board and the Department for Transport (DfT) are to invest a total of £9.5m to encourage and assist UK road-haulage operators to buy and use low carbon medium and heavy-goods vehicles.

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Nine months to go before introduction of tyre labelling in Europe

There is less than nine months to go until the introduction of new tyre labels in the EU from November this year. The labels are intended to make it easier for drivers and fleet managers to choose tyres which cut fuel consumption, reduce vehicle noise and improve safety.

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Reports & Studies

New report proposes certification procedures for advanced heavy-duty vehicles to help monitoring, regulation

A new report by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) seeks to inform policy makers of the alternatives for moving toward more holistic approaches to testing and certifying powertrain systems and complete vehicles. Examples of the advanced technologies addressed in the report include hybrid-electric, plug-in hybrid-electric, and hybrid hydraulic-powered drivetrains.

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Report says running an electric fleet is commercially viable

A new report focusing on the use of electric vehicles in fleets says that their operation can be commercially viable. The report also provides practical guidance for fleet managers looking to introduce them.

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EC publishes UK and other Member States renewable energy promotion and use reports

The European Commission has published Member State reports which outline the promotion and use of renewable energy sources including biofuels during 2009 and 2010. The UK's use of bioethanol and biodiesel increased UK renewable energy consumption in transport from 9.8 to 14.1 TWh between 2008 and 2010.

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London Assembly report says city is still well short of Mayor's EV ambitions

London has some way to travel if it is to deliver on the Mayor's aim of bringing 100,000 electric vehicle to the streets of the capital according to a new report from the London Assembly's Environment Committee.

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Other News

Survey shows over half of drivers would consider buying electric

A survey commissioned by charging infrastructure provider Chargemaster revealed that 58% of UK respondents who said that they are planning to buy a new car over the next two years would consider choosing an electric option. The figure increased to 81 per cent of respondents who live in London.

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Events

LowCVP webinar series: Shifting buyer preferences to low carbon cars (April-May 2012)

The LowCVP is to hold a series of webinars during  late April and early May 2012 to focus on measures that can be taken to accelerate the shift in car buyer attitudes in favour of lower carbon cars. The three webinars are intended to provoke a debate amongst stakeholders and to inform a scoping study to be prepared by the LowCVP on this topic.

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Implementing low carbon technologies in high performance vehicles. Can green be fast and fun?
26th Apr 2012

This one day seminar, organised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, will enable delegates to get up to speed with advances in technology that could help high performance vehicles achieve carbon reductions. Speakers from McLaren, Lotus, Ford, Ricardo and others and will look at how advances in technology could help high performance vehicles achieve carbon reduction initiatives without affecting performance.

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EV and Low CO2 Fleet Show 2012
18th Apr 2012

The EV & Low CO2 Fleet Show is a one-day event providing fleet decision makers and other fleet industry executives with information, advice and guidance on a wide range of emissions-based topics.

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EcoVelocity teams up with Grand Designs Live; provides compelling backdrop for LowCVP Conference, May 10

EcoVelocity, the low carbon motor show, has teamed up with Grand Designs Live following the purchase of a majority stake in EcoVelocity by Grand Design's' owners Media 10. The combined event will provide the backdrop to the LowCVP Conference to be held at ExCel, London Docklands on May 10.

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Thousands of events planned in support of Climate Week,  March 12-18

Britain's second Climate Week will take place from March 12-18. The event which aims to inspire a new wave of action for a sustainable, low carbon future launched in March 2011 and saw half a million people attending 3,000 events during the week.

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New LowCVP Members

<img style="border:solid 1px #A5C2D2;width:116px;" src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk//assets/members/logo/464.jpg" _cke_saved_src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk//assets/members/logo/464.jpg" "="" alt="New LowCVP Members: The Hardstaff Group" 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/464/bulletin/" _cke_saved_href="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/our-members/464/bulletin/">The Hardstaff Group</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://assets.dft.gov.uk/publications/biofuels/biofuel-effects-on-diesel-performance.pdf" _cke_saved_href="http://assets.dft.gov.uk/publications/biofuels/biofuel-effects-on-diesel-performance.pdf" target="_none">DfT report: effects of biofuel effects on diesel vehicles' emissions, performance and economy (DfT report download 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://environmentalarticles.info/sharp-drop-in-2011-uk-co2-emissions/" _cke_saved_href="http://environmentalarticles.info/sharp-drop-in-2011-uk-co2-emissions/" target="_none">UK CO2 emissions fell by more than 7% in 2011 (Environmental articles 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.transportenvironment.org/sites/default/files/media/2012%2002%2006%20CARS21%20Safety%20input.pdf" _cke_saved_href="http://www.transportenvironment.org/sites/default/files/media/2012%2002%2006%20CARS21%20Safety%20input.pdf" target="_none">T&E input to Cars21 process - paper on co-benefits of tackling both safety and environmental issues (T&E paper download)<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.euractiv.com/climate-environment/denmark-puts-2030-emissions-target-agenda-news-510478" _cke_saved_href="http://www.euractiv.com/climate-environment/denmark-puts-2030-emissions-target-agenda-news-510478" target="_none">Denmark puts 40% greenhouse gas emissions reduction target by 2030 on agenda for its EU presidency (EurActiv 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.4-traders.com/GENERAL-MOTORS-COMPANY-6873535/news/GENERAL-MOTORS-COMPANY-OnStar-Looking-to-Make-the-Smart-Grid-Smarter-14001417/" _cke_saved_href="http://www.4-traders.com/GENERAL-MOTORS-COMPANY-6873535/news/GENERAL-MOTORS-COMPANY-OnStar-Looking-to-Make-the-Smart-Grid-Smarter-14001417/" target="_none">Chevy Volt is 'smart grid ready' says General Motors (4-traders 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.energysavingtrust.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/Energy-Saving-Trust-Ltd-board-of-directors" _cke_saved_href="http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/Energy-Saving-Trust-Ltd-board-of-directors" target="_none">Edward Brown is new Chair of Energy Saving Trust (EST 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.vansa2z.com/Cenex-confirms-Millbrook-for-LCV2012" _cke_saved_href="http://www.vansa2z.com/Cenex-confirms-Millbrook-for-LCV2012" target="_none">Cenex's LCV 2012 to return to Millbrook on September 5-6 (Vans AtoZ 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.environmental-expert.com/news/carbon-trust-1m-boost-to-uks-world-leading-fuel-cell-technologies-282221" _cke_saved_href="http://www.environmental-expert.com/news/carbon-trust-1m-boost-to-uks-world-leading-fuel-cell-technologies-282221" target="_none">£1m Carbon Trust funding gives boost to four fuel cell pioneers (Environmental Expert 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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