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LowCVP News - 31 July 2011 Issue 83

European Commission approves seven schemes designed to validate biofuels sustainability

The European Commission has approved seven schemes for biofuels sustainability accreditation, designed to help ensure that they deliver environmental benefits. Biofuels suppliers will be able to seek certification from one of the seven schemes, or from a similar national scheme. To get approval under any of the schemes, biofuels will have to emit at least 35% less greenhouse gases than fossil fuels. However, the scheme still excludes imported indirect emissions.

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Policy Developments

First round winners of Local Sustainable Transport Fund support announced

39 projects around the UK have won funding as part of the first allocation from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund which was announced by the Coalition Government late last year.

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EC agrees rules for eco-innovations in cars with member states

The European Commission has reached agreement with member states over the regulatory details to provide incentives for car makers to invest in new technologies which reduce CO2 emissions from new cars. Technology can qualify as an eco-innovation if it is new to the market, contributes to significant CO2 savings and is not otherwise taken into account in determining the level of CO2 emissions from vehicles.

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Reports & Studies

Car scrappage schemes in Europe could have delivered greater environmental and safety benefits - ITF report

Car fleet renewal - or scrappage - schemes introduced in the US, France and Germany fell short of their potential to deliver on environmental and safety objectives, according to a new report published by the International Transport Forum.

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Electric vehicles offer a 'viable solution' according to large scale study in West Midlands

Electric vehicles can provide a viable solution for urban transport according to the results of a large scale 12-month study backed by the Technology Strategy Board in the West Midlands. The study was based on data taken from 25 Mitsubishi i-MiEVs and 20 smart fortwo electric cars trialled by motorists in the Coventry and Birmingham areas.

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ICCT reports focus on effectiveness of regulatory options for car emissions, tyre energy efficiency

The International Council on Clean Transportation has published two new reports, one on the most effective targets for emissions performance regulations and a second on the energy efficiency and emissions saving potential of tyres.

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DfT publishes new reports on climate change and transport to assist evidence-based decision making

The Department for Transport has published two new reports on climate change and transport; one, the final part of a series, focusing on a market segmentation analysis and the other on social and distributional impacts of climate change policy options. The reports will help to provide background information to underpin policy decisions relating to transport and climate change.

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Industry News

BMW unveils plans for low emission Olympic fleet

Olympics sponsor BMW has revealed plans for a fleet of up to 4,000 low emission BMW and MINI vehicles, including electric and hybrid powered cars to be used by London 2012 Olympic organizers in the run-up to and during the Games. A total of 400 BMW bicycles will also be used.

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Volvo developing range extenders for electric vehicles

Volvo has announced plans to develop and test three new range-extended electric vehicle concepts. The company will build the initial model based on its C30 Electric with an electric range of up to 110 km, increased by 1000 km with assistance from a three-cylinder engine.

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Vauxhall increases sales projections for Ampera but UK plug-in grant take-up is slow

Vauxhall has raised it projections of sales of the hybrid Ampera following reports of high levels of interest among large fleet buyers. Vauxhall expects to sell up to 3,000 Amperas during 2012 and has increased the number of specialist dealers capable of servicing the car. Meanwhile, take-up of UK government grants to help assist the purchase of EVs in the UK has reached only 680 after 6 months of the scheme.

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LowCVP News

LowCVP Low Carbon Champions Awards 2011 - brief nominations deadline extension!

The LowCVP has announced a brief extension to the deadline for nominations for for the LowCVP’s second Low Carbon Champions Awards which will be presented during a gala reception on November 14 at One Birdcage Walk, Westminster. The final deadline for nominations is now Wednesday 5 October.

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International Developments

Germany close to adopting weight-based CO2 labelling standards for new cars

The German Parliament (Bundesrat) is close to adopting controversial weight-based CO2 labelling standards for new cars. Environmental groups have called on the European Commission to block the German move which they say gives 'gas guzzling SUVs' the same 'green' rating as some of Europe's most fuel efficient cars.

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Other News

LowCVP publishes new videos about the Partnership's work

The LowCVP has published a short video about this year's Annual Conference, held at Canary Wharf on June 9, as well as a separate production about the work of the Partnership. The videos are now accessible through the LowCVP website home page and via the YouTube channel.

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Events

GreenFleet - Scotland 2011
1st Sep 2011

With fuel prices rising, fleet managers and heads of transport will want to find ways of keeping costs to a minimum. Some of the solutions to these issues could be found at GreenFleet Scotland which is returning to the Royal Highland Showground at Ingliston, Edinburgh on Thursday, 1st September 2011.

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Cenex 4th Annual Low Carbon Vehicle Event
7th Sep 2011

Cenex will host its 4th annual Low Carbon Vehicle event on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th September 2011 at Rockingham Motor Speedway. The event will host a large exhibition, a conference and technical seminar programme, a 'ride and drive' and structured meeting and networking opportunities.

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ACT TravelWise National Autumn Conference "Transport in the 21st Century" - Call for Papers
12th Sep 2011

This year’s ACT TravelWise conference theme is ‘Transport in the 21st Century’. The conference will present professionals with information ranging from opportunities for funding to future technologies.

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The Carbon Show 2011
20th Oct 2011

As the only show that covers the full life cycle of carbon, The Carbon Show is a business event for anyone looking for information on greenhouse gas emissions, renewable energy, the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme, green technology, carbon management and carbon finance.

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EV2BE: Electric vehicles and their integration in the built environment
27th Sep 2011

This joint BRE/CIR one-day conference will focus on the impacts of the introduction of electric vehicles in transport on the built enviroment. Participants will gain insights into the impacts of EV introduction on buildings, infrastructure, metering, connector kits and the effects of smart grid development among many other aspects. 

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IMechE - Innovation, Integration and Implementation: The Electric Vehicle Reality
22nd Sep 2011

For electric vehicles to impact on the wider passenger car market, it is essential not only that the technology of the vehicles themselves is of the highest quality, but also that the vehicles are both affordable and supported by a reliable infrastructure.

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New LowCVP Members

<img style="border:solid 1px #A5C2D2;width:116px;" src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk//assets/members/logo/326.jpg" _cke_saved_src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk//assets/members/logo/326.jpg" "="" alt="New LowCVP Members: Energenics Europe 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/326/bulletin/" _cke_saved_href="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/our-members/326/bulletin/">Energenics Europe 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; 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