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LowCVP News - 31 May 2011 Issue 81

Government agrees to Climate Change Committee targets under Fourth Carbon Budget, but with caveats

The Government has confirmed its agreement to the Committee on Climate Change's advice for greenhouse gas emission reductions of 50% against a 1990 baseline to be achieved in the period 2023-27. Media reports said that the proposals had been challenged by the Department for Business, Department for Transport and by the Treasury and were only agreed following an undertaking to review the targets in the light of actions by other countries.

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LowCVP Conference 2011 - this Thursday (June 9), London - don't miss it!!

 

There's only a couple of days left to register for the environmental transport event of the year. Transport minister Norman Baker MP and a cast of leading speakers will take part in this year's LowCVP Annual Conference which focuses on transport and mobility issues to 2020 and beyond. Hear about the plans and views of BP, the FIA Foundation, General Motors, Renault UK, the Committee on Climate Change and many others; plus international perspectives from America's Natural Resources Defense Council and from an expert analyst on what's happening in China. The Conference, held in association with “Drive the Future at Motorexpo”, provides one of the first UK opportunities to test drive the Vauxhall Ampera...or you can go for a spin in a Tesla and one of VW's Blue Motion range.

 

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Join the LowCVP and get discounted access to the LowCVP Conference on June 9

Organisations applying to join the LowCVP before June 9 can get discounted access to the LowCVP's annual conference, saving up to £115. LowCVP members can help shape the direction of lower carbon policy, programmes and regulations in addition to a range of networking, information and other benefits.

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LowCVP showcases 'Best of British' Engineering at Challenge Bibendum, Berlin

The LowCVP held a 5-day exhibition to showcase some of the best examples of British engineering innovation for cutting road transport carbon emissions at Michelin's Challenge Bibendum, held in Berlin from 18-22 May. The LowCVP worked with partner organisations - mainly SMEs - to help nurture the UK's low carbon supply chain.

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New appointment to the LowCVP Secretariat team

The LowCVP Secretariat has appointed a new Programme Manager. Gloria Esposito, an environmental scientist with ten years experience of air pollution assessment and management will begin her new role on June 6.

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Policy Developments

Government says 534 cars were registered to receive EV grant in first four months

In answer to a Parliamentary Question, transport minister Norman Baker said that 534 cars had been registered to receive a grant under the plug-in car grant scheme between January 1st and April 20th 2011. Of these, 465 cars were ordered within the first quarter of 2011.

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Reports & Studies

RAC Foundation report presents mixed picture on well-to-wheel emissions of different fuel technologies

A new report by the RAC Foundation based on 51 vehicles taking part in the Foundation's 57-mile Brighton to London eco-rally found that well-to-wheel emissions were better for the only highly efficient petrol internal combustion engine vehicle in the rally than for electric, hybrid, hydrogen fuel cell or diesel cars also taking part. The report highlighs that the eco-credentials of electric cars depend on when they are charged.

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Future EV owners could earn income by allowing batteries to provide balancing services to grid

Research published by Ricardo and the National Grid says that electric vehicle owers could get a modest financial return from their vehicles by providing balancing services to the power grid and helping to improve its carbon efficiency.

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Technology News

Green claims of diesel cars disputed by some experts

Modern diesel cars may not offer the emissions benefit previously thought according to Stanford University's Mark Jacobson and some other experts who say that the soot emissions of diesel cars are now underestimated.

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Industry News

Jaguar and Williams F1 team up to build hybrid electric supercar

Car maker Jaguar has announced it is to build 250 of the C-X75 hybrid electric supercar showcased last year at the Paris Motor Show in partnership with Formula 1 team Williams F1.

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Motoring consumer groups call for greater transparency in advertising environmental benefits of EVs

The FIA - Federation (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile), which has 71 European motoring and touring clubs amongst its members - says that while it supports the push for electric vehicles, its clubs are calling for greater transparency and consistency in the carbon rating of plug-in vehicles.

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International Developments

India to introduce fuel economy standards

The Indian authorities are set to introduce new fuel efficiency standards with the introduction of Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, giving manufacturers until 2015 to increase fuel economy to an average of 40.7mpg, up from the current average of 33.2 mpg.

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Climate Change News

Quickening climate change in Arctic could lead to 1.6m sea level rise by 2100

A thaw of Greenland's ice caused by quickening climate change in the Arctic could raise the world's sea levels by up to 1.6 metres by 2100 according to a new report by Oslo-based Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) which is backed by the eight-nation Arctic Council.

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Other News

London announces 'go live' of 150 EV recharging points in the capital

The largest city-wide electric point recharging network, comprising 150 new charge points operating under a single scheme - Source London - has been launched by the Mayor, Boris Johnson.

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Events

Bridgestone Eco-Rally at the Start Festival, Sunday 31 July
31st Jul 2011

The Bridgestone Eco-Rally 2011 will take place on Sunday 31 July. The rally on Sunday will start from Oxford on Broad Street in a venture with Oxford University, and end near Buckingham Palace on The Mall. There will also be a pre-event Launch at the Silverstone racetrack on Wednesday, 27 July.

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LowCVP Annual Conference 2011
9th Jun 2011

This year's LowCVP Annual Conference will take place at the Clifford Chance Auditorium, Canary Wharf on Thursday June 9th. The Conference is to be held in association with Drive the Future at Motorexpo, a dedicated zone of new technology, low emission and fuel efficient vehicles.

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UK AD & Biogas 2011
6th Jul 2011

UK AD & Biogas 2011 which will take place on 6-7 July at the NEC, Birmingham, is a trade show aimed at those interested in generating enquiries, meeting leading suppliers, learning from industry experts or understanding the opportunities for indiviudal products or services in the anaerobic digestion and biogas industry. The organisers anticipate the show will be 90% bigger than last year’s inaugural show.

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SMMT International Automotive Summit
28th Jun 2011

The third SMMT International Automotive Summit will take place at Millbank Tower, Westminster on 28 June 2011 and will cover topics from retail to the supply chain and from international investment to low carbon technologies.

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New LowCVP Members

<img style="border:solid 1px #A5C2D2;width:116px;" src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk//assets/members/logo/54.jpg" _cke_saved_src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk//assets/members/logo/54.jpg" "="" alt="New LowCVP Members: Geo-Tech Resources Ltd and Gentech Design 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/54/bulletin/" _cke_saved_href="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/our-members/54/bulletin/">Geo-Tech Resources Ltd and Gentech Design 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.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/may/07/david-cameron-poor-green-progress" _cke_saved_href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/may/07/david-cameron-poor-green-progress" target="_none">FoE report criticises government for lack of progress on environment (Guardian 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.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/may/19/coalition-cuts-carbon-trust-funding" _cke_saved_href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/may/19/coalition-cuts-carbon-trust-funding" target="_none">DECC cuts core funding for Energy Saving Trust and Carbon Trust (Guardian 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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