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LowCVP News - 28 May 2010 Issue 69

New Coalition Government to mandate national EV recharging network

The new Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition Government which was formed following the May 6 General Election has published the details of its programme for government. Included in the plans is an agreement to mandate a national recharging network for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

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Policy Developments

Mayor of London publishes transport strategy and consults on changes to C-Charge

The Mayor of London has unveiled a new Transport Strategy which sets out the vision for transport in London over the next 20 years. The transport plan proposes a range of improvements to roads and buses, including ways to increase the use of low carbon technology and stimulate a shift to cycling and walking in London. The Mayor has also announced a consultation on the Congestion Charge which includes proposals for changes in the exemption regime for alternative fuel vehicles.

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European Commission launches website for sharing policy best practice in cutting transport emissions

The European Commission's DG-Environment has launched a new website which aims to provide a database of policies which have been adopted outside the European Economic Area to mitigate transport emissions. The initiative is intended to provide ideas and evidence on the impact of policies for the benefit of policy makers within the EU.

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EU moves closer to agreement on rules governing ITS in transport

Following an agreement in early May, a new EU law governing the deployment of intelligent transport systems (ITS) was endorsed by the Council of the European Union and will now be transmitted to the Parliament for a second reading to take place in June. If the Parliament accepts the Council's position, the directive will be adopted in its current form.

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European Environment Committee debates speed limiters, other measures to cut van CO2

MEPs on the European Parliament's Environment Committee have debated draft legislation on reducing emissions from light commercial vehicles. The Committee's report says that ambitious regulation is necessary to cut van CO2 but that the Commission had failed in its proposal to recognise important differences between the van and car markets.

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Climate Change Commissioner says EU CO2 label for cars will be delayed

EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard, in response to a written Parliamentary question, has said that discussion around the adoption of a CO2 label for cars has been delayed to give priority for other legislation on cutting emissions from cars and vans.

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Commission outlines new research and innovation strategy for EU

The European Commission has outlined the new EU research and innovation strategy which is to include measures to refocus R&D policy, ensure easier access to funding, end fragmented national research initiatives, create world-class research infrastructures and increase the leverage finance available to support R&D through the European Investment Bank.

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Reports & Studies

Electric vehicles are no 'silver bullet' for cutting transport emissions - Royal Academy of Engineering report

A report written by the UK's leading engineers welcomes industry and government initiatives to introduce electric vehicles. However, it says that while most electricity is generated by burning coal and gas, the difference in emissions between an electric car and a small, low emission diesel or petrol car is neglible.

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Official German report says travel demand must fall if transport to make significant CO2 cuts

A new report for the German Federal Environment Agency - 'CO2 Emissions Reduction in the Transport Sector in Germany' - says that the demand for travel needs to be reduced if the sector is to make meaningful CO2 reductions. While emissions have been falling in most sectors in Germany since 1990, the country's transport sector has not followed the trend.

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LowCVP News

Exhibition and sponsorship opportunities at the LowCVP Conference and Awards Dinner, July 14-15, Twickenham Stadium

There are a range of exhibition and sponsorship opportunities available in connection with the LowCVP's Annual Conference and Awards Dinner on July 14-15 at Twickenham Stadium, west London. There are opportunities for indoor and outdoor exhibitions of company materials and products, including vehicles. there are also attractive sponsorship options for the LowCVP Low Carbon Champions Awards, which will be presented at the Awards Dinner alongside the WhatCar? Green Awards.

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The LowCVP Annual Conference and Awards Dinner 14-15 July 2010
14th Jul 2010

The LowCVP's 2010 conference - which is now open for bookings - will take place on July 14-15 at Twickenham Stadium in west London. The event will, for the first time, include an Awards Dinner featuring the third WhatCar? Green Awards and the inaugural LowCVP Low Carbon Champions Awards in the evening of 14 July. The LowCVP conference has become a leading event on the environmental transport calendar, regularly attracting leading speakers and 200 or more high level delegates. This year's expanded event will offer more opportunities for delegates, exhibitors and sponsors.

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LowCVP Low Carbon Champions Awards 2010 - call for nominations

Nominations are invited for the LowCVP’s inaugural Low Carbon Champions Awards to be presented during a prestigious Awards Dinner at Twickenham Stadium during the LowCVP Annual Conference on July 14th. The deadline for nominations to the LowCVP Awards is Tuesday 29 June.

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Industry News

German rating agency puts Renault and BMW at top of sustainability league table

A new report by leading German rating agency OEKOM Research AG puts French vehicle manufacturer Renault and German car maker BMW at the top of a new sustainability league table. Carmakers are rated on a scale from A+ to D- according to a series of criteria ranging from average CO2 emissions and climate policies to corporate governance and health and safety at the workplace.

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GE and Nissan team up to promote EV 'smart charging'

GE and Nissan have signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding to jointly research and develop the technology needed for 'smart charging' stations. The companies will be collaborating in research to examine what's needed in the home, in the car, and on the grid to bring EVs to market.

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Nissan announces sale price of LEAF electric car

Nissan has announced that its much-heralded LEAF electric vehicle will be priced at £28,350 when it becomes available in the UK in February 2011. Nissan says that the cost to buyers will be £23,350 after the Government's £5,000 incentive for the purchase of electric vehicles is taken into account.

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International Developments

Sweden moves to follow Germany and Norway in scrapping biofuels tax exemption

The Swedish Audit Office has released plans to conduct a review of the current tax exemption scheme for biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel. The outcome of the review is due for publication in 2011. According to a report (by ENDS) the very high consumption by Swedish drivers of ethanol means the annual cost of the scheme to the Government is around €210mm.

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EU and US move to limit emissions from road freight

Both the European Union and the United States have made recent moves to reduce CO2 emissions from the road freight sector. The Commission has floated proposals to introduce emissions standards for trucks while the US President has directed the Environmental Protection Agency to issue the the nation's first fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards on new medium- and heavy-duty trucks.

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Other News

LowCVP/EST Community Challenge - only a few days left to enter!

The closing date for entries to the Community Challenge - a joint initiative by the LowCVP and the Energy Saving Trust - is June 4. The Community Challenge offers prizes of up to £5,000 for community based projects promoting low carbon vehicles and fuels or smarter, sustainable travel.

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Events

Rio to host the tenth anniversary Challenge Bibendum

Michelin's tenth anniversary Challenge Bibendum - an event to promote discussion and action towards more sustainable transport - will take place in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil from May 30 to 3 June. This large scale international event will showcase a wide range of activities associated with sustainable mobility including conference and seminar discussions, exhibitions and other activities.

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New LowCVP Members

<img style="border:solid 1px #A5C2D2;width:116px;" src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk//assets/members/logo/228.jpg" _cke_saved_src="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk//assets/members/logo/228.jpg" "="" alt="New LowCVP Members: Carplus Trust" 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/228/bulletin/" _cke_saved_href="http://www.lowcvp.org.uk/our-members/228/bulletin/">Carplus Trust</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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