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LowCVP Annual Conference 2015

2015 Conference

Conference Resources

The Energy for Future Transport - Can Formula E electrify mainstream motoring?

The LowCVP Conference 2015 which took place on Wednesday, 24 June in Central London, was sponsored by EDF Energy. This year's event focused on future fuels for transport and the infrastructure required to support them, particularly in the city environment.


Timed to take place in the week leading up to Britain's first FIA Formula E electric car race -  held in London's Battersea Park on 27-28 June - the LowCVP Annual Conference provided an opportunity to find out how electric vehicle motor racing will affect the mainstream car market. Formula E's Chief Executive, Alejandro Agag, spoke at the event. The newly-appointed transport minister Andrew Jones MP gave the keynote address (See his speech here and video section here.) Short video sections of speeches by other participants, including jeremy Leggett, Alejandro Agag, Edmund King, Roger Harrabin, Andy Eastlake and Sian Berry are now available to view.

At a press briefing held before the main proceedings, Alejandro Agag announced the start of a Formula E initiative to recharge Formula E vehicles with solar-generated electricity. See the press briefing video embedded below. (Also AA press release for LowCVP Conference here and Michelin press information here.)

This year's event presented the findings of the DfT/LowCVP Transport Energy Task Force, providing a road map towards a low carbon future for road transport fuels. It also provided an opportunity for local policy makers to find out more about policy best practice in low carbon road transport, particularly valuable for the twelve cities involved in OLEV's £35m Go Ultra Low City Scheme for which final bids are due at the end of August.

The Conference morning session focused on how Formula E can help drive electric motoring into the mainstream. Featuring Edmund King, President of the AA, who announced the results of the latest Populus survey of nearly 20,000 'mainstream' motorists. Chaired by ITV's lead presenter for Formula E, Jennie Gow, the session will also included responses  from Renault, Michelin, the Campaign for Better Transport and the Department for Transport. 

The afternoon featured parallel sessions focusing on a roadmap for future transport fuels - including the findings of the joint DfT/LowCVP Transport Energy Task Force - and the fuels infrastructure challenges we face.

The final Conference session brought together some of the earlier discussions and focused on Mobility in Future Cities. This session was chaired by BBC's Roger Harrabin and included Christophe Arnaud, MD of Bluepoint London, the planned EV car-sharing scheme ('Autolib London') and Matthew Pencharz, the Mayor Boris Johnson's senior advisor on environmental issues.

The post-Conference Reception (sponsored by Michelin) featured a speech from Smart Cities expert, Dan Byles, former MP, soldier and adventurer and Richard Burden MP, the shadow transport minister.

The LowCVP issued the results of a survey of 303 stakeholder experts at a media briefing which took place just before the main conference. The survey showed that nearly half of respondents expected their next car to be a battery electric or plug-in hybrid model. (See press release here.)

The LowCVP Conference generated a significant amount of social media activity, particularly on Twitter. The event generated 500 Twitter posts and, initial statistics suggest, reached nearly 0.5m people, delivering over 1.5m page impressions. (At one point in the morning, #LowCVP15 was even 'trending' on Twitter!) A selection of Twitter posts from the day can be seen on our Storify page here.

Media Coverage: Different elements of the Annual Conference have been widely covered by the media. There has been an article in The Guardian as well as wide-range of on-line, trade and specialist publications. Some examples include: Business Green, Air Quality NewsFleet News, Business CarEdie.net, Transport Engineer, Fleet News (local policy guide), Fleet World and Green Car Congress.

LowCVP Conference 2015 speakers included:

Alejandro Agag, Chief Executive, FIA Formula E

Christophe Arnaud, Managing Director, Bluepoint London ('Autolib London')

Sian Berry, Sustainable Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport

Richard Bruce, Director, Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV)

Dan Byles, Living PlanIT (former MP, Smart Cities expert)

Celine Cluzel, Principal Consultant, Element Energy

Mark Constable, Senior Product Manager, Electric Vehicles and Future Heat, EDF Energy

Richard Cook, Design Manager - Network Design, National Grid

Dr Graham Cooley, Chief Executive, ITM Power

Andy Eastlake, Managing Director,  LowCVP

Richard Folkson, President, Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

Vincent Geslin, Deputy Programme Director for Twizy and Kangoo Z.E, Renault

Jennie Gow, Freelance broadcaster and lead presenter of Formula E on ITV

Roger Harrabin, BBC Environment Analyst (Chair)

Peter Harrison, Programme Director, Transport, European Climate Foundation

Michael Hurwitz, Director, Energy, Technology and International, Department for Transport

Andrew Jones MP,  Minister of State, Department for Transport

Edmund King, President,  AA

Dr Jeremy Leggett, Climate policy expert and founder, Solar Century

Patrick Lynch, Biofuels Sustainability Manager, Greenergy

Darran Messem, Managing Director Carbon Trust Certification, Carbon Trust and Chairman, LowCVP

Jay Parmar, Director of Policy, British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA)

Dr Doug Parr, Chief Scientist and Policy Director, Greenpeace

Matthew Pencharz, ‎Senior Advisor, Environment and Energy to the Mayor of London

Dave Roberts, Project Director, My Electric Avenue

Claire Wenner, Head of Renewable Transport, Renewable Energy Association

Click below for clip from the LowCVP press briefing which broke the news that Formula E is to recharge some of its electric cars with solar energy (via Green TV)

Conference sponsor

edf energy

The LowCVP has done so much to further the cause of green motoring…this conference has always provided an excellent forum for debate and discussion
Minister of Transport, Andrew Jones MP

Featured speakers

Jeremy Leggett

Alejandro Agag

Chief Executive, Formula E


Edmund King

Edmund King

President, AA

Jeremy Leggett

Dr Jeremy Leggett

Climate policy expert and founder, Solar Century


Michael Hurwitz

Director Energy, Technology & International, DfT

Dr Doug Parr

Chief Scientist, Greenpeace

Sian Berry

Campaign for Better Transport and ex-London Mayoral Candidate

Roger Harrabin

BBC Environment Analyst

Edmund King

Jennie Gow

Radio and TV presenter

Matthew Pencharz

Senior Advisor - Environment and Energy to the Mayor of London

Drinks Reception Sponsor

Conference Associates


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