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Low Emission Coach Hub - Register Interest Below

The LowCVP is building a coach interest group to help shift the UK coach industry meet the UK's net zero emissions goals by 2050. If you are interested in joining the group please register you interest below using the form provided.

The next coach interest group meeting is taking place virtually at 11:00,Thursday 29th Ocotober - contact daniel.hayes@lowcvp.org.uk for more details.

The group aims to help the industry adapt to future challenges such as meeting Clean Air Zones requirements, retrofitting options through CVRAS and identifying opportunities for decarbonisation.The initial aims of the group are to:

  • Understand how the UK coach market contributes to road transport greenhouse gas and air pollution emissions, characteristics of the coach industry in terms of operators and journey profiles (see UK Coach Report below for more info!)
  • Identify the barriers to purchasing low emission vehicle, retrofit technologies and low carbon fuels combined with identifying (fiscal and non-fiscal)
  • Assess the potential for government support for coach retrofit
  • Define an Ultra Low Emission Coach
  • Have Ultra Low and Zero Emission Coaches adopted into the UK plug-in vehicle grant

The LowCVP will be working closely with the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) and the Department for Transport (DfT) who have both expressed support for the aims of the group. We will also be working with other associations of coach operators to harmonise messaging and drive knowledge sharing.

An Analysis of the UK Coach Market Report

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The first output of the coach interest group is the publication of "An Analysis of the UK Coach Market". The report identifies key aspects of the UK coach industry from the past decade. The report is the first of its kind that seeks to distinguish the coach sector from the bus industry in terms of size, operations and subsequent contribution to greenhouse gases and air quality.

Some of the key findings of the report are:

  • 27,500 coaches in-service in the UK.
  • 99% of coaches are single deck diesel, running on 100% UK pump average diesel
  • 950 new coach registrations annually across 2006-2018.
  • Around 15% of the coach fleet were Euro VI standard in 2018.
  • The UK coach industry contributes £6bn to the UK economy
  • Around 700 dedicated operators of coaches in the UK, with up to 3,000 operating both buses and coaches.
  • 24 different international coach chassis suppliers to the UK from 2006-2018.
  • A number body builders but no UK coach chassis manufacturers currently
  • An estimated 1.29 billion km traveled annually by UK coaches
  • Around 400 million passenger journeys per year in the UK
  • An estimated 1.68 Mt greenhouse gas emissions produced annually by the UK coach fleet (1.5% UK road GHG emissions).
  • LowCVP estimate 6.8 kt NOx and 77 tonnes particulate matter are produced annually by the UK coach fleet, an equivalent to £48.4m in air quality damage costs annually.
  • There are currently no incentives for manufacturers or operators to purchase ultra-low or zero emission coaches, with only a handful of electric and diesel-hybrid coaches are in operation in the UK currently.

Download a copy of the report here

Collecting market data and developing better understanding of operational behavior will allow the LowCVP to develop proposals for government to adopt to help support the coach industry decarbonise. If you would like to be a part of the discussions, please sign up for the interest group below.

Expression of Interest

If you are interested in taking part in the formation of this new interest group and be informed of future activities, please fill in the form below:

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2 Job Title *
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