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LowCVP News - 28 September 2012 Issue 97

Patrick McLoughlin named as Transport Secretary in Government reshuffle

Patrick McLoughlin has become the eighth Secretary of State for Transport in eight years, replacing Justine Greening who held the position for just under a year. In a comprehensive reshuffle of Conservative ministers in the Department for Transport, Simon Burns and Stephen Hammond replace Theresa Villiers and Mike Penning. Norman Baker, the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Under-Secretary retains responsibility for environmental aspects of transport. In the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Michael Fallon takes responsibility for the low carbon economy and low emission vehicles.

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Policy Developments

Legislative procedure for 2020 new car CO2 targets in European Parliament announced

The European Parliament has published the procedures to take place towards implementation of the 2020 new car and van CO2 targets. The Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee has lead responsibility while Industry, Research and Energy is the associated Committee.

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Government announces establishment of £13m UK vehicle battery R&D centre

The Government has announced the creation of a new Government and industry-funded ‘UK Energy Storage R&D Centre’ for the advancement of electric and hybrid vehicle batteries.

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Business Secretary sets out vision for industrial strategy

Secretary of State for Business, Vince Cable MP, has set out his vision for an active industrial strategy which should be cross-departmental, cross-coalition and build long-term horizons. Speaking at Imperial College, London, Dr Cable said the strategy involves the building of collaborative strategic partnership with key sectors including automotive.

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Leaked paper suggests EC ready to abandon general target for biofuels use as new reports raise further doubts

A leaked report suggests that the EU is set to limit the use of crop-based biofuels following concerns the technology is not as effective at cutting emissions as previously thought and may conflict with food production. The leaked report says that subsidies should only continue where there are clear and substantial emissions savings which are not offset by indirect land-use change (iluc) and where they are not produced from crops for food and feed. Meanwhile new reports by Oxfam and the ICCT raise further concerns about current biofuels policy.

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Reports & Studies

Transport Committee says Government needs to do more to boost plug-in vehicle uptake

The cross-party Transport Select Commitee of MPs has issued a report following its inquiry into low carbon vehicles which questions whether Government support is being effective in boosting demand for plug-in vehicles and whether it is a good use of public money.

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LowCVP investigates how changing car buyers’ behaviour can help cut CO2 from road transport

The LowCVP recently held a series of stakeholder discussions in webinar format to evaluate the most effective ways of shifing buyer behaviour in favour of low carbon cars. The debates produced some illuminating examples of effective action in this area.

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Climate change already contributing to 400,000 deaths a year and cutting world GDP by 1.6% - report

A new report by an independent NGO based in Europe says that climate change is already having a very significant human and economic impact. The 331-page study entitled Climate Vulnerability Monitor: A Guide to the Cold Calculus of A Hot Planet, says that climate change is already costing the world more than $1.2trn and contributing to the deaths of nearly 400,000 people a year.

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Industry News

Toyota reaffirms its commitment to hybrids but doubts near term future for pure EVs

Toyota has significantly cut back the scale of its planned launch of the all-electric minicar, the eQ. Toyota had announced plans for mass production of the electric version of the compact iQ but now plans to offer it on limited local release to selected users in Japan and the United States. The company has, however, refreshed its commitment to launch 21 hybrid models by 2016, expecting to sell at least a million vehicles a year by the middle of this decade.

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Transport for London orders 600 more hybrid buses to be running in London by 2016

Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed the purchase of 600 hybrid buses for the capital. TfL is to buy the buses from Wrightbus of Northern Ireland for delivery over four years from 2013 to 2016. This represents the largest single hybrid bus order placed in Europe and is expected to result in annual CO2 savings in excess of 20,000 tonnes. 

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LowCVP News

LowCVP 10th Anniversary Reception and Low Carbon Champions Awards, 29 January 2013 

The LowCVP will celebrate its achievements over the ten years since its inception in 2003 on Tuesday 29 January 2013. The event, which will be in the form of an early evening reception in Westminster, will also provide a focal point for launching the LowCVP's future strategy. The Anniversary Reception will be attended by the transport minister responsible for low carbon transport, Norman Baker MP, and will be followed by the announcement of the third annual LowCVP Low Carbon Champions Awards winners.

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LowCVP holds successful exhibition at LCV2012, Millbrook

The LowCVP was an exhibitor at Cenex's Low Carbon Vehicles (LCV) 2012 event held at Millbrook on 5-6 September. The event provided a good networking opportunity for the LowCVP and its members and provided a boost to LowCVP membership applications. Videos and other resources from the event are now available on-line (see associated links).

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LowCVP at the 2012 Party Conferences

The LowCVP took part in this autumn's Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat party conferences as a member of the new Sustainability Hub, also collaborating in a fringe meeting and other activities.

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New LowCVP 'Technology Bites' webinar series announced for October/November

The LowCVP Technology Bites series of webinars aims to raise awareness of emerging capabilities in the UK low carbon automotive supply chain. It does this by providing a platform for LowCVP members to promote their technology, product or service to the wider stakeholder community interested in low carbon vehicles and fuels. Three webinars have been scheduled to take place in October-November.

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International Developments

Asian Governments in drive to spur electric and hybrid vehicle introduction

The Indian Government has approved a $4.1bn National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) 2020 to support the production of electric  (EVs) and hybrid vehicles up to 2020. India aims to see six million hybrid and EVs sold in the country by 2020. Its action follows moves in China where there is a target to produce 500,000 EVs by 2015. 

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Climate Change News

Arctic sea ice shrinks to smallest ever summer level; EAC publishes 'Protecting the Arctic' report

Arctic sea ice cover fell to its lowest ever level this summer according to the National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC). At below 1.54 million square miles, Arctic sea ice cover was 45% below its average September level in the 1980s and 1990s. With sea ice reduction opening up opportunities to drill for fossil fuels, the Environmental Audit Committee has called for a moratorium on drilling until environmental protection and protocols are in place.

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Other News

UK land-speed record for an electric vehicle reaches 151mph

The Nemesis, a modified Lotus Exige, has recorded an average speed of 151.6mph (244km/h) over a mile-long course at an airfield near York, breaking the land speed record for an electric vehicle by nearly 15mph.

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Integrated Powertrain Engineering Fuel Economy Congress 2012
28th Nov 2012

The inaugural Integrated Powertrain Engineering Fuel Economy Congress 2012 through a 360° approach will scrutinise the potential payback of current and upcoming fuel economy technologies for combustion, transmission, hybrid and driveline. Discounted delegate rates are available for members of the LowCVP.

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LowCVP - other future activities


Bus Working Group: 4 October. On the agenda: Gas-powered buses; Green Bus Fund/LCEB roll-out updates; technology road-map; future strategy
Members Council: 24 October
LowCVP Board: 14 November
Fuels WG: 27 November.
Passenger Car WG: 29 November
Innovation WG: 4 December


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News in Brief

Labour accuses Government of undermining low carbon road transport agenda (Politics Home link)
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IEA says Government support is crucial to promote adoption of electric cars (Euractiv news link)
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European Commission launches initiative to coordinate and focus transport R&D in Europe (Europa news link)
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India announces $4.1m push to promote EVs and hybrids; 6m vehicle target by 2020 (Planet Ark link)
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BMW 320d is Car of the Year in WhatCar? Green Awards 2012 (WhatCar? website
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Government makes statement on Fuel Quality Directive Transposition; taking 'cautious approach' to FQD implementation (DfT news link)
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BIS gives £24m boost to Local Enterprise Partnerships (BIS press release)
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Air Products hydrogen fuelling station opens at Millbrook
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IET says use of EVs in cities will 'dramatically improve air quality'
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DfT opens consultation on bus subsidy reform; closes 12 Nov (DfT website link)
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RBS launches £1bn Manufacturing Fund to invest in technololgy and innovation to support business growth (RBS website link)
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Ricardo and Intelligent Energy announce partnership (Loughborough University news link)
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Scottish scheme offers £100,000 to support innovative green transport ideas (Scotsman news link)
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POD point launches pay-as-you-go nationwide EV recharging network (Business Green news link)
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Milton Keynes set to introduce electric buses (TRL news link)
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Featured Jobs

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The Berlin ICCT office is offering a fellowship/post-doc position to allow a dedicated junior researcher to focus on real world effectiveness of air pollutant reduction technologies for cars for a one year term to carry out an extensive analysis on the subject.

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The Berlin ICCT office is offering a Researcher position to a highly organized, self-directed person, researching the EU vehicle market and its impact on climate and health.


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