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LowCVP News - 31 July 2012 Issue 95

European Commission announces 2020 CO2 reduction targets for cars and vans

The European Commission has announced proposals to implement targets that will cut average emissions from new cars to 95 grams of CO2 per km (g CO2/km) in 2020 from their current level. The car industry is currently working towards a mandatory target of 130g which is being phased in from this year to 2015. Emissions from vans will be reduced to 147g CO2/km in 2020 from 181.4g in 2010 and a mandatory target of 175g in 2017.

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Climate Change News

New US study confirms warming World is a result of human activity

A new study from the University of California, Berkeley, confirms that the Earth's land has warmed by 1.5 degrees Celsius over the last 250 years, that the increase is almost entirely caused by humans and that the rate of warming has accelerated in the last 50 years. The results are particularly significant as the lead researcher for the report was previously known for his sceptical views on climate change and the work was also part-funded by a foundation which is the key backer of a 'climate sceptical' institute.

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Reports & Studies

New ICCT report analyses effectiveness of international policies to improve vehicle efficiency

A new report by the ICCT analyses energy, transport and climate policies from around the World to determine which work, which don't and why. Published by the Climate Works Foundation, the report offers guidance including 'five steps to successful vehicle and fuel policies'.

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CBI says UK can be global leader in low carbon products and services if Government makes right choices

The CBI Director-General, John Cridland, has called on the Government to adopt a smarter, more consistent approach to energy and climate change policy saying: “The so-called “choice” between going green or going for growth is a false one...with the right policies in place, green business will be a major pillar of our future growth."

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RAC Foundation report proposes a 'Boris bike' scheme for cars

A new report published by the RAC Foundation says that the success of the Boris bike scheme in London could pave the way for the introduction of one-way car clubs based on the same idea. A similar scheme - Autolib - in Paris already offers more than 1,700 cars at 250 locations across the city. A Birmingham-based project - car2go - aims to replicate the idea from later this year.

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Policy Developments

DfT makes statement on Fuel Quality Directive in response to consultation on RTFO

In a statement on the Fuel Quality Directive, theTransport minister Norman Baker said that the Government intends to amend the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) Order 2007 to include non-road mobile machinery. In response to a consultation on the subject, the minister says that it is important that the change does not at this point result in an increase in the absolute volume of biofuel supplied in the UK.

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Technology News

Government to invest £19m funding for major low-carbon R&D projects

Five R&D projects are to receive £19 million Government backing intended to help commercialise the use of fuel cell systems and hydrogen technologies in low carbon transport and energy systems.

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Industry News

Technology Strategy Board announces £56m public-private investment boost to low carbon automotive innovation

The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) has announced that £27m of public funding from the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and the TSB will be supplemented by £29m of private sector funding and invested in 17 major R&D projects to support low carbon vehicle development.

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Electric and hybrid grant take-up rises 20% in first half of 2012


Take up of grants for the purchase of electric and hybrid cars rose by nearly 20 per cent in the first half of 2012 compared with the same period in 2011. Overall, 134 more claims were registered according to the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) the cross-departmental body which oversees the plug-in grant programme.


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BP demonstrating advanced biofuel blends in 100 Olympic fleet vehicles

BP is demonstrating what is describes as 'cutting-edge' biofuel blends in a hundred vehicles now being used in the Olympic Fleet. The fuels include cellulosic ethanol, biobutanol and sugar to diesel.

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International Developments

France raises electric and hybrid vehicle subsidies

The new French Government has increased the cash incentives available to buyers of electric cars from €5,000 to €7000 (£5500) in a new move which was presented as an attempt to boost the flagging French car industry. Subsidies to encourage the purchase of hybrid vehicles have also been increased from €2,000 to €4,000. 

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European Commission announces €8.1 billion investment in research and innovation to boost growth and jobs

The European Commission has announced the final and largest ever set of calls for proposals for research under its Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). In total, €8.1 billion will be allocated to fund projects and ideas that are intended to enhance Europe’s long-term competitiveness.

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LowCVP News

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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LowCVP study identifies routes to strengthen UK car fuel economy labels

The LowCVP has commissioned a study to inform future discussions about how the colour-coded fuel economy label may develop after 2013 to inform future changes to the EU Labelling Directive such as when the provision of information about electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles becomes a statutory European requirement. The LowCVP brokered the introduction of the original new car fuel economy label (and, latterly, the used car fuel economy label) following detailed discussions with industry partners.

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Other News

BVRLA mounts opposition to fleet sector 'tax attack' in Budget 2012

The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) has written to the Chancellor in protest at what it calls a fleet sector 'tax attack' launched in the latest Budget. The organisation has assembled a 'Business Car Taxation Taskforce' to develop lobbying strategies and technical arguments to oppose what it sees as discrimination against the sector.

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Low Carbon Vehicles 2012, Millbrook
5th Sep 2012

Cenex's Low Carbon Vehicles (LCV) 2012, one of the leading events on the low carbon transport calendar, is now open for visitor registration. The LowCVP will be amongst the exhibitors at LCV2012. Why not come and visit us on Stand C21?

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Investing in Future Transport and Revolve Eco-Rally 2012
16th Aug 2012

Investing in Future Transport is a high-level conference covering innovation and investment opportunities in the transport sector. The conference is organised by Revolve and Cleantech Investor and is supported by the Mayor of London and chaired by journalist and TV presenter, Quentin Willson. LowCVP members will receive a 25% discount on the delegate fee.

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Green Fleet Scotland: Managing your fleet to cut fuel and running costs
13th Sep 2012

GreenFleet Scotland, in partnership with the Energy Saving Trust and O2, is an event for fleet managers and heads of transport who want to manage their fleets more efficiently, reducing both fuel and running costs. It’s also the biggest gathering of low and zero emission vehicles, available for test drive, that Scotland has ever seen.

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Biofuels 2012
16th Oct 2012

Biofuels 2012 is a major international conference at which strategic, commercial and technical experts from biofuel producers, oil companies, second generation biofuels companies, the transport sector, policy managers and solution providers meet to discuss the latest industry critical developments. The LowCVP Managing Director, Andy Eastlake, will be speaking at the event. LowCVP members will receive a 15% discount on the published delegate fees.

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LowCVP - other future activities


LowCVP Fuels Working Group: 13 September
LowCVP Passenger Car Working Group: 20 September
LowCVP Innovation Working Group: 25 September
LowCVP Bus Working Group: 27 September
LowCVP Members Council: 24 October


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News in Brief

Nottingham University announces £1m research collaboration with Chinese car giant (Nottingham Univ press release link)
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Global CO2 emissions rose 3 per cent in 2011 (Planet Ark news link)
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Mini announces further £250m investment in UK manufacturing (SMMT news link)
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NextGreenCar announces 2012 Awards winners (NextGreenCar news story link)
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DfT publishes guidance on certification of dual-fuel diesel/gas buses as Low Carbon Emission Buses (DfT website link)
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Lord Deben (John Gummer) set to be Chair of Committee on Climate Change (DECC news link)
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London Cleantech Cluster launched (project website link)
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New UK guide to cleantech funding published (product website link)
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Route Monkey software to support Energy Saving Trust's Plugged-in Fleets initiative (Fleet News link)
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EU collaborative project, COFRET, seeking to deliver carbon footprinting methodology for freight transport (Project website link)
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Mexico publishes new regulatory standards for light duty vehicle CO2 and fuel economy (ICCT report link)
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Only one model betters test cycle emissions performance in latest WhatCar? 'True MPG' tests (WhatCar? Intelligence report download link)
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Emerald unveils diesel-electric panel van (Vans AtoZ news and video link)
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Rimac's $1m electric 'hyper car' to be launched in UK (Business Green web link)
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 ETI announces £2.5million lower drivetrain HDV efficiency project (ETI website link)
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