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LowCVP News - 30 April 2012 Issue 92

Average UK new car CO2 emissions shows second biggest fall in 2011 - SMMT report

The SMMT's latest report on new car CO2 emissions shows that average emissions fell in 2011 to 138.1g/km, down 4.2% on the 2010 figure and 23.7% below the 2000 average. Average new car emissions are down by over 27% compared with 15 years ago.

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Policy Developments

DfT announces trials to demonstrate carbon reductions from freight sector

Freight operators are being invited by the Government to bid for a slice of £9.5m funding to undertake trials of carbon-cutting trucks, the Transport Minister Mike Penning has announced. The trials will be run by the Technology Strategy Board as part of a competition which opened on April 24.

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Government publishes a new strategy for bioenergy

DECC, DfT and Defra have jointly published a new biomass strategy which aims to produce 11 per cent of UK energy from biomass by 2020. The Government says the strategy will support 50,000 jobs and insulate the economy from external shocks such as sharply rising fossil fuel prices as well as helping to cut carbon emissions.

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80mph speed limit to be trialled on managed motorways says Transport Minister

Roads Minister Mike Penning says that the Government is planning to trial 80mph speed limits on managed motorways; sections of the motorway network which have mandatory variable speed limits in force.

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Industry News

New partnership initiative to 'green' Europe's freight sector launched

An industry-led initiative to improve the environmental performance of road freight transport in Europe has been launched as Green Freight Europe. The group, formerly known as SmartWay Europe, includes more than 30 companies, including multinational shippers, carriers, retailers and associations which aim to provide the standard tools, methodology and pan-European CO2 benchmarks of the freight industry. The initiative has the support of European Commission Vice President and Commissioner for Mobility and Transport, Siim Kallas.

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WhatCar? launches 'True MPG' to give consumers 'real world' data on fuel consumption and emissions

WhatCar? has launched a database on its website which it says provides car buyers with customisable, real-life fuel economy data which they can expect to achieve on British roads. The data published shows that real-world fuel economy is in virtually all cases significantly lower than published data which is base on test-cycle analysis. 

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Fuel saving ex-Formula One flywheel to be trialled on London buses

A fuel saving device developed for Formula One is to be fitted to six prototype buses.The Go-Ahead Group and Williams Hybrid Power, a subsidiary of Williams Grand Prix Engineering, have teamed up to develop a flywheel energy storage application for use in buses.

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Reports & Studies

EVs less polluting than gasoline even when electricity produced from 'dirty' coal says US study

Electric vehicles save money on fuel and are less polluting than most gasoline-powered vehicles, even in places where electricity is made by burning coal, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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ICCT report shows discrepancies between type-approval and 'real-world' fuel consumption and CO2 values in 2001-2011 European passenger cars

A study by the International Council on Clean Transport (ICCT) based on analysis of data from more than 28,000 users has found that the gap between type-approval and 'real world' fuel consumption/CO2 values increased from about 8% in 2001 to 21% today, with a particularly strong increase since 2007. If correct, the results suggest that the rapid improvement in average new car fuel emissions produced by test data may not be fully realised in 'real world' driving conditions.

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New report on future of electric vehicle battery costs and performance

A new report,commissioned by the Committee on Climate Change focuses on the future of battery performance and cost for electric vehicles. Published by Element Energy and supported by Axeon, the report's findings are based on a new detailed cost model of all components of EV battery packs, built after consultation with the industry.

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Action Aid calls for abandoning of EU target for renewable transport fuels

A report by Action Aid calls for Europe to drop its target of sourcing 10% of its transport fuels from renewable sources by 2020 because of what is says are the impacts of  biofuels policy on people living in some of the poorest parts of the planet, with impacts on hunger and human rights. Meanwhile, a separate report, commissioned by Transport and the Environment (T&E), recommends a new approach to dealing with indirect land-use change (Iluc).

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LowCVP News

Transport Secretary Justine Greening confirmed as keynote speaker at LowCVP Conference on May 10

Justine Greening MP is confirmed as the keynote speaker at the LowCVP's 2012 Annual Conference which will be held on May 10 at ExCel, London Docklands. The Transport Secretary leads a great cast of speakers at what promises to be the low carbon transport day of the year. Delegates at the event will have the opportunity to network with government officials, leading industry, business and NGO representatives, and will also receive VIP entry to EcoVelocity, the green motor show.

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Six new members join the LowCVP

LowCVP has welcomed six new members to the Partnership. The new members, who include a leading local authority and two large consultancy companies, have recognised the opportunity that LowCVP membership brings in enhancing influence and demonstrating leadership and commitment to delivering a lower carbon future.

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Follow the LowCVP Conference on Twitter and take part in the debate!

Follow the LowCVP’s Annual Conference (May 10) on Twitter. Whether you’re a delegate at the Conference, working at your desk or out and about, you’ll be able to keep up with – and comment – on events at the Conference via Twitter.

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LowCVP webinar series: Shifting buyer preferences to low carbon cars - recordings available to view now
3rd May 2012

Recordings of three LowCVP webinars focusing on measures that can be taken to accelerate the shift in car buyer attitudes in favour of lower carbon cars are now available. The three webinars were intended to provoke a debate amongst stakeholders and to inform a scoping study to be prepared by the LowCVP on this topic.

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Exhibition opportunities at LowCVP Conference/EcoVelocity - free delegate places, member discounts

There are still a few exhibition spaces available at the LowCVP Conference at ExCel, London on May 10 plus the chance of exhibiting in one of the limited remaining spaces within the EcoVelocity Low Carbon Motor Show (May 5-13) which is running in association with the Conference. The Transport Secretary Justine Greening plans to visit the LowCVP exhibitions prior to her Conference speech. LowCVP members get a 25% discount on normal exhibitor rates and the spaces come with up to 3 free delegate places at the Conference.

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Green Fleet Arrive 'N' Drive 2012
17th May 2012

The 2012 Arrive 'N' Drive at Rockingham showcases a large demonstration of low and zero emissions cars and commercial vehicles that can help to cut emissions from fleets across the UK. Arrive 'N' Drive 2012 will have more vehicles available for test drive than ever before, with Citroen, BMW, MINI, Vauxhall, Volvo, Honda, Renault, Peugeot, Kia, Toyota, Nissan, Ford, Alfa Romeo, Lexus, Volkswagen and Fiat all confirmed to attend.

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The Eco Technology Show and Smart Business Conference 2012
15th Jun 2012

LowCVP members can receive complimentary tickets to the Eco Technology Show,to be held in Brighton on 15-16 June. The Eco Technology Show is a national showcase of the latest technologies which perform a crucial role in protecting the environment and making our daily business and home lives more efficient.

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IMechE - Meeting the UK 2020 green energy targets: How can biofuels contribute?
22nd May 2012

The European demand for biofuels is predicted to more than double in the next few years as the EU moves to meet its 2020 obligations under the Renewable Energy Directive. This seminar will identify the opportunities and challenges for crop producers, biofuel manufacturers and suppliers to sustainably meet this increasing demand.

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EcoVelocity announces test drives at low carbon motor show, ExCel, London from 5 May

The low carbon motor show, EcoVelocity, has confirmed the manufacturers which will be providing vehicles available for test drives by visitors from May 5-13. Vauxhall, Peugeot, Mia, Honda, Nissan, Citroen and Chevrolet will all offer the opportunity to test drive their offerings on the 3.5 mile roadway. The LowCVP Conference on May 10 runs alongside EcoVelocity and Conference delegates will have a free pass to the Show.

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LowCVP Annual Conference 2012 - Low Carbon Road Transport: Moving to Maturity
10th May 2012

The 2012 LowCVP Annual Conference, sponsored by Michelin, will take place at ExCel, London Docklands on Thursday 10 May alongside the EcoVelocity low carbon motor show which will run at ExCel from 10-13 May. The LowCVP Conference will feature leading speakers, topical debates and the opportunity to network with low carbon industry leaders and stakeholders. 

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News in Brief

Buses, Grants and Subsidies paper published (Parliament.uk download link)
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Toyota Plug-in hybrid to be priced from £27,800, after Government grant (Autocar news link)
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AEA study recommends harmonisation of car labelling across Europe (ENDS news link)
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Ford to devote one of its largest research centres to EV and hybrid research (Autonews link)
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After consultation Government concludes that there's no need to label higher biofuels blends at pumps (DfT low carbon fuels newsletter link)
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Camden Council electric test drives - users' views video link (Green Car Guide link)
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European Parliament rejects Energy Tax plan (Planet Ark news link)
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Canada unveils emissions rules to improve truck and bus efficiencies by up to 23% (Planet Ark news link)
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Green Bus Fund brings boost to Volvo with orders for 174 hybrid buses (LTT on-line news link)
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