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LowCVP News - 22 December 2011 Issue 88

Season's Greetings to all LowCVP members and bulletin readers

The LowCVP would like to wish all members and bulletin readers best wishes for a peaceful Christmas holiday and for 2012. Despite the economic and political turbulence of 2011, the Partnership ends the year in a fair position with a solid membership base and funding secured for several years to come. (For a review of LowCVP's year 2011 see further...)

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Climate Change News

Durban Climate Summit sets out pathway to future climate deal but critics say action not fast enough

Governments meeting at the COP17 Climate Summit in Durban, South Africa, have agreed to adopt some form of a universal legal agreement on climate change as soon as possible, but not later than 2015. For the first time, the world’s three major emitters of greenhouse gases - China, the United States and India - responsible for around a half of total emissions have agreed to begin negotiations for an international “protocol.

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Policy Developments

Additional Government investment announced to support low carbon vehicle commercialisation via TSB

The Government is to invest a total of £25 million on projects to accelerate the commercialisation of low carbon vehicles, following the announcement of an additional £10m to be targeted through a funding competition, delivered by the Technology Strategy Board working alongside the Office for Low Emission Vehicles. The funds will go to research and development projects focused on energy storage and management and lightweight vehicle and powertrain structures.

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Changes to the RTFO agreed by Parliament as part of Renewable Energy Directive implementation

An amendment to the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) has been agreed by the Houses of Parliament enabling the implementation of the transport elements of the EU's Renewable Energy Directive (RED). This means that there will be minimum sustainability standards and criteria applied to biofuel supplied to the UK market.

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Government unveils Carbon Plan for emissions reductions to keep to 2050 pathway

DECC has published the Government's Carbon Plan which sets out plans for achieving the emissions reductions committed to in the first four carbon budgets, on a pathway consistent with meeting the 2050 target. This publication brings together the Government's strategy to curb greenhouse gas emissions as well updating actions and milestones for the next five years. It replaces the draft Carbon Plan which was published in March 2011.

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Government and TSB to launch competition for low emission HGV technologies and supporting infrastructure

The Government is to work with the Technology Strategy Board to launch a competition for £8m capital funding to pump-prime procurement of low emission HGV technologies and their supporting infrastructure. The funding includes £6.5m for a low emission vehicle demonstration trial plus the supporting infrastructure for trial vehicles, coupled with £1.5m targeted funding for public gas refuelling hubs. The intention is to launch the funding competition in March 2012 following a period of consultation.

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Deadline approaching for Round Three of Green Bus Fund

Bidding is continuing for £20m available under Round Three of the Department for Transport's Green Bus Fund. The deadline for returned bids is Friday 10th February 2012.

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Government announces a further £60m investment in greener, more efficient and accessible bus services

The Department for Transport has announced an additional £60 million investment in bus services across England, to make them greener, more efficient, and easier to use. The investment comes on top of £30m spending for buses announced in the Autumn Statement, which included additional resources for the Green Bus Fund.

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Reports & Studies

NRDC says Government subsidies for producing oil dwarf company investments in renewable fuels

The US' Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has submitted evidence to the California Air Resources board which shows that investments in traditional oil production are vastly greater (200 times) than company investments in renewable fuels. Moreover Government subsidies for producing oil are a hundred times greater than oil industry investments in renewable fuels.

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Report shows much larger proportion of global land deals are for biofuels production than expected

A report by the International Land Coalition says that the majority (about 60%) of global land deals are for biofuels and not, as previously thought, from food deals for Gulf States. The report, produced by a global alliance of civil society and intergovernmental organisations which comprise the Land Coalition, says that the evidence points to significant threats to the poor in developing countries from land grabs for biofuels production.

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EC publishes reports to help inform decisions about 2020 new car CO2 targets

The European Commission has published two new technical reports by external contractors which have been commissioned to help inform the upcoming discussions on future regulation of new passenger car CO2 emissions to 2020. One of the reports on the impact of regulations on car prices does not discern that there has been any definite relationship between vehicle emissions standards and prices.

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Bioenergy use critical to meeting carbon targets according to new CCC report

Carbon budgets will be very difficult to achieve without the use of bioenergy, and the successful development of Carbon Capture and Storage technology, according to a review of bioenergy by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).

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Official figures show CO2 emissions from new cars fell 3.7% in 2010

European Environment Agency figures adopted by the European Commission show that new car CO2 performance improved by 3.7% in 2010, confirming the provisional findings which were published in June. The data also shows individual car manufacturers' performance in reducing those emissions.

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Industry News

Toyota and BMW announce link-up to develop greener motoring technologies

Toyota and BMW have announced that they are joining forces to develop a range of new, low carbon technologies. Amongst other activities, the companies say they will collaborate on research into a new generation of batteries for electric vehicles.

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LowCVP News

LowCVP monthly bulletin exceeds 3,000 subscribers; nearly 500 followers on Twitter

LowCVP's monthly bulletin has exceeded 3,000 subscribers for the first time in December 2011. The LowCVP also has a fast growing following on Twitter, with nearly 500 subscribers since joining Twitter around a year ago. LowCVP's bulletin is a digest of the latest international, national developments in industry, policy and other areas of low carbon road transport. It includes subscribers from government, industry, academia, environment groups and others with a stake in the low carbon transport agenda.

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Excellent feedback for LowCVP Low Carbon Champions Awards and Life-Cycle Seminar

Nearly 90% of respondents rated the recent LowCVP Champions Awards event - held at One Birdcage Walk, Westminster - as either 'very good' or 'good'. The seminar on life-cycle emissions received almost equally positive ratings. Over 150 people attended the Awards event and there were 90 delegates at the afternoon seminar which preceded the Awards. Nearly 70% of respondents said that they would attend the Champions Awards again next year.

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Changes in membership of LowCVP Board of Directors

Following elections, there have been several changes to the Board of the LowCVP. Professor Rob Thring of Loughborough University and Phil Margrave of Go-Ahead London will join the Board while Professor Neville Jackson, Ricardo (LowCVP Chair), Graham Smith, Toyota Motor Europe, Philip Sellwood, Energy Saving Trust and Stewart Kempsell, Shell international, will serve a further term.

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LowCVP seeking applications for new Managing Director - deadline 2 January

The LowCVP is seeking applications for the post of Managing Director following the resignation of Greg Archer. The deadline for applications is 8am on Monday 2 January 2011.

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International Developments

California announces ambitious plans for growth in electric and hydrogen powered cars

California's Air Resources Board has put forward a package of regulations to put 1.4 million electric, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen-powered cars on its roads by 2025. The plan aims to produce a 75 per cent reduction in smog-forming emissions and to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 52 million tonnes.

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MIA 6th International Low Carbon Racing Conference
11th Jan 2012

Europe’s leading conference for Low Carbon motorsport will be headlined by Lola-Drayson B12/69EV project, combining in ONE vast room at the NEC Birmingham, 200 delegates, key influencers and media, surrounded by a “demonstration showcase” of current low carbon, alternative energy and electric powered high performance engineering solutions.

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Rushlight Clean Technologies Show
1st Feb 2012

The Rushlight Clean Technologies Show includes conferences, exhibitions, workshops and walk-in surgeries and demonstrations. The event is intended to be of interest to both established, mid-state and start-up cleantech companies.

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Webinar: "The challenge of tackling transport carbon at universities" (recording)
14th Dec 2011

Universities face big transport challenges: Often with multiple sites, large numbers of staff and students and significant carbon targets universities have a complex array of issues to overcome to create a safe, sustainable and environmentally friendly organisation. This free webinar - jointly organised by the LowCVP and ACT TravelWise focuses on two key areas which will help to contribute to a sustainable transport policy - parking and integrated transport planning.

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News in Brief

Commission publishes Energy Roadmap to 2050 (Europa report link)
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US buyers 'spooked' by electric car battery fires (BBC news link)
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Car industry executives face NGO protest at key Brussels lobby meeting (Euronews link)
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Autumn Statement is bad news for smarter travel agenda says Sustrans (Sustrans news link)
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Two new systems aim to simplify EV charging (ENDS subscriber link)
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SIM-LEI prototype vehicle displays electric in-wheel motors at Tokyo Motor Show
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Average new car fuel economy up nearly 30% in ten years (SMMT news link)
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EU oil import costs soar above $400bn (FT news link)
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