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LowCVP News - 30 November 2011 Issue 87

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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Policy Developments

Fears of deadlock as Climate Change Summit begins in Durban

Climate treaty negotiators fear deadlock in the upcoming Climate Change Summit in Durban, South Africa. The meeting will involve 10,000 officials from 194 countries in wide-ranging and complex negotiations as the world community tries again to negotiate a deal on climate change.

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Government publishes response to consultations on transport elements of RED and FQD

The Department for Transport has published its response to the consultations on the the transport elements of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD). In a ministerial statement, transport minister Norman Baker said that it is crucial that we do all we can to ensure that biofuels both deliver real greenhouse gas emission reductions and do not cause unacceptable environmental and social side effects in the process.

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Climate Change News

World may suffer dangerous climate change if new international agreement not in place by 2017 - IEA & UNEP

The International Energy Agency says that the world may not be able to limit global temperature rise to safe levels if new international climate action is not taken by 2017, as so many fossil fuel power plants and factories are being built. Meanwhile, in a separate report the UNEP says that greenhouse gas emissions in 2020 could rise to between 6 billion and 11 billion tons above what is needed to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius.

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Reports & Studies

Best Practice Principles for environmental marketing re-launched

Acting in response to growing consumer demand for greater transparency in marketing campaigns, the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP), the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), and ISBA (the voice of British advertisers) have joined forces to launch a revised Best Practice Principles for environmental claims in consumer marketing.

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ICCT study shows palm oil-derived biodiesel can be net contributor to GHG emissions

Biofuels produced from oil palm plantations established on tropical peatlands add to total greenhouse gas emissions rather than reduce them, according to a new study published by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). As part of a series of studies on the Indirect Effects of Biofuel Production, the ICCT has released an International White Paper entitled Review of Peat Surface Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Oil Plantations in Southeast Asia.

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DfT publishes report highlighting alternatives to travel

The Department for Transport (DfT) has published a report seeking to promote alternatives to travel. The report, which is aimed primarily at business, cites higher productivity, lower costs, reduced absenteeism, higher staff retention and increased resilience to climate change-induced severe weather events as part of the economic case.

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UK councils slow to encourage take-up of low carbon vehicles - RAC Foundation report

A new report published by SKM Buchanan for the RAC Foundation says that even the most progressive local authorities are using only a fraction of the powers available to them to encourage drivers to use low and ultra-low carbon cars. The report analyses survey data collected from 58 of the 207 councils in England, Scotland and Wales to discover what individual authorities are doing to promote the use of green cars, vans and lorries.

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Technology alone can't deliver 60% carbon reduction - latest EU report on transport

The EU's Transport and Environment Reporting Mechanism (TERM 2011) report provides the first annual assessment of the EU's progress in moving towards greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets for transport published in the 2011 Transport White Paper. TERM 2011 provides the baseline against which progress will be checked, covering most of the environmental areas, including energy consumption, emissions, noise and transport demand.

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Industry News

Low Carbon Transport Champions Celebrated at London Ceremony

Leaders in the drive to cut carbon emissions from road transport have been announced at a prestigious ceremony in London. Nissan GB won the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Low Carbon Transport while Stephen Joseph and Richard-Parry Jones were recognised for their individual contributions to the low carbon transport agenda.

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Nissan Leaf production in the UK receives £190m investment boost

The European Investment Bank has announced that it is supporting the production of the Nissan Leaf electric car in Sunderland  with an investment injection of £190 million. The funding will go towards both the production of the Nissan Leaf and the lithium-ion batteries used in the vehicle.

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LowCVP News

Low Carbon Transport Champions Celebrated at London Ceremony

Leaders in the drive to cut carbon emissions from road transport have been announced at a prestigious ceremony in London. Nissan GB won the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Low Carbon Transport while Stephen Joseph and Richard-Parry Jones were recognised for their individual contributions to the low carbon transport agenda.

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LowCVP members scoop EST Fleet Hero Awards

LowCVP members Ford, BMW and Arval have been recognised as being amongst the leading organisations in supplying vehicles and related services to the important UK fleet sector. Ford was the winner of the Award for Innovation in Car and Van Manufacturing with BMW the runner-up in the same category. Arval was the runner-up in the Award for Innovation in Fleet Services and Systems.

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LowCVP life-cycle emissions seminar - presentations available via LowCVP website

A LowCVP seminar has focused on the key issues surrounding the move from tail-pipe to life-cycle measures of vehicle emissions. Hosted by the IMechE, the seminar enabled delegates to gain a truly European perspective on the issues surrounding the proposed change. Presentations from the event are now available on-line. 

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Resignation of LowCVP Managing Director

The LowCVP Managing Director, Greg Archer, has announced that he will be leaving the Partnership at the end of January 2012. He will be joining Transport and Environment as Vehicles Programme Manager leading European campaigns on cars and trucks.

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International Developments

France announces plans to raise penalties and cut incentives in bonus-malus green car purchase scheme

The French Government has announced changes to its bonus-malus scheme which will mean a reduction in the purchase tax incentives for lower carbon cars and an increase in penalities for high-pollution vehicles from January next year.

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US proposes to double car fuel economy standard

The US Government is proposing to double fuel efficiency standards to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025 and has the support of both environmental groups and the auto industry, though the latter estimates the changes will cost it $157m and add $2,000 to the price of each new vehicle sold by 2025. The US Highways Agency says that benefits of the move will outweigh costs with savings of up to $515 billion in fuel savings.

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Other News

Britain’s oldest environmental NGO – Environmental Protection UK – to close

Environmental Protection UK (EPUK), Britain's oldest environmental NGO is to is to cease to operate as a fully staffed and funded organisation at the end of the financial year next March. The organisation has been forced to close after cuts in local authority budgets reduced its income which it has been unable to make up from other sources.

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UK electric vehicle infrastructure to be mapped

The UK Government has announced plans to map the locations of electric charging points for plug-in vehicles. A new National Chargepoint Registry is to be developed by chargepoint manufacturer POD Point.

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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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Technology Bites Series - Webinar 1: Ashwoods and Axeon - Recording now available
26th Oct 2011

The first of a new webinar series 'Technology Bites' which was held on 26 October and featured LowCVP members Axeon and Ashwoods Automotive is available for watching/listening again via the LowCVP website. 

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News in Brief

Japanese car makers eye energy efficient future - Tokyo Motor Show report (BBC link)
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Energy Saving Trust announces charitable status and partnership with John Lewis
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SMMT launches 2012 automotive industry sustainability report (SMMT link)
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Bristol carbon fibre research centre launched by Vince Cable (BBC news link)
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RAC Foundation says national road charging 'inevitable' (Guardian news link)
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Wireless charging points on trial in London (Nissan news link
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ESB takes delivery of Ireland's largest ever order of electric vehicles supplied by Smiths (Fleet World news link)
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£25million TSB competition for collaborative R&D funding into low carbon vehicles - the Road to Market (TSB link)
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LowCVP is seeking a new Managing Director. The role requires a passionate advocate for low carbon transport able to build consensus between conflicting and competing interests and motivate action by both business and Government to tackle market barriers. An accomplished communicator with strong management skills, you will lead the next phase of the Partnership's development working with an experienced team of 5 staff, 200 diverse members and supportive engagement from government.

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