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LowCVP News - 28 February 2011 Issue 78

European Parliament sets CO2 targets for vans

The European Parliament has voted to adopt a target for CO2 emissions from vans of 175 grams per kilometre from 2017 and 147g/km from 2020. The 2020 target is subject to a 2013 review.

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Policy Developments

ETI announces £40m heavy duty vehicle efficiency programme

The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is calling on manufactures of heavy duty vehicles, SMEs and academics to take part in one of Europe's largest heavy duty vehicle efficiency programmes. The ETI has issued three requests for proposals (RfPs) for projects to look at increasing the efficiencies of shipping, heavy goods vehicles, construction and agricultural equipment by 30% or more. Further requests will be made later.

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Higher emissions targets are cost effective - leaked EC policy document

A draft policy document which has been leaked and published by the Guardian says higher greenhouse gas emission reduction targets are cost effective and achievable in practice. The draft document sets out a low carbon road map to 2050 and discusses the effects of inceasing the speed of cuts over the next decade.

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Commission delays action on indirect land-use change in relation to biofuels policy

The environmental campaign group T&E says that the EU is delaying any action on biofuels following research into the effects of indirect land-use change (ILUC) despite evidence which shows that the EU's policy on biofuels could be causing more greenhouse gas emissions than it saves. An announcement by the Commission on the subject had been expected in December.

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Paris to trial city centre ban on 4x4s, old diesels

Parisian government officials are considering effecting a series of regulations that would heavily tax, or completely ban, 4x4s and high-polluting, old diesel vehicles from entering the city centre. The regulations could take effect in late 2011 or 2012.

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Reports & Studies

Report says fifty percent improvement in car efficiency is achievable

A new report commissioned by the Global Fuel Economy Initiative says that a fifty percent improvement in car fuel efficiency is possible by 2050, effectively doubling current mpg performance, providing government sets the right conditions for the market to develop.

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Market research survey indicates EV sales may give major boost to motor industry in coming years

A new survey by Gfk Automotive says that the UK motor industry could receive a £7.2bn boost over the next three or four years from rising sales of electric cars. However, a leading EV entrepreneur has cast doubt on the effectiveness of the UK Government's plans.

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Climate Change News

Oxford University researchers say climate change and floods linked

Greenhouse gas emissions due to human activity substantially increased the odds of damaging floods occurring in England and Wales in Autumn 2000 according to new research from Oxford University which has been published in the journal Nature.

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Technology News

New certification documents for low carbon emission buses published on LowCVP microsite

New certification documents to assess low carbon emission buses have been released on the LowCVP's 'green buses' microsite. Meanwhile, bus operators are responding to a call for data from the Department for Transport which will be used to assess the performance of vehicles supported under the Green Bus Fund.

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New guide published to help define common terms for low carbon technologies

A series of definitions around technology development aimed at providing a common language to small and large businesses has been published by the Automotive Council.

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Partners collaborate to develop new range-extension technology for larger electric vehicles

Partner organisations in the Low Carbon Vehicle Technology Project (LCVTP) are developing a new electric vehicle (EV) technology platform to demonstrate technologies capable of delivering better range and otherwise improved performance. The research will focus in particular on larger vehicles -  in the C to D vehicle segment - which have the potential to make a significant contribution to CO2 reductions.

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LowCVP News

LowCVP launches new design website with enhanced functionality

The LowCVP has launched a refreshed website with a new, cleaner design and some enhanced functionality. The new site features more images, other multi-media and social media links.

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Recorded LowCVP webinar - Developing the infrastructure for electric vehicles; delivering more Plugged-in-Places
22nd Feb 2011

In this LowCVP webinar, Dr Colin Herron, offered his experience as Manager for Manufacturing and Productivity, One North East - the organisation responsible for delivering a electric recharging infrastructure in North-East England and one of the first three recipients of Government funding under the 'Plugged-in-Places' initiative.

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LowCVP/WhatCar? webinar: Is 2011 the year when electric cars will charge the market?
10th Feb 2011

In this LowCVP webinar, held in collaboration with WhatCar?, Michael Hurwitz Director of the Government's Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), and Steve Fowler, Editor-in-Chief, WhatCar?, discussed the market prospects for electric cars in 2011. The discussion took place shortly after the introduction of grants worth up to £5,000 towards the purchase of electric and hybrid cars and the arrival of high profile new models to the UK market.

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Other News

The Times: Future of Transport supplement to be published 7 March 2011

The LowCVP has agreed to contribute to a publication on the sustainability of transport which will be included as a supplement to The Times newspaper on March 7. The report is close to completion and will feature editorial contributions from Boris Johnson, the Department of Transport and car designer Gordon Murray as well as from the LowCVP. There are a few advertising spaces still available in the supplement at a discount of 50-70% for LowCVP members.

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Fleet Hero Awards winners announced

HM Revenue and Customs and Kelly Communications Plant were the winners of the best public and private sector fleet respectively in the latest Energy Saving Trust Fleet Hero Awards. The Awards demonstrate how organisations operating fleets in the private and public sectors are able to reduce their CO2 emissions and showcase those who are making outstanding or pioneering achievements in green fleet management.

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News in Brief

Royal Family seeks new travel manager to help reduce royalty's carbon footprint (BBC news link)
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DfT publishes carbon calculator tool to help support local authorities (DfT web link)
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Low Carbon Vehicle registrations up 65% in January (Business Green news link)
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EU Transport White Paper expected in late March (SMMT news link)
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Cisco announces deal with electric vehicle recharging specialist ECOtality (Business Green news link)
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Drayson Racing and Aston to jointly research low carbon technologies (Aston University link)
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London to host 1,300 charging points by 2013 (Utility Week news link)
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Rolls Royce to show electric car at Geneva Motor Show (BBC news link)
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