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Low Carbon Vehicle operation certificate scheme

Volvo Bus in Cardiff

Background & Challenges

Low carbon, renewable fuels provide an opportunity for reducing emissions in bus fleets that continue to operate vehicles with internal combustion engines (ICE). This project aims to support and encourage operators to reduce emissions by encouraging the adoption of both ultra-low emission vehicles and related technologies, and low carbon fuels. The project will work in conjunction with existing schemes such as FORS, EcoStars and EST’s Fleet Checks.

The work will be done in conjunction with the LowCVP Low Carbon Fuel Assurance Scheme being developed by the Fuels Working Group.


  • To encourage vehicle operators to adopt a holistic approach to cutting emissions from all aspects of their fleet operations
  • To encourage the adoption of a lifecycle CO2e analysis approach in which policy makers and operators take account of emissions occurring at all stages of the product and fuel lifecycle, including overseas

Actions and Outputs

  • Development of a scheme to recognise fleets operating with an overall lower carbon footprint
  • Creation of a ‘Low Carbon Vehicle Certificate’ - initially for buses - combining test data from existing certification schemes (e.g. LEB) and sustainable low carbon fuels (e.g. RTFO)
  • Development of a ‘Low Carbon Operator/Operation’ certification scheme which can be used to meet statutory requirements for annual company reports
  • LowCVP Secretariat facilitated with BWG member collaboration, including vehicle manufacturers, operators, fuel suppliers, government, operators’ associations


April 2020 – July 2020


A member view...

The acceptance of so many significant changes in technology have mainly been driven and brought about by the dedication of the LowCVP.
Alan Martin, Baumot