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Supporting the delivery of OLEV's Low Emission Bus Scheme

Project Brief

In 2014 OLEV announced a £500million package of measures to stimulate the growth in the ultra-low emission vehicle market in the UK. As part of this package, £30million has been allocated to Low Emission Buses. Over the last six months LowCVP has played an integral role in assisting both OLEV and DfT in the shaping and delivery of the Low Emission Bus Scheme. This work has included defining a Low Emission Buses, creating a Low Emission Bus accreditation procedure, and an innovation grant mechanism based on awarding funding in line with WTW greenhouse emission savings and miles in zero emission operation for different low emission technologies.  One of the most recent activities has been overseeing the new vehicle emission testing procedures associated with Low Emission Bus accreditation scheme, and preparing written testing protocols. Additionally support has been provided to OLEV and DfT at workshops government organised for bidders, and with the creation of the Low Emission Bus grant calculator.

A parallel activity has been LowCVP’s contribution to DfT’s review of the BSOG reform and potential modification to the LCEB incentive scheme. LowCVP has provided assistance with analysing alternative BSOG LCEB incentive models. 

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  1. To continue supporting OLEV and DfT with the roll-out of the Low Emission Bus scheme, including finalising the Low Emission Bus accreditation procedure and providing assistance to perspective bidders.
  2. To continue supporting DfT in the BSOG reform review.
  3. To continue monitoring the roll-out of low emission buses in England and Wales. 


  • Present at Low Emission Bus scheme workshops organised by OLEV and DfT
  • To provide dedicated pages on LowCVP’s websites on the Low Emission Bus accreditation procedure and certified Low Emission Buses
  • Produce written test procedures for the Low Emission Bus accreditation procedure

Deliverables and Dissemination

LowCVP newsletter, LEB microsite and BWG meetings.

Delivery Timetable

April 2015 – March 2017

A member view...

LowCVP sits at the nexus of industry, policy and civil society, providing a valuable forum for objective research, debate and action amongst disparate stakeholders.
Adam Chase, Director, E4Tech

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