The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership is an action and advisory group established in 2003 to take a lead in accelerating the shift to low carbon vehicles and fuels in the UK, and to help ensure that UK business can benefit from that shift. The Partnership consists of around 170 organisations from the automotive and fuel industries, the environmental sector, government, academia, road user groups and other organisations with a stake in the low carbon vehicles and fuels agenda.
The mission of LowCVP is "To accelerate a sustainable shift to low carbon vehicles and fuels in the UK and thereby stimulate opportunities for UK businesses” and to achieve this through the aims of;
- Developing initiatives to promote sales and supply of low carbon vehicles and fuels
- Providing a forum for stakeholders to share knowledge and information
- Ensuring that UK motor, fuel and related businesses are best placed to capitalise on the opportunities of future low carbon markets
- Contributing to the achievement of UK Government targets for road transport carbon reduction
- Encouraging research, demonstration and commercialisation of low carbon automotive technologies in the UK and help UK businesses to participate in emerging markets
- Influencing Government and other decision makers on future policy directions and optimal policy mechanisms
LowCVP also plays a key role in helping Government to deliver its low carbon transport strategy which seeks to ensure that the UK takes a leading role in the global shift towards low carbon transport.
At the heart of Partnership are the LowCVP Working Groups which identify opportunities and challenges and the specific actions to realise and address these. The LowCVP working groups are currently formed in the areas of Innovation, Passenger Cars, Fuels and Buses:
- The Bus Working Group consists of bus manufacturers and operators, design engineering companies, delivery bodies and local authorities. Its role is to develop action programmes to encourage the introduction of low carbon buses in the UK.
- The Passenger Car Working Group is comprised of vehicle manufacturers, fleet operators, consumer associations, environmental groups and other interested parties. Its role is to accelerate the introduction of low carbon cars into the UK and to better inform car buyers of the low carbon options available The PCWG advises Government on the further development of the EU Voluntary Agreements for passenger cars and focuses on a strategic approach to consumer information including environmental labelling for vehicles, identifying key messages and opportunities.
- The Fuels Working Group focuses on providing analysis and strategic advice on future low carbon fuels, including biofuels and hydrogen. Members are utilising UK and international studies to develop a common analysis of the short, medium and long-term options and implementation scenarios for the UK's low carbon transport fuels future. As part of their remit, the group develops advice on a suitable fiscal framework for low carbon fuels and identifies options for research and development.
- The Innovation Working Group provides expertise and develops initiatives to support the development and supply of low carbon technologies for the automotive sector. The Group aims to foster collaborative activity to underpin and strengthen the UK supply chain and identify and address challenges to bringing forward new innovations including access to information, support, market and finance.
Find out more about the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership at www.lowcvp.org.uk