Low carbon scheme unveiled

A new scheme has been unveiled designed to promote the sale and supply of low carbon vehicles and fuels.

Supported by Millbrook, the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) has announced details of its retrofit fuel-saving and low carbon commercial vehicle technologies accreditation scheme.

Developed with support from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and the Department for Transport (DfT) and also drawing on European work on HGV carbon measurement, the scheme is being introduced following collaboration with key partners such as Millbrook, TRL, HORIBA MIRA, Michelin, Stobart Group, Mercedes Truck, Transport for London (TfL) and Transport KTN.

Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership input into and advise on Government policy, and contribute to the achievement of the UK government’s targets for road transport carbon reduction. The LowCVP-led project has developed an accurate, reproducible and representative procedure for measuring the operations of trucks and vans used for carrying freight.

The LowCVP managing director Andy Eastlake said, ‘Earlier work by the LowCVP identified that the absence of reliable, robust and accessible data was one of the most significant barriers to the adoption of low carbon and fuel saving technology in trucks.

‘Thanks to the work of many key partners and supporters we believe that this initiative will encourage the adoption of many positive innovations, saving carbon and costs, and can form the basis for further policy support in this vital road transport sector.’

Phil Stones, chief engineer, Powertrain, Millbrook Group said, added, ‘Millbrook is pleased to have been working on this initiative and is proud to see it coming to fruition. We look forward to continuing to test carbon reducing technologies, from tyre technologies and aerodynamic aids to alternative fuels, under the new scheme.’