The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) is calling for the introduction of a life cycle CO2 metric to inform policy making. LowCVP is a collaboration between over 200 organisations representing government, industry and the widest range of stakeholders which is working to accelerate the transition to low carbon, low emission road transport across all sectors.
Life cycle assessment is at the heart of LowCVP’s 2019-20 work programme which aims to create the evidence base across all road transport areas to enable the largest, most rapid reductions in total greenhouse gas emissions from transport.
“Life Cycle thinking must become mainstream in policy considerations in the UK – and elsewhere – as the impacts of road vehicles during the production (and to a lesser extent, disposal) phases of the vehicle life cycle become much more prominent,” says LowCVP head of projects, Gloria Esposito. “A stronger evidence base needs to be developed and used to embed life cycle thinking into the UK’s supply chains, in policy and regulatory discussions and in the EU’s considerations around future car CO2 regulation.”
LowCVP is also concluding work on its Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce (EVET), set up at the request of government to help ensure the UK’s energy system is ready and able to facilitate the mass take up of EVs. EVET is due to present recommendations in a report to be published this autumn.
LowCVP is also working on projects to stimulate the uptake of high blend renewable fuels – including the production of a Renewable Fuels Guide – and helping further with preparations for the introduction of E10 (a 10 per cent ethanol blend in petrol).
Andy Eastlake, LowCVP managing director, adds: “Even with 16 years of experience accelerating the market for low carbon vehicles and fuels it still feels as exciting and challenging as ever. We often talk about ‘tipping points’ but it does feel like now might be the time.”