Inform Transport LEADING THE WAY
European supply chain expert Wincanton has been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard after reducing its carbon emissions by 4.5% over the past three years.
The firm, which runs more than 5,000 vehicles from 285 UK locations and spends over &#xA3;100M a year on energy, uses a wide range of initiatives to reduce its foot- print, including: network optimisation and backhauling to increase load factors; fuel-efficient driver training; using double-deck and teardrop trailers; and using movement sensors and re-lamping in its buildings to cut electricity usage. &#x201C;The Standard demonstrates that we are committed to a low-carbon future and to minimising our environmental impact,&#x201D; said Steve Tainton, the firm&#x2019;s group energy sus- tainability manager. &#x201C;Achieving the Standard is good news for our business as well as for the planet.&#x201D;
Van fleet emissions limits set
EU policymakers scale back targets after industry pressure
The EU has reached a deal that sets emissions limits for the entire van fleet to be reached by 2017 and 2020.
Under the agreement, the aver- age new van sold in the EU in 2017 will be required to emit 175g
CO2/km or less, and 147g CO2/ km in 2020.
The agreements are looser and
will take place later than was orig- inally proposed by the European Commission, which drafted the proposal as part of the EU&#x2019;s efforts
to cut from transport.
Policymakers had been under heavy pressure from car-making countries, such as France and Germany, to allow the industry more time to comply with the tar- gets. The industry will have until 2017 to meet the 175g target &#x2013; a year later than the Commission had proposed.
The 2020 target was scaled back
to 147g/km CO2 instead of the 135g initially proposed.
However, the European Commissioner for climate action, Connie Hedegaard, welcomed the agreement. She said: &#x201C;The agreed regulation will make vans less
rising emissions Improvements needed: the 2020 target is now 147g/km CO2
polluting and will contribute to our overall ambition to cut emis- sions from transport.&#x201D;
Kerstin Meyer, of Brussels- based NGO Transport
Environment, said that the EU should have rejected car-makers&#x2019; claims that more demanding tar- gets were impossible.
&#x201C;The industry said it couldn&#x2019;t make a 14% improvement in van efficiency over nine years, while it managed to improve car effi- ciency at more than three times that rate last year. Policymakers must do a better job of holding the industry to account when it makes such claims.&#x201D;
Paul Everitt, chief execu- tive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, said
it is important to recognise that improvements
in car emissions
are not necessarily transferable to the van sector. &#x201C;The van mar- ket already has a high proportion of diesel engines which, because they are working vehicles, already benefit from significant fuel effi- ciency optimization. The van market is also extremely diverse, has much
cycles and extremely low profit margins,&#x201D; he said.
The European Carmakers&#x2019; Association (ACEA) has long
argued that 160g CO2/km is the &#x201C;most feasible&#x201D; 2020 target for the industry.
The UK Government had been pushing for a 135g/km target for 2022.
TSB OFFERS SUPPORT
The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) is to invest up to a further &#xA3;9M to support innovations in low-carbon vehicle technology and is inviting applications for fund- ing of collaborative research and development projects and feasibility studies. Through the collabora- tive R&D competition, which opens on 7 March, the TSB plans to invest up to &#xA3;8M in innovative, industry-led collaborative projects to develop low-carbon vehicles. Up to &#xA3;2M will be allocated to projects in each of four technology areas: internal combustion engines, energy storage and energy manage- ment, lightweight vehicle and powertrain structures, and electric machines and power electronics. And grants will range from &#xA3;250,000 to &#xA3;750,000 per project.
Through the feasibility studies competition, which also opens on 7 March, the TSB is looking to invest up to &#xA3;1M in vehicle centric, indus- try-led projects targeted at disruptive technology and research that challenges cur- rent conventions.
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