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    LowCVP Low Carbon Champions Awards winners announced

    The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) has announced the winners of the LowCVP Low Carbon Champions Awards 2012, and one of the entries was North West-based Oaktec

    Special awards were presented to two organisations – one public sector and one private – for their endeavours to cut carbon emissions from UK road transport over the last decade.

    Ford Motor Company Ltd and Transport for London (TfL) were awarded with special anniversary accolades for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Low Carbon Transport over the last 10 years’.

    Graham Smith, Managing Director of Toyota Motor Europe London Office, was named the ‘Outstanding Individual in Promoting Low Carbon Transport’.

    The winners were announced at the LowCVP Low Carbon Champions Awards which followed the Partnership’s 10th anniversary celebration at One Birdcage Walk, Westminster. The events were held with the support of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

    The LowCVP Managing Director Andy Eastlake said about the Awards: “These Awards recognise best practice, and outstanding leadership and innovation in cutting carbon from vehicles and fuels from every angle. The judges had a tough time deciding on the category winners as the variety and calibre of the entries was higher than ever, which just reflects how the whole industry is rising to the challenge of low carbon mobility.”

    The winner of the prestigious Low Carbon Car / Van Manufacturer of the Year went to Toyota (GB) Plc. The judges said that Toyota has been a pioneer in low carbon mobility in the UK since the launch of the first Prius in 2000. It reasserted its position in 2012 by successfully introducing full hybrid technology into new segments to the extent that cars emitting less than 100g/km CO2 now represent more than 30% of Toyota and Lexus sales.

    The stunning all new Routemaster bus or ‘New Bus for London’ provided Wrightbus with the ‘Low Carbon Heavy Duty Vehicle Manufacturer of the Year Award’.

    The judging panel comprised 28 senior executives from across the range of organisations with a stake in this agenda. A total of 39 entries were shortlisted for awards.

    One of the judges, Philippa Oldham, Head of Transport and Manufacturing at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said: “This year’s entrants demonstrate the commitment there is in this sector to shifting our vehicles and fuels towards low carbon. The award winners show that innovation and sustainability are areas that must be invested in by companies in order to succeed.”

    All the winners of the LowCVP Low Carbon Champions Awards 2012

    Outstanding Individual in Promoting Low Carbon Transport

    Graham Smith – Managing Director Toyota Motor Europe London Office

    Outstanding Achievement in Low Carbon Transport over the last 10 Years – Joint Winners

    Ford Motor Company Limited

    Transport for London

    2012 Award for Low Carbon Innovation by an SME – Joint Winners

    Williams Hybrid Power with Go-Ahead Group

    Controlled Power Technologies/Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium

    2012 Outstanding Low Carbon Publication or Report

    International Energy Agency (Technology Roadmap/Policy Pathway)

    Low Carbon Car / Van Manufacturer of the Year

    Toyota (GB) PLC

    Low Carbon Fuel Initiative of the Year

    Greenergy Fuels Ltd – Winner

    BP Biofuels – Runner-Up

    Air Fuel Synthesis Limited – Highly Commended

    Low Carbon Heavy Duty Vehicle Manufacturer of the Year

    Wrightbus – Winner

    The Hardstaff Group – Runner-Up

    Low Carbon Road Transport Initiative of the Year

    Charge Your Car (North) Ltd

    Low Carbon Vehicle Operator of the Year

    Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd – Winner

    John Lewis Partnership Commercial Vehicle Fleet – Runner-Up

    Howard Tenens Associates Ltd – Highly Commended

    Want to find out more about what the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) has achieved over the last 10 years? A new video provides an overview – watch the LowCVP 10 year anniversary video here:

    Here are some of the LowCVP’s Achievements:

    • Calculations show that LowCVP’s activities have contributed directly to carbon savings of over 2mt CO₂e at a cost effectiveness of £3 per tCO2e (2013)
    • Major report published on
      identifying the barriers to adopting fuel efficient low carbon heavy duty vehicles receives wide attention (2012)
    • LowCVP brings stakeholders together to develop potential pathways to the implementation of the Renewable Energy Directive to 2020 and for introduction of  E10 in UK (2012)
    • LowCVP Annual Conference attracts Transport Secretary and leading speakers once again (2012)
    • LowCVP creates ‘Toolkit’ to assist Local Transport Authorities on best practice in adopting policies to encourage low carbon emissions buses (2012)
    • LowCVP works with DfT to secure the long term provision of used car labels via third parties (HPI and Experian), following a successful 18 month trial (2011)
    • Best Practice Principles (BPP) for Green Claims contributes to significant reduction in complaints to ASA regarding green claims about cars last year and only 2 upheld. Industry judged BPP to be useful tool. (2011)
    • LowCVP launches a revised data-rich website and revises newsletter; strengthens other communications activities (2011-12)
    • Supports DfT in developing a framework to encourage low carbon HGVs announced in Logistics Growth Review leading to £9.5m Low Carbon Truck Programme (2011)
    • Works closely with DfT to support the introduction of (to date) nearly 600 low carbon buses through four rounds of the Green Bus Fund, which have helped to secure UK bus manufacturing jobs (2009-12)
    • Conducts and project manages research by DfT into the van market leading to launch of Plugged‐In Vans Grants. (2011)
    • LowCVP leads a delegation of six low carbon SMEs to exhibit at Bibendum in Berlin
    • Low Carbon Vehicle Directory published with support from UKTI (2011)
    • LowCVP Leads the biomethane in transport elements of the Anaerobic Digestion Strategy for Defra and commissions research into development of a market for gas trucks (2011)
    • Leads the debate on opportunities and challenges in moving to a lifecycle CO₂ measure for vehicles (2011)
    • LowCVP runs successful Low Carbon Community Challenge; encourages voluntary-sector and other low carbon transport initiatives to take place at local level (2010)
    • Runs HGV Technology Challenge; good entries for a wide range of carbon-cutting technologies for the heavy goods sector (2010)
    • Reform of Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) reflects advice provided by LowCVP (2010)
    • Launch of Used Car Fuel Economy label facilitated by the LowCVP (2009)
    • LowCVP introduces webinar technology to enhance discussions on low carbon issues while reducing the need to travel (2009)
    • Survey shows 91% of new car dealers now display energy efficiency label (2009)
    • Carbon and sustainability accreditation system for biofuels designed by the LowCVP introduced alongside Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation by Government (2007-8)
    • Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon and Fuel Cell Technology (CENEX) launched following agreement facilitated by LowCVP Working Groups. (2006)
    • LowCVP contributes to the DfT review of the Powering Future Vehicles Strategy (2006)
    • Colour-coded fuel economy label is launched at the LowCVP’s second annual conference by the Secretary of State for Transport (2005)
    • LowCVP publishes a major study on well-to-wheel carbon emissions for bioethanol produced from wheat. Study shows greenhouse gas benefits vary significantly across different production pathways (2005)
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