Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership: Reducing emissions from heavy and commercial vehicles

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09 October 2018 18:00 - 20:00
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Hosted by Cornwall College Technology department, the Area Committee and IMechE Process Industries Division Board bring you a talk on the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP).

Brian Robinson, Programme Manager (Commercial Vehicles)  will give a talk on behalf of LowCVP.

Please book a free ticket to allow us to accurately plan for refreshments which will be complimentary.

Refreshments from 1800
Talk from 1830
Questions and discussion from 1930

Synopsis of the Talk

While much attention has been paid over many years to reducing tailpipe emissions from passenger cars, the truck, bus and van sectors have been relatively ignored. But that situation is changing, and it’s changing fast.

The twin challenges of poor air quality linked to pollutant emissions and greenhouse gas emissions from conventional, diesel combustion engines mean the vehicles and fuels of the 2020s will be massively different to those still commonplace today, and much more diverse. The old mantra that diesel fuel was best for everything, whatever the vehicle, whatever the duty cycle, will simply no longer apply.

Brian will describe the emissions challenges and the technologies and fuels best placed to address them. He will emphasise how different solutions will apply to different situations, the value of robust and representative test procedures, and how operators, policy makers and local authorities need to use good data to make the most effective regulatory and investment decisions.

Brian will explain how the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership are developing and using such procedures, outline how the policy landscape is evolving, and suggest how it should continue to evolve to support the take up of low and ultra-low emission vehicles and fuels. By working together in this way, the sector can exploit the opportunities from innovation and policy leadership, enhance its public image and deliver cleaner, greener and more sustainable transport for us all.

Information about the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP), established in 2003, is a public-private partnership that exists to accelerate a sustainable shift to lower carbon vehicles and fuels and create opportunities for UK business. Nearly 200 organisations are engaged from diverse backgrounds.

Over recent years the LowCVP’s Commercial Vehicle Interest Group has shadowed and supported work being carried out under the auspices of the DfT’s Low Emissions HGV Task Force. This has included the development and launch of an accreditation scheme for retrofit carbon reduction technology for HGVs and testing of various gas-powered vehicles in 2016. Other projects of the Commercial Vehicle Working Group include promoting low carbon truck development.

Brian is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Environmentalist and has over twenty-five years’ experience in transport, energy and climate change policy, sustainability, vehicle safety, strategic analysis, professional associations, programme leadership and managing people, projects and resources.

Brian spent 16 years in increasingly senior roles at TRL Ltd, carrying out mostly HGV-related safety and environmental research, and 12 years at IMechE, much of that as Head of Energy.

Brian is a Cabinet Member of the Society for the Environment, a Board Member of the IMechE’s Energy, Environment & Sustainability Group and sits on IMechE’s Transport Theme Advisory Group


Brian leads LowCVP’s Commercial Vehicle Working Group and its various van and truck-related initiatives, and acts as LowCVP’s main point of contact on freight transport emissions issues for DfT and TfL’s LoCITY programme.


Opie Lecture Theatre, Cornwall College
Trevenson Road
TR15 3RD
United Kingdom

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