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A breakthrough by researchers at the UK's Science and Technology Facilities Council in the field of hydrogen production has been reported. The scientists say that they have developed a process for separating hydrogen from ammonia at much lower cost than currently used methods.
UK car production rose 3.5% in the first four months of 2014 to nearly 655,000 units. Exports also rose 4.7% in the January to May period. Importantly exports of both UK-built cars and engines are increasing with nearly 80% of vehicles and 65% of engines now destined for outside the UK. The news comes as the LowCVP prepares to launch a new report at its Annual Conference on July 15 which examines whether a low carbon policy focus has been a spur to investment and growth in the UK automotive sector.
5% of people are considering buying an electric vehicle, according to a new report published by the Department for Transport, while 56% said they had not thought about buying one. The study was carried out in February 2014, very shortly after the launch of the Government-industry 'Go Ultra Low' Communications campaign which was designed to boost EV uptake.
The European Union's energy ministers have agreed on a 7% cap on food-based fuels for use in transport; higher than the 5% originally recommended by the European Commission. The text agreed by energy ministers includes the reporting of ILUC emissions, but not their accounting in EU fuel quality targets.
(LowCVP news release)The LowCVP, which has been at the forefront of policy formation for fuels in the UK, has today published twin reports which set out how the UK could meet the targets for 2020, defined in the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive, and proceed on a pathway to decarbonise road transport fuel in the period to 2030 and beyond.