Low Emission Freight and Logistics Trial winners announced

Winners of the £20 million funding in Low Emission Freight and Logistics Trial have been announced.

The funding, delivered by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and Innovate UK, is being given to 20 firms who set out plans for innovative ways to deploy low and zero emission vehicles.

It is hoped that the programme will help the UK meet its CO2 reduction targets, and marks another step towards the government’s target for all new cars and vans to be zero emission by 2040.

From September 2017, new types of diesel cars on UK roads will have to meet more stringent Euro 6 emissions limits, and these limits will tighten further in early 2020. The freight industry accounts for about 30 per cent of the UK’s CO2 transport emissions and the money will help fleets get their new vehicles on the roads from mid-2017 onwards.

Among the winning entries were: Air Liquide Group, who received £2.57 million for its project trialling biogas in 86 lorries ranging from 26 tonnes to 44 tonnes; UPS who received £1.33 million to invest in smart charging of its electric vans which run in central London; and a partnership led by ULEMco from Liverpool which will receive £1.31 million to carry out trials using innovative hydrogen dual-fuel technology.

Transport Minister John Hayes said: “Each one of these successful projects will help cut vehicle emissions, improving air quality and reducing pollution in towns and cities.

“This is yet another important step towards this government’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions from transport to help tackle climate change. We are already making headway through our investment in low emission vehicles, greener public transport and walking and cycling, as well as grants for innovative advanced biofuels projects.”

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