The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership and Cenex have reviewed their Low Emission Van Guide and accompanying Van Cost and Carbon Calculator (VC3) to provide fleet managers and policy makers with the latest data on how to save on costs and CO2 emissions.
The Low Emission Van Guide is aimed at operators of small-to-medium sized fleets of commercial vehicles (up to 3.5t gross vehicle weight). Twelve months after its initial launch the Guide has been updated to reflect a changing market, including new topic sheets, information for hydrogen vans, guidance on how to get involved in the low carbon van community, and much more.
The supporting online tool, VC3, has also been updated to include user-defined payload data, bio-fuel blends, congestion charge information and more.
Commercial vehicles have been contributing a rising share of road transport emissions and now account for more than 30% of CO2 emissions from the sector. While emissions from HGVs are down by around 9% since 1990 (2014 figures), emissions from vans have grown by 48%.
Steve Carroll, Senior Technical Specialist at Cenex, said: “The current month-on-month growth in UK van registrations is good news for the motor industry, but this means UK van parc CO2 emissions are also on the rise. As some UK cities are looking to set up clean air zones by 2020 by imposing charges on polluting vehicles, it is an ideal time to inform van owners of their alternative options to diesel. The Low Emission Van Guide and web tool make essential reading for operators who want an understanding of the key low emission van options available.”
Gloria Esposito, Head of Projects at the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, added: “The updated Low Emission Van Guide clearly demonstrates the business, environmental and operational case for using low emission commercial vehicles. Fleet managers can access case studies showing the cost savings achievable through the use of low emission fuels and technologies, and access information on the low emission van market, government policy, infrastructure and assistance.”
The Low Emission Van Guide and Van Cost and Carbon Calculator can be found on the Low Emission Van Hub at: www.lowcvp.org.uk/lev