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12 May 2015

Innovative procurement of clean vehicles results in 15 percent CO2 reduction

A major public procurement of innovative clean vehicles carried out between 2008 and 2013 in the UK led to CO2 reductions of 15 percent, a new report has revealed. The "Low Carbon Vehicle Public Procurement Programme" (LCVPPP) saw 700 hybrid and electric vans from four manufacturers added to 77 public sector fleets. The LCVPPP aimed to stimulate demand for low CO2 vehicles and foster a more positive outlook towards clean vehicles within the public sector.

Commenting on the report, Chris Walsh, Head of Technical Support and Consultancy at Cenex, said: “The LCVPPP has demonstrated that innovation orientated procurement can be successfully used to bring new low carbon vehicles to the market, at a scale that makes a real impact. The programme has validated these vehicles in real world conditions, and offers evidence of learning, of cost reduction and of market growth in the use of low carbon vehicle technologies for public sector fleets across the UK.”

The second phase of the project will see the procurement of a further 500 Ashwoods Hybrid vans, the vehicle that best met the criteria for price and performance. Through the programme, fleet managers were able to manage the risks involved in purchasing innovative new technologies, reduce costs through buying in bulk, and improve their environmental performance.

For more information, visit the Cenex website.