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£20M funding in low emission freight and logistics projects announced

Transport Minister John Hayes has announced a £20M government programme that will see vans run on electric and lorries will run on hydrogen dual-fuel in an effort to reduce emissions.

Mr Hayes made the announcement at the Sustainable Road Transport Conference in central London, with 20 companies from over 40 applications selected on their innovative plans to deploy low and zero emission vehicles.

It is envisaged the competition will give new technologies a platform and encourage the UK fleets to embrace the introduction of low and zero emission vehicles.

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 government hope that the programme will help the UK meet its CO2 reduction targets and bring its vision for all new cars and vans to be zero emission by 2040 that bit closer.

The funding for the projects is being delivered by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and Innovate UK.

The freight industry makes up around 30% of the UK’s CO2 transport emissions and the money will help fleets get their new vehicles on the roads from mid-2017 onwards.

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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