The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) is aiming for 5% of the UK’s new car market to be ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) by 2020.

The target is one of the objectives set in the latest work programme for LowCVP, a public-private partnership set up to promote use of lower carbon vehicles.

Priorities for the next year include the establishment of a market for accredited low carbon commercial vehicles, the facilitation of collaboration to break down the barriers to an electric vehicle ready powergrid, and support for the creation of a UK market for low carbon ‘L-Category’ (micro) vehicles.

LowCVP also notes the potential introduction of E10 (10% bioethanol mixed with petrol) presents a significant opportunity and a challenge.

It says: “The LowCVP is uniquely placed to facilitate progress in these areas. There will be particular emphasis on the development of a framework to support the introduction of sustainable low carbon advanced fuels and the requirements beyond 2020 to engender investor confidence in the fuels sector.”

Commenting on the new work programme, LowCVP chairman Darran Messem said: “The Paris agreement has made it absolutely clear that the world is on a rapid carbon-cutting trajectory. The successful countries in this low carbon future will be those whose businesses, both large and small, embrace the opportunities and prepare for a decade of rapid change between 2020 and 2030.

“We aim to continue doing everything possible to ensure the UK’s road transport community is best placed to seize and lead these opportunities.”

LowCVP’s managing director Andy Eastlake said: “The opportunity to engage in low carbon transport has never been greater or more diverse. Through our members’ commitment and support we aim to keep the UK transport community at the forefront of future developments and deliver on lower carbon and cleaner air.”