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Industry and politicians discuss low carbon technologies


The automotive industry and politicians today debated the development of low carbon technologies and their role in helping the UK to be a leader in the low carbon economy.

The automotive industry and Parliamentarians convened today in Westminster to debate the development and production of low carbon technologies, their role in driving innovation and growth, and the work being carried out by the automotive industry to support the UK government’s ambition to become a market leader in the low carbon economy.

The All-Party Parliamentary Motor Group (APMG), of which the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is joint secretariat, comprises members from both Houses of Parliament and today debated the Automotive Council’s technology roadmap and the role of the UK in developing ultra-low carbon vehicles with industry representatives.

“Both the previous and current governments have highlighted the importance of continuing the momentum in low carbon technology and developing ground-breaking solutions that provide increasingly fuel efficient vehicles,” said the Chairman of APMG, Richard Burden MP. “The Automotive Council and its work programme signal that there are real opportunities for the UK motor industry if there is sustained investment in R&D, skills and capital equipment. Delivering the industry’s technology roadmap will make the UK an attractive location for the global automotive industry.”

Professor Neville Jackson, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at Ricardo, Chairman of LowCVP and a member of the Automotive Council’s Technology Group, was invited to speak to APMG and share some of the work being carried out at Ricardo’s UK-based technical centres.

“We see new innovation and technology as critical components in driving forward the low carbon agenda in the UK. By delivering high quality engineering solutions, highly fuel-efficient technologies and class-leading product innovation, we can position the UK as a more compelling investment proposition for automotive R&D versus other countries.”

APMG was re-formed following the May 2010 General Election and is open to members from both Houses of Parliament. It provides a forum to discuss general motoring issues and those relating to the industries of automotive engineering and motorsport. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the RAC Foundation and the Motorsport Industry Association are the joint-secretariat of the group.