£1m in funding for clean air retrofit technology

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The Government has committed to almost £1m in funding support to three vehicle retrofit technology suppliers to accredit technologies for cutting polluting emissions from a wider range of vehicle types.

The technologies, from Eminox, Proventia and Baumot, will help provide retrofit solutions for vehicles in the commercial sector.

The funding is part of the Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme (CVRAS) which was developed by the Low CVP and Energy Saving Trust, part of the Government’s urgent response to improve air quality in Britain.

The CVRAS scheme aims to increase the range of vehicle retrofit technologies capable of cutting emissions from larger road vehicles already in use and enable them to meet Clean Air Zone and ULEZ requirements that are being introduced by some local authorities.

Eminox displayed its retrofit offering at last year’s Euro Bus Expo. PETER JACKSON
Eminox displayed its retrofit offering at last year’s Euro Bus Expo. PETER JACKSON

LowCVP’s Managing Director, Andy Eastlake, said: “We need a range of policy tools to tackle the urgent problems associated with air pollution.

Adopting electric vehicles or changing to the latest clean new trucks and buses needs to be in operators’ longer-term plans, but we also need more immediate options to deliver cleaner air in the shortest time possible.

Developing robust retrofit solutions for ‘hard-to-tackle’ vehicles is an expensive business and this funding will help bring more fully accredited solutions to the market.

“I’m delighted to see these new solutions in the pipeline and would reiterate that operators must use accredited systems only to meet CAZ requirements.

They should not be tempted by a non-approved product; if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!”