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June 2015

Clean Fleets Newsletter #6

Dear colleague,

We are pleased to send you the final issue of the Clean Fleets newsletter. Please feel free to share this newsletter with interested colleagues.

Kind regards,

Your Clean Fleets team

  1. What next for the Clean Vehicles Directive?
  2. Final Clean Fleets workshop - policy recommendations consultation
  3. Training videos on the CVD now online
  4. Clean Fleets Guide & training - translations bonanza!
  5. UK survey on greening your transport fleets 
  6. Up for discussion: green requirements for coaches?

  What next for the clean vehicles directive?

As the Clean Vehicles Directive undergoes a period of review, we asked Clean Fleets project coordinator Simon Clement to share his views with us on the CVD and the Clean Fleets Policy Recommendations.

He shared his thoughts on the importance of the CVD in promoting the uptake of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) and the difficulties faced by cities struggling with ever shrinking budgets and a confusing array of new technologies and fuels.

Clean Fleets has played an important role in bringing cities together to share their experiences and learn from each other. The policy recommendations are a result of this exchange, drawing out the common themes help make a revamped version of the CVD an even more effective driver for the AFV market.to 

You can read the full article on the Clean Fleets website.

Image copyright: ICLEI Europe

  FINAL Clean Fleets WORKSHOP – Policy recommendations consultation

Presentations and photos are now available from our final Clean Fleets workshop, which took place in Brussels on 21 May 2015.

The workshop focussed on the ongoing consultation regarding the possibility of revising or replacing the Clean Vehicles Directive (CVD). It also provided the occasion for the Clean Fleets Consortium to present their proposed policy recommendations and answer questions on their own experiences implementing the CVD.


We are very keen to have your feedback on the policy recommendations - please feel free to send us your thoughts and comments to info@clean-fleets.eu before 26 June 2015.

Image 2 copyright: Clean Fleets Project
Image 3 copyright: Magnifying glass on green car by Fuzzbones on dreamstime.com


During 2014, we organised two ‘Train the Trainer’ workshops on the Clean Vehicles Directive (CVD), which were tailored towards trainers, consultants and experts in public procurement or leasing of vehicles.

The idea behind these workshops was to: present practical tools, supported by best practices, on the implementation of the CVD and enable attendees to repeat the training themselves in their own countries. 

If you weren't able to one of these training sessions in person, never fear!

The Clean Fleets team have been working hard to bring our comprehensive training package on the Clean Vehicles Directive direct to your computer. Each module is now available as a video presented by members of the Clean Fleets team, with the accompanying PowerPoint presentation.

Get started now by following the link: www.clean-fleets.eu/training-and-events/train-the-trainer

 Clean Fleets Guide & training - translation bonanza!

The Clean Fleets Guide and training package (described above) are now available for download in six different languages.

This guide is designed to assist public authorities and public transport operators in purchasing clean and energy efficient vehicles in full compliance with European legislation – in particular the Clean Vehicles Directive (CVD)4.

To access them in the language of your choice please click on the link below:

  1. Croatian
  2. Dutch
  3. English
  4. French
  5. German
  6. Romanian

A hard copy of the Guide is also available in English - email procurement@iclei.org for your copy!

 UK survey on greening your transport fleets

The UK-based Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has launched an online survey in partnership with Innovate UK to find out what UK local authorities are currently doing to reduce the CO2 emissions of their fleets.

If there is enough interest, KTN will look to organise a series of workshops which would enable sharing of good practice and access to knowledge of how to accelerate the transition to clean fleets.

The survey aims to find out the level of interest in low-carbon vehicles as a topic and identify what help local authorities most need to successfully green their fleets.

The survey is available now on the KTN website.

Photo copyright: Hybrid bus (photo on Flickr) by Clyde Robinson, photo licensed under CC BY 2.0

  up for discussion: Green requirements for coaches?

While city buses have increasingly become much cleaner and more environmentally friendly to run, coaches do not appear to have been subject to the same developments. Given the limited options available, what possibilities are there to tender for more sustainable coach services?

Options suggested include:

Are there any other options available for procuring greener coach services? Is there likely to be a big enough incentive to develop greener alternatives to conventional coaches?

What do you think?

Join the discussion by clicking here.


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