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Plug-ins added to government’s greenhouse gas data tables

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The UK government has included plug-in vehicles on its greenhouse gas conversion tables for the first time, aimed at helping fleets to better understand the environmental impact of new drivetrains.

Plug-in Hybrid

The data enables fleets to calculate greenhouse gas emissions for plug-ins.

Available via the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy website, based on data calculated by Ricardo Energy and Environment, the additional data is said to recognise the growth in the UK’s electrified vehicle parc and wider interest from fleet operators.

It enables detailed calculations of greenhouse gas output for plug-in hybrid and electric cars and vans, underpinning more accurate reporting and predictions of how future vehicle deployment could affect businesses’ emissions.

Nick Asselin-Miller, sustainable transport expert at Ricardo, said: “Electric vehicles offer a range of potential financial and operational benefits for businesses, but getting to grips with this new technology will require a fundamental change in thinking. The new emissions factors are a valuable tool to help businesses to assess the options available to them in developing practical and cost-effective deployment plans.”

Other important updates for 2017 include the addition of factors to determine the emissions associated with overnight stays in hotels, and changes to the methodology for calculating well-to-tank emissions for a number of transport fuels.

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Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.