The Environment Annex of the DfT's press release states that the Department will be “supporting the key elements of the carbon-saving transport programmes that are delivered by the Energy Saving Trust and the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, while working with both organisations to achieve efficiencies.” EST programmes focus on fleet advice while those of the Partnership are designed to accelerate the shift to Low Carbon Vehicles and Fuels through a range of policy advice and initiatives.
The LowCVP managing director Greg Archer said, “The Board of the Partnership thanks the Department for this significant vote of confidence in our work. There have clearly been very difficult decisions to make in a wide range of areas but the Government has indicated that it is committed to decarbonising vehicles through transforming markets for low carbon technologies. We will continue to work with the Department to ensure our programmes remain effective, efficient and in line with Government policy.”
Other activities announced in the CSR include a provision for over £400m for measures to promote the uptake of ultra-low carbon vehicle technologies. These include ongoing support for consumer incentives for electric and other low emission cars throughout the life of this Parliament (providing for an extension of the previous committment to the end of 2011). The DfT also indicated it will continue to invest in electric vehicle recharging infrastructure through the Plugged-In Places programmes and will continue to support research and development into low carbon vehicle and fuel technologies.
The announcement also confirms that there will be no new funding for further DfT “Act on CO2” advertising and marketing campaigns. It confirmed existing material will continue to be available through the 'Act on CO2' website.
In a previous announcement concerning arms length bodies the Government announced that the functions of the Renewable Fuels Agency are being transferred to the Department for Transport.