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Department for Transport - Cleaner Fuels and Vehicles


DfT Cleaner Fuels and Vehicles

Department for Transport - Cleaner Fuels and Vehicles

Background & policy context: 

Work commissioned within the CFV research programme provides support for the Government policy of promoting the use of more fuel-efficient and clean vehicles and the introduction of cleaner fuels. The programme focuses on technological and fiscal means of reducing the impact of transport on the environment - including climate change emissions.

Strategic Objectives: 

The principal objectives are as follows:

  • To inform on Ministerial decisions;
  • To guide the execution of policy; 
  • To address issues on which Ministers may need to take decisions in the future;
  • To monitor the achievement of policy goals; and
  • To improve information disseminated by the Government.
Programme organisation: 

The transport policy context and organisation are indicated by the programme's seven sub-themes:

  • Better Information; Persuasion; Overcoming Market Barriers: This stream deals with strategies to provide vehicle buyers and users with better, more accessible and more forceful information on vehicle use and environmental impacts. Also, strategies for persuading buyers and users to make more environmentally beneficial choices; and measures to overcome 'market failure' issues needlessly preventing buyers and users making environmentally beneficial decisions in the market place.
  • Cleaner Vehicle Policies and Initiatives: This stream informs and evaluates measures to promote cleaner, more efficient or quieter vehicles, including retrofitting measures to existing vehicles.
  • Economic Analysis: This stream deals with the economic aspects and implications of policies and options, including policies on transport taxes, air quality, noise and measures relating to CO2. This may cover studies of factors influencing decisions on vehicle purchase and use; and the development of methodologies for measuring the outcomes of policy changes and initiatives.
  • Economic Modelling: This stream of work deals with the Department's Vehicle Market Model, which forecasts the future fuel efficiency of the national vehicle fleet, taking into account changes in the composition of the fleet over time. The model provides the basis for forecasting CO2 emissions and future costs of motoring. The models need regular updating and development to take account of the latest data and policy developments.
  • Fiscal Strategies: This stream deals with strategies for appropriate taxation of vehicles and fuels, including fiscal incentives for cleaner vehicles.
  • Foresight Vehicle: The Foresight Vehicle Programme is a major initiative of Government which was established about 4 years ago to bring together UK resources and expertise to create components and systems for the vehicles of the future. Over 250 separate organisations are actively involved, including vehicle and component manufacturers, Universities, industrial research organisations, national and local government, trade associations and user groups such as those representing passengers, pedestrians, logistics and networks. The main aim of this programme is to develop, demonstrate and promote t
Leading Institutions:

United Kingdom Department for Transport

Type of funding:
Participating countries: 
United Kingdom
Total number of projects: 


Projects covered: 

Examples of projects within this programme include:

  • Emissions Performance of Vegetable Oil Fuel 
  • Study of Environmental Rating Schemes 
  • Comparative Colour-Coded Labels For Passenger Cars 
  • Greener Fleet Certification Scheme 
  • Costs Imposed by Heavy Goods Vehicles 
  • Hydrogen and Biofuels Assessment 
  • Vehicle Market Model (VMM): Factors Affecting Scrappage 
  • Vehicle Market Model (VMM): New Car Purchasing Decisions 
  • Impact of Personal Taxation System on Modal Choice 
  • LOw COst, low energy consumption, compact, infinitely configurable diesel FILTer and regeneration system (LOCOFILT) 
  • City Hybrid-electric bus with Optimised Efficiency (CHOICE) 
  • Vehicle Emission Forecasting 
  • An In-Service Emissions Test For Spark Ignition Petrol Engines
Project Profiles:
  1. A Research Project into the Factors that Influence Owner's Decisions when they Scrap Cars and HGVs
  2. An In-Service Emissions Test For Spark Ignition Petrol Engines
  3. Costs imposed by heavy goods vehicles
  4. GRPE Particles Measurement Programme - Phase 2
  5. Impact of personal taxation system on modal choice
  6. Multi-modal freight model for distance-based HGV charging
Department for Transport
Cleaner Fuels and Vehicles, Zone 2/15, Great Minster House, 76 Marsham Street
Contact country:
+44 (0) 207 944 8300
Fax Number: 
+44 (0) 207 944 2605