Vice Chancellor receives low carbon transport award

Professor Dame Julia King

12 September 2014

Aston Vice Chancellor, Professor Dame Julia King, has been recognised for her outstanding contribution in the promotion of Low Carbon Transport.   

Professor King, author of the seminal King Review of Low Carbon Cars received the special award of ‘outstanding individual’ at the LowCVP (Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership) Awards last evening (Wed). The Awards, held in Milton Keynes, were attended by nearly 300 industry peers and low carbon transport stakeholders. 

Professor King was awarded a DBE for her services to education and technology in the Queen's Birthday Honours, and is frequently called upon to advise Government on education and technology issues. 

She was appointed by the Prime Minister as the UK’s Low Carbon Business Ambassador in November 2010. Julia is a member of the Committee on Climate Change, and in March 2007 was appointed by the then Chancellor of the Exchequer to lead the ‘King Review’ to examine the vehicle technologies that could help reduce carbon emissions from road transport. 

LoCVP (Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership) Managing Director, Andy Eastlake, said: “These Awards recognise outstanding leadership and innovation in cutting carbon from vehicles and fuels, as well as through other means. This year we had more, and higher quality, entries than ever before showing just how far and fast the whole low carbon road transport industry is now progressing, and how many individuals are contributing to the change.” 

This year we had more, and higher quality, entries than ever before showing just how far and fast the whole low carbon road transport industry is now progressing

Awards Judge, Philip Sellwood, Chief Executive of the Energy Saving Trust, added: “The road transport sector has been a real success story in terms of cutting carbon as well as delivering growth and dynamism to the UK economy. I was delighted to play a part in celebrating the successes of the entrants to these awards who are making an important contribution to current, and future, UK economic success.” 

The Award’s judging panel comprised 22 senior executives from across the range of organisations with a stake in the low carbon road transport agenda. Other award winners included the BMW Group in the Low Carbon Car / Van Manufacturer of the Year with its ‘i’ range of low emission vehicles. 

The LowCVP, established in 2003, is a public-private partnership that exists to accelerate a sustainable shift to lower carbon vehicles and fuels and create opportunities for UK business. Nearly 200 organisations are engaged from diverse backgrounds.

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