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Interview: Terry Tamminen

Terry Tamminen is recalling the day after Arnold Schwarzenegger swept to victory in California's 2003 gubernatorial elections.

UK failing on air conditioning emissions controls

The UK has been hauled before the European courts for failing to fully implement laws controlling emissions from air conditioning units in cars and other vehicles.

What makes a car green?

As green increasingly becomes the colour of choice for car buyers, Mike Gerber looks into what makes a car more sustainable and analyses the latest innovations likely to hit the roads in the UK

Every pound counts

There are a wealth of opportunities for businesses to improve their bottom lines through good environmental practice. And the incentives, and penalties, are significant, writes Mark Simpson.

Driving change in fleet management

Environmental concerns are changing in the role of the fleet manager. But tighter emissions laws, tax schemes and safety regulation could provide an opportunity rather than a threat, says Paul Harrop

Time to unload the danger

Even in low-speed crashes, van drivers are killed or severely injured by loose loads. Yet there is still no legislation governing restraint systems. WET News talks to one man who has passion for the subject.

Boscastle disaster drives flood defence

Following catastrophic flooding in Boscastle, Cornwall, three years ago, a substantial scheme of improvements is being implemented.

Desalination - a necessary evil?

The government's approval of a £200M desalination plant in east London highlights its failure to secure the sustainable use of resources, writes CIWEM's executive director Nick Reeves

How to make a lean, green logistics machine

In partnership with NYK Logistics, car maker Ford has won awards for its environmental performance in its manufacturing operations. John Haven reports

Environmental Legislation Summary June 07

Recent changes to legislation which will impact on the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally come under the spotlight in this Semple Fraser and Edie News monthly round-up of new law and policy. Among the developments this month we see proposed changes to vehicle emissions standards from the EU, the final arrival of the REACH chemicals regulations and an update to biofuel tax rules in the UK.

One green bottle

Adnams prides itself on being one of the most eco-efficient brewery companies in Europe. John Haven investigates

Our fleet managers need the continental touch

Noel Lock urges the government to take notice of the environmental credentials of liquid petroleum gas as a serious alternative fuel for our business fleets

The market rules, okay?

Climate change solutions, says Ciwem executive director, Nick Reeves, cannot be left to the market nor to personal conduct alone

The carbon cycle

Brighton & Hove Council is encouraging residents to get en route to a healthier planet with a new kind of online journey planner. Simon Jennings reports

'Every industry should be an environmental one'

He's been environment minister for less than a year, but David Miliband has a clear vision for the environmental performance of business

Environment by numbers

January sales, and the marketing campaigns that urge us to shop until we drop, fuel consumerism. And consumerism fuels climate change, writes Nick Reeves, executive director of Ciwem

Environmental Case Law Summary, January 2007

Once again Edie News and Semple Fraser team up to bring readers the latest on legal cases which impact on environmental industries in the UK and Europe. December was a lean month for the courts but there were nevertheless a handful of cases with environmental implications. Greece was told to do more train workers to dispose of environmentally damaging chemicals, the UK ran out of time when implementing noise pollution laws, Luxembourg was told to give the public the facts on carbon emissions from cars and the debate over the legal definition of waste-as-fuel rumbled on.

Luxembourg fails to flag up fuel economy

The Luxembourgian public are not being given the information allowing them to make environmentally-informed choices when buying a new car.

How many planets?

Today there are more than twice the number of people alive than there were 50 years ago, and we've breached environmental limits. It's time for a population policy, writes Nick Reeves

Edie Environmental Legislation Summary, October 06

This month sees the EU get tough on battery disposal, setting targets for member states in a Directive on battery and accumulator recycling, as well as increasing its efforts to involve citizens in environmental policy making and tightening up freshwater quality regulations.

Bridging the brownfield

The Bridge is a £400M scheme that aims to turn a 107 hectare brownfield site into a "culturally vibrant" new community. John Haven describes the ambitious Dartford development

Guardian of the Gateway

With 25,000 new homes being built over the next 20 years, the north Kent region of the Thames Gateway is a huge project. Tom Idle met up with Paul Williams, the man who will ensure the environment is considered at all stages of the development

Effluent: Waste or resource?

Changes in rainfall and increasing demand mean that water has now become too valuable a resource to be used only once. Here Martin Hind of Biwater Treatment looks at some alternatives

Porsche fined over packaging waste

Car manufacturer Porsche Cars Great Britain Ltd has been ordered to pay more than £27,000 for failing to comply with packaging-waste regulations.

Water wars

Never mind oil, says CIWEM Executive Director, Nick Reeves, water could be the cause of the next global conflict

Building the dream

Construction of the world's first 'eco-city' is to commence later this year in Shanghai. But it is founded on immense complexity, and faces great challenges. Elius Levin reports from China

The great non-debate

Governments are hard-wired to population growth for economic prosperity. But, asks CIWEM executive director, Nick Reeves, what is the environmental impact?

Brother, where art thou?

With Chinese manufacturing blossoming, four new major EU directives present an opportunity for UK business in the global marketplace. Stephen Kimber discusses one company's approach

The plane truth

Tim Yeo MP, former Shadow Environment Secretary, urges the Government to tackle aviation and its impact on climate change

Hard talk

When it comes to saving the planet, says CIWEM executive director Nick Reeves, tough decisions need not always be bad ones.

Hard talk

When it comes to saving the planet, says CIWEM executive director Nick Reeves, tough decisions need not always be bad ones.

Fuel of the future

Camilla Anderson talks to James Beal of Renewables East, a company at the forefront of the drive to convert motorists to the cause of biodiesels

Planting the CEED

Charged with driving economic growth of our businesses, UKCEED's Director, Jonathan Selwyn, tells Tom Idle why the environment should be at the heart of the process

Toyota aims to have 900,000 cars powered as hydrogen, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles on the road by 2050

Toyota targets 90% emissions reduction by 2050

Japanese carmaker Toyota has unveiled a series of ambitious new environmental targets with an overall aim to eliminate the use of gasoline cars and cut average carbon emissions from all of its vehicles and products by more than 90% by 2050.

Uniti is a futuristic electric city car, designed to spur the next leap forward in automotive sustainability. Image: Uniti

Automotive sustainability: are cars of the future needed today?

In the wake of the Volkswagen emissions scandal, a sector already low on public confidence is left with big questions to answer. But for one Swedish automotive entrepreneur, the crisis presents an opportunity to accelerate the move to all-electric transport.

Willmott Dixon will focus on high-impact areas such as business travel and site emissions

Willmott Dixon pledges to halve emissions by 2020

Construction group Willmott Dixon has unveiled ambitious plans to slash its carbon emissions in half by 2020 from a 2010 baseline.

The '100% Sport' initiative aims to spark a global movement to make using 100% renewable energy the new normal

BT calls on sports fans to go 100% renewable

BT has launched a new campaign calling on sports fans to switch to renewable energy.

The project will latch on to existing national plans for large-scale hydrogen refuelling infrastructure as Europe aims to remove emissions from transport

Hydrogen coalition launches EU-wide EV project

Hydrogen mobility innovators from across Europe have formed a new coalition to deploy 200 fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV); 125 extended-range electric vans and 29 Hydrogen Refuelling Stations (HRS) in 10 EU countries.

The new Bosch battery will be significantly lighter and cheaper to manufacture than traditional EV batteries

New EV batteries will half costs and double mileage range

German electronics group Bosch has announced it will have a solid-state battery market ready by 2020 that will half the costs of current batteries while doubling the mileage range.

Vehicle emissions are currently responsible for 12% of Europe's carbon emissions

UK, France and Germany lobbied for flawed car emissions tests, documents reveal

The UK, France and Germany have been accused of hypocrisy for lobbying behind the scenes to keep outmoded car tests for carbon emissions, but later publicly calling for a European investigation into Volkswagen's rigging of car air pollution tests.

Martin Winterkorn said he was shocked by events of past few days and hopes to provide Volkswagen with a fresh start by resigning

VW chief resigns over emissions scandal

Volkswagen (VW) chief executive Martin Winterkorn has resigned after a hailstorm of criticism over the carmaker's emissions-rigging scandal.

The company admitted the device may have been fitted to 11m of its vehicles worldwide

VW scandal caused nearly 1m tonnes of extra pollution, analysis shows

Volkswagen's rigging of emissions tests for 11m cars means they may be responsible for nearly 1m tonnes of air pollution every year, roughly the same as the UK's combined emissions for all power stations, vehicles, industry and agriculture, a Guardian analysis suggests.

Sustainability stats: This week in numbers

It hasn't been the most auspicious week of news in the sustainability space, as the Government continued its assault on renewables, rejecting one of the most ambitious offshore wind projects ever proposed.

Car manufacturers have been accused of using different techniques to manage the levels of NOx gasses on test tracks

Nine out of 10 new diesel cars exceed EU pollution limits, report finds

Nine out of 10 new diesel cars break new EU pollution limits when tested on roads rather than test tracks, according to a new report.

The new Nissan Leaf is expected to go on sale in December with a market price of £24,490

Nissan delivers 155-mile battery upgrade with new Leaf

Japanese carmaker Nissan has added a new 30Kwh battery to its flagship Leaf electric vehicle, improving its driving range by 25%.

The car will perform to between 93-95% of its maximum capacity across a power range of 400 watts to 3.6 kilowatts, even if there is a 20cm gap between the coils

Electric cars could feed power back into grid through wireless 'antennas'

German researchers have unveiled a prototype wireless system that allows a car to receive and discharge power to the grid from coils under a road or parking space.

In many developed countries, transport is the only sector where emissions are still rising

Nissan plans to build 'fuel station of the future'

Japanese car-maker Nissan has announced it is developing a concept for the 'fuel station of the future', in a new collaboration with architects Foster + Partners.

The project – named Mission Zero Corridor - takes its name from Interface’s Mission Zero initiative

Driving change: What will the planet's roads look like in 2050?

From algae refuelling stations to wildlife bridges, the roads of the future will not just be inanimate slugs of concrete, but an important part of an emissions-free planet. How will we get there? Brad Allen finds out.

Audi's concept SUV is planned for a production run in 2018

Audi unveils first all-electric SUV concept car

Audi has unveiled concept designs for its first all-electric SUV, with a full reveal expected at the International Motor Show 2015 in Frankfurt next month.

Google said the tool should help more homeowners take advantage of the record-low prices of solar energy

Google could tell you how much solar power your roof can generate

Google can now tell you how much solar energy you could generate by installing solar panels on your house - if you live in the right place.

Electric cars cost around 3p per mile to run, compared with around 15p per mile for the average petrol car

£100,000 electric-car loans on offer for Scottish businesses

A new £2.5 million fund will give Scottish businesses access to an interest-free loan of up to £100,000 for electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Electric vehicles are increasingly used as the main vehicle by drivers

Electric cars fast becoming households' primary vehicle

Ultra low emission vehicles (ULEV) are increasingly being used like 'normal' cars, a new Government study has found.

The study found that 16% of all food that reached consumers was thrown away

UK wastes the most food in Europe

The UK is the worst-performing country in Europe when it comes to food waste, throwing away almost 6kg of food per household every week.

The first Toyota Mirai arrived in Bristol earlier this week

First hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai arrive in Europe

Toyota has introduced its first production-grade hydrogen-powered Mirai sedans to Europe this week.

The smart roads could be used to charge electric vehicles while driving

Highways England tests wireless charging for UK's motorways

Britain's roads could soon be fitted with wireless charging technology for electric cars following a new pilot scheme announced Tuesday.

Musk said the biggest order taken had been for 250 Powerpacks, with an average of 5-10 per order

Tesla already has reservations for $1bn worth of energy storage

Tesla has taken 100,000 reservations for its Powerpack and Powerwall battery products, worth approximately $1bn, according to founder Elon Musk.

A canopy over 40 car-parking spaces, featuring 448 solar panels, will deliver up to 55.7MWh of electricity per year

Nottingham installs UK's largest solar carport

Nottingham City Council has built the UK's largest solar carport at the city's newly redesigned Harvey Hadden Leisure Centre.

Renault deployed a fleet of Twizy's to help stranded Londoners in the tube strike

Renault's tiny Twizys come to the rescue during London tube strike

As Londoners grapple with the tube strike, Renault has set up a free shuttle service using its tiny 'Twizy' electric cars.

The first Model X's are expected to be delivered next month, but delays are still possible. Photo: Tesla

Tesla's long-awaited Model X electric SUV set for September debut

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed the arrival of the long-delayed Tesla Model X later this year, according to the company's quarterly report.

Aclima and Google are working together using Street View to monitor air pollution

Google Street View to map urban air quality and pollution

Environmental monitoring company Aclima has announced a new partnership with Google Earth Outreach to map urban air quality and pollution.

Official estimates suggest that over 3,000 deaths each year in London are attributable to air pollution

London Assembly calls on Boris to 'bin diesel'

A new report from the London Assembly Environment Committee has warned Boris Johnson that he needs to accelerate his air quality programs to comply with EU and UK laws.

The level of greenhouse gas produced by the country as a whole has fallen by almost 300 million tonnes since 1990.

Transport only sector to increase emissions since 1970

Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that Transport is the only sector in the UK that has seen increased emissions since 1970.

Lamborghini has achieved carbon neutral status at its factory and headquarters. Photo: Lamborghini

Lamborghini shifts green credentials into top gear with carbon neutrality

Supercar maker Lamborghini has achieved carbon neutral certification for its headquarters and factory in Italy.

Business leaders and racing chiefs spoke ahead of the Formula E championship's final races in London

Formula E finale sparks business support for green energy

Business leaders threw their support behind renewable power over the weekend as the final two races of the Formula E season took place in London.

Transport Minister Andrew Jones said public concern about air pollution could help boost electric vehicle sales

EV industry must spread air quality message, says Transport Minister

New Transport Minister Andrew Jones has called on the low-carbon vehicle industry to make the public more aware of the local air quality benefits of buying electric cars.

A record 9,000 new ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) were registered in the UK in the first quarter of 2015.

Electric car sales accelerate by 366%

A record 9,000 new ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) were registered in the UK in the first quarter of 2015.

It is estimated there is more than a million metric tonnes of PVB window laminate available for recycling worldwide

VIDEO: How Interface is turning windscreens into carpets

Modular flooring manufacturer Interface has unveiled its latest green innovation, this time creating the world's first recycled latex substitute for carpets using laminate found in car windows.

Climate Cars uses a fleet of low-emission Toyota Prius hybrids

Minicab giant snaps up low-emission rival

Europe's largest minicab firm Addison Lee has ramped up its environmental credentials with the acquisition of London-based eco-friendly car service Climate Cars.

The average city dweller's car is only used for 4.6 hours a week, meaning that the vehicle is actually parked for 97% of the time.

TFL targets one million Londoners in car clubs

A plan to get one million Londoners into car clubs by 2025 was launched today in the capital.

City Car Club will operate 27 vehicles from parking bays across the borough with 25 cars and two vans

Car sharing service parks up in London

The sharing economy is set to make headway in London's transport system with the introduction of car sharing scheme City Car Club into the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

New cars are now more than 20% more efficient than the average used car on the road

UK leads EU on alternatively fuelled vehicles

The UK is leading the shift to electric vehicles (EV) in Europe as exhaust emissions from new cars fell for the 17th consecutive year to an all-time low in 2014.

According to provisional data from the European Environment Agency (EEA), new cars sold in 2014 emit on average 2.6% less CO2 than those sold in 2013

Europe hits 2015 vehicle emission target ahead of schedule

New cars sold in 2014 have hit the carbon emissions target for 2015 two years early, emitting a full 7 grammes of carbon dioxide per kilometre (CO2/km) less than the 130g target.

In the GTE car, the solar modules are used to charge the main battery which powers a number of functions inside the car, including the air conditioning system.

Aston Martin revs up solar-powered car commitment

Solar giant Hanergy has renewed a research collaboration with Aston Martin in a bid to develop the world's first solar-powered car for the general public.

Thanks to low running costs, electric cars could soon overtake diesel cars in the second-hand market

Resale value of electric cars on the rise

The resale value of electric cars will soon match their diesel counterparts, making them a more attractive proposition, experts have claimed.

China saw a 120% rise in the number of electric vehicles on the road

Global electric car sales boom in 2014

Around 320,000 new electric vehicles were registered around the world in 2014, accounting for 43% of all electric vehicles currently on the road.

SocEnv has gathered 48 environmental policy suggestions for the next Government, with input from 12 professional bodies

Environment experts present 'policy menu' for next UK Government

A new air-quality strategy, water conservation in fracking and a plan to treat energy as an ecosystem are all on the 'policy menu' launched this week by the Society for the Environment (SocEnv).

The positive environmental impacts of composite-based vehicls may be negated when looking at the entire lifecycle of the vehicle, BMRA says

CO2 reductions could block circular economy, carmakers warned

The British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) is calling on car manufacturers to ensure that using lightweight materials to achieve CO2 reductions doesn't prevent circular manufacturing processes.

With so many materials that have to be actively disposed of, electric cars are still a far cry from being 'sustainable'

Sustainable cars: Looking beyond the tailpipe...

Following a plethora of ultra-low emission vehicle announcements from governments and industry, electric cars are beginning to be adopted by the public and will one day become commonplace. But, as Lucinda Dann investigates, a car's green credentials don't just lie in its exhaust emissions.

Low-carbon vehicles include cars powered by hyrdogen and biofuels as well as electricity

ETI launches project to upgrade UK's EV charging infrastructure

The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is seeking partners to assist in a new project aimed at developing a refuelling infrastructure for low-carbon vehicles across the UK.

The new project will see around 98% of precious metals in electronics waste being recovered domestically

E-waste: Government grant opens door for precious-metal recovery

The Government has allocated £600,000 to help develop Britain's first 'plasma facility' which will recover gold, silver and platinum from electronic waste.

A wave of new charge points will be rolled out across the UK to support the fast-growing popularity of plug-in vehicles

Electric cars: £43m boost for infrastructure and innovation

Hospitals, train stations and A-roads are among the locations set to benefit from new electric car charge points thanks to a new £43m green vehicle commitment from the Department for Transport (DfT).

The competition to develop a commercially-viable battery pack for electric cars will open for bids in April

£10m prize for electric car battery innovation

The UK Government is putting £10m towards innovation in battery design to fund the development of a new high-voltage battery pack for the next generation of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs).

£3.5m has been earmarked for the development of up to seven new fully functional hydrogen refuelling stations

New hydrogen refuelling stations to compete for Government grant

The Government's grant scheme supporting the roll out of a UK hydrogen fuel network is now accepting infrastructure proposals for seven new hydrogen refuelling stations.

The Nissan Leaf has seen a 33% increase in European sales over the past year

Nissan Leaf sales surge 33% in 2014

The all-electric Nissan Leaf has topped the zero-emissions car sales chart in Europe for the fourth year in a row with a 26% market share.

The second phase of the scheme expects to see 200 plug-in vehicles introduced to the fleets of other public sector organisations

Government launches second phase of £5m ultra-low emission vehicle scheme

Up to 35 public sector organisations are being given the chance to bid for funding from a £5m scheme to support ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV), as part of a drive to get electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles into the fleets of central government.

Research is underway to evaluate the viability for commercial operation and developing a take-back system for end-of-life fuel cells

Project underway to develop fuel-cell recycling process

Work has begun on the development of a new recycling process to recover and re-use high-value materials from waste fuel-cells.

Toyota will share 5680 fuel-cell related patents, including key components of the hydrogen-powered Mirai (pictured)

Toyota to share fuel cell technology with auto industry

Japanese carmaker Toyota has announced it will freely share all of its hydrogen fuel cell technology in order to spur development of low-emission cars around the world.

Magnetic Levitation (Maglev) trains can reach speeds in excess of 300mph while also reducing CO2 emissions

Planes, trains and automobiles: Six sustainable transport systems

It is bizarre that in the year 2015, we still rely on a series of controlled explosions to move around, especially when those small explosions produce emissions that are gradually cooking the earth.


Boris calls on Londoners to recycle Christmas waste

Boris Johnson has urged Londoners to think about how they dispose of their festive rubbish, saying that recycling could save the capital around £4m in disposal costs.

The plane was built by engineers from Cambridge and funded by Boeing

World's first hybrid plane takes off

Researchers from the University of Cambridge have successfully tested the world's first aircraft powered by both an electric motor and a petrol engine.

The average passenger car sold in 2013 emitted 126.7g/km - well below the EU limit of 130g/km set for 2015

Carmakers race ahead of EU emissions targets

Almost all car manufacturers have met European carbon emission reduction targets 'several years ahead of their deadlines', and the uptake of electric vehicles is continuing to increase rapidly.

Business Secretary Vince Cable and the GIB's chief executive Shaun Kingsbury were, of course, proud of the Bank's achievements to date

£5bn in 2 years: Green Investment Bank drives uptake in UK renewables

David Cameron has praised the positive impact of the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB), which has ploughed more than £5bn worth of investment in 37 green energy investment projects across the country since its inception two years ago.

The Honda facility is the UK's first to use solar power to produce hydrogen

Honda opens UK's first commercial-scale hydrogen fuel facility

A group of businesses including Honda, Commercial Group and Fuel Cell Systems, today launched the UK's first commercial-scale hydrogen refueling facility at a Honda site in Swindon.

Hyundai will send 110 hydrogen vehicles to various European locations as part of the HyFive scheme

Government grant jolts plug-in car sales to life

Sales of plug-in cars have spiked over the last three months with the Government issuing 5,000 grants for ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs), doubling sales of the previous three months.

Nick Clegg gave an impassioned speech to Lib Dem activists before the 2015 General Election

Lib Dem Conference: "It's not green crap to us," says Clegg

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has brought the party conference season to a close by insisting that a sustainable environment "will remain at the heart of the Liberal Democrats' vision for Britain's future".

Formula E is focused on 'the three E's': Energy, Environment and Entertainment

Formula E: Six sustainability facts about all-electric motorsport

The world's first fully-electric race series - Formula E- got underway this weekend in Beijiing. But just how 'sustainable' has the sport become?

Boris Johnson's scrappage scheme would mean taking more than 150,000 polluting models off London's roads

Boris Johnson's diesel car scrappage scheme could cost £300m

Paying owners £2,000 to switch to cleaner models could take more than 150,000 polluting cars off London's roads, mayor says.

Davey says that the environment has always been a top priority for the Lib Dems

Lib Dems plan five new laws for a 'greener' Britain

The Liberal Democrat manifesto will include plans for five new laws to protect the environment, the party announced today.

Deborah MEaden says sharing with the other Dragons every night is 'the best kind of being green'

BBC's Dragons slay fuel emissions by sharing cars

Hit BBC TV series Dragon's Den has gone green for the new series with cast and crew driving carbon emissions down through a new car sharing scheme.

The new facility will provide around 90% of all steam required by Macallan.

Macallan whisky distillery set to benefit from £74m green energy project

A £74m biomass combined heat and power plant will help fuel a well known whisky distillery and power more than 20,000 Speyside homes, in Scotland, thanks to backing from the Green Investment Bank (GIB).

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