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.
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
When it comes to saving the planet, says CIWEM executive director Nick Reeves, tough decisions need not always be bad ones.
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 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.
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 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.
BT calls on sports fans to go 100% renewable
BT has launched a new campaign calling on sports fans to switch to renewable energy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
£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 cars fast becoming households' primary vehicle
Ultra low emission vehicles (ULEV) are increasingly being used like 'normal' cars, a new Government study has found.
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.
First hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai arrive in Europe
Toyota has introduced its first production-grade hydrogen-powered Mirai sedans to Europe this week.
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.
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.
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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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 shifts green credentials into top gear with carbon neutrality
Supercar maker Lamborghini has achieved carbon neutral certification for its headquarters and factory in Italy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
£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).
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
£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.
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.
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.
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: 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 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.
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.
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.
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).