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(L-R): London Mayoral candidates Zac Goldsmith (Conservatives); Sadiq Khan (Labour); Sian Berry (Green Party); Peter Whittle (UKIP); and Caroline Pidgeon (Liberal Democrat)

London mayoral election: The green policy showdown

With the race to enter City Hall drawing to a conclusion on Thursday (5 May), edie rounds up the environmental credentials and ambitions of the five main candidates bidding to be the next Mayor of London.

London congestion charge changes up for consultation

A public consultation is underway to asses proposals aimed at altering the London congestion charging scheme to improve air quality in the capital.

Zero waste for one billion Kit Kats at Nestlé confectionery plant

Nestlé UK's York site, which makes over a billion Kit Kats a year, has achieved zero waste to landfill nearly four years ahead of the company's 2015 target.

Congestion charge in Western Extension ditched

The congestion charging for the Western Extension zone is to be scrapped after a public consultation run by Transport for London.

Future congestion charge for Dublin

A government minister has outlined plans to solve Dublin's traffic problems by giving the city a directly-elected mayor with the powers to impose a congestion zone.

Londoners back C-charge changes

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Ahern considers congestion charge

The Irish Prime Minister, Bertie Ahern, has suggested that congestion charges could soon be introduced in many cities in the country.

Nicky Gavron receives the award from Steve Howard

London leaders lauded

Leaders of London have received an award for their efforts to ensure the city takes responsibility for its own impact on the climate and address its emissions.

The green vote

So just how green are the main political parties? In this election special, Claire Monkhouse finds out

Environment sidelined as election race begins

The general election race has now officially started and the date for going to the polls announced, to nobody's surprise, as May 5th.

Taxing policies

Shadow environment secretary Norman Baker MP speaks to Environment Business about the Liberal Democrats environmental agenda

Vote on Edinburgh congestion charge could face delays

The vote on whether or not Edinburgh adopts a congestion charge similar to the one operating in London has, itself, run into a jam.

Green taxation not more taxation.

Norman Baker MP, Liberal Democrat Shadow Environment spokesman, argues that intelligent environmental taxation, targeted at polluting activities will not raise tax levels but encourage good environmental practice by providing incentives for green living.

Software adds sophistication to vehicle operations

LAWE's special Tracking Trends on Transport and Vehicles features continues with a selective preview of the Commercial Vehicle CV Show 2004, highlighting vehicles and services of interest to the environmental services and waste management sectors. The Focus on CV Show feature is based on information supplied by exhibitors. The CV Show 2004 runs from 23 - 25 March at the NEC, Birmingham. Full details on

Environmental factors influence van selection

Vans and light vehicles have an important role to play across the environmental services and waste management sectors. An important advantage, in environmental and tax terms, is the vehicle's ability to run on alternative fuels.

Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, reports on the challenges facing the capital in meeting air quality targets.

London is a vast and rapidly growing city. Large parts of the capital are highly built up with office blocks and high-rise residential developments. This intensive use of land, together with emissions from buildings and transport means that air pollution is high in many areas and exceeds the Government's National Air Quality Objectives.

Into the zone

Low Emission Zones could drastically reduce pollution in the UK's city centres, but political wrangling may leave them dead in the water. EBM investigates

A statement of good intent?

In his pre-budget statement on 27 November 2002, Chancellor Gordon Brown announced major changes to the landfill tax, which could have profound implications for manufacturing industry. Jason Rayfield reports.

Top marks for Green Party, closely followed by Lib Dems

In the run-up to the Scottish elections this Thursday, campaign group Friends of the Earth has carried out an environmental audit of the six main parties’ manifestos, with the Green Party and the Liberal Democrats at the top.

Car-unfriendly plans for London

Ken Livingstone has unveiled his consultation on policy directions to shape London over the next 20 years with sustainable development as a driving force throughout, and including proposals which are anti-car and encourage greater use of the Thames.

Think tank urges UK Government to go green

The UK Government needs to make the environment a higher political priority, a pamphlet published by the Labour-affiliated think tank, the Fabian Society, has said.

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