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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

Land Rover hits the road to sustainability

Land Rover's Fran Leedham has a balancing act to perform. The company is driving for a greener image, which is embodied in a new concept car. But it also has to cater to its customers' needs. Tom Idle talks to the head of environment and sustainability about her challenging role

Unpopular birds species must be protected too, Europe rules

Species seen as pests cannot be left out of legislation designed to protect birds, the European Court of Justice has ruled in a test case where Austrian regions has failed to provide protection for birds such as the starling, crow and house sparrow.

'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

MBR - an efficient process

The use of membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology for wastewater treatment began around ten years ago and has grown significantly since then. Today, it's an important sector of the market in its own right. We look at the thinking behind Koch Membrane Systems' Puron technology.

The saline solution

Anthony Bennett, Technical Director at Clarity, reports on developments in UK desalination, the driving forces behind it, and its growing future

The fall in battery prices is an essential component of the growing popularisation of EVs, with a very steep drop in prices to around €250 per kWh in 2015

Europe poised for electric car boom as sales surge towards half a million

Europe will have more than 500,000 electric vehicles (EVs) on its roads by the end of 2016 thanks to technology advancements, a rapid fall in the price of batteries and successful European Union (EU) policy enablers, a new report has revealed.

edie rounds-up what vehicle manufacturers, both established and disruptive, have unveiled as part of a global transition to cleaner transport

Paris Motor Show: Manufacturers gear-up for an EV arms race

The opening weekend of the Paris Motor Show showcased the sector's developing evolution towards a low-carbon and electrified state, as companies such as Renault, Mercedes and the 'dirty man' of the sector Volkswagen introduce new concepts.

The announcement arrives just days ahead of a rumoured decision on airport expansion at either Gatwick or Heathrow Airport

Gatwick pioneers CO2-saving green taxi scheme

Gatwick Airport has announced a ground-breaking deal with its on-airport taxi company to reduce emissions by 75% per journey by 2020 using alternatively-fuelled vehicles, as part of the Airport's overarching strategy to cut its carbon footprint in half by 2020.

From South Africa to Vienna, via London, this week's green innovations have a truly global appeal

Flying solar carpets and energy-stealing cars: the best green innovations of the week

After one of the titans of the fossil fuel industry buckled to its knees this week, edie rounds up the latest low-carbon technologies and innovations that look set to usher in the "new clean industrial era" that green groups are clamouring for.

Jet airliner rivals Airbus and Boeing are forming new collaborative projects in an attempt to curb aviation emissions

Airbus and Boeing thrust sustainable aviation into spotlight

Aircraft manufacturer Airbus is teaming up with Siemens to introduce a range of hybrid passenger planes, while rival Boeing has partnered with NASA to reduce emissions through lighter wing designs.

The Volvo XC90 - one of the Group's range of plug-in hybrid cars

Volvo joins carmakers' call to standardise electric car charging

A global standard for electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure is "sorely needed" as the last piece in the jigsaw to cement the rising popularity of EVs, Swedish car manufacturer Volvo has claimed.

Honda aims to up the percentage of its electric vehicle production from 5% to 65%

Honda to electrify two-thirds of its vehicle portfolio by 2030

Honda has responded to increasingly rigid emissions regulations by pledging to make 'new-energy' and electric vehicles account for two-thirds of its portfolio by 2030.

GM’s Global Propulsion Systems division is placing an increased focus on the development of fuel cells and electric battery systems

General Motors re-brands engineering arm to reflect era of EVs

General Motors (GM) is dedicating more than 4,000 employees to the development of new fuel cell and battery technologies as part of a manufacturing shift towards hybrid and electric vehicles (EVs).

Renault's first production electric van, the Kangoo Z.E. The number of green vans is increasing at a rate of 14.3% a year

0.01% of Britain's vans are ultra-low emission - FoI figures

Despite the number of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV) on Britain's roads continuing to increase year-on-year, 'green' vans represent just 0.01% of light goods vehicles on the road, according to new analysis from insurance provider Direct Line for Business.

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EVs are stable energy storage asset, says Innovate UK

Innovate UK has brushed aside ongoing fears around using electric and plug-in vehicles as an energy storage facility, insisting they present a "car park of energy storage" for UK network companies after 2025.

Orders can still be made on hybrid-vehicles before the end of February and will still qualify for the full grant even if they are not delivered and paid for by November this year

Hybrid sales expected to surge ahead of subsidy cuts

The UK Government's decision to halve the subsidy rates given to hybrid vehicles has created a wave of increased interest in hybrid models ahead of the March deadline, Japanese carmaker Mitsubishi has claimed.

London's bus fleet already consists of more than 1,500 hybrid electric buses and 15 pure electric buses

One third of London buses to be powered by green biodiesel

After a successful two month trial period, one third of London's bus fleet will soon by powered by a biofuel-diesel hybrid, resulting in more than 21,000 tonnes of carbon emissions being reduced annually.

Most diesel cars emit far more NOx on the road than in official tests

MPs call for diesel cars scrappage scheme to tackle air pollution

The government should consider a scrappage scheme for diesel cars to get polluting vehicles off the streets of England's cities, where they contribute to tens of thousands of premature deaths every year, according to an influential committee of MPs.

Kia will attempt to improve average fuel efficiency by 25%

Kia kick-starts autonomous EV development with $12bn roadmap

South Korean carmaker Kia Motors is investing $10.2bn into the development of hybrid and pure electric vehicles (EVs), with an additional $2bn going towards the development of autonomous vehicle technology.

The catamaran will play host to six environmental conferences and events during COP21: Credit Vincent Brunet

World's largest solar-powered boat sets sail for Paris talks

The world's largest solar-powered boat is en route to Paris for the COP21 climate conference, where it will be moored up as an 'ambassador vessel' to draw attention to the key issues of ocean plastic waste and maritime emissions.

In the near future Volvo predicts that these trucks will be able to book their own services and workshop administrations

LowCVP calls for collaboration to develop 'trucks of the future'

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) is calling on Britain's fleet operators and local authorities to band together to create a new low-carbon market for heavy goods vehicles.

Hybrid renewable energy parks combine wind and sun generation in the same project, using the same grid connection to maximise efficiency and reduce initial costs

Ecotricity to build three 'hybrid' energy parks

Green energy provider Ecotricity has announced plans to build three new 'hybrid' renewable energy parks, combining wind and solar power generation in the same project.

Ford expects to save 800GWh of energy a year from 2016

Ford factories save enough energy 'to power Oxford for a year'

US carmaker Ford has announced its European factories will have cut energy consumption by 25% in 2016 compared with 2011, saving around 800GWh a year.

Volvo will introduce a new range of smaller 40 series cars that will be designed from the outset for electrification

Volvo announces range-wide electrification plan

Swedish carmaker Volvo has announced a comprehensive electrification strategy which will see plug-in hybrids introduced across its entire range and a fully electric car on sale by 2019.

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.

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%.

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.

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 VERC was partially funded by the UK Government's Regional Growth Fund

Ricardo revs up emissions testing centre

A £10m vehicle emissions testing centre has been officially opened this week in Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex.

Green fuels displaced around 25m gallons of petrol and diesel in the UPS fleet.

UPS triples delivery miles on 'green' fuels

US delivery giant UPS has tripled the number of miles it drove on sustainable fuels in the last year, according to the firm's 2014 sustainability report.

The £20m will help develop ultra-low emission taxi services in UK cities

Cities bid for £20m funding to develop ultra-low emission taxi services

Eight cities across the UK are to bid for a share in £20m investment in plug-in hybrid taxi services, the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced.

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.

Green Slam: How tennis tournaments are embracing sustainability

The professional tennis tour is not, by its very nature, a green endeavour. It is essentially hundreds of people flying endlessly around the world to play a child's game.

Two Irizar ultra-low emission buses will start running between Victoria Station and Cricklewood in October

World's first pure electric double-decker bus coming to London

The world's first purpose-built pure electric double-decker bus will enter service in London later this year, Mayor Boris Johnson announced on Monday.

Retro-fitting vehicles with aerodynamic features, new tyres and weight reductions could also cut fuel consumption by up to 45%

Greener vehicles could save firms £20bn

Corporate fleet managers across Europe could cut millions of tonnes of CO2 and save £20bn a year by taking advantage of available green technologies and efficiency techniques.

The hybrid Metrocab is driven by two electric motors, with a 1-litre petrol engine range extender

Zero-emissions black cab enters mass production

London's only operating zero-emissions capable black cab, the Metrocab, is going into volume production in Coventry next year.

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 'Powerwall' system stores surplus energy from renewable sources and then releases it when necessary

Tesla's foray into energy storage could 'revolutionise energy system'

The news that Tesla is launching a battery energy storage pack is 'another nail in the coffin of conventional utilities', according to a professor of energy policy at the University of Exeter.

Jaguar Land Rover received the award for its development of a 'whole-lifecycle' approach to manufacturing while cutting the environmental cost of production

Queen Elizabeth awards sustainable business achievement

Automotive giant Jaguar Land Rover and surplus food re-distributor Company Shop have been recognised as sustainability leaders by receiving a Queens Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development today.

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.

The UK biofuels industry already supports 3,500 jobs

Biofuels vital to UK decarbonisation, finds report

The UK transport industry must embrace biofuels if it is to meet EU decarbonisation targets, a Government-backed report has claimed.

The Quit Club, the newest phase of the company's Quit Smoking for Good campaign, likens the emissions diesel cars produce to smoking

Quit Club: Toyota urges businesses to 'stop smoking by quitting diesel'

Businesses are being encouraged to switch their company vehicle fleets from diesel engines to petrol hybrids in a new initiative launched by Toyota & Lexus Fleet Services this month.

The newly-expanded Go Ultra Low consortium aims to share the multiple benefits of ULEVs with a wider audience

More major carmakers join Government push for ULEVs

Audi, Mitsubishi and Volkswagen have joined the UK Government's Go Ultra Low campaign which aims to increase the take-up of 'plug-in' cars and vans.

Japanese car manufacturers set to thrive under tighter emissions regulations

Three Japanese car manufacturers have ranked in the top five for their anticipated ability to adapt to the introduction of stricter emissions regulations in a new 'super-league' released today (6/02/15).

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 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.

A further 2,400 new hybrid buses will be rolled out by 2020

Boris faces up to London's air quality crisis with £330m green spree

2,400 hybrid buses, zero-emission taxis and 10,000 street trees will all be coming to London as part of new plans announced by Boris Johnson in a bid to tackle the capital's air pollution problems.

The Lima conference is intended to deliver the first draft of an accord to stave off dangerous climate change

UN climate change deal must have legally binding targets, says EU

An international deal on global warming must have legally binding targets, Europe will argue at a UN climate summit in Peru next week.

The Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid buses will incorporate plug-in technology which reduces fuel consumption

Volvo unveils new Electric Hybrid buses

Volvo will this week launch its new 7900 Electric Hybrid range of buses to help European cities slash public transport fuel emissions and reduce air pollution.

By 2016 there will be more than 1,700 hybrid buses in service on London's streets

Wirelessly charged hybrid buses roll into London

Specially designed electric buses will be able to wirelessly charge their batteries while they wait at bus stands under new trials announced today (27 August) by Transport for London (TfL).

New tobacco plants developed for aviation biofuel production in Limpopo province, South Africa

Boeing teams up with South African Airways to make jet fuel from tobacco plant

Aircraft giant Boeing, South African Airways and jet fuel provider SkyNRG have announced they are collaborating to make sustainable aviation biofuel from a new type of tobacco plant.

Car manufacturers are placing increased value on lightweighting and the use of leightweight structural materials to drive fuel efficiency technologies in order to meet ever tougher emission targets

Car makers increasingly turn to lightweighting for fuel economy gains

The trend for lightweighting of materials and component parts is growing in the automotive industry as car makers look to improve fuel economy within their fleets, according to a DuPont-backed study.

Ford's portfolio includes five electric vehicles; two plug-in hybrids, two hybrids and one all-electric

Ford ranked top global green brand for 2014 as carmakers race ahead

Ford has taken the top spot from Toyota as the number one global green brand this year - with car makers claiming all top four positions - according to Interbrand's latest annual ranking table.

Johnson & Johnson is a multinational medical devices, pharmaceutical and consumer packaged goods manufacturer

Johnson and Johnson faces up to supply chain challenge

Multinational medical and pharmaceutical company Johnson and Johnson has underlined the difficulty in ensuring responsible standards in supply chains in its latest sustainability report.

Commercial Group will have six hydrogen vans operating across the Capital within the next six months

Commercial Group launches London's first hydrogen-hybrid van fleet

Office supplies and IT services firm Commercial Group has today (15 May) announced the launch of the first London-based fleet of hydrogen hybrid delivery vans.

To encourage more people to use ULEVs, car grants of £5,000 off the upfront cost will be extended, which amounts to around £200m of the £500m investment.

Government invests £500m to accelerate uptake of electric vehicles

The Government is investing £500m in the ultra-low emissions vehicle (ULEV) industry in an attempt to boost uptake of electric and hybrid vehicles across Britain.

Government funding has spurred the cleantech industry over the years

Costly cleantech scaring away investors but corporates picking up the slack, says investor

EXCLUSIVE There is a strong need for investment in the "enabling clean technologies" if we are to achieve a low carbon economy, says Generation Investment Management partner Colin Le Duc.

Ethical food and drink sales increased by 36% in 2012, to £10.16bn

Ethical product sales grow 12% despite 'recessionary pressures'

Sales of ethical products grew by more than 12% in 2012 pushing the value of the ethical market to more than £54bn, according to new report.

New glass recycling target unveiled

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has confirmed that it is to lower glass recycling targets.

FirstGroup invests heavily in fuel-efficient buses

UK and North American transport operator FirstGroup has invested £70m in new vehicles, including 274 of the "most fuel efficient buses on the market".

London trials first electric buses

Electric buses are being trialled for the first time in London today in an effort to cut emissions from the Capital's bus fleet.

IKEA to install EV chargers at all UK stores

IKEA is installing electric vehicle fast charging points across all 18 of its store's car parks by December 2013.

Two of DHLs new duel fuel vehicles

DHL expands duel fuel fleet to cut CO2 emissions

Major logistics company DHL has introduced 63 new dual fuel vehicles to its existing 38, which it claims now makes the company the single largest dual fuel heavy trucks fleet operator in Europe.

Any colour as long as it's green... the promotion is

VW drives customers to use green energy

Volkswagen and Ecotricity have come together to offer what they claim is truly green motoring.

EXCLUSIVE: Lib Dems 2040 diesel and petrol ban needs 'progressive legislation'

The Government must introduce legislation that allows motorists and industry to affordably adopt cleaner vehicles if the Liberal Democrats vision of banning all petrol and diesel cars from UK roads by 2040 is to be realised, says the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

EXCLUSIVE: Formula One 'a vehicle for green technology development'

Formula One acts as a test-bed for sustainable innovations which are then carried through into the wider automotive industry, says F1 team Vodafone Mclaren Mercedes' managing director, Jonathan Neale.

The Vodafone Mclaren Mercedes team at work on the car in the garage

A winning formula: F1's roadmap to sustainability

Formula One may not appear to be an inherently sustainable sport, but it is uniquely placed to play a critical role in the definition, development and implementation of new automotive and technological solutions. In fact, its very ethos means it not only occupies a place within sustainable culture, but can actually provide steps to improve it, finds Leigh Stringer.

Transport Minister Norman Baker

Government 'technology neutral' in drive to cut transport emissions says Norman Baker

The Government stands firm as "technology neutral" when it comes to reducing emissions from domestic transport, and does not favour electric vehicle technology over others, says Transport Minister Norman Baker.

Manufacturers must improve vehicle technology to cut emissions 'significantly'

New vans being produced in the European Union (EU) must become more efficient to meet CO2 targets in 2017 and 2020, according to provisional data published by the European Environment Agency (EEA).

DHL to 'drive better results' with carbon cutting truck design

Logistics company DHL has unveiled a prototype hybrid electric truck which it claims could reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions by up to 25%.

Government drives low carbon transport with round four of Green Bus fund

The Government is providing £12m funding for 213 new low carbon buses in a drive to cut carbon emissions and encourage economic growth.

The Nissan LEAF

Vauxhall and Nissan back low carbon vehicles as fuel sales plunge

The motor industry has highlighted the benefits of low carbon vehicles on UK roads after figures released today showed a decline in fuel sold in the last five years.

Businesses offered free advice on converting to cost-cutting electric fleets

The Energy Saving Trust (EST) is to offer 100 businesses in England free analysis of their fleets to establish how electrical vehicles could reduce costs.

London plans ultra-low emission zone in world first

The mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced plans to create the world's first Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London, in an attempt to dramatically improve air quality in the capital.

European Commission at 'full throttle' for clean fuel targets

The European Commission has today proposed a package of binding targets on Member States to invest in infrastructure for alternative fuels such as electric charging points for road transport and liquefied natural gas (LNG) refuelling points for ships.

Switching fleets to EVs could cut company fuel costs by 75%

Businesses that switch to electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles could reduce their fleet fuel costs by 75%, according to a new report.

Telefonica sets new CO2 emissions target

Telefonica has announced it will reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 30% by 2020.

Vauxhall's electric vehicles advert misled viewers says the Advertising Standards Agency

Vauxhall's "misleading" electric vehicle ad back-fires

Vauxhall has had a television advert banned for misleading viewers on claims the car company's new electric vehicle can drive for 360 miles on electricity.

Coca-Cola spreads recycling message during Olympic torch relay

Olympic sponsor Coca-Cola has released details on its initiative to engage thousands of sports fans around the country in the importance of recycling during the Olympic Flame's 70-day torch relay.

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Honda pioneers rare metals recycling from used cars

Honda is set to embark on what it claims is the world's first mass-production process to extract rare earth metals from used car parts.

£101m funding to green bus network

The Department for Transport has unveiled plans to increase the number of low carbon buses across England - thanks to a new £101m package of improvements.

Andy Eastlake

Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership announces new managing director

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP), which supports the Government's Climate Change Strategy, has appointed a new managing director.

Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake scoops green award

Hollywood actor and singer Justin Timberlake has been honoured for his green credentials in the Environment Association Media Awards (EAM).

Rise of more efficient combustion engine 'biggest threat' to electric vehicle market

Costs associated with running an electric car are currently much higher than conventional vehicles but that could be set to change, according to new research.

FedEx now operates Boeing 777F aircraft, helping to cut down on fuel usage

Environmental programme brings change to FedEx

The sprawling global logistics and transportation business FedEx is taking its commitment to sustainability to the next level.

New for the family market: the five-seater Toyota Prius V

Toyota drives forward with greener models

Car manufacturer Toyota has achieved record sales of its hybrid vehicles, which it sees as crucial to the company's future

The Range-e full plug-in hybrid concept car, which is currently being trialled

Jaguar Land Rover aims to cut vehicle impacts

Hybrid technology and compact vehicles look set to give Land Rover the edge as the company strives for greater fuel efficiency, writes Tom Idle

Race to FIT in solar projects draws to a close

Vast solar arrays have been installed across the UK in advance of the Government withdrawing funding for bigger schemes.

Electric car charge points to be installed points at services

Motorway services stations the length of the country are being fitted with electric car charging points.

The right solutions for bonding the bunds

Secondary containment is absolutely critical for securing storage tanks, says Matthew Lines, the technical services manager of ITW Irathane Futura. Here he explains the best approach

The Nissan Leaf

Insurance costs will rule out low carbon vehicle benefits until 2020

The high cost of insuring hybrid and electric vehicles means there will not be a cost benefit to the consumer until 2020, according to an energy consultant.

Metals used for magnets inside wind turbines are become scarcer

Clean technologies under threat from low metals reuse

Recycling rates of rare metals are far lower than their potential for reuse despite them being crucial to the development of clean technologies, a new report has found.

Army could drastically cut its carbon 'bootprint'

A modern army could ride hybrid tanks and use remote laser technology to become an effective and greener force, according to one of its engineers.

BAE Systems' Dr Mike Mekhiche (left) and Norman Thoday finalise the deal at the recent Commercial Vehicle show

Refuse truck to be propelled with military engine

A waste collection vehicle equipped with military technology will soon go on trial in a pioneering move which should result in significant fuel savings.

The president of Volvo Buses believes hybrid and plug-in hybrid buses will form a crucial part of the UK's transport system in order to optimise routes outside of the capital city

Britain is ready for the green bus transition, says Volvo Buses

The president of Volvo Buses believes an open standard that doesn't lock cities into contracts with individual suppliers could prove vital in accelerating the uptake of low-carbon buses across the country, and is calling on new stakeholders to engage in the conversation.

Toasting success: Representatives from Bywaters and Volvo

Bywaters fuels fleet deal for less emissions

London waste contractor Bywaters has struck a deal with Volvo Trucks to bolster its refuse and recycling vehicles.

England gets funds for over 500 low carbon buses

The Department of Transport has announced £46 million worth of funding for 542 new low carbon buses across England by March 2012.

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