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Nissan given green light on 20MW solar farm expansion at Sunderland plant

Nissan has been given the green light to expand a solar farm at its Sunderland plant, which is currently undergoing a huge investment project to create a new Gigafactory.

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Nissan promises £13.2bn of investment in EV revolution this decade

Japanese carmaker Nissan has unveiled a new investment plan worth two trillion yen (£13.2bn), aimed at accelerating its electric vehicle (EV) transition through to 2030.

The UK Government's current vision involves bringing seven Gigafactories online by 2027 

Report: UK's EV revolution will create 50 million sq ft of Gigafactories

If the UK is to meet its 2040 target of ending new petrol and diesel vehicle sales, the national Gigafactory stock will need to grow to as much as 50 million square feet of factories and warehouses.

35 of the 50 electric utilities assessed will likely see emissions increasing in the short-term

Almost all electric utilities and carmakers failing to decarbonise in line with 1.5C, says damning report

Just 7% of large carmakers and 2% of large electric utility firms are decarbonising at the pace required to avert the worst impacts of the climate crisis, according to a major new analysis of 80 corporates out today (24 November).

The BESS installation has been supported by a £5m grant from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Cranfield University to install energy storage units using second-life EV batteries

Cranfield University will introduce three battery storage units at its Bedfordshire campus early next year, in a move that will enable the university to store and use renewable energy from a co-located solar farm.

EVs are just one manufacturing area that could be hit by supply issues

UK facing green industry supply chain pressures, urged to boost recycling and productivity

The UK is facing a supply chain crunch on critical components needed for green industries like electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing, with a new Green Alliance report calling for the UK to build up domestic recycling of these valuable materials as part of energy saving measures.

The longer the transition is delayed, the report warns, the higher the additional cost - with a non-linear increase forecast

Report: Climate inaction from energy and automotive firms to rack up costs of $150bn each year

Businesses in the coal, oil and gas, power generation and automotive sectors are failing to plan for an orderly net-zero transition, posing a sizeable risk to financial markets, a new report is warning.

Neither Toyota nor BMW signed a new declaration at COP26 pledging to end the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040

BMW, Toyota and other major carmakers accused of lobbying against stronger climate policies

Toyota has been named as one of the world's most influential companies blocking Paris-Agreement-aligned climate policies by InfluenceMap, which has also published data revealing how German automakers and trade bodies are advocating for weaker emissions goals.

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The second week of COP26: The 10 biggest stories

COP26 was officially scheduled to end at 6pm on Friday (12 November), after a two-week-long push to prevent the worst of the climate crisis and align global plans with the Paris Agreement's 1.5C trajectory. It has officially over-run overnight and, as negotiators continue their work, edie summarises the week's key developments.

We're into the last stretch of negotiations, with the UK Unit still hoping to announce a final agreed text by 6pm GMT on Friday

9 things you need to know from Transport Day at COP26

Transport has been the order of the day for the presidency programme at COP26 on the second and final Wednesday (10 November) of the summit. Here, edie rounds up eight of the day's major headlines.

Transport is the UK's most-emitting sector

COP26: US, China, major brands sit out of new global pledge on transitioning to 100% zero-emission vehicles

To mark Transport Day (10 November) at COP26, 32 nations plus hundreds of cities, regions and businesses have signed a new commitment to end petrol and diesel vehicle sales by 2040 - but there are several notable absences.

The report was published to coincide with Transport Day at COP26

Report: New funding mechanisms needed for EVs and charging to spur low-carbon transport uptake

Vehicle and charging bundles, health certification for batteries and local authority engagement are among 18 recommendations from the Green Finance Institute in order to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK.

Pictured: Ford's new Fiesta design, a hybrid version of the hatchback

Reports: Ford preparing to offer $1bn green bond as part of EV transition plan

The Ford Motor Company has confirmed plans to retire up to $5bn of its existing high-interest bonds, issued to help it weather the Covid-19 pandemic, and to launch its first green bonds.

Nico Rosberg spoke to edie within the Action Zone of COP26 in Glasgow

Video Nico Rosberg on the EV transition and sporting role models at COP26

Retired Formula 1 world champion Nico Rosberg has spoken to edie about the need to accelerate the shift to electric vehicles, claiming that 'everything is a little too late at the moment' in relation to the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow.

Just transition measures were found to be weak in-house, and weaker still in terms of protecting broader communities and advocating for policy support 

Energy and automotive giants 'failing to ensure just transition to net-zero for workers and communities'

A major assessment of how automotive, oil and gas and electric utility giants are approaching decarbonisation has found that almost none have properly planned to safeguard workers and communities against the potential impacts on their livelihoods.

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Tesla, Hertz, Uber and Royal Mail: Major EV schemes launched ahead of COP26

Several major electric vehicle (EV) announcements have been made on the eve of COP26, with Royal Mail opening and all-electric delivery office in Glasgow and thousands of EVs being ordered for major car rental and ride-hailing schemes.

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Daimler and BP partner on UK hydrogen refuelling network

Mercedez-Benz's sister brand, Daimler Truck, has partnered with BP to develop a network of up to 25 hydrogen truck refuelling stations across the UK this decade.

The Better Business Roundtable: Purpose, Culture and Impact

The climate crisis is raging. Technologies are evolving. The future of work is upon us and new paradigms of growth are emerging. NOW is the time to reinvent business models, shift corporate cultures, change our understanding of value, and reposition business as a force for positive change.

Transport for London has already stopped the purchase of new buses which are not electric or hydrogen-powered

London's ULEZ expands, with new zone 18 times larger than original perimeter

London's Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) has been expanded this week to cover all of inner London. The expansion from central London now means the ULEZ is 18 times bigger.

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BMW inks deal for fossil-free steel manufactured using hydrogen and renewables

BMW Group has announced plans to begin sourcing steel produced using fossil-fuel-free methods from 2025, claiming that the material produces up to 95% less emissions on a lifecycle basis.

The strategy collects all previous climate commitments as well as building on them

At a glance: All the key announcements in the Net-Zero Strategy

The UK Government has finally published its Net-Zero Strategy, a comprehensive run-through of how the nation will decarbonise in a way that "transforms every sector of the global economy", although some green groups don't believe the steps outlined in the Strategy can mobilise action to deliver net-zero by 2050.

The £12.bn will be spent under “energy-transformation investment guidelines” and will target renewable energy amongst other solutions

Mitsubishi Corporation to invest £12.6bn to reach net-zero emissions

Mitsubishi Corporation has established new emissions reduction targets that will see the company reach net-zero by 2050 through a £12.6bn investment into an array of low-carbon solutions.

Project TraDER, led by Electron, was funded via the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy’s FleX fund

Orkney flexibility trials deliver 24,000 peer-to-peer trades

A Government-backed local flexibility market trial has seen more than 24,000 peer-to-peer trades take place, enabling local wind energy to power homes and provide flexible services to the national energy market.

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Rolls-Royce to sell only electric cars from 2030

Luxury automaker Rolls-Royce has announced that it will launch its first pure electric vehicle (EV) in 2023 and stop selling petrol, diesel and hybrid vehicles from 2030.

Ready to follow in Polestar's footsteps? The entry deadline for the 2022 Awards has been extended to Friday 8 October

What makes a sustainability leader? Inside Polestar's innovative EV vision

With the entry deadline for edie's 2022 Sustainability Leaders Awards on Friday (8 October), this series showcases the achievements of previous winners. Up next: Winner of our 'Product Innovation' award, Polestar.

Pictured: Work inside GM's FactoryZERO in Detroit, Michigan. Image: GM

General Motors set to hit 100% renewable energy milestone in the US five years earlier than planned

Automotive giant General Motors (GM) has pushed a commitment to source 100% renewable energy for its US operations forward from 2030 to 2025.

The UK's EV stock has been growing than its charging infrastructure for several years now

EVs: UK Government floats £950m infrastructure investment and charger mandates for car park operators

The Department for Transport (DfT) has opened consultations on measures designed to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs), with new proposals setting out plans for addressing infrastructure gaps.

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Built for Better: Walmart launches online platform to highlight sustainable products

Walmart has created a new online platform for shoppers looking to purchase more sustainable and healthier items that meet an array of recognised standards.

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Hermes orders 168 electric vans for UK fleet

Delivery giant Hermes UK has placed an order for 168 fully electric vans from Mercedes-Benz and will integrate them into its fleet by the end of the year.

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DHL accelerates green fleet transition with electric van rollout

DHL Express has added 50 electric vans to its UK fleet and announced plans to introduce a further 50 by the end of the year.

Pictured: One of Hyundai's concept vehicles, an autonomous container transportation system called Trainer Drone. Image: Hyundai

Hyundai promises a hydrogen version of all models by 2028, as Toyota ramps up EV investment

Hyundai has unveiled a new hydrogen strategy, including a commitment to apply hydrogen fuel cell systems to all models by 2028, in the same week that rival Toyota confirmed plans to spend more than $13.5bn on electric vehicle (EV) tech by 2030.

Ready to follow in DPD's footsteps? Entries for the 2022 awards close on 1 October 2021

What makes a sustainability leader? Meet low-carbon fleet management champions DPD

With the entry deadline for edie's 2022 Sustainability Leaders Awards less than a month away, this series showcases the achievements of previous winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: Winner of our 'Transport/Fleet Management Initiative' award, DPD.

Pictured: The i Vision Circular concept car is made using only recycled, reused and renewable materials, but it could be some time before a vehicle with these specs hits the commercial market. Image: BMW 

'New territory for us': How BMW is embedding circular economy principles to accelerate the low-carbon transition

EXCLUSIVE: BMW's VP for sustainability and mobility Dr Thomas Becker has spoken exclusively to edie about its new climate and circular economy commitments, stating that the company "will not get on a Paris-compliant pathway" without recycling and reusing materials.

London's new 'bike library' and a milestone for US renewables: The sustainability success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

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Carlsberg Group adds 20 new electric trucks to fleet

Brewer Carlsberg Group has announced that it is now operating Switzerland's largest electric truck fleet, after taking delivery of 20 new vehicles from Renault Trucks.

Currently, households that have access to a driveway account for around 80% of EV owners

Lambeth to host demonstration project to improve access to public EV charging

A new London-based trial will seek to demonstrate the affordability and accessibility of public electric vehicle (EV) charging points in a bid to spur uptake of EVs across all communities in the UK.

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Banking on electric: NatWest Group to install 600 EV chargers at UK sites

NatWest Group has confirmed plans to install 600 electric vehicle (EV) charging points across its UK office locations by 2023.

The Government claims that together, the four projects could save almost 32 million tonnes of carbon emissions

Government funnels £91m into ultra-fast charging projects and extended-range EVs

Projects that increase the range of electric vehicles (EVs), create batteries that can charge in as little as 12 minutes and hydrogen-powered heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) have all been awarded a share of £91m from the UK Government.

This new series will be running regularly, bringing you the key headlines, statistics and events in the run-up to COP26. Bottom-left image: David Mirzoeff 

COP26 Action Tracker: Nations urged to respond to IPCC report as Cambo oilfield row rolls on

With less than 100 days to go until COP26, this new series from edie will provide a regular temperature check of global climate action from nations and businesses.

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Hydrogen buses, rapid response vehicles and forklift trucks bag share of £2.5m Government funding pot

A string of hydrogen transport projects in the Tees Valley region have won a share of a £2.5m Government competition funding pot for research and development.

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Hermes expands CNG vehicle fleet to become 'largest in the UK parcel sector'

Delivery giant Hermes UK has placed an order for 70 delivery trucks fuelled using compressed natural gas (CNG), bringing the total number of these vehicles in its fleet to 160.

The integration of renewables has contributed to a 22.7% reduction in Scope 1 & 2 emissions against a 2018 baseline

Sky powered by 100% renewables globally

Broadcaster Sky is now powered by 100% renewable electricity across its entire operations, meeting a commitment to the RE100 initiative and building towards its net-zero target for 2030.

According to the group, enabling policies could help unlock private sector investment of more than £50bn in infrastructure and EV fleets over the next five years

UK's largest fleet operators to switch to electric vehicles by 2030

Some of the UK's largest commercial fleet operators, including Royal Mail, BT and Tesco, have committed to converting their fleets to British-built electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030 at the latest, if the Government can overcome barriers related to grids and charging infrastructure.

According to EDF, the offering would enable fleet customers to save around £350 in energy cost savings annually

EDF and Nissan launch V2G charging solution for business fleets

EDF and Nissan have launched a new service for UK businesses that enables electric vehicle (EV) fleets to access vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging technology.

Lloyds of London has faced pressure to improve its climate approach for several years

Lloyd's outlines plans to increase green investments but stops short of full Paris Agreement alignment

Insurance and investment giant Lloyd's of London has published a new climate action roadmap, detailing plans to increase support for low-carbon transport, energy and industrial technologies.

The Government’s overarching ambition on EV charging is to ensure that drivers are never more than 30 miles away from a rapid charging point

'Postcode lottery' of charging access and costs undermining UK's EV revolution plans, MPs warn

The UK's 2030 ban on new petrol and diesel car sales is not yet being supported by adequate plans for improving access to electric vehicle (EV) charging or for improving electricity networks, MPs are warning.

The proposed plan would use the Siemens Mobility ‘eHighway’ technology, which has been trialled on small road systems in Germany and Sweden

UK Government exploring feasibility of 'electric highways' for zero-emission trucks

The Department for Transport (DfT) has awarded a share of £20m to a consortium of businesses that will explore how long-range trucks can be electrified using overhead wires on motorways across the country, to assist with the UK's net-zero emissions target.

Campaigners claimed that policymakers had only considered the environmental impact of five of the Scheme's 50+ projects

Climate impact of UK's £27.4bn roads plan 'not a matter for the courts', judge rules

The High Court has ruled that the Government did not need to assess the climate impact of its second Road Investment Strategy (RIS2), after green campaigners argued that the £27.4bn package is not aligned with the 2050 net-zero commitment.

The UK Government's vision involves bringing seven Gigafactories online by 2027 

UK's plans to scale battery production 'insufficient for net-zero transition'

The UK Government's plans to support the battery manufacturing sector to scale up are not sufficient to deliver the transition to net-zero, nor to ensure that the UK remains a leader in this market globally, a Lords Committee is warning.

The carmaker is forging ahead with the development of Vision EQXX – an EV that is expected to have a range of more than 600 miles

Mercedes-Benz to go all-electric for vehicles by 2030

Mercedes-Benz has announced plans to move its entire product portfolio to electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030, to be supported by a £34bn investment and plans to run eight gigafactories for battery production.

Reaching the EU’s 2030 climate goal will require a significant build-up in the production of renewable electricity, which is needed to feed the electrolysers generating green hydrogen

EU's green hydrogen plans hailed as 'true game-changer' by industry

The European Commission boosted regulatory support for green hydrogen in its proposed overhaul of climate legislation published last week, with the renewable hydrogen coalition calling it "a true game changer" for the nascent EU industry.

As well as destroying fragile marine habitats, deep-sea mining also impacts the oceans' ability to absorb and sequester carbon

Automakers urged to move away from 'destructive' deep-sea mining

Carmakers looking to increase the rollout of electric vehicles (EVs) across the globe have been urged to pre-divest from deep-sea mining companies, with a coalition of NGOs warning that failing to do so will cause irreversible damage that will contribute to the climate crisis.

The roadmap divides city-based emissions into five sectors that have the greatest climate impact

Roadmap developed to help Oxford reach net-zero emissions by 2040

A new science-based roadmap has been developed outlining how carbon budgets, rooftop solar and electric vehicles (EVs) can help Oxford reach net-zero emissions by 2040.

Last month, the company revealed that it reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 16% over the last year, as it builds towards a net-zero carbon goal set for 2040

Asda to move entire company car fleet to EVs by 2025

Asda has confirmed it will move its entire company car fleet of 600 vehicles to electric by 2025, a move that will save more than 2,000 tonnes of carbon emissions on the road to net-zero.

National Grid has outlined a string of net-zero scenarios, but concerns have been raised about its ability to advise impartially 

National Grid could lose electricity system operator role under new BEIS and Ofgem plans

The UK Government and energy regulator Ofgem have outlined their initial views on replacing National Grid with a new independent system operator for electricity and gas, as part of a string of policy updates designed to accelerate the low-carbon transition.

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Net-zero by 2045: Go-Ahead Group launches updated climate strategy

Public transport giant Go-Ahead Group has launched a new climate strategy headlined by commitments to cut emissions by 75% by 2035 and bring them to net-zero by 2045.

The Plan was originally due out in late 2020 but was delayed amid Covid-19 and, reportedly, calls for more ambitious targets 

'Clarity and confidence for the road ahead': Green economy reacts to Transport Decarbonisation Plan

The UK Government's Transport Decarbonisation Plan is set for publication today (14 July), outlining plans to align all domestic travel and logistics with the national net-zero target. Here, we round up the reaction to this policy package from thought leaders and key organisations across the green economy.

The Plan was originally due out in late 2020 but was delayed amid Covid-19 and, reportedly, calls for more ambitious targets 

Transport Decarbonisation Plan: UK Government to ban new petrol and diesel truck sales by 2040

The UK Government has unveiled its much-anticipated Transport Decarbonisation Plan, designed to align all modes of domestic transport with the national net-zero target.

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Vauxhall to only sell pure electric cars and vans from 2028

British automotive brand Vauxhall Motors has confirmed that it will not sell any cars or vans with internal combustion engines (ICEs) from 2028 onwards, including hybrids.

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Hyundai joins RE100 as Porsche urges suppliers to source 100% renewable electricity

Hyundai Motor Group's five largest affiliate brands are applying to the Climate Group's RE100 scheme this month, the business has revealed, shortly after Porsche unveiled new measures to help suppliers procure renewable electricity.

Sales of EVs and plug-in hybrids PHEVs have skyrocketed by more than 100% compared to the same period last year in the UK

Vauxhall's Cheshire site to produce new electric vans as EV sales skyrocket in the UK

Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant in Cheshire has been earmarked to produce new electric vans, while a group of automakers gears up to collaborate on charging points for heavy-duty vehicles.

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England's first hydrogen double-decker buses hit the road in London

In what is claimed to be a first for England, a fleet of 20 new hydrogen double-decker buses are being launched in London this week.

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General Motors to funnel $35bn into EVs by 2025

General Motors (GM) is increasing its funding for electric vehicles (EVs) and automated vehicles (AVs) by 75% over the next five years.

Even the best performers in the report were deemed to be 70% ready for the EV transition

Europe's biggest carmakers 'not on track' for EV transition

Toyota, Ford and BMW are among the eight major European automotive firms accused of being unprepared for the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) in a new report from Transport & Environment.

Pictured: The New Land Rover Defender plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), which the hydrogen vehicle is modelled on. Image: JLR

JLR to begin first hydrogen car tests this year

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has unveiled plans to test a prototype hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) this year, as part of its vision to deliver zero tailpipe emissions by 2036.

UPS is also aiming to introduce measures to improve employee experience and engagement

UPS aims to become carbon neutral by 2050

Logistics giant UPS has unveiled new environmental, social and governance (ESG) targets that will see the company strive to become carbon neutral across its global operations by 2050.

Pictured: Some of the EVs already operated by Royal Mail, from its Bristol facility

Royal Mail aims to grow EV fleet 10 times over, as DPD orders 750 electric vans

Royal Mail has announced plans to add an additional 3,000 low-emission delivery vans to its fleet, in the same week that DPD placed an order for 750 fully electric vans.

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Work underway to create 'UK's biggest electric bus charging station' in Glasgow

Public transport operator First Bus has begun work to retrofit its Caledonia depot in Glasgow to host 162 electric vehicle (EV) charging points, claiming the project will be the largest of its kind in the UK once complete.

More than 150 cities globally have launched or committed to launch such zones, with Europe leading the way

Zero-emission zones can help cities slash transport emissions by 70%, WEF claims

Zero-emission zones, in which polluting vehicles are banned or charged, can help cities cut road transport emissions by more than half, a new World Economic Forum (WEF) publication claims.

In action: Skanska's rollout of EV charging with Pod Point

Skanska is aiming for net-zero emissions by 2045 and is committed to converting its fleet of company cars to electric. This "In action" guide explains how working with Pod Point on the integration of EV charge points is helping with these goals.

The ITF believes that transport emissions can be reduced by more than 70% by 2050 through enabling policies

Global transport emissions to skyrocket 16% based on current policies

Global traffic emissions look set to rise by 16% by 2050 based on current policies, as demand for transport activity doubles, according to a new report that is calling for ambitious climate policies to reduce emissions from the sector.

Pictured: InstaVolt's rapid charging hub in Necton

Costa Coffee to install EV chargers at hundreds of UK drive-thrus

Costa Coffee has announced plans to install rapid electric vehicle (EV) chargers at up to 200 of its UK drive-thru locations.

Transport is the UK's most emitting sector 

Road to net-zero: UK business giants team up to accelerate investment in low-carbon transport

Uber and Lloyds Banking Group are among the founding members of a new business coalition working to unlock investment into low-carbon road transport systems.

Centrica is aiming to electrify its own fleet by 2025

Survey: UK businesses set to invest almost £16bn in EVs this year

UK businesses are planning to spend £15.8bn on electric vehicles (EVs) between April 2021 and March 2022, a 50% increase in spending from the previous year.

#SustyTalk​: GM's Al Hildreth on the evolution of corporate water stewardship

edie's #SustyTalk video interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with General Motors' global energy manager Al Hildreth.

Pictured: The Volvo XC40 Recharge. Volvo is one of the 27 business signatories

Business giants press EU to ban petrol and diesel car sales by 2035

Ikea, Uber and Sky are among a coalition of 27 businesses urging the EU to ban new petrol and diesel car sales by 2035, in light of the bloc's long-term net-zero vision.

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UPS invests in electric aircraft for zero-emission deliveries

Logistics giant UPS had unveiled plans to purchase electric aircraft models to assist with time-sensitive deliveries while limiting emissions associated with transportation.

RouteZero will support the UK’s efforts to mobilise climate action in the build-up to COP26

RouteZero: Climate Group launches new initiative to decarbonise road transport

International non-profit the Climate Group had partnered with the UN High-Level Climate Champions to launch a new initiative aimed at getting businesses, cities and regions to completely decarbonise all forms of road transport.

The EV manufacturer has already provided a labelling system to outline the lifetime carbon footprint of its new vehicles. Image: Polestar

'A moonshot goal': Polestar aims to develop offset-free, climate-neutral car

Swedish electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Polestar has unveiled an ambitious new intention to create the first "truly" carbon-neutral car by 2030, by reducing emissions across the value chain and without relying on offsetting.

These innovations could help make sectors including transport, heat, recycling and agriculture more sustainable

Microwave boilers and autonomous EVs: The best green innovations of March 2021

Every month, numerous eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations are being developed to help businesses and nations turn their green ambitions into actions. Here, we round up five of the best from March 2021.

Pictured: CNG Fuels' Warrington refuelling station

Ground broken at biomethane refuelling station in first for Scotland

Scotland's first renewable biomethane refuelling station will open this year, the developers have announced, after ground was broken at the project site today (25 March).

Pictured: VW's ID.3, which it will use in car-sharing services across Germany

VW aims to double EV sales in 2021

Volkswagen (VW) has committed to selling more than 450,000 electric vehicles (EV) globally in 2021 - more than double the amount it sold in 2020 - as part of its Covid-19 recovery efforts.

Pictured: A double-decker hydrogen bus from Wrightbus

'Green bus revolution': UK to ban diesel bus sales and boost electric and hydrogen fleets

The UK Government has committed to ending the sale of new diesel buses and increasing sales of British-built, zero-emission models, in a move that should help tackle climate change and air pollution.

The Government’s new £20m fun will assist research and development competition for EV technology innovations

Government confirms 2030 ban on petrol and diesel cars, unveils £20m electric vehicle package

The Government has officially confirmed that the ban on sales of new petrol and diesel cars has been moved forward to 2030, while also announcing a new £20m funding pot for electric vehicle (EV) innovation.

Pictured: The Volvo XC40 Recharge

Volvo Cars to go fully electric by 2030

Volvo has outlined plans to stop selling petrol, diesel and hybrid cars by the end of the decade.

Sunak will be hosting a press conference after the Budget speech on Wednesday. Image: HM Treasury 

Budget 2021: Businesses and charities make last-minute calls for green funding to Rishi Sunak

With the 2021 Budget being announced on Wednesday (3 March), Chancellor Rishi Sunak is facing mounting pressure over the Green Homes Grant, National Nature Service and other green policy decisions.

From September 2021, E10 will be mandated across the UK, in a bid to reduce emissions from transport

UK introduces new mandate on sustainable petrol blends

The UK Government will mandate the introduction and use of a new blend of petrol containing up to 10% sustainable bioethanol from September this year.

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Virgin Media targets net-zero carbon operations for 2025

Virgin Media has committed to achieve net-zero operations by the end of 2025 and to transition its entire fleet to electric vehicles by 2030, as part of a sweeping new sustainability strategy.

The new vans will hit the road by the end of next year. Image: Centrica

British Gas targets fully electric fleet by 2025

British Gas has placed what it claims is the largest order of electric vehicles (EVs) by a UK business to date, after bringing its target for full fleet electrification forward to 2025.

Read on to find out how 16 of the world's biggest carmakers are approaching the EV transition. Images (clockwise from top left): Nissan, BMW, JLR, GM

From Audi to Volkswagen: How are big carmakers approaching the EV transition?

After Ford and Jaguar announced plans to go fully electric this week, edie looks at the commitments the world's biggest carmakers have made to electrify their vehicle portfolios.

Royal Mail is one of the UK's biggest fleet operators and has the biggest "feet on the street" workforce, comprising 90,000 postmen and women. Image: Royal Mail

Royal Mail to install fuel-efficiency-boosting tech across its fleet

Royal Mail will install technology systems designed to improve efficiency and reduce emissions across the majority of its fleet - which is one of the UK's biggest - over the next six weeks.

Pictured: Ford's fully electric Mustang Mach-E

Ford vows to only sell electric vehicles in Europe from 2030

Just days after Jaguar confirmed plans to only offer electric cars from 2025, Ford has committed to stop selling petrol and diesel models in Europe by the end of the decade.

The report outlines policy recommendations spanning from nature restoration to using hydrogen in heavy industry 

Green recovery: MPs call for VAT breaks for energy efficiency, electric vehicles and circular economy

MPs are urging Boris Johnson's Government to take a broader "green recovery" approach, going beyond low-carbon electricity and transport to provide policy supports for nature restoration and the circular economy.

Pictured: Electric delivery vans operated by EV100 member Swiss & Austrian Post

EV100: Businesses doubled electric vehicle roll-outs in 2020

Businesses involved in The Climate Group's EV100 initiative have collectively rolled out more than 169,000 electric vehicles (EVs), with 89,000 having been rolled out in 2020 alone.

Pictured: Jaguar's only pure electric car to date, the I-Pace SUV. Image: JLR

Jaguar to switch to fully electric vehicle portfolio by 2025

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will stop producing petrol and diesel vehicles under its Jaguar brand by 2025 and switch to electric-only models, as part of a sweeping new business strategy.

#SustyTalk: Enterprise's Iain Macbeth on fleet electrification in the time of Covid-19

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with Enterprise-Rent-A-Car's director of electric vehicle (EV) strategy, Iain Macbeth.

Actions covering emissions from transport, heating, industry and services have been developed to support the delivery of the new target

Oxford approves UK's first local air quality targets

Oxford City Council has approved local air pollution targets through to 2025 that are stricter than the national legal target.

Pictured: The Nissan Leaf 

Nissan to expand EV battery manufacturing at Sunderland plant

Nissan has confirmed plans to add additional electric vehicle (EV) battery production capacity to its UK plant in Sunderland, quashing concerns that the plant could downside or close after Brexit.

#SustyTalk: UPS's Claire Thompson-Sage on low-carbon logistics

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with UPS's sustainable development co-ordinator, Claire Thompson-Sage.

Automakers are now planning to launch more EVs than petrol models in the UK market in 2021

UK EV registrations up 185% in 2020, despite impact of Covid-19

Despite new car registrations falling to their lowest in nearly 30 years in 2020, the proportion of the market accounted for by electric vehicles (EVs) grew significantly, according to new figures from the automotive industry's trade body.