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'World's densest' network of air quality sensors to be installed in Camden

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New environmental roadmap developed for homebuilders

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Earlier this year, Royal Mail announced plans to add an additional 3,000 low-emission delivery vans to its fleet

Royal Mail to switch all company cars to EVs by 2030

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The UK Government has repeatedly been taken to court over its approach to air quality 

'Be more ambitious': MPs press Government to beef up air quality policies before lockdown lifts

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E.ON: 7 in 10 Brits want air pollution information in daily weather forecasts

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The NHS accounts for 4% of the UK’s carbon footprint

NHS sets net-zero emissions target for 2040

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The Government is ramping up spending on "greener" forms of housebuilding

Future Homes Task Force to ensure housebuilding is aligned to UK's net-zero target

A new cross-sector Future Homes Task Force is set to establish a multi-million-pound Delivery Hub to assist the built environment sector in improving the environmental footprint of new housebuilding.

At a business level, the research found that the loss of three million working days could be prevented by meeting WHO guideline

UK could save £1.6bn and 17,000 deaths by improving air quality, report finds

Improving air quality in England in line with World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines could deliver a £1.6bn benefit while preventing 17,000 premature deaths each year that are linked to air pollution.

The move comes as Defra is developing new national air quality targets under the Environment Bill

Oxford unveils plans for UK's first local air pollution targets

Oxford City Council has set out plans to introduce more ambitious air quality targets than the UK's current, legally binding goals, in what it claims is a national first.

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Business for Clean Air: New initiative to help corporates tackle air pollution as lockdown lifts

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Green recovery: Net-zero transition can create £90bn annual benefits for the UK

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World health groups call for green coronavirus recovery

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Lockdown sees global emissions fall by 17%

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A government spokeswoman said the delay to CAZs would help the authorities in Leeds, Birmingham and Bath focus on their response to coronavirus

UK cities postpone clean air zone plans due to Covid-19 crisis

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The Bill confirms that the OEP will cover all climate change legislation, including the commitment to reach net-zero emissions by 2050

UK Government's 'gold standard' Environment Bill reintroduced

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Eilidh Joined Laing O'Rourke around the same time the company signed its contract with Tideway - the project delivering London's 'super-sewer'

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The bikes aim to reduce both emissions and costs 

London businesses turn to cargo bikes to slash Christmas logistics emissions

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Airlabs’ Airbubbl technology can remove up to 95% of harmful particulate matter and gases from inside a vehicle

Red Bull fits air filtration technology in new company cars

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The manifesto places a big focus on energy efficiency and bills

Conservatives confirm plastic export ban and £9bn energy improvements in manifesto

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The initiative supports the BreatheLife’ campaign for clean air, a network of more than 70 cities, regions and countries, reaching over 288 million people

Air cleaning project at Marylebone Station extended for another year

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The report notes that technologies such as smart sensors and big data will enable EVs to integrate better with existing infrastructure and public transport, cutting traffic and improving air quality as a result

Policy gaps stifling profitability of digital revolution for clean transport

A new report from think tank The Green Alliance has warned that policy gaps and the uncertainty of Brexit is halting investment from manufacturers into the "new competitiveness frontier" of smart technology for electric vehicles (EVs), which risks pushing the UK's net-zero emissions goal out of reach.

A target of 2030 or sooner was supported by a majority of people in every age group

General Election: Majority of UK public calls for net-zero target to be pushed forward

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The UK's EV market grew by a record-breaking 19% in 2018, with one EV being registered every nine minutes

Government consults on green license plates for electric vehicles

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Polluting vehicles account for around half of London’s harmful NOx air emissions, with air pollution costing the capital up to £3.7bn annually

Air pollution reduced by a third in London's ULEZ

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While half of our European neighbours manage to comply with legal limits for toxic NO2 pollution, 36 out of 43 UK air quality zones regularly breach the rules

Little progress made in tackling air pollution in Europe, research says

Little progress has been made on tackling air quality in Europe despite public outcry in many countries and increasing awareness of the health impacts of pollution, new research shows.

The bill builds on the 25 Year Plan for the Environment. Pictured: Derwentwater in the Lake District

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The Environment Bill has been published today and the reaction is already in from the UK's green business community on the legislation and its impact on corporate sustainability. 

The Government has unveiled how it plans to leave the environment in a better state 

Deposit return schemes and biodiversity net-gain: Raft of new policies unveiled in Environment Bill

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According to the World Health Organization, nine in 10 citizens around the world breathe dirty air, with seven people dying prematurely due to health problems linked to air pollution

London joins global cities on 'race to the top' for clean air

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Dublin is one of the first European cities to use the EIE platform

Google's city emissions tool expands into Europe

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Introducing the Business Clean Air Taskforce

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Policies on energy, nature, waste and air quality are all at risk to Brexit

Post-Brexit threats to green policy intensifying, think tank warns

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The policy framework aims to foster a "just" transition to net-zero

Green New Deal Bill launched by Lucas and Lewis

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The new target builds on those already set separately by individual bus firms. Image: Arriva 

UK bus industry targets petrol and diesel phase-out

Organisations representing more than 95% of the UK's bus industry have pledged to only invest in low-emission vehicles from 2025, over concerns surrounding climate change and air pollution.

Since the London ULEZ launched in April, the number of non-compliant vehicles travelling through the capital daily has decreased by one-quarter. Image: City Hall 

City-based Clean Air Zones 'would boost UK economy by £6.5bn'

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The project is being backed by Innovate UK, which supported the 18-month upcycling process

Veolia upcycles two end-of-life diesel vehicles with electric engines

Resource management firm Veolia is set to trial two electric Refuse Collection Vehicles (eRCV) in Westminster, after 'upcycling' old diesel vehicles that were approaching the end of their life.

In December 2018, the UK Government unveiled its highly anticipated Sector Deal for the aerospace industry,

From flying taxis to freight drones: Government funnels £300m into future of aviation

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has unveiled a new £300m investment to develop low-carbon transport, with technologies such as flying urban taxis, electric planes and freight drones expected to be supported.

Velocys hopes to have the facility operational in the 2020s

Planning application submitted for Europe's first low-carbon jet fuel plant in North East Lincolnshire

A planning application has been submitted for Europe's first commercial-scale plant to transform waste into a low-carbon jet fuel, with a site chosen in North East Lincolnshire.

 The freeze on fuel duty has saved motorists about £6bn since 2010, but is estimated to have increased traffic by 4%

Raise car fuel prices to fight air pollution, says right-wing thinktank

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The firm's overarching and ongoing ambition is to “use as little fossil fuel as possible”. Image: Arriva

Arriva 'on-track' to meet ambitious decarbonisation goals

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‘Well’ under control

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(L-R) Theresa Villiers now heads up Defra, while Andrea Leadsom leads BEIS

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And breathe. In what has been the biggest political reshuffle since the 1960s, Andrea Leadsom has been appointed Business Secretary at BEIS, while Theresa Villiers has become Defra's new Environment Secretary. So, how well do the pair match up with their respective briefs?

The roundtable was chaired by Business in the Community’s environmental director Gudrun Cartwright and included 16 other sustainability and climate leaders

Climate leadership roundtable: Are we on the right track for a net-zero economy?

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From 1 September 2019, all new cars sold in the UK will have to meet “real driving emissions” standards that put stringent limits on the amount of nitrogen oxides that can be emitted

Nissan refuses government request on Qashqai emissions

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The international shipping industry is currently responsible for about 2.5% of global CO2 emissions

UK launches Clean Maritime Strategy to spur net-zero ambitions

The UK Government has announced a new maritime strategy, calling for all new vessels to be designed with zero-emissions capable technologies by 2025.

A number of eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations aimed at tackling dirty air have emerged since Clean Air Day 2018 

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TCFD uses scenario analysis to map company performance against various global warming trajectories

Can TCFD recommendations communicate a business response to the 'climate emergency'?

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Navigating the ULEZ as a small London business

Zipcar UK's general manager Jonathan Hampson on how London's Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will require a huge behavioural shift among businesses that taps into economic growth and the ongoing climate strikes.

Corbyn launches bid to declare a national climate emergency

Labour will this week force a vote in parliament to declare a national environmental and climate change emergency as confidential documents show the government has spent only a fraction of a £100m fund allocated in 2015 to support clean air projects.

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Failures to meet air pollution regulations cost the EU economy €24.6bn, the study found Pictured: London, where 10 air pollution alerts have been issued since May 2016

Report: Failure to implement clean air laws cost EU €24bn in 2018

By failing to meet targets and regulations set out in EU environmental laws, Member States collectively cost the bloc's economy almost €55bn last year, a new report from the European Commission's Directorate General for the Environment has found.

The ULEZ replaces the T-Charge and operates alongside the Congestion Charge

Everything you need to know about London's ULEZ

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Sustainable Business Covered podcast: ZEDpods, World Water Day and the 12 goals of Exeter

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More than £2.5m each has been offered for clean bus tech to the top bidding local authorities

Fresh £25m round of clean bus funding for local authorities

New funding from Government has been offered to 14 local authorities as part of the Clean Bus Technology Fund.

This week's innovations could drive significant sustainability progress across the catering, wine and EV sectors

NASA-certified showers and AI-enabled bins: The best green innovations of the week

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How to produce an engaging sustainability report: Seven steps to success

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The Clean Air Zone in Birmingham has been described as 'much needed' by the council

Birmingham Clean Air Zone given green light by Government

Plans for a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) in Birmingham have received Government approval following the submission of its full business case last month.

The document calls on the Government to help local authorities as they strive to invest in low-carbon public transport

Public Health England: Cities should be 'redesigned' in fight against air pollution

Public Health England (PHE) has urged the UK Government to introduce more ambitious policies aimed at reducing air pollution and minimising its health impacts in cities, including a "redesign" of key urban areas and a ban on drivers idling outside school gates.

Liftshare customers are set to save the UK 50,000MtCO2 in 2019 alone through shared car journeys

Liftshare to deliver one billion saved car miles by 2020

Ride-sharing firm Liftshare is on course to save one billion miles of car transport on UK roads by March 2020, the firm claims.

Since May 2016, 10 air pollution alerts have been issued in London

London pollution alert issued as regional air quality deemed 'unsafe'

Following several days of high local transport emissions coupled with light winds bringing particulate pollution to the UK from mainland Europe, a high air pollution alert has been issued for London.

Charities and businesses that access the fund can receive a £6,000 payment to assist with the running costs for a new electric vehicle

London Mayor launches £23m van scrappage fund

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has opened a £23m scrappage fund to help charities and small businesses switch older, polluting vans for cleaner vehicles.

A number of eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations aimed at tackling dirty air have emerged in recent times

Pollutant-trapping pavements and electric rickshaws: The best green innovations to tackle air quality

To coincide with the UK's Clean Air Summit, edie has rounded up some of the ground-breaking innovations being explored by companies across the globe as we look to tackle the dangers of air pollution.

The #LoveCleanAir message is being used for the National Clean Air Summit taking place in London today

Clean Air Summit: London Mayor doubles scrappage fund for polluting vehicles

London Mayor Sadiq Khan will today (14 February) announce a new £25m fund that will double the cash available to help business owners and London residents to scrap older, polluting vehicles, one the same day that city leaders call on Government to establish a £1.5bn clean vehicle upgrade programme.

According to Uber, more than half the miles on UberX journeys – which seat up to four passengers - in London are already in hybrids or EVs. Image: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

Uber set to launch 15p eco-charge for London journeys

Ride-hailing firm Uber is launching its 15p per-mile "eco-charge" for all journeys taken within London, in the same week that Sadiq Khan has unveiled the world's largest air quality network in the capital.

Ministers said the number of people living in areas with pollution above WHO guidelines would be halved by 2025

New air pollution plans improve on EU rules, Government claims

The Government has set out new plans on air pollution that ministers say go beyond existing EU rules, with a pledge to improve air quality nationwide to the standards the World Health Organization (WH0) recommends.

Sadiq Khan has urged London’s drivers and business owners who drive in the Congestion Zone to check whether their vehicles comply with the new ULEZ rules ahead of its launch in April

Report: London Mayor's air quality measures set to benefit poorest the most

Sadiq Khan's measures to tackle London's air quality crisis will "substantially" improve the health of people living in the capital's most deprived areas, new research has found.

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London Mayor unveils van scrappage scheme for small businesses

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has today (18 December) unveiled plans for a new £23m van scrappage scheme, aimed at helping small business owners switch from old diesel vehicles to low-carbon alternatives.

10 ideas to drive forward your energy behaviour change strategy

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London Mayor launches five new low-emission bus zones across capital

Sadiq Khan has unveiled five new Low Emission Bus Zones (LEBZs) across London, in a drive to tackle the city's air pollution problem.

MPs call for ‘watchdog with teeth' to oversee environmental standards post-Brexit

MPs have called on the Government to strengthen the commitments made in its 25-year Environment Plan in order to prepare for the event of a no-deal Brexit scenario, claiming that the UK is currently at risk of losing one-third of green legislation if no agreement with the EU is agreed.

Royal College of Physicians achieves Carbon Trust Standard certification

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has been recognised for recording a 30% reduction in its carbon footprint over a three-year period by becoming the first royal college to receive the Carbon Trust Standard certification.

London City Corporation to launch capital's first low-emission street

With the Mayor of London's Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) scheme set to be rolled out across the capital next year, the City of London Corporation has unveiled plans to create what it claims is the city's first low-emission street.

Air-cleaning technology fitted at Marylebone Station

BNP Paribas, Chiltern Railways and advertising firm JCDecaux have teamed up with Danish startup Airlabs to showcase cutting-edge air filter technology at London's Marylebone Station today (31 October).

The EV industry viewpoint: Charging towards the future

With air quality and climate change dominating headlines and public opinion, the UK is charging ahead into a future of electric motoring.


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