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Ministers hope the proposed tax breaks could “help the white van man go green”

Government calls for evidence on green van tax breaks

The Government has launched a two-month consultation into possible changes to the Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) that could incentivise van drivers to choose low-emission vehicles.

Last May, Tesco’s long-term emissions reductions plan was approved by the independent Science-Based Targets Initiative

Tesco cuts carbon emissions 13% in a year

Tesco has revealed that it reduced its carbon emissions by 13% in 2017 against a 2016 baseline, as it strives towards a science-based target of becoming a carbon-neutral business by 2050.

The report says hydrogen has the potential to fulfil a number of key roles, including heating homes, fuelling vehicles, feeding industrial processes and storing up excess renewable electricity

Call for government to 'step up' support for hydrogen

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has called on the government to "step up" its support for the use of hydrogen to decarbonise the energy system across power, heat and transport.

Ecotricity will fund the creation of a full-time national energy manager role at English Heritage, which looks after historic sites such as Stonehenge

English Heritage to deploy green energy champions across estate

Charity English Heritage is set to appoint 20 green energy champions among its staff in a bid to improve energy efficiency and monitor energy consumption across its estate of more than 400 historic sites.

Audi e-tron. Audi last year delivered 1.88 million cars globally, of which 16,000 were semi-electric vehicles

Audi aims for 800,000 electric and hybrid car sales in 2025

German carmaker Audi has outlined plans to sell 800,000 fully electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids in 2025.

Once fully implemented, the 800 trucks will reduce the brewer’s CO2 emissions from logistics by more than 18%

World's largest brewer orders 800 hydrogen-electric trucks

Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) has ordered 800 zero-emission, hydrogen-electric semi-trucks as part of its bid to run its entire fleet of long-haul trucks on clean energy by 2025.

Based at the company’s Hemel Hempstead depot, the dual-compartment TRU will use liquid nitrogen to generate both electrical power and further cooling

Marks & Spencer trials liquid nitrogen deliveries to slash emissions

British retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) will trial a zero emissions liquid-nitrogen refrigeration truck for its chilled grocery deliveries, with a view to a nationwide rollout.

The Mirai are expected to do the same average mileage as other cars on the Green Tomato Cars fleet – around 130-150 miles a day

Green Tomato Cars scales up Toyota Mirai fuel cell fleet

London-based green private hire firm Green Tomato Cars has taken up 50 new Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell electric saloons.

The most rapid deterioration was in south and south-east Asia, where more than 70% of poor cities suffered worsening air quality

Air pollution inequality widens between rich and poor, linked to 7 million deaths annually

Pollution inequality between the world's rich and poor is widening, according to the latest global data from the World Health Organisation (WHO) which shows that 7 million people - mostly in developing nations - die every year from airborne contaminants.

A delay to the government’s £400m electric charging plan could hamper efforts to reduce pollution from cars

Ministers' £400m plan for electric car charging infrastructure delayed

A £400m government plan to build electric car charging points looks likely to be significantly delayed, in a blow to car manufacturers and efforts to tackle air pollution in UK cities.

National Grid is currently exploring the possibility of rolling out a superfast charging network across the UK's major motorways that is directly connected to the transmission system

National Grid: Charging providers must fine-tune efforts to meet EV demand

EXCLUSIVE: National Grid has called on businesses looking to provide charging infrastructure for the electric vehicle (EV) agenda to consider sizing and location in order to best capture their audience.

Eddington has turned to onsite renewables, large-scale rainwater harvesting and innovative bin systems to embed sustainability into everyday living

Cambridge's 'unprecented' new district promotes best practice for sustainable development

The University of Cambridge's desire to retain staff has led to the creation of a £1bn sustainable community equipped with some of the UK's largest and most innovative sustainability features. edie speaks to project manager Heather Topel to find out if sustainability is a new selling point for residents.

The coal-free records are a reversal from the recent highs that coal plant owners experienced during the so-called “beast from the east” cold snap

UK runs without coal power for three days in a row

The UK has been powered without coal for three days in a row, setting a new record and underlining the polluting fuel's rapid decline.

Accelerating the shift: 10 industry game-changers for low-carbon vehicles

This insight report, produced in partnership with UK Power Networks Services, investigates some of the game-changing developments which are driving green mobility.

Shipping currently represents 2-3% of global CO2 emissions and could reach 10% by 2050 if no action is taken, it has been warned

UN agrees to halve shipping emissions by 2050

Over 170 countries reached agreement on Friday (13 April) to reduce CO2 emissions from shipping by "at least" 50% on 2008 levels by 2050, ending years of slow progress.

100% of Co-op’s electricity was from UK wind farms in 2017

Co-op hits emissions target three years early

Co-op has reduced its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 54% against a 2006 baseline, the company's latest CSR report has revealed.

The Opel Ampera-e. PSA aims to develop an electric offering across its entire range by 2025, with implementation starting in 2019

Peugeot and Vauxhall owner PSA forms electric vehicle business unit

French car manufacturing giant Groupe PSA has created a new EV-focused business section as part of the company's plan to offer electric models across its entire portfolio by 2025.

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Top 10 sustainability stories of March 2018

It was a month of plastic take back schemes, big Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) commitments and high-profile business innovations. Take a look back at March's biggest sustainability stories in this round-up.

According to a report by the European Parliament, the shipping industry could contribute up to 17% of global CO2 emissions by 2050 if left unregulated

International Maritime Organisation 'too slow' on emissions strategy

The International Maritime Organisation has moved too slowly on drafting its greenhouse gas strategy and reducing emissions from shipping, Transparency International has warned, urging the global shipping regulator to improve its governance, transparency and efficiency.

The move forms part of EDF’s aim to develop a portfolio of 1.2 million off-grid customers, currently without access to electricity, by 2035

EDF to invest €8bn in energy storage leadership bid

EDF has turned its focus to the global energy storage market with a goal to develop 10GW storage around the world by 2035.

Financial concerns are seen as a major barrier to green investment for mid-sized companies

Mid-sized UK firms urged not to miss out on commercial benefits of green investment

The majority of senior managers at mid-sized UK businesses do not plan to increase investment on green initiatives over the next five years, despite many having benefitted commercially from taking environmentally responsible actions.

Ministers last summer followed France by pledging to halt new petrol and diesel car sales by 2040

Ban new petrol and diesel cars in 2030, not 2040, says thinktank

Ministers have been urged to bring forward their 2040 ban on new diesel and petrol car sales by a decade, a move which an environmental thinktank said would almost halve oil imports and largely close the gap in the UK's climate targets.

The move forms part of UPS’s science-based target to reduce carbon emissions by 12% by 2025

UPS's London delivery fleet powered by 'world-first' smart charging system

Delivery firm UPS will have its central London delivery fleet powered by a new EV smart charging system, amid a flurry of major milestones for charge point installations.

Sharing Cities is aiming to provide an initial 56,000 smart lamppost units in six European cities including London and Milan

Smart lamppost 'revolution' could save Europe €2.1bn a year

Switching Europe's aging streetlight network with smart lampposts could slash electricity bills by up to €2.1bn a year and deliver energy savings of between 50-70%.

Gnewt Cargo owns the world’s largest fully electric delivery fleet

UK's largest EV charging site installation powers logistics fleet

A leading electric vehicle charging manufacturer has completed the UK's largest single-site charge point installation at a logistics depot in London.

The project is designed to have a 30-year lifespan and will offer a long-term land rental income for Swindon Borough Council

Swindon given go-ahead for 50MW battery project

Swindon is set to host one of the UK's largest battery storage facilities after the town's council received planning consent for the project.

Research by campaigners POWERful Women found that 46% of the top 80 companies in the energy sector have all-male boards

International Women's Day: How gender equality can transform the energy sector

EXCLUSIVE: A failure to integrate gender equality at board level could be holding the UK's energy industry back from embracing the transformational benefits of renewables and smart-data technologies.

The new RNG deal is expected to reduce carbon emissions equivalent to eight million litres of petrol annually

L'Oreal signs landfill gas deal to achieve carbon neutrality in US

Global cosmetic firm L'Oréal intends to reach carbon neutrality across all of its US-based manufacturing and distribution facilities, after signing a deal to procure renewable natural gas (RNG) from a landfill site in Kentucky.

Experts estimate that excessive amounts of nitrogen oxides or NOx in the air kill between 6,000 and 13,000 people in Germany every year

German court rules cities can ban diesel cars to tackle pollution

Millions of heavily polluting vehicles could eventually disappear from roads across Germany after its top administrative court ruled that cities have the right to ban diesel motors in an effort to improve deadly air quality levels.

Since the ETS negotiations were brought to a close in November, the price of carbon has increased 25%

EU's carbon market update clears final hurdle

The Council of the EU has given the final stamp of approval to an update to the European Union's Emissions Trading System (ETS), which hopes to help the bloc cut emissions by 40% by 2030.

Lindisfarne Castle on the Northumberland coast. The North East is the lowest performing region overall for sustainability

Sustainability index reveals North-South divide among local authorities

A new report has exposed a divergence in the sustainability performance of local authorities across the country, with London boroughs generally outperforming Northern regions in areas such as waste and energy consumption.

The strategy will be implemented in phases throughout the city

City of London energy-efficient lighting plans to save £500,000 a year

The Square Mile is set to benefit from a new lighting strategy that will aim to complement historic buildings, improve energy usage and help tackle light pollution in the area.

It is estimated that 100 chargers placed on each of the chosen motorway sites would provide around 35MW of electricity – enough to power 14,000 homes

'Important milestone': National Grid eyes up ultra-rapid motorway EV charging fleet

National Grid is exploring the possibility of rolling out a superfast charging network across the UK's major motorways that is directly connected to the transmission system, according to reports.

Oil taxes predictably emerged as the most substantially used financial tool, as they topped €50 per tCO2 on average

OECD urges countries to tax dirty energy

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has encouraged governments to start taxing CO2 emissions more aggressively, in a new report which warns that current taxation levels are not enough to fight climate change effectively.

An estimated 29% of Britain’s current train fleet is run solely on diesel fuel

Government to phase out diesel trains by 2040

The Government has made a pledge to remove all diesel-only trains form UK railways by 2040.

The report notes a 16% reduction in carbon emissions and a 6% reduction in water use since 2015

Carlsberg cuts carbon emissions 16% in two years

Carlsberg has reduced its carbon emissions by 16% in two years, driven by the elimination of coal as a fuel source at nine breweries in China, as outlined in the company's latest sustainability report.

The University of Bristol has divested all investments in companies that derive more than 5% of their incomes from the most carbon-intensive sectors of the fossil fuel industry

British universities show commitment to 'safeguard the climate'

The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) has reportedly reduced its carbon footprint by more than a third, while the University of Bristol has divested all investments in carbon-intensive sectors.

Flybe scored high for its use of Continuous Descent Approaches into Heathrow, which reduces noise and emissions by using less engine thrust to keep aircrafts higher for longer. Image: Flybe

Flybe claims top spot for noise and emissions performance at Heathrow Airport

Europe's largest regional airline Flybe has achieved top ranking in Heathrow Airport's league table on aircraft operating performance for noise and emissions, after debuting in 29th place in summer 2017.

Last year, most of the green bond issuance (around $60bn) came from Europe

Expert group recommends setting up European standards for 'green bonds'

An EU sustainability taxonomy, a definition of priority investment areas, the clarification of investor duties and development of "official" European sustainability standards for green bonds are some of the recommendations experts made to the European Commission on Wednesday (31 January).

The Government is now awaiting the verdict in a third high court air quality case brought by environmental lawyers ClientEarth, after a hearing earlier in January

London reaches legal air pollution limit just one month into the new year

Air pollution in London has reached the legal limit for the whole of 2018 less than a month into the year, prompting calls for the Government to "get a grip and show they're serious about protecting health".

The UK has the most green procurement leaders in Europe, including BT, Interserve, PwC and Rolls-Royce

Apple and Sky among swelling list of green procurement leaders

The number of top companies leading the way on tackling emissions on the supplier chain has doubled in the past year, but many corporates are still missing out on the business opportunities of supplier engagement.

PwC exceeded its 25% carbon reduction target for 2017, which was set against a 2007 baseline

PwC sets carbon reduction and business growth targets

Professional services firm PwC has targeted a 40% reduction in carbon emissions and a switch to 100% renewable electricity while continuing to expand its business.

Sales for diesel cars dropped by 20% last year, and fell by almost a third in December after the Autumn Budget introduced a higher tax on new diesel cars

Jaguar Land Rover cuts UK production amid Brexit and diesel uncertainty

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) looks set to cut vehicle production of certain models, citing uncertainty surrounding Brexit and an increase in diesel taxation as primary reasons for the decision.

Overall nearly 29,000 charging points are needed across the UK Britain by 2030 to meet future EV charging needs, the report claims

Report: 25,000 charging points needed across UK by 2030 to match EV demand

An additional 25,000 charging points are required on the streets of Britain to meet the EV charging needs of 2030.

Customers could make up to 66% savings in their energy bills, Nissan said. Photo: Nissan

Nissan unveils energy storage and solar solution for UK homes

Car giant Nissan has launched an "all-in-one" energy solution for UK homes, combining solar panels with an energy storage system.

All sectors will be covered by the fund, image: ING

ING announces €100m Sustainable Investments fund

Dutch Bank ING has today (18 January) launched a €100m Sustainable Investments fund to help start-ups and innovative new business models scale up concepts and projects tailored for energy, water and resource efficiency.

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) attributes the headline figure in part to a fall in production in a number of sectors across the industry

UK food and drink industry halves emissions

Coca-Cola, Mars and Mondelez are among a group of major food and drink manufacturers that have reduced carbon emissions by 51% against a 1990 baseline.

City Hall hopes that its air quality measures will reduce NOx road transport emissions by around 45% in central London by 2020

Figures indicate London's air quality woes are easing

For the first time since modern records began, London has entered the third week of January without breaching legal limits for toxic NO2 air pollution.

Drilling of the boreholes has already commenced with one site’s groundworks planned for completion before the end of 2018

Work underway for England's 'largest' district ground source system

Developers have secured a contract to deliver England's "biggest shared ground loop heat pump system", which is expected to reduce the energy bills of local residents by up to 50%.

The cargo bikes can make deliveries anywhere within the Congestion Charge zone

London City Corporation rolls out electric cargo bike service

Following a successful pilot during the Christmas period, businesses operating within certain Congestion Charge zones will be given access to a cargo bike delivery scheme aimed at curbing toxic air pollution in London.

Ministers will also retain emergency powers to suspend the phase-out in the case of an emergency shortfall in electricity supplies

UK government spells out plan to shut down coal plants

One of the UK's eight remaining coal power stations is expected to cease generating electricity this year, the government has said as it laid out new rules that will force all the plants to close by 2025.

In 2017, Deutsche Post DHL Group set a goal which committed to achieving “zero-emission logistics” by the year 2050

Test bed: Deutsche Post DHL's emissions-neutral electric vehicle

In 2017, Deutsche Post DHL Group set a goal to make its entire logistics fleet zero emissions by 2050. The company is now testing technology to create the world's first ever "emissions-neutral" vehicle fleet.

This should be a year to remember for the green economy, for all the right reasons

Five reasons to be cheerful about the green economy in 2018

From heightened corporate investment in clean energy sources, to an accelerated shift towards resource efficiency and new environmental legislation, we look at some of the major reasons to be optimistic about the outlook of the green economy in 2018.

The introduction of the higher environmental charges builds on the airport’s Heathrow 2.0 sustainability strategy

Heathrow increases environmental charges for aircrafts

Heathrow Airport has announced that it is increasing its environmental charges for aircrafts by 7%, as part of a move to incentivise airlines to deploy cleaner and newer aircrafts to lower emissions and noise pollution.

The vans have been fitted with hardware to remotely monitor environmental emissions performance, driving range and the amount of electricity consumed

Electric van trials helped deliver Christmas presents to Londoners

Electric vans helped deliver an average of 80,000 parcels a week across London during the Christmas period, as the city's Mayor Sadiq Khan continues to combat rising air pollution in the capital.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from edie!

As 2017 draws to a close, the edie team is now off for a well-deserved break until the New Year, but we thought we'd leave you with a few festive treats to keep you up to date with the year's biggest sustainability stories.

Ministers agreed to pursue the Commission’s proposed 27% 2030 target, despite calls from the Parliament, business leaders and environmental groups for more ambition

EU ministers stumble towards joint position on future energy laws

Energy ministers on Monday (18 December) took well over 15 hours to agree common positions on four clean energy draft pieces of EU legislation ahead of a final round of talks in 2018 with the European Parliament and Commission.

The report reveals that there is a strong will from fleet professionals to adopt green fuels

UK firms urged to seize £14bn electric vehicle opportunity

UK businesses could make annual fuel savings of around £14bn if all of Britain's vans and HGVs switched to electric alternatives, according to a new report from Hitachi Capital.

RenewableUK will be making its members aware of the report and making sure they also contribute to the project

New initiative to prove marine energy's potential

The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult and RenewableUK have launched a new project to show how wave and tidal technologies can meet new technology tests.

In a change to the original terms and conditions of Ford’s scrappage scheme, from 2018, vehicles which are classified as ‘historic vehicles’ by the DVLA will not automatically be scrapped

Ford extends diesel scrappage scheme

Ford has announced that it is extending a scrappage scheme for older, more polluting vehicles to the first quarter of 2018, citing positive feedback from customers as the primary reason for the extension.

Companies can be removed from the list if they have made significant improvements

Climate Action 100+: New investor initiative targets top 100 corporate emitters

More than 200 of the most influential investor institutions, with more than $26.3trn in assets under management, have today (12 December) launched a new global initiative to help the 100 largest corporate emitters reduce value chain carbon footprints.

Schneider Electric’s commitment to the EP100 initiative will see the company double its energy productivity by 2030 against a 2005 baseline

Schneider Electric joins RE100 and EP100 initiatives

Energy and automation company Schneider Electric has signed up to the Climate Group's RE100 initiative to source renewable energy and the EP100 initiative to double energy productivity by 2030.

Airbus will be responsible for overall integration of the E-Fan X project

Airbus, Rolls Royce and Siemens aim for electric plane lift-off by 2020

Airbus, Rolls Royce and Siemens have teamed up to develop a hybrid-electric plane which the group hopes will be ready to fly in 2020.

Potential uses for the containerised batteries include arbitrage – buying power when prices are low and then selling it when prices rise – and the provision of balancing services to National Grid

Swindon to host one of UK's largest battery projects

Public Power Solutions, a company owned by Swindon Borough Council, has submitted a planning application to build one of the UK's largest battery storage projects.

The scheme is scheduled to run for three-and-a-half years and the initial findings are expected to be shared in the first quarter of 2018

Northern Powergrid to create 'virtual' local energy market

Northern Powergrid has unveiled plans to use computer modelling and laboratory demos to create a "virtual" local energy market as part of a new innovation scheme.

Shell said the goal addressed the spirit of the shareholders’ proposal but the company’s chosen methodology meant it did not have “negative side-effects” of the resolution

Shell doubles up on green spending and vows to halve carbon footprint

Shell has doubled its spending on clean power and bowed to shareholder pressure by promising to halve the carbon footprint of the energy it sells by 2050, as the oil giant said it was stepping up its ambitions on green energy.

Perry revealed that the Government is examining ways to support onshore wind in parts of the UK where the technology is popular

UK will be 'pretty close' to reaching fifth carbon budget, says Climate Change Minister

Climate Change Minister Claire Perry today confirmed the Government will look to provide support for onshore wind, as she faced a grilling from MPs over the UK's ability to achieve its mid-term decarbonisation goals.

The Chancellor yesterday (22 November) put aside £400m for a new charging infrastructure fund

EVs could provide 11GW grid capacity by 2030, research claims

Electric vehicles (EV) could deliver more than 11GW of flexible capacity to the grid by 2030, according to new analysis from a leading energy technology firm.

The Tesla Semi offers a range of 500 miles at maximum weight at highway speeds. Photo: Tesla

Five ways Tesla's new models can revolutionise the EV market

Elon Musk's surprise double reveal of a new Tesla supercar and electric semi-truck made waves over the weekend. Here, edie examines how the models could transform the EV sector in the years ahead.

With the average Londoner drinking 2.3 cups of coffee a day, more than 200,000 tonnes of waste is produced that would otherwise end up in landfill

London buses to be powered by waste coffee grounds

London buses will soon transport people around the capital using a fuel partly derived from waste coffee grounds, after Royal Dutch Shell and Bio-bean agreed a deal with Transport for London (TfL).

Sainsbury’s will install the new technology across its 1,400 stores by mid-2018

Formula One fridge technology to drive energy savings for Sainsbury's

Sainsbury's will become the first UK supermarket to rollout an F1 inspired fridge technology which is expected to drastically reduce the energy needed for cooling.

Microsoft set its first ever carbon emissions target in 2009, aiming for a 30% reduction

Microsoft shoots for Paris Agreement with 75% emissions reduction goal

Microsoft has pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 75% by 2030, in a move that will align the technology company's decarbonisation strategy with the 2C pathway target of the Paris Agreement.

The Kellogg's UK headquarters in Manchester started sourcing 100% renewable electricity from the local utility in 2016

Kellogg's commits to 100% renewable electricity

Food giant Kellogg's has become the latest multinational to pledge to source all of its electricity needs from renewable sources.

The existing 51-train fleet from Northern Lines will be equipped with battery packs in the future

Dutch zero-emission trains to combine biofuel with battery storage

A batch of zero-emission trains that combine regenerative electrification technology with renewable diesel have been scheduled for commercialisation for 2025, after a pan-European passenger transport firm signed a €170m contract to manufacture the vehicles in the Netherlands.

The new charge points will be installed from this month and are expected to be operational by the end of January 2018

Street lamp charging network to power EVs in central London

Electric vehicle (EV) charging facilities which draw on 100% renewable energy from street lamp posts are set to be placed on the streets of Kensington and Chelsea, creating the largest network of its kind in central London.

The limited-edition Cali Wool Beanie, available in Natural and Asphalt Grey, is on sale for $45 in stores and online

The North Face design wool beanie with carbon 'net-negative' production

The North Face has addressed climate change with the launch of its new wool beanie, with the production said to be carbon "net-negative".

The Commission's plan requires new cars and vans to have 30% lower emissions in 2030 compared to 2021, with an interim goal of 15% for 2025

EU accused of 'gifting' car industry with weak emission cuts goal

As evidence shows that one-third of VW cars with 'defeat devices' remain unfixed, EU policymakers have come under criticism for "gifting" the car industry with ineffective new regulation over low-emission vehicle uptake.

Brown said that his goal is to create a global emissions trading system. Image: European Parliament

EU and California to discuss linking carbon markets

The EU and California are beginning talks to potentially create a common carbon market that could also include China.

The Government's new air quality plan fails to deliver on previous commitments to introduce clean air zones in five cities by 2020, says ClientEarth

Government faces fresh air quality legal case

The Government is being taken to court for the third time by environmental lawyers over the UK's illegal levels of toxic air pollution.

The EITI chair criticised the decision, suggesting that it sent the “wrong signal” to global efforts to tackle corruption

US withdraws from anti-corruption fossil fuel transparency initiative

The US has taken further steps to strengthen fossil fuel businesses, by withdrawing from an international initiative that monitors transparency and corruption in the revenues from mineral extraction and the oil and gas sector.

The Royal College of Physicians estimates that ambient air pollution causes around 40,000 premature deaths each year

Study shows 44 of 51 UK towns and cities breach air quality rules

New evidence has found that the vast majority of highly-populated British urban areas are in breach of World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended guidelines for air quality.

Nissan will use the “highly visible global platform” of Formula E to showcase its electric and autonomous driving features

Nissan joins Formula E to showcase 'intelligent mobility' updates

Japanese car manufacturer Nissan has confirmed its participation in next season's all-electric racing series Formula E, while also launching two new commercial electric vehicles (EVs) at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Smart infrastructure developments across the UK could generate an estimated £13bn for the economy

Pan-industry alliance set to champion smart energy era

As a new report names Bristol and London the leaders of the smart city transition, leading UK energy organisations such as the National Grid and the Renewable Energy Association (REA) have launched a pan-industry campaign to create a smart energy pathway for technology and services.

TfL monitoring data has found that there have been around 15% less older polluting vehicles on the road since the T-Charge was first announced in February

T-Charge: World's 'toughest' emission standard launched in London

The world's "toughest" emission standard has entered into force today (October 23), with older polluting cars now required to pay £10 to drive through the centre of London.

The EU ETS sets a cap on the total emissions from electricity generation and enables UK-based industries to purchase emissions reductions from overseas

European Commission moves to Brexit-proof Emissions Trading System

The European Commission has agreed on a new measure to protect its Emissions Trading System (ETS) against a potential breakdown in Brexit negotiations.

The charge points, which are rapid 50kW chargers compatible with most vehicles, will be managed by fellow Dutch firm Allego

Shell fits UK forecourts with EV rapid chargers

Shell is opening a range of rapid charging service systems across its UK petrol stations, with plans already in place to deploy more charging infrastructure by the end of the year.

Some oil firms, such as Shell, believe the peak could come in the early 2030s or potentially even late 2020s due to growth in cars powered by biofuels and batteries

World petrol demand 'likely to peak by 2030 as electric car sales rise'

World petrol demand will peak within 13 years thanks to the impact of electric cars and more efficient engines, energy experts have predicted.

The carbon credits can be purchased from a range of projects across Cambodia, China, Sudan, Ethiopia, Laos, Panama and Rwanda

The offset shop: Gold Standard offers 'one click' access to carbon credits

Businesses and public organisations have been given streamlined access to purchase carbon credits generated from impact projects across the globe "with one click", after the Gold Standard issued an online platform to purchase credits directly from its website.

The strategy captures 50 new measures to drive economic growth across the core pillars of the UK economy

From CCS to zero waste: Clean Growth Strategy to slash emissions and boost economic growth

The Government has unveiled its highly-anticipated Clean Growth Strategy, detailing how multi-billion-pound investments into low-carbon innovations and household energy-efficiency will push the UK towards its future carbon budgets.

ClientEarth called for the end of

EU Commission taken to court over new emissions tests for vehicles

Environmental group ClientEarth has taken legal action against the European Commission's new rules for car emissions tests, which will allow manufacturers to keep their emissions control systems secret and, according to the group, cause another Dieselgate-type scandal.

GM will introduce two new all-electric vehicles over the next 18 months based off learnings from the Chevrolet Bolt EV

General Motors commits to 'all-electric fleet'

General Motors (GM) has outlined a vision for an all-electric fleet which includes a two-pronged approach of developing battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

200 Chinese manufacturers built 379,000 electric and hybrid vehicles in 2015, four times more than 2014

China sets electric vehicle quota for 2019

Automakers trying to capture a slice of the Chinese vehicle market will have to ensure that 10% of the cars they sell are electric or low-emission vehicles by 2019, after the country confirmed plans to phase-out diesel vehicles.

The European Commission is due to present a clean transport strategy in November

Transport sucks up nearly half of Europe's fossil fuel subsidies, report finds

European countries spend more than €112 billion per year subsidising oil, gas and coal production or consumption - including tax breaks on highly-polluting diesel - despite a pledge to phase out fossil fuels completely by 2020.

All new workplaces should have EV charging facilities onsite or provision to install charge points, the REA insists

REA proposes national EV charging infrastructure strategy

The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has put forward proposals for a new Government charging infrastructure programme, which the trade body claims could give electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles a 50% share of market sales by 2025.

Only 52 of the 127 institutions analysed look set to meet or exceed their 2020 carbon targets

Best performance to date unlikely to help English universities hit carbon goals

English universities have achieved their best year-on-year reduction in carbon emissions to date, although an annual 7% reduction is unlikely to put the sector on track to meet a 2020 carbon reduction target.

The founding members of EV100 are setting a competitive challenge to the auto industry to deliver more EVs, sooner and at lower cost, the Climate Group's chief executive Helen Clarkson said

EV100: Top firms sign up to The Climate Group's platform to accelerate EV shift

Multinational firms including Ikea, HP and Unilever are among the first 10 members of a new initiative launched by The Climate Group which aims to make electric vehicles (EVs) "the new normal" by 2030.

Drax has previously suggested that the biomass conversion of three of its power plant units will cut 12mtCO2e per year from the power station's operations

Drax eyes battery storage to accompany gas and biomass conversions

UK power station operator Drax plans to complement its ongoing biomass conversions with gas and battery storage options at two coal power units, although new research that wind and solar are a more cost-effective solution has reignited the debate over biomass use.

The report calls for firms to apply financial capabilities to capture environmental opportunities and show investors a resilient business

CDP: Businesses failing to capture financial gains from environmental performance

Major telecommunications and consumer goods firms are failing to capture financial value from strong environmental performance, according to research, despite almost $500bn in disclosed value at stake.

The new linear production line at the site is capable of producing 72,000 bottles per hour, all of which are 100% recyclable

Evian unveils carbon-neutral bottling site

Danone-owned bottled water brand Evian has unveiled its new production facility in France that will modernise how the company produces and transports its products, as part of a wider goal to become the first carbon-neutral Danone brand by 2020.

Leveraging the promoting power of one of the world’s biggest brands, M&M’s, Mars will call on consumers to champion renewable energy and combat climate change

Mars pledges $1bn to hit new sustainability targets

Global confectionary producer Mars has today unveiled a near-$1bn investment into a new sustainability action plan that uses science-based targets to "drastically expand" on previous carbon goals, as the company's chief executive Grant Reid called on the sector to fix "broken" global supply chains.


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