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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.

To date, 868 tonnes of coffee has been collected through the initiative to be transformed into biomass pellets

In practice: Network Rail's closed-loop partnership to recycle waste coffee grounds

Striking a partnership with coffee waste collectors Bio-Bean enabled Network Rail to make steps in reducing waste at its station, and also got retailers and staff to boost coffee collection to be used for renewable power.

Researchers expect further emissions savings through the introduction of the new Virgin Azuma train

Report: Cross-border rail journeys slashing emissions

A major shift in travel habits among people travelling across the Scottish border over the past decade has saved almost 700,000 tonnes of carbon emissions, a new report has claimed.

edie explains: Combined heat & power (CHP)

This edie explains business guide, produced in association with E.ON, provides an in- depth summary of combined heat & power (CHP) systems, which convert a single fuel into both electricity and heat in one process.

The £50m Bermondsey Dive Under project required a collaborative approach between client, designers and contractors

In practice: Network Rail's Bermondsey Dive Under biodiversity project

Network Rail's infrastructure project received CEEQUAL Excellent Whole Team Award of 96.6%, having increased biodiversity in the area by 113%. The score is currently the highest that has been achieved by a completed project on the £7bn Thameslink expansion programme.

Energy storage in the UK: An overview

The aim of this report is to increase knowledge of the industry among various stakeholders.

Both sectors need to

Aviation & maritime emissions will rocket without clear targets, report warns

Global carbon emissions from the world's aviation and maritime sectors could rise 250% by 2050 without tangible targets from governments to reduce carbon rates, a report has warned.

Heating coffee beans to 700-900 °C could produce a stable carbon capture, capable of absorbing 7% of its body weight in methane, in just 24 hours

Scientists discover easy way to store methane in coffee

Used coffee beans could be a simple and cheap alternative for methane storage, new scientific research has found.

The electrical cycle hub will aim to encourage cycling and decrease traffic

Leicester embraces pedal power with plans for electric cycle hubs

Leicester City Council is planning to add cycling to the city's sustainable transport network using new Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycle (EPAC) hubs.

July has seen spending cuts and, well, more spending cuts

GALLERY: Top 10 sustainability stories in July 2015

The story of July has been cuts and lots off them.

Air quality made headlines this week as new figures revealed the extent of London's pollution problem

Sustainability stats: This week in numbers

The past seven days saw the UK's poor air quality hit the headlines, with London's pollution issues causing particular concern for politicians and environmental groups alike.

The recycling scheme is being rolled out to Network Rail's six biggest stations

Railway stations go full steam ahead with coffee recycling scheme

The company that owns and operates Britain's stations, Network Rail, has announced a new partnership to turn coffee waste into biofuel.

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

Greener vehicles could save firms £20bn

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

Just one in five businesses said they will implement the recommended energy savings measures regardless

Half of businesses expect ESOS to cost more than it saves

Almost half the businesses covered by the Government's Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) expect the scheme to cost them more money than they will save on energy bills, according to a new survey.

Gareth Williams reccommends using ISO50001 as a route to ESOS compliance

ESOS opportunity will empower energy managers, says Northern Rail

EXCLUSIVE: Implementing energy-saving initiatives highlighted by the Government's Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) should be a 'no-brainer' for businesses, according to the energy and environment manager at Northern Rail.

IEA Report: Energy Technology Perspectives 2015

Energy technology innovation is central to meeting climate mitigation goals while also supporting economic and energy security objectives.

Sustainability reporting: explained

An introductory guide on the principle sustainability reporting frameworks and best practice guidance, from CSR sustainability consultancy CLT envirolaw.

Network Rail could save £30m on electricity costs by installing solar panels on unused trackside land

National Rail land 'could produce 2.4GW of solar power'

Network Rail could save £30m on electricity costs by installing solar panels on unused trackside land, as well as cutting nearly 900 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year, according to a new report.

Network Rail has highlighted the potential for battery-powered trains to bridge gaps between electrified parts of the network

VIDEO: Network Rail trials Britain's first battery-powered train

The first battery-powered train to run on Britain's rail network in more than 50 years will carry its first passengers this week.

Charlotte Morton is chief executive of the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA)

The next five years: AD and food waste policy

Food waste policy will shape the future of the anaerobic digestion (AD) industry because 60% of the industry's potential comes from food waste, argues ADBA chief executive Charlotte Morton. Here, she unpicks this issue.

The fare cut would cost Government about £1.8bn per year

Green Party pledges to cut train and bus fares

In the first announced policy from its forthcoming General Election manifesto, the Green Party has proposed a 10% cut in rail and bus fares "to relieve the national reliance on carbon-intensive forms of transport".


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