Heathrow's confidence in air quality compliance unlikely to silence expansion doubts
Heathrow Airport remains "confident" of the plans it has put in place to build a third runway without causing any extra air pollution in the surrounding areas, but concerns from green groups and MPs have raised questions whether Heathrow should merely comply with legislation or push beyond it.
Breakthroughs for biofuel in aviation and transport sectors
Car manufacturer SEAT has provided insight into its innovative project that turns wastewater into a biomethane fuel capable of reducing CO2 emissions by 80% compared to traditional vehicles, while NASA has released data on the viability on using biofuels in jet engines.
Emergency services struggling with ULEZ compliance
London's police, fire brigade and ambulance services will fail to meet earlier deadlines to comply with proposed Ultra Low Emissions Zones (ULEZ), as financial pressures hinder the uptake of low-emission vehicles in fleets.
Truckin' waste: on the road to smarter delivery
Waste needs to be seen as a 60m tonne logistics challenge. But with big corporates now encroaching into this space, the days of skips and refuse vehicles may be numbered, warns Peter Jones
Sony pictures a zero carbon future
Improving the environmental performance and energy efficiency of its products has put Sony on the path to sustainability
Water firms pick up Queen's Awards
Several companies from the water and utilities sector have won The Queen's Award for Enterprises 2009. The companies include atg UV Technology, for its UV water treatment specialist; AESSEAL (MCK), for its seal support systems for pumps; Pulsar Process Measurement, for its ultrasonic devices for measuring water level and flow; Alcomet, for its security products for electrical substations; and Northumbrian Water for its commitment to sustainability.
European Commission proposes to extend coal subsidies for a further eight years
Despite heavily criticising the US over its anti-Kyoto stance, the European Commission proposed on 25 July an extension to its coal industry subsidy programme for a further eight years, designed to cut Europe’s dependence on outside sources of energy.
MPs to inspect role of electric vehicles in UK Industrial Strategy
MPs from the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee have today (16 March) launched a consultation into the role of electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK's low-carbon transition.
EU sees 'strategic advantage' of biofuels in aviation
In sectors like aviation where decarbonisation options are limited, there is a strategic advantage in encouraging the use of biofuels, a European Commission official has said.
Hyundai unveils hydrogen vehicle concept with boosted driving range
As the transition to low-emission transport drives ahead, South Korean motor company Hyundia has reaffirmed its commitment to hydrogen fuel cell vehicles by unveiling a new concept car at the Geneva Motor Show.
Zero-emission London taxis road tested in the Arctic Circle
London Taxis have swapped the busy streets of England's capital for the icy conditions of the Arctic Circle, in order to monitor performance of new electric-engine versions of the vehicle.
Budget 2017 preview: Seven green policy hopes for Philip Hammond's Spring Budget
As Chancellor Philip Hammond prepares to deliver his first - and last - Spring Budget on Wednesday (8 March), edie rounds up the key environmental issues that the sustainability community will hope are included in the Government's spending plans.
Almost half of British public would support diesel scrappage scheme, research finds
In the build-up to Wednesday's Spring Budget, Friends of the Earth (FoE) is calling for Chancellor Philip Hammond to introduce a diesel scrappage scheme, as a poll shows that almost half of car-owning UK adults would be likely to switch to a cleaner vehicle with Government support.
Inside Heathrow 2.0: a flight path towards true sustainability leadership
Heathrow has just unveiled a sustainability strategy that could prove a game-changer for sustainable aviation. But does it make the airport's controversial expansion worthwhile? edie editor Luke Nicholls sits down with the firm's director of sustainability and executive director of expansion to find out.
Drones and autonomous vehicles: Can Ford’s delivery vision take flight?
As online shopping becomes the norm, retailers are casting eyes to the emissions of the fleets that transport goods around the country, but could electric and autonomous driving and drones act as a viable method to transport deliveries? Ford seems to think so.
Report: Business backing for clean technology could deliver a zero-carbon UK
The UK can become entirely self-sufficient for its energy needs if businesses and policymakers can together demonstrate a strengthened support for existing low-carbon technologies, a new report from research organisation Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) has claimed.
End UK tax incentives for diesel vehicles, ministers are urged
Ministers are coming under growing pressure to remove tax incentives for diesel cars and offer compensation to motorists so they can swap to more environmentally friendly vehicles.
Auto industry calls on Trump to review fuel efficiency standards
The chief executives from 18 major car manufacturers have called on President Donald Trump to review fuel efficiency standards and regulations that were set in place by the Obama administration more than a year ahead of schedule.
Sadiq Khan calls on Government to incentivise diesel scrappage scheme
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called on the UK Government to incentivise a diesel scrappage scheme for the public, by offering up to £3,500 to businesses and low-income families to support the uptake of low-emission vehicles.
Waitrose showcases 500-mile biomethane truck fleet
Waitrose is operating a new commercial vehicle fleet that runs on compressed natural gas (CNG) biomethane fuel in order to lower transport emissions and boost the driving range of its low-carbon freight fleet.
Low-carbon vehicles claim record UK market share
Low-carbon vehicles secured a record share of the UK new car market last month, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has claimed.
Government thought to be planning diesel scrappage scheme
As German car manufacturer Volkswagen (VW) faces its first legal action from a German customer over the "dieselgate" scandal, fresh reports suggest the UK Government is considering the national rollout of a diesel scrappage scheme.
Heathrow 'surprised' as Government omits air quality regulation from plans
Heathrow Airport has today (3 February) urged the Government to ensure independent regulation of the air quality impact of the Airport's expansion, a day after ministers launched a consultation on proposals for the third runway.
Allianz sponsors gamification scheme to enhance efficiency for UK van fleets
The UK's second largest fleet insurer Allianz has turned to gamification to encourage higher levels of driving efficiency amongst its customers, through a new sponsored partnership Lightfoot.
Consumer needs should dictate low-emission vehicle market, says ETI
The ongoing decarbonisation of the transport sector is unlikely to create a short-term market share for hydrogen vehicles, although current low-emission vehicle manufacturers need to develop a "greater understanding" of consumer needs, the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has found.
Vehicle manufacturers lack incentive to promote efficiency, says Riversimple
The decarbonisation of the transport sector hinges on the ability to "make efficiency profitable" rather than overcoming technological barriers, the founder of Welsh hydrogen car manufacturer Riversimple has claimed.
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye speech: 'Airport expansion a model for sustainable growth'
Heathrow Airport chief executive John Holland-Kaye took to the stage at edie's Sustainability Leaders Forum this week to announce that all of the Airport's energy usage will be generated from renewable sources within the next few months, ahead of its controversial expansion. Here's a full transcript of his speech.
How innovation can provide a breath of fresh air for the UK's pollution woes
As part of edie's innovation month of editorial content, Matt Mace turns the spotlight to air quality, speaking with experts, innovators and incumbents about how innovation and new technology can alleviate spiralling pollution levels across the country.
Ford's plug-in van trials receive £4.7m boost from UK Government
Motor giant Ford has unveiled a new 12-month project aimed at enhancing air quality in London through the use of 20 plug-in hybrid Transit Custom vans, which has been backed by a £4.7m grant from the Government.
EU risks missing climate goals without 'sustainable' biofuels, experts warn
The European Commission's proposal to gradually phase out "sustainable" first generation biofuels will prevent the EU from meeting its 2030 climate goals, experts claim.
Samsung's rapid charge EV battery aims to remedy 'range anxiety'
Korean technology company Samsung's lithium ion and renewables division wants to bring fast charging battery cell technology into mass production for electric vehicles (EVs), with the company offering 600km driving ranges and 20-minute charge times.
Government unveils £20m funding for low-carbon freight projects
The UK Government has unveiled £20m investment for firms developing low-carbon vehicle projects as part of an overarching plan for all new cars and vans to be zero-emission by 2040.
From green bonds to solar roads: France's low-carbon revolution is taking shape
History was made in France a little over a year ago when national delegates from across the world agreed on a landmark climate deal. With the Paris Agreement now ratified, the host nation is introducing a plethora of fresh green legislation aimed at transforming the way it interacts with the environment.
Dieselgate: UK motorists launch class-action suit against VW
Thousands of British motorists have launched a lawsuit against Volkswagen over the "dieselgate" emissions scandal, in a claim that could end up costing the carmaker billions of pounds.
Europe urged to cut all transport emissions to keep climate pledge
Germany's Öko-Institut warned the EU must cut global warming transport emissions by 94% by 2050 to stop the planet's temperature rising above the two degree limit agreed by world leaders at the Paris climate summit in December 2015.
Europe vehicle industry meeting emissions targets, report claims
Virtually all of the largest car and van manufacturers met European Union (EU) company-specific emissions targets in 2015, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has claimed.
Milton Keynes announces £2.3m EV charging infrastructure expansion
One of the four UK cities set to act as a pioneer of green vehicle technology has agreed a new £2.3m contract to "significantly expand" the public charging network for electric vehicles (EVs) in the area.
The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 16 - Sharing cars and driving green innovation
The countdown to Christmas has begun, and this week edie brings you a cracker of a podcast episode, featuring exclusive interviews with car sharing service Zipcar, advisory firm the Carbon Trust and green innovation group Climate-KIC.
Dieselgate: EC begins legal action against UK and other EU nations
The European commission has started legal action against the UK and six other EU states for failing to act against car emissions cheating in the wake of the "dieselgate" scandal.
Sadiq Khan doubles investment in clean air policies
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has stepped up his commitment to tackling the capital's deadly air pollution levels by doubling the investment in air quality improvements over the next five years.
Shipping and aviation set to reverse half of Europe's transport carbon savings
Almost half of the carbon savings made by Europe's land-based transport by 2030 will be effectively cancelled out by continued emissions growth in the shipping and aviation sectors, according to new research commissioned by green group Transport & Environment (T&E).
Sadiq Khan unveils Hydrogen double-decker as London is issued high air pollution alert
Sadiq Khan has issued air quality alerts across the capital for the first time, in the same week that the London Mayor unveiled the world's first double-decker hydrogen bus.
Chris Grayling defends Heathrow air quality data
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has defended the Government's air pollution data on Heathrow proposed third runway amid claims from green campaigners that "outdated" and "contradictory" figures are being manipulated to force through the Airport's expansion.
Government prepares for green transport revolution with EV and sustainable aviation frameworks
British transport is set for a significant low-carbon boost with several new Government consultations and funding schemed announced over the past few days in a bid to drive a green transport overhaul.
UK retailers pioneer ground-breaking biomethane transport fuel
A host of British retailers including Waitrose, John Lewis and Argos have been named as the first long-distance lorry users of a renewable biomethane fuel launched today (1 December), which is said to be 35-40% cheaper and 70% less CO2-emitting than diesel.
Jaguar Land Rover wants Midlands to act as electric vehicle hub
Britain's largest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has provided a potential boost to the post-Brexit manufacturing sector, after the company's chief executive suggested that the UK should act as a central hub for JLR's electric vehicle (EV) ambitions.
Diesel vehicles burnt almost half of Europe's palm oil in 2015
The share of Europe's imported palm oil being used up by diesel cars and trucks has reached an all-time-high, despite further evidence of its harmful environmental effects, according to a new report from an independent industry forecasting group.
Autumn Statement 2016: Chancellor confirms carbon price floor freeze and low-carbon transport funding
Philip Hammond has confirmed that the UK's carbon price floor will be capped through to 2020, and announced £390m of new funding for low-carbon transport, as the Chancellor delivered his first - and last - Autumn Statement on behalf of the UK Government.
Leaked biofuel plan set to increase European transport emissions
A leaked draft of the European Commission's (EC) Renewable Energy Directive (RED) has revealed that a promised phase-out of food-based biodiesels will not be met, with new proposals set to increase European transport emissions by 219 million tonnes by 2030.
UK's green bus transition could deliver £248m by 2020
Low-Carbon Emissions Buses (LCEBs) could deliver more than £248m in social benefits to the UK by 2020 and reduce transport emissions by 432,000 tonnes, after a new report outlined the benefits that current green fleets are demonstrating.
Collaboration the catalyst for circular economy adoption, say business leaders
Businesses are beginning to understand and reap the benefits of implementing circular operating models, but adoption across numerous sectors will likely flounder unless enhanced cooperation paves the way to the "collaborative economy".
Greenpeace calls for London diesel scrappage scheme
On the same day that environmental law firm ClientEarth won an historic air quality court battle with the Government, a new report supported by Greenpeace has called for urgent action to phase out diesel vehicles from London's roads to ensure air pollution is brought down to safe levels.
Shipping industry to introduce global emissions strategy in 2018
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has approved a roadmap through to 2023 on the global adoption on an emissions reduction strategy, scheduled to come into force in 2018; although the Organisation has been criticised over delaying action.
Shipping sector agrees new deal to cap sulphur levels
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) is finally introducing steps - albeit small - to reduce the environmental impact of the shipping industry, after 170 countries agreed on a new global deal to introduce a cap on sulphur emissions in 2020.
AkzoNobel issues shipping industry's record number of carbon credits
Italian Shipping company Grimaldi Group has received the largest ever issuance from AkzoNobel's carbon credits scheme, which has seen 14 vessels presented with 109,617 carbon credits.
Government unveils charging plans to put EVs in driving seat
The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced plans to increase the convenience and availability of electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints, as part of an overarching ambition to make nearly all new cars and vans zero-emission by 2040.
Volkswagen pumps €20m into Sustainability Council and low-carbon aspirations
Volkswagen has this week continued its brand rebuilding process in the wake of dieselgate, by announcing a new €20m fund to finance projects related to lowering carbon emissions a meeting emissions regulations post-2025.
BEIS adds £4m to Plug-In Van grant to encourage electric fleets
Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark has announced that the Government has opened up a £4m avenue for businesses to switch their large trucks and vans to electric models through the Plug-In Van grant.
Petrol cars allowed to exceed pollution limits by 50% under draft EU laws
New European cars with petrol engines will be allowed to overshoot a limit on toxic particulates emissions by 50% under a draft EU regulation backed by the UK and most other EU states.
Shipping 'progressives' call for industry carbon emission cuts
Many of the world's biggest shipowners and charterers have called on heads of state to take swift action to force carbon emission cuts on their industry which is the only sector in the world not now bound by climate change targets.
Government provides £35m funding boost for ultra-low emission vehicles
A £35m funding package to increase the uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) has been announced by Transport Minister John Hayes.
Food manufacturers unveil 2025 targets to deliver 'sustainable food system of the future'
McCain Foods, Cadbury, Coca-Cola GB and McVitie's are among a host of British food and drink manufacturers that have developed a series of ambitious new sustainability commitments this week.
Europe poised for electric car boom as sales surge towards half a million
Europe will have more than 500,000 electric vehicles (EVs) on its roads by the end of 2016 thanks to technology advancements, a rapid fall in the price of batteries and successful European Union (EU) policy enablers, a new report has revealed.
Global aviation climate deal agreed: 'Mission accomplished' or 'timid step' forward?
Representatives from 191 nations finally pieced together a global deal to introduce a carbon offset scheme for the aviation sector in Montreal last night (6 October), although the agreement has been acknowledged as a "timid step in the right direction" by green groups.
Paris Motor Show: Manufacturers gear-up for an EV arms race
The opening weekend of the Paris Motor Show showcased the sector's developing evolution towards a low-carbon and electrified state, as companies such as Renault, Mercedes and the 'dirty man' of the sector Volkswagen introduce new concepts.
Is 'imperfect' ETS a better option for aviation emissions than a voluntary ICAO draft?
As nations meet today (26 September) to edge a global aviation deal closer, new analysis has suggested that the European Union's Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) is still "superior" to the drafted proposal offered by the United Nation's International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
On-the-go H2O spearheads Ford's company-wide innovation drive at 'record pace'
Motor giant Ford's recent innovation push is being driven by employees across all areas of the business at "record pace", with a prototype that turns condensation from air conditioners into drinking water just one of the 3,500 innovations submitted this year.
One year on from Dieselgate: Has anything changed?
On the one-year anniversary of Volkswagen's corporate abasement (VW) for cheating emissions tests, a damning report has revealed that the German carmaker is in fact selling the least-polluting diesel models among all major manufacturers.
'Paradigm shift' to electric vehicles required to meet global climate targets
Zero-emission vehicles will need to hold a dominant automotive market share by 2035 for the Paris Agreement's global warming target of 1.5C to be truly achievable, research group Climate Action Tracker (CAT) has claimed.
Why Scotland's leading emissions drive needs renovating
A new report from the Climate Change Committee (CCC) has revealed that Scotland is the exemplar Home Nation in regards to emission reductions, but with a major shift to the energy mix now integrated, the country may need to turn to other areas to keep pace with reduction targets.
Britain is ready for the green bus transition, says Volvo Buses
The president of Volvo Buses believes an open standard that doesn't lock cities into contracts with individual suppliers could prove vital in accelerating the uptake of low-carbon buses across the country, and is calling on new stakeholders to engage in the conversation.
Ford launches new shuttle and bike-sharing services as part of City Solutions initiative
Motor company Ford has created a new City Solutions team, which will seek to solve congestion issues in the world's busiest cities, starting in San Francisco where the acquisition of a crowd-sourced shuttle service will streamline transportation in the area.
London's black cab drivers are ready to go green
London's taxi drivers are seemingly ready and willing to help tackle London's air quality crisis as a new survey reveals that 80% of them are interested in switching to new ultra-low emission vehicles for their work.
Heat and transport: UK will miss low-carbon targets 'without major improvements'
The UK will miss crucial 2020 renewable heat and transport targets and significantly damage its global reputation as a climate leader unless "major policy improvements" are rapidly enforced, a major new report from the Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECC) has concluded.
DfT trials highlight economic and environmental upside of longer lorries
The introduction of longer semi-trailer (LST) goods vehicles could saved operators £33m in transport costs, with carbon savings anticipated to reach 3,000 tonnes over the course of a 10-year trial, the Department for Transport (DfT) has revealed.
REA chief executive joins new-look Transport for London board
The chief executive of the Renewable Energy Association (REA) Dr Nina Skorupska hopes to bring her expertise on renewable energy to a smaller and more diverse Transport for London (TfL), after being named on the Board of Governors.
Uber and Nissan launch three-month electric vehicle trial in London
Automotive giant Nissan has announced a new partnership with car hailing service Uber on a new electric vehicle (EV) project to help tackle air pollution in London, on the same day that London Mayor Sadiq Khan was urged to impose mandatory carbon reduction plans on London's transport fleets.
Government failing on low-carbon vehicles, MPs warn
The Department for Transport (DfT) must commit to a long-term green vehicle strategy through an increase in the uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV) and a reduction in air pollution levels in order to achieve national decarbonisation targets, the latest report from the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has concluded.
Emissions from new diesel cars are still far higher than official limit
New diesel cars are still emitting many times the official limit for polluting nitrogen oxides when driven on the road, almost a year after the Volkswagen emissions scandal broke.
Harley-Davidson fined $15m for polluting 'super tuners'
American motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson has reached a settlement with US authorities to pay $15m (£11m) and stop selling an aftermarket tuning product that exceeds national pollution limits.
Ford gears-up for fully-autonomous, ride sharing fleet by 2021
Automotive giant Ford have announced plans to roll-out fully autonomous vehicles, in high volumes, by 2021 as part of a collaborative commercial mobility service that ventures into the sharing economy market.
Nissan data reveals spike in public awareness over air pollution
Electric vehicle (EV) producer Nissan has revealed that UK internet searches relating to air pollution have increased by 750% in the last ten years, in the same week that that the Mayor of London's air quality alerts were introduced at transport hotspots across the capital.
London to roll out low-emission bus zones along most polluted routes
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has confirmed plans to roll out the first batch of low-emission bus zones along the capital's most polluted transport routes.
Businesses must embrace the 'radical paradigm' of sustainability
Many businesses are at risk from being left behind in the global low-carbon transition by failing to address the "elephant in the room"; choosing to focus on sustainable business models rather than products that combat real issues and global trends.
Five fuel efficiency myths steering businesses towards £1bn fleet losses
Misconceptions about how to reduce fuel costs is causing as much as £1bn in unnecessary fleet management costs per year and resulting in needless emissions for English business, according to new research.
Sadiq Khan's pollution pledges called into question with City Airport expansion approval
The approval of planning permission for a £344m expansion of London City Airport has been described by green groups as a "terrible" and "reckless" decision for the capital, with Mayor Sadiq Khan accused of backtracking on his pollution policies.
Vehicle emissions standard forms 'centrepiece' of EU's low-carbon vision
A new legislative proposal from the European Union (EU) that creates binding targets for Member States to reduce emissions in the transport, buildings, agriculture, waste, land-use and forestry sectors will hinge on the ability to accelerate low-carbon technology and fuels in the automotive industry.
European Commission set to establish post-2020 transport efficiency standards
Plans outlined in a leaked draft document from the European Commission (EC) to introduce efficiency standards for new cars, vans and trucks by the mid-2020s has been lauded as a "step in the right direction" by Transport & Environment (T&E).
Jaguar Land Rover announces UK trials for fleet of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles
Leading car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will introduce real-world tests of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV) in the UK over the next four years in a bid to reduce congestion, ease driver stress and help prevent road accidents.
Government must prioritise low-carbon heat and transport, says Committee on Climate Change
On the same day that Ministers accepted the proposals of the ambitious Fifth Carbon Budget, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has called for stronger Government action in the areas of heating, transport and low-carbon generation in its latest progress report.
Major companies sign up to universal freight emissions framework
Leading multinational companies Deutsche Post DHL Group, Hewlett-Packard (HP), DB Schenker, Kuehne+Nagel and Intel have committed to adopting a universal framework to calculate the carbon footprint of their freight and logistics supply chain.
Sainsbury's freezes emissions with liquid nitrogen refrigerated engine
British supermarket chain Sainsbury's has become the first company in the world to trial a refrigerated delivery truck cooled by a liquid nitrogen powered engine, as the retailer works towards its commitment to significantly reduce absolute carbon emissions by 2020.
Tesla takes 'first steps' to form clean energy dynasty with bid to acquire SolarCity
Disruptive automotive manufacturers Tesla has submitted a bid to purchase sister company Solar City as part of a move to "complete the picture" and establish a holistic and "vertically integrated" clean energy empire.
"Pushing boundaries in sustainability": Formula E set to electrify London
The second season of the FIA Formula E Championship is headed for a nail-biting finale in London next weekend (2 3 July) that will decide the champion of the world's first all-electric single-seater series event.
REA to support ultra-low emission vehicles through new sector group
The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has unveiled a new sector group to represent members across the transport, energy and technology sectors as part of a wider effort to deliver a sustainable transition to low-emission vehicle uptake in the UK.
European Commission warned of car emissions test cheating, five years before VW scandal
The European commission was warned by its own experts that a car maker was suspected of cheating emissions tests five years before the VW emissions scandal.
Ford focuses on innovation as energy use and emissions tumble
US car manufacturer Ford has unveiled the results of its ongoing sustainability push, with reductions in water and energy use and carbon emissions highlighted in its 17th annual Sustainability Report, which was largely focused on a renewed innovation drive.
Truck emissions limits crucial to achieving EU climate goals, report finds
Introducing EU-wide CO2 standards for trucks would bring significant savings and place Europe on track to fulfil its Paris climate commitments to cap global warming, a new study has found.
Electric vehicles are the new 'focal point' for Hyundai
South Korean motor company Hyundai has unveiled future blueprints to accelerate the transition to electric and hybrid vehicles, aiming to circulate 26 new-fuel cars and SUVs into its production by 2020.
Westminster set for electric vehicle boon with new car sharing scheme
Westminster City Council has today (7 June) unveiled a new car sharing scheme that will offer 40 hybrid electric vehicles (EVs) to car club members at a cost-competitive price, with new charging infrastructure also added to boost the initiative.