Shipping needs radical rethink warn climate experts

Avoiding dangerous levels of climate change requires a radical rethink of the shipping system, according to a new report ‘High Seas: High Stakes’ released today by scientists at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research based at The University of Manchester.

If global shipping is to make its fair contribution to avoiding the 2°C of warming associated with dangerous climate change, CO2 emissions need to be cut within the next decade and fall by at least 80% by 2050 compared to 1990 levels, say the authors. Read more »

Wood-waste biofuel to cut greenhouse gas and transform shipping industry

A sustainable biofuel made from Norwegian forest wood waste could help transform the shipping industry and reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. Alternative sustainable fuels are urgently needed in the marine transport sector due to stringent upcoming regulations demanding reduced sulphur and carbon content in diesels and oils from January 2015. Read more »

With three people killed or seriously injured every day on London's streets, Assembly members ‘Come Together’ for pedestrian safety

London Assembly Members Richard Tracey, Valerie Shawcross, Darren Johnson and Tom Copley on Abbey Road © Rob Taylor for RJTmedia

On average, three people every day are killed or seriously injured whilst walking the streets of London. A staggering 25 per cent of fatalities take place on pedestrian crossings - an additional 19 per cent take place within 50 metres of one. Read more »

What Car? tests show that a "greener" fuel to be launched in the UK this year will be less efficient & could cost motorists billions

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The launch of new, "greener" vehicle fuel onto the nation's forecourts later this year has been called "irresponsible" by the auto magazine What Car? After real-world testing, What Car? suggests that the E10 petrol could cost UK drivers billions of pounds a year and increase harmful CO2 tailpipe emissions.

The introduction of the new fuel, which contains 10% bio-ethanol, is on the back of European Union (EU) regulations designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The EU’s Renewable Energy Directive requires 10% of road transport energy to be from renewable sources by 2020. Read more »

The number of Toyota hybrids sold moves past six million, as sales speed up

While electric car sales may not be lighting up the world, the steady progress of Toyota's hybrid power technology has reached another landmark with cumulative global sales of Toyota hybrid vehicles reaching 6.072 million units at the end of December 2013.

Sales are speeding up as this latest latest million-mark has been reached in the fastest time yet, just nine months since the figure moved past five million. Read more »

Four British projects shortlisted in the 2014 Eurostar Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel

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Dale Vince of Ecotricity on Lynch Knoll: his company has created an ‘electric highway’, enabling electric cars to charge at service stations nationwide

Four British sustainable travel schemes have been shortlisted today for the 2014 Eurostar Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel, moving a step closer to winning a share of the £30,000 prize fund. Read more »

SEAT's Spanish factory is home to the largest automotive solar panel installation

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SEAT al Sol project makes the Martorell plant a production efficiency pioneer

SEAT has completed the largest solar panel installation in the motoring industry. The SEAT al Sol (SEAT Sun) project, the third and final phase of which was completed this November, has seen the Spanish company install 53,000 solar panels at its manufacturing plant, covering a 270,000 square metre area - equivalent to 40 football pitches. Read more »

BMW i and Good Energy partner to supply green electricity in the UK

BMW has formed a new partnership with Good Energy Ltd to supply 100 per cent green electricity to owners of its electric cars in the UK*. The arrangement allows purchasers of the recently launched BMW i3 and BMW i8 to charge their new vehicle using renewably sourced electricity whilst at home. Read more »

Kia Motors confirms worldwide sale of electric Soul in 2014

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Kia Motors has confirmed that a new all-electric version of the Kia Soul is scheduled to go on sale in export markets during the second half of 2014. The 'Kia Soul EV' will be Kia's first electrically-driven, zero-emissions family car marketed outside Korea. The Soul EV promises a range of more than 125 miles (200 km). Read more »

Renault ZOE is Green Apple Awards champion

The ZOE, the flagship of Renault's electric vehicle range, has been chosen as overall winner in the latest Green Apple Awards presented at the Houses of Parliament on Monday 11th November 2013.

The Green Apple Awards winner are run by The Green Organisation, which recognises and promotes environmental best practice around the globe. This award was voted for by members of the Midland Group of Motoring Writers. The ZOE also carried off the prize for small family cars. Read more »

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