Transport

Sitting in traffic jams is officially bad for you

With millions of motorists in the UK set to hit the road for the bank holiday weekend, drivers have been urged to close windows and turn off fans while in traffic jams to avoid breathing in dangerously high levels of air pollution. Latest research from the University of Surrey has shown that simple adjustment to your car’s ventilation system while sitting in traffic jams can greatly affect your exposure to toxic fumes by up to 76%.

Finalists announced for Ashden UK and Travel Awards

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One of Reading Buses’ biomethane-powered fleet. Picture: Ashden

The shortlist has been announced for the 2015 Ashden UK and Travel Awards. The Awards are a globally recognised measure of excellence in the field of sustainable energy and celebrate the organisations that Ashden considers to be leading the way in this field. Read more »

Toyota's Mirai: the future of fuel cell vehicles

Toyota will launch its all-new Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in Japan on 15 December, before introducing it in the UK and other selected European markets in 2015. Mirai – the name means future in Japanese – signals the start of a new age of vehicles. It uses hydrogen, an important future energy source, to generate electric power, delivering better environmental performance while giving customers the convenience and driving pleasure they expect from any car. Read more »

Honda drivers win 2014 MPG Marathon title in photo-finish as electric vehicles compete equally using less energy and no pollution

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Jerry Clist, maintenance controller at ALD Automotive(left) and co-driver Peter Thompson

The electric vehicles taking part in this year’s MPG Marathon demonstrated how cost effective and reliable they were by completing the course in virtually the same time as their competitors – but by using less energy and with no pollution.

Three electric vehicles took part for the first time in the 23-team eco-driving event, which was again sponsored by ALD Automotive and TRACKER and was won by Honda engineers Fergal McGrath and James Warren, driving a Honda Civic Tourer and recording an outstanding 97.92mpg. Read more »

2015 Eurostar Ashden Awards for Sustainable Travel open for entries

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Tisséo-SMTC: Weaving together sustainable journeys in Toulouse

The 2015 Eurostar Ashden Awards for Sustainable Travel are now open for entries, calling on innovative travel schemes across the UK, France and Belgium to enter for the chance to win £30,000 in prize money. The Awards, which are free to enter, celebrate the achievements of pioneering travel initiatives which encourage people to adopt more sustainable ways of travelling, helping improve quality of life whilst reducing congestion, pollution, and CO₂ emissions. Read more »

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 »

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