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European Commission sets out strategy to cut emissions from trucks, buses and coaches
Trucks, buses and coaches would use less fuel and emit lower amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) under a strategy just adopted by the European Commission. Such heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) are responsible for around a quarter of CO2 emissions from road transport in the EU. Without action, HDV emissions in 2030-2050 are projected to remain close to current, unsustainable levels.
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Report says five out of seven European car makers on track to meet 2021 CO2 targets
A new report from Brussels-based NGO Transport and Environment (T&E) says that five out of seven European carmakers are on course to meet their 95g/km CO2 targets by 2021 if they continue to progress on the same trajectory as they have done since 2008.
Air pollution causing 3.5 million deaths in the World each year – OECD Report
The world’s largest economies are spending triillions of pounds to tackle poor air quality, with road transport pollution one of the most significant contributors, according to new research from the World Health Organisation (WHO). Air pollution kills more than 3.5 million people a year globally, far more than was previously estimated. However, air pollution was implicated in fewer deaths in the UK in 2010 than five years earlier,
World EV sales doubled in 2013; tax policy played a key, but variable, role in growth – report
A new study says that electric vehicle uptake is on the increase largely due to effective fiscal policies. The report from the International Council on Clean Transport (ICCT) evaluated the response to fiscal incentives that governments in major vehicle markets worldwide have deployed to promote plug-in electric vehicles.
£75m Low Carbon R&D and Propulsion technologies fund launched
The Technology Strategy Board has announced that the second Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) competition is open for applications. £75 million is available and the fund will support collaborative R&D projects in the field of low-carbon propulsion technologies.
Loughborough University invests £1.5m in advanced propulsion research
In efforts to address the challenge to develop the new advanced propulsion technologies required for the move to zero emission vehicles, Loughborough University has announced that it will invest £1.5M over five years in strategic research appointments.
Car sharing scheme car2go announces closure of operations in London and Birmingham
Car2go, a car sharing business set up by Daimler and Europcar which operated in London and Birmingham, has announced that it is closing its UK operation, blaming the UK’s strong culture and tradition of private vehicle ownership as the reason for its withdrawal.