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Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels launches new certification system to ensure environmental and social integrity
23 March 2011

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) – a wide stakeholder partnership representing biofuels producers, blenders, users and others – has announced the launch of a new certification system which aims to ensure that biofuels demonstrate compliance with stringent social and environmental criteria.


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Budget 2011 – Chancellor scraps fuel duty escalator, announces duty cut
23 March 2011

The main rate of fuel duty was cut by 1p a litre and the fuel duty escalator was scrapped and replaced by a ‘fair fuel stabiliser’ in Chancellor George Osborne’s first Budget for the Coalition Government. The Chancellor also announced the establishment of a Green Investment Bank with initial funding of £3bn to support and stimulate investment by sustainable and low carbon businesses.


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NGO report challenges carbon impact of African woodland clearance to grow Jatropha
22 March 2011

Using biofuels sourced from some Kenyan jatropha plantations will result in significantly greater carbon emissions of fossil fuels according to an RSPB/ActionAid/Nature Kenya report. However, a senior BP Executive has told a London Conference that biofuels is ‘the only game in town’ when it comes to decarbonising the transport sector. He said that legislators and consumers should focus on distinguishing well-produced biofuels rather than ruling out production altogether.


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Transformation to electrified road transport will require stakeholder collaboration of ‘massive complexity’ – ICCT report
21 March 2011

The introduction of electric vehicles on a large scale will demand collaboration between government, industry, other stakeholders, and the public. A new report by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) says: “to call the task complex is a massive understatement”. Meanwhile, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) has also published a report focusing on EV uptake and recommends seven actions to bring about a change in consumer perceptions of EVs.


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Low carbon vehicle R&D projects receive £10m government funding
16 March 2011

The UK Department for Business has announced that The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is to provide £10million funding for three major projects to address fundamental research questions in developing low carbon vehicles. The projects have been developed by EPSRC with the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) through the Low Carbon Vehicle Innovation Platform Integrated Delivery Programme.


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New car CO2 emissions fell 3.5% in 2010 and over 20% since 2000 - SMMT report
16 March 2011

Emissions of new cars fell to an average of 144.2g/km CO2 (equivalent to 50mpg) and by 3.5% in 2010 according to the SMMT's 10th annual CO2 report. Average CO2 emissions from new cars have fallen by over 20% since 2000.


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Car buyers' interest in CO2 emissions increasing - HPI research report
15 March 2011

Awareness of CO2 emissions figures by used car buyers is on the increase according to research published by used car data company HPI. HPI research shows that between 2007 and 2010 there was a 52 percent increase in the number of car dealers who say that the CO2 emissions of a model have influenced potential car buyers, and 93 percent say that shoppers want to know this information before they buy.


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Government opens consultations on proposals to implement transport elements of RED and FQD
11 March 2011

Consultations on proposals to implement the transport elements of the Renewable Energy Directive and the greenhouse gas saving elements of the Fuel Quality Directive have been opened by the Government.


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Environmental security battle ahead as Arctic warms - US National Academy of Sciences
10 March 2011

A report from the United States National Academy of Sciences has warned the US Navy that it should prepare for potential conflict in the wake of competing claims for resources as the Arctic warms due to climate change and as calls for climate-related humanitarian assistance increase.


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Geneva Motor Show features world firsts in new 'Green Pavilion'
10 March 2011

This year's Geneva Motor show, which ran from 3 to 13 March, again featured a significant proportion of 'green' vehicles, including several world firsts. In addition to the individual exhibitors, a 3,000-sq. metre Green Pavilion showcased the latest developments from 36 exhibitors presenting up to 17 world premieres.


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