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Europe’s biofuel plans could cause huge environmental destruction 10.11.10

The first study to review the indirect land use change (ILUC)[1] impact of the anticipated EU wide increases in the use of biofuels up to 2020, concludes that European policy does not adequately protect the environment against negative consequences says a report from the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP).[2]

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Moves towards greening government already saving £60-70m a year 05.08.10

A new report published by the sadly soon to be abolished Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) shows that moves towards greater sustainability made by the previous administration already save government £60-70 million every year, and calls for the Coalition Government to step up its green ambitions in order to benefit from further efficiency savings.

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Commission wants CO2 limits for lorries 21.05.10

Efforts to reduce climate emissions from road freight transport were given a boost last month when the Commission suggested the introduction of carbon dioxide emissions standards for the first time. The idea has been floated in a communication on clean and energy-efficient vehicles, which concentrates mainly on setting a framework for the development of electric cars. Source Transport and Environment

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1% drop in demand of oil lowers price by 2% study shows 07.05.09

European fuel efficiency standards for new vehicles will lead to a lower global oil price according to a groundbreaking new study published today by Enerdata energy consulting. National governments must respond by increasing fuel taxes to counteract the increase in oil demand and greenhouse gas emissions that would result, according to T&E who commissioned the study.

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200,000 children to benefit from £10m of cycle training 31.03.09

Over 200,000 more school children in England will have the opportunity to have Bikeability training this year thanks to £10m of government funding, earmarked today by Transport Minister Paul Clark as part of the official launch of Bikeability for 2009.

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Top 10 ’green wheels’ to watch in 2009 02.02.09

As part of their regular ’Top 10 green wheels’ series, the superb WhatGreenCar.com team look ahead to the greenest cars due for launch in the UK during 2009.

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Electric cars to be widespread by 2020 04.12.08

The government’s Committee on Climate Change yesterday predicted that within twelve years four in ten cars on British roads would be electric if ambitious new targets to reduce greenhouse gases were to be met reports ETA.

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Top 10 Green Cars to beat the credit crunch 24.11.08

With credit well and truly ’crunched’, and a repeat of this summer’s soaring fuel prices highly likely, there cannot be a better time to buy a low-cost, fuel-efficient car. As switching to a car with high fuel economy also reduces emissions, fuel efficient cars are therefore, by definition, ’green cars’ - which is why they also benefit from road tax, company car and London Congestion Charge incentives says WhatGreenCar.com

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Shipping produces 1.12 billion tonnes of CO2- twice aviation’s footprint 15.02.08

As the industrial workshops of the world move from Western Europe and America to China and Asia shipping levels have reached an all time high. Aviation is often seen as the bad boys of carbon emissions, the new UN report however shows it is that shipping which is really is the elephant in the room. It is time we take responsibility for our international carbon footprint argues Peter Shield.

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£1 billion to be invested in cycling in London 12.02.08

The Mayor of London today announced the most ambitious programme to transform walking and cycling in London’s history. The bike scheme is modelled on the successful Parisian model introduced last year.

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Top 10 Green Wheels To Watch In 2008 03.01.08

Those brilliant guys over at What Green Car have come up with the hottest green cars to be looking for in 2008 for a cooler planet. Every one would be a great step forward for those of us who can’t use public transport all the time, from zero emissions Th!nk City to the heaviest in the list the Vauxhall’s New Agila at 120 gms per kilometer.

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Ethical market worth £32.3bn in 2006 30.11.07

The Co-op Bank’s ethical consumerism report for 2006 show the sector has grown from 29.3 billion in 2005 to £32.3bn in 2006. Household spending on ethical goods and services is now £664, up from just £366 in 2002 an 81% increase in five years.

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Toyota cut emissions by 5% Daimler increase by 0.6% 15.11.07

French, Italian and Japanese carmakers extended their lead over German rivals last year in the race to deliver fuel efficient and low emission vehicles according to new figures published by Transport and Environment (T&E), the sustainable transport campaign group.

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ibuyeco green car insurance offsets 25,000 tonnes of CO2 since June 07.11.07

Since its launch on World Environment Day in June, ibuyeco customers have now offset over 25,000 tonnes of CO2 as part of their car insurance policies. While carbon off setting is no replacement for cutting down car use it remains a useful tool to off set unavoidable carbon emissions.

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More planes, more cars less CO2 claims Kelly 31.10.07

Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly has launched ’Towards a Sustainable Transport System’, the plan for the UK’s transport system. It claims that it can combine bigger motorways, airport expansion, large investment in ports with cuts in carbon emissions.

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G-Wiz electric vehicle- the perfect London run around for £6,797 31.10.07

The Reva G-Wiz is the leading urban electric vehicle in the UK, available exclusively from GoinGreen. Its top speed of 45 miles per hour combined with a 48 mile range and exception from the Congestion Charge makes it the prefect Londoner’s ride. Ditch the petrol beast, G-Wiz is the latest in capital cool.

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Cutting your Car Use-by Anna Semlyen 29.10.07

Cutting Your Car Use: save Money, Be Heathly, Be Green by Anna Smlyen is the latest updated versionof the superb pocket sized guide from Green Books. A practical handbook on how to reduce our reliance on the beast in the garage.

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European Parliament weakens car emissions targets by 40% 25.10.07

Hopes of achieving a step change in the fuel efficiency of Europe’s cars have been hampered today by a vote in the European Parliament according says Transport & Environmnet, as MEPs vote to weaken the car industry’s targets by 42%.

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17.7 million Brits would spend more on greener cars 08.10.07

Interest in green wheels is soaring as 17.7 million Brits are prepared to splash out almost £13 billion more on environmentally friendly vehicles, according to research just released by EDF Energy.

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‘120 by 2012 must stay,‘ say MEPs 26.09.07

MEPs have sent a strong signal to the Commission and Europe’s governments that the EU’s long-standing commitment on carbon dioxide limits for new cars must be respected.

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WhatGreenCar.com the guide to the best green wheels in the UK 24.09.07

For car-buyers who are after a cute city runaround, a family saloon or an executive auto, WhatGreenCar? provides the ultimate guide to buying the most eco-friendly car.

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Bio Fuels- cure worse than the disease 12.09.07

Friends of the Earth called on the EU to scrap its ten per cent target for using plant-based bio-fuels for transport, after a leaked paper revealed that the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development OECD’s has grave concerns about their social and environmental effects.

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EU plans to curb aviation emissions will not work 04.09.07

Current proposals to include aviation in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme will have very little impact on aviation’s contribution to climate change, a new report by leading climate scientists warns today.

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Danger ahead as car industry demands weaker CO2 standards for heavy cars 30.08.07

European lawmakers must reject car industry calls for weight-based CO2 emissions standards because they would lead to more road deaths and higher emissions overall says European enviromental campaigners Transport and Enviroment.

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The cost of biofuels 17.08.07

Researchers at the University of Leeds and the World Land Trust have warned that growing biofuel crops to make eco-friendly car fuel could actually be harmful to the environment.

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Low cost democratising air travel?- 55% didn’t fly last year. 15.08.07

Low cost airline’s claims that they are making international travel available to all was burst by Defra 2007 environment survey, 55% of English people never took a leisure flight, while a mere 4% took a third of all return flights.

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MEP says EU Trading Scheme should be only action on aviation 27.07.07

A recommendation by an MEP playing a leading role in the debate on aviation’s introduction into the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) has rung alarm bells within the environmental movement.

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Ryanair adverts attacking Brown condemned by ASA 18.07.07

Ryanair, dubbed by Labour’s Ian Pearson as the “irresponsible face of capitalism”, has finally had their advertising rapped by the ASA following a complaint from Airport Watch. The campaign, created in-house by Ryanair’s marketing department attached Gordon Brown as a thief, and rubbished claims about aircraft CO2 emissions.

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Zipee bikes – the green answer for urban commuting 12.07.07

Plug it in over night, zip to work in the morning. Zipee bikes are a low cost, no emissions, electrical bike that looks like a scooter, and sounds like a purring cat.. Zipee’s founder Naomi Aptowitzer talks to Naturalchoices about why Zippe is the commuters dream.

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Railteam takes on planes for European travel 09.07.07

Railteam, an alliance of Europe’s high speed train services, unite to take the air out from under the wings low cost flights. French, Belgian, Austrian, German, Dutch and Swiss networks link up to provide a low carbon travel alternative.

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Tour de France- Discovery’s Blue Train goes Green 06.07.07

Lance Armstrong’s ex team Discovery Channel, the famous Blue Train, that dominated the peleton for so many years are going carbon neutral for this year’s Tour which starts in London on Saturday.

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Flybe introduces ‘eco’ labelling for flights 05.06.07

Cunning plan or marketing scam? Last week, Ryanair announced that environmental awareness about flights were beginning to hit their bottom line. This week Flybe introduces eco-labelling and carbon off setting.

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The New Green Consumer Guide- Julia Hailes 05.06.07

How green should you be, how green can you be in modern Britain? In The New Green Consumer Guide published by Simon & Schuster Julia Hailes takes a practical lively look at how to reduce the environmental impact of your life, up to and including your death.

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Bio-fuels the wrong road to sustainability 10.05.07

Transport Minister Stephen Labyman’s proposed Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation increases the amount of bio fuel in the mix for our cars, they have asked for public comment. You have until the 17th May to add yours.

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Car and Air Travel advertising should carry climate warning demands report 06.04.07

A report published by the Institute for Public Policy Research, argues that car and airline advertising should carry a warning, cigarette style, saying Driving and Flying Causes Climate Change.

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The Greenest Wheels in Town 05.04.07

At the Sexy Green Car Show at the Eden project, Europe’s leading car manufacturers are showing off their latest green machines. Sustrans is also there showing what a true green machine looks like.

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Green driving- a users guide 05.04.07

80 to 85% of the total emissions of a car are from day to day usage rather than the manufacturing of it. How we use our cars is as important as picking a greener variety, here are some tips on both from the Sexy Green Car Show.

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Citroen- C1 C2 C3 small green mean machines 05.04.07

Citroen, one of the star exhibitors at the Sexy Green Car Show, demonstrates how pioneering technology intelligently used boosts energy efficiency and lowers emissions.

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How to live a low-carbon life by Chris Goodall 03.04.07

In the UK the average individual is responsible directly and indirectly for 12 ½ tonnes of carbon dioxide. How do we get that down to 3 tonnes- well reading Chris Goodall’s ‘How to live a low carbon life- the individual’s guide to stopping climate change’ is the best start.

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Sexy Green Car Show, world’s first launched by Eden Project 02.04.07

The Eden project in Cornwall has launched the world’s first eco-friendly motor show, running from 30th March- 15th April 2007. The Sexy Green Car Show is sponsored by CIS Insurance, who are offering a Honda Civic Hybrid worth £16,300 to one lucky visitor.

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Dying on a Jet Plane- £10.4 billion air travel subsidy 20.03.07

The aviation industry is the fastest growing producer of carbon emissions in the United Kingdom, due to enormous tax breaks it is also heavily subsidised according to the World Development Movement.

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‘Green’ Europe flattened by car lobby 13.02.07

The European Commission has once again put the interests of the car industry in front of its commitment to reducing CO2 emissions. In 1998 the car industry promised new cars would average 140 grams of carbon emissions per kilometre, they have failed to make good their word.

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