Four new Clean Air Zones to be introduced in 2022

Four Clean Air Zones (CAZs) are due to be introduced in English cities in 2022 – Greater Manchester, Bradford, Bristol and Sheffield. These will join cities where CAZs and Low Emission Zones (LEZs) are already in operation – London, Birmingham, Bath and Portsmouth. However, Bradford’s CAZ, which was scheduled to begin operation in January 2022, […]

Portsmouth Clean Air Zone goes live – with ANPR at its heart

Portsmouth is the latest city in the UK to choose Yunex Traffic as the provider for its Clean Air Zone. The scheme, which came into operation on 29 November, uses the company’s Sicore II ANPR cameras to identify and register every vehicle that enters the zone. Key points: ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) camera monitoring […]

Newbury ditches free Christmas car parking for free bus travel

In one of the first positive moves by a local council in recent times to attempt to drive modal shift, reduce congestion and improve air quality, in conjunction with Reading Buses, West Berkshire Council is offering free bus travel on two Saturdays. It is the fruit of work by the operator with West Berkshire Council […]

Li-Cycle and Arrival target ‘radical impact’ on EV battery recycling

Canadian lithium-ion battery developer Li-Cycle and UK-based EV manufacturer Arrival are to work together to improve lithium-ion battery recycling and the efficiency of the EV battery supply chain in North America and Europe. “Ensuring end-to-end sustainability for electric vehicles is something we are very passionate about at Arrival. This is why we are so thrilled […]

Smart-bus platform Zeelo launches UK’s first full-electric commuter service

Zeelo, the smart bus platform for organisations, has launched the UK’s first fully electric commuter bus service with Ocado This new service transports employees to and from Ocado Group and Ocado Retail’s head office locations in Hatfield, UK, from nearby towns including St Albans and Welwyn Garden City.  Zeelo provides smart bus services for 110 companies […]

COP26: Leading countries commit to phase-out of coal power

Major international lenders including HSBC, Fidelity International and Ethos made commitments at COP26 to end the funding of unabated coal.  Key points: At least 23 countries including five of the world’s top 20 coal power-using countries made new commitments to phase out coal power. Major international banks committed to effectively end all international public financing of new unabated […]

First Movers Coalition created at COP26 to drive demand for low carbon tech

Roughly half of the emission reductions needed to reach the 2050 climate goals rely on technologies in early development, demonstration, or prototype phases.  Accelerating innovation in this decade is critical to bring these technologies to market and make them cost-competitive. To jumpstart this effort, the World Economic Forum, in partnership with US Special Presidential Envoy […]

COP26: Delivering on $100 billion climate finance

ANALYSIS: The $100bn target for 2020 has probably been missed and will be a main issue at COP26 in November, reports new analysis by the House of Commons Library, reproduced below. Countries meeting in Glasgow in November 2021 for COP26 aim to agree measures to keep global temperature increases below 1.5oC. Climate finance, provided by […]

Biggest ever global coalition for clean energy launched at Glasgow climate summit

A new high-level coalition for clean energy was announced today at the Glasgow climate summit, involving major governments, international organisations, legislators, business leaders, researchers and citizen groups. It includes a group of governments called the Green Grids Initiative – One Sun One World One Grid. The group was announced at COP26 by summit host Prime Minister Boris […]

COP26: World leaders summit on ‘Action on forests and land use’ reaches agreement

The COP26 World Leaders Summit ‘Action on Forests and Land Use’ event brought together an unprecedented alliance of governments, companies, financial actors, and non-state leaders to raise ambition on forests and land-use. Over 130 leaders, accounting for more than 90% of the world’s forests, have committed to work together to halt and reverse forest loss […]