air quality

City of Wolverhampton Council trials HVO


City of Wolverhampton Council is trialling the use of Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) to fuel its fleet as a way of reducing carbon emissions.

PM delays new petrol and diesel ban to 2035


Prime minister Rishi Sunak has delayed the Government's ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2030 to 2035, potentially slowing the transition to electric vehicles.

Vehicle emission schemes raise £418m


More than £400m in fees and penalties has been generated from vehicle emission schemes in England, a freedom of information (FOI) request has revealed.

Wrexham becomes first Welsh council to trial CTS eRCV


Wrexham County Borough Council (WCBC) has taken delivery of an all-electric refuse collection vehicle (eRCV) to assess how it performs against that of a conventional diesel engine, whilst collecting waste from households across the Borough over the coming weeks.

Council announces £500,000 boost to improve air quality


Blaby District Council has received more than half a million pounds to help reduce harmful vehicle emissions under the banner of Let’s Go Electric.

Council chiefs hit back at Defra’s air quality demands


Councils do not hold the ‘important levers to tackle air quality’, local authority leaders have said in response to the environment secretary’s clean air plans.

Connected EVs annually save fleets 15 tonnes of CO2


A new analysis has revealed that European fleets using electric vehicles (EVs) have cut their carbon emissions by more than 15 tonnes of CO2 per vehicle, per year.

Sheffield drivers offered support ahead of CAZ rollout


People can apply for financial support to help them upgrade their vehicle ahead of the introduction of Sheffield’s Clean Air Zone (CAZ), the city council has said.

London’s ULEZ to expand city-wide


London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is set to be expanded city-wide as part of the drive to tackle air pollution, the climate emergency and congestion.

Expansion of London’s ULEZ generates £93.6m


The expansion of London’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) a year ago has generated an estimated £93.6m of additional revenue from drivers of non-compliant vehicles.

Blaby fleet moves to HVO


Blaby District Council’s fleet have had up to 90% of their emissions wiped with the move to alternative fuel.

Northumberland council launches HVO trial


Northumberland County Council today announced it is trialling a Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) in one of its refuse vehicles as a cleaner alternative to diesel.

Emissions compliance and the latest solutions


Improving air quality and reducing carbon emissions are top priorities for every local authority. James Thorpe, head of retrofit sales, Eminox explains how retrofit solutions can help.

Birmingham trials first all-electric eCollect


Birmingham City Council is trialling its first eCollect in a bid to combat climate change and air pollution.

Nearly a quarter of drivers admit to idling engines


Over 20% of drivers admit to regularly leaving their engines running while their vehicle is stationary despite the impact this has on air quality, new research has revealed.

‘Clean Air Net Zero’ approach could boost local areas by £1.6bn


Local and regional policymakers must consider the air quality impact of net zero policies to save billions of pounds and to avoid another ‘dieselgate scandal’, a new report has said.

Birmingham's Clean Air Zone leads to fall in emissions


The number of the most polluting vehicles entering Birmingham city centre has fallen by more than half since the Clean Air Zone was introduced a year ago, the council has reported.

Mayor Khan launches consultation on ULEZ expansion


A consultation on plans to expand the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) to cover almost the whole of London has been launched as part of the effort to improve air quality and reduce traffic congestion across the capital.

Charity calls for ‘mobility credits’ to promote shared transport


England’s councils have been urged to introduce incentives for people to give up private vehicles to help increase the use of shared transport.

Sheffield CAZ delayed until 2023


Sheffield City Council has announced that the launch of its Clean Air Zone (CAZ) will be delayed until 2023.

Greater Manchester secures £35.8m to enhance green bus fleet


In a major boost to Greater Manchester’s net zero ambitions the combined authority has secured £35.8m in funding to introduce 170 green buses to the region.

Air quality consultations launched


The Government has launched two consultations on proposals to make it easier for local authorities to tackle poor air quality in their areas.

Glasgow council fleet to be emissions free by 2029


Glasgow City Council is aiming to ensure its 2,000 strong fleet will be emissions free by the end of the decade, the local authority says.

Bucks Council awarded nearly £600,000 to upcycle RCV


Buckinghamshire Council has been awarded more than half a million pounds to upcycle its first refuse collection vehicle to electric.

Government proposes new targets to protect environment


New legal targets on air quality and the waste that ends up at landfill or incineration have been proposed by the Government as part of its Environment Act.

Local authorities awarded £11.6m to improve air quality


The latest round of Air Quality Grants have been awarded to local authorities across England to deliver projects to improve air quality.

Mayor Khan requests consultation on ULEZ expansion


The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, will today announce in a keynote speech in Forest Hill that he is asking Transport for London (TfL) to consult on expanding the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) London-wide in 2023.

Zero Emission Zone to be extended across Oxford city centre


Plans to extend the Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) from the current pilot area to cover the entire city centre in Oxford have been unveiled.

Newcastle and Gateshead councils call for £23m to support CAZ roll-out


Councillors in the North East are calling for urgent action to enable a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) support scheme for taxi drivers and small businesses to go ahead.

Britain’s first Zero Emission Zone set to launch


A pilot of Britain’s first Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) is ready to launch in Oxford at the end of this month.

A passion for fleet decarbonisation


LAPV talks to FAUN-Zoeller UK CEO Simon Hyde about the company’s determination to support the drive to net zero.

Scotland back to dangerous levels of air pollution, data shows


Air pollution in Scotland has once again breached legal limits following a historic low during lockdown, campaigners have revealed.

Greater Manchester leaders told to consider clean air zone pause


Greater Manchester leaders will be asked to request permission to put the second phase of Clean Air Zone (CAZ) funding on hold due to cleaner vehicle concerns.

Bradford council delays launch of clean air zone


Bradford City Council has said that the launch of its clean air zone (CAZ) has been delayed until spring 2022.

Kirklees Council set to approve over £6m fleet revamp


Kirklees Council’s cabinet is set to approve an investment of £6.25m to bring in new high-tech fleet vehicles and take a significant step towards the greening of the council’s fleet.

Square Mile welcomes 42% drop in NO2 levels


The banning of new diesel vehicles from its fleet has helped the City of London Corporation dramatically reduce nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels in its area.

ULEZ expansion 'a lifeline for Londoners'


As London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) sees a massive expansion, a think tank has called on mayor Sadiq Khan to go further and introduce a pay-per-mile road user charging scheme.

County council leaders call for more support in reducing emissions


The Government risks undermining its net-zero target by focusing on reducing emissions in cities instead of England’s counties, report warns.

Greater Manchester seeks vehicle dealers to join clean air plan


Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is seeking vehicle dealers to join the GM Clean Air Plan accredited dealership scheme.

Camden council launches world’s densest air quality sensor network


The world’s densest air quality sensor network, which aims to fundamentally transform how air pollution is monitored and managed, will be installed in the London borough of Camden this summer.

ODS expands its electric vehicle fleet


Oxford Direct Services (ODS) is expanding its electric vehicle (EV) fleet, which means that over 15% of its fleet is now fully electric.

Oxford prepares for Britain’s first Zero Emission Zone


The Lord Mayor of Oxford has taken delivery of a 100% electric Nissan LEAF, as the city prepares to launch Britain’s first Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) Pilot in the city centre’s streets this August.

Pollution fears rise as traffic surges in Scottish cities


New data shows that traffic levels in Edinburgh and Glasgow have exceeded pre-pandemic levels, adding to fears about air quality following delays to Scotland’s planned Low Emission Zones (LEZs).

Clean air zones save lives and boost local economies


Clean air zones (CAZs) will save lives and inject millions into local economies, an analysis of eight major cities in the UK has revealed.

County council approves Oxford’s Zero Emission Zone pilot


Oxford’s proposed Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) pilot has been formally approved by Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet for launch in August.

Bath's Clean Air Zone goes live


The UK’s first charging clean air zone (CAZ) outside of London has been launched in Bath today.

City Corporation to become first UK authority to run fully electric refuse truck fleet


The City of London Corporation will become the first UK governing body to run a full fleet of electric refuse collection vehicles following recent successful trials of the new technology.

Council chiefs urge courier services to swap vans for cargo bikes


Delivery companies should consider switching to cargo bike schemes where possible to cut carbon emissions, improve air quality and reduce congestion, local authority leaders say.

Applications for the Design in the Public Sector programme now open


Local authorities in England are now able to apply to take part in the Local Government Association’s (LGA) Design in the Public Sector programme to learn more about transport decarbonisation.

New call for London’s fleets to turn engines off when parked


A London-wide campaign has been launched today encouraging businesses to tackle air pollution caused by idling engines.

Winning bids revealed for ADEPT Live Labs SIMULATE programme


The Government-funded ADEPT Smart Places Live-Lab programme has announced the 10 successful SMEs that will enter the SIMULATE incubator programme to trial air quality and mobility solutions in Staffordshire.

Ford Transit Custom 48v mild hybrid


Reducing emissions is essential for improving air quality. However, not all councils are prepared to switch to battery-powered vans. The answer, Steve Banner says, may well be the Ford Transit Custom 48v mild hybrid.

Pandemic forces Birmingham to delay launch of Clean Air Zone


Birmingham City Council has written to the Government requesting postponement to the launch of its Clean Air Zone (CAZ) to help protect the economy during the coronavirus pandemic.

The balancing act: reducing emissions and improving transportation


Paul Moorby outlines how using Big Data to analyse real-time traffic information can help councils to refine traffic management policies whilst reducing carbon emissions.

Are hydrogen fuel cell RCVs the future?


Hydrogen fuel cell RCVs will take to the streets in seven European cities this year as part of the EU-funded HECTOR project to assess the potential of this technology to decarbonise waste fleets. Lotte Debell reports.

FORS help with air quality targets


S has created an animation and infographic to showcase how the scheme helps local authorities meet air quality targets.


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