Adapting to climate change
Rob Bailey, APSE Principal Advisor, looks at the impact of climate change on local authority fleet services.
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.
Councils call for urgent clarity after further EPR delay
Local authority leaders have called for ‘clear, realistic timelines’ on waste policy after the Government announced a further delay to extended producer responsibility (EPR) for packaging.
Councils face ‘Kafkaesque’ barriers to net zero
Local authorities face ‘Kafkaesque’ barriers to achieving net zero goals, a new report backed by the Government’s net zero tsar Chris Skidmore MP has concluded.
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.
‘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.
Councils secure extended fuel protest injunction until May 2023
Two councils have seen their fuel protest injunction extended until May 2023 to prevent protestors blocking roads and vehicles.
Government struggles to assess scale of waste crime
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) does not have the data it needs to assess the scale of waste crime in England and the incentives for criminals to enter the waste market have increased, auditors say.
Government must think again about red diesel ban
Brian Ritchie, chair of Resource Management Association Scotland (RMAS), urges the Government to rethink its plans to ban red diesel.
Councils warn investment in bus services is vital to meet climate targets
The Government must fully fund the concessionary bus fares scheme if councils are to decarbonise fleets, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.
Greater Manchester plans carbon neutral transport network
Greater Manchester has set out its ambition to become the first city-region with a carbon neutral transport network.
West Lothian Council joins green scheme
West Lothian Council has joined the ECO Stars scheme as part of its efforts to make its fleet of cars greener.
Council to run on eco-friendly fuel
East Suffolk Council is taking further steps to reduce its impact on the environment by switching to an eco-friendly fuel for its fleet of vehicles.
Record levels of lithium discovered in Cornwall
The energy company Geothermal Engineering Ltd (GEL) yesterday announced that it had discovered record levels of lithium in its geothermal waters.
Councils maintenance works leading the way in sustainability
The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead has teamed up with our highways service provider, VolkerHighways, to explore how new, environmentally friendly initiatives can be employed around the borough.
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.
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.
Richard Lilwall, VP and European managing director at Teletrac Navman, looks at what fleet operators have to consider when going green.
Spending Review: Fleet welcomes EV investment
The fleet and leasing industry welcomed the Chancellor’s commitment to zero emission road transport in yesterday’s Spending Review.
PM outlines 10 point plan for green revolution
The prime minister has outlined a 10 point plan for a 'green industrial revolution' including bringing forward a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans to 2030.
Northumberland council makes ‘green fleet promise’ to replace diesel vans
Northumberland County Council has begun replacing its fleet of small diesel vans with electric vehicles as part of an effort to future proof its fleet.
Tool to help ‘green your fleet’ launched
Justdiggit and Webfleet Solutions have launched Green Your Fleet, a new tool that helps fleet customers to make a positive climate impact.
Council chiefs announce net zero innovation programme
Councils and universities can apply for a new Net Zero Innovation Programme to address climate challenges at a local level, the Local Government Association (LGA) and UCL announce today.
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.
Shapps: ‘This generation will drive the transition to zero carbon road transport’
The transport secretary, Grant Shapps, has said that the Covid-19 pandemic has given us a unique opportunity to rethink the way we travel and to accelerate the development of clean technologies.
New guide highlights low carbon and sustainable fuel opportunities for fleet decarbonisation
A new guide from the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) for fleet operators shows how renewable fuels can immediately cut greenhouse gas emissions in road transport, particularly from commercial vehicles for which few low emission solutions are currently available.
Liverpool council invests £3.4m in ‘biggest eco-friendly’ refuse fleet
Liverpool City Council has announced it is launching the UK’s biggest eco-friendly fleet of refuse vehicles.
Birmingham City Council considers ‘overhaul’ of rubbish collection service
A review of the city council’s waste management service has warned that the local authority’s older vehicles are likely to result in higher fuel consumption, greater emissions and increases in maintenance costs.
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.
Electric refuse vehicles could cut pollution and costs, report says
A Bristol-based environmental consultancy has called for the roll out of electric refuse vehicles to help cut air pollution and local authority costs.
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.