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Extend red diesel support for waste sector, says renewable energy group

20/10/2021

The UK’s largest trade association for renewable energy has urged the Government to delay the removal of the entitlement to use red diesel in the waste sector for one year.

Government criticised for ‘slow progress’ in zero-emissions buses rollout

20/10/2021

The UK’s three bus manufacturers today joined forces to urge the Government to speed up its rollout of 4,000 UK-made zero-emissions buses, ‘parking the bus’ in Westminster to drive home the point.

Grundon commits £600,000 to electric collection vehicles after successful trials

20/10/2021

Grundon Waste Management is set to invest over half a million pounds in converting two of its existing fleet from diesel to electric after the conclusion of successful trials of an electric waste collection vehicle.

Government announces extra £350m for EV transition

20/10/2021

The Government has announced that an extra £350m will be made available to support the electrification of UK vehicles and their supply chains.

Apprenticeship programme earmarking £100,000 for automotive industry re-launched

19/10/2021

An apprenticeship programme offering training opportunities to those currently working within the automotive industry has been relaunched.

RVS delivers first-ever twin pack electric conversion to Islington Council

19/10/2021

Refuse Vehicle Solutions (RVS) has delivered the world's first-ever refurbished and repowered twin pack refuse vehicle to Islington Council, marking a revolutionising breakthrough in the waste industry.

Brighton council and union reaches deal to end bin strike

19/10/2021

Brighton residents will soon once again see their streets cleared of bin bags as the council reaches a deal with striking refuse collection workers to resolve the ongoing industrial dispute.

East Staffordshire reinforces vehicle availability with new maintenance contract

18/10/2021

East Staffordshire Borough Council has awarded Specialist Fleet Services Ltd (SFS) a 5-year contract to maintain its new fleet, which commences on 1 November.

Ringway heads towards target of 40% reduction in carbon emissions

18/10/2021

Ringway, the specialist highway services company, has been fast tracking its way towards its target of 40% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions by 2030.

Refuse collector pay drops by over £1,500

14/10/2021

A refuse collector has seen their pay drop by £1,519 in real terms since 2010, according to the TUC.

Wiltshire Council approves EV charging infrastructure scheme

13/10/2021

Wiltshire Council's cabinet yesterday agreed to approve a new electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure plan that will see more chargers delivered in the local area.

West Lothian Council joins green scheme

13/10/2021

West Lothian Council has joined the ECO Stars scheme as part of its efforts to make its fleet of cars greener.

Top safety accreditation for ISS

12/10/2021

Vehicle safety technology and software company Innovative Safety Systems Ltd (ISS) has been awarded accreditation from Alcumus SafeContractor for achieving excellence in health and safety in the workplace.

BEV sales overtake PHEV sales for the first time

11/10/2021

The total number of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) on the roads has overtaken the number of plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models for the first time, a new analysis has revealed.

Council chiefs warn driver shortages could hit gritting services

11/10/2021

Local authority leaders have warned that driver shortages could affect gritting services this winter.

Dacorum Borough Council makes second major investment in Mercedes-Benz trucks

07/10/2021

West Hertfordshire’s Dacorum Borough Council has made a second major investment in Mercedes-Benz’s truck technology as part of a move to standardise its fleet of 32 refuse collection vehicles.

SFS expands operations in the South West

05/10/2021

Specialist Fleet Services Ltd (SFS) is expanding its operations in the South West following the award of two new seven year (+7) contract hire agreements from Somerset West and Taunton Council and North Devon Council.

Multevo launches the multi-purpose Hydrohog

05/10/2021

Multevo has launched a new multi-purpose and ultra-low emissions highway maintenance machine which displaces diesel by up to 40%

Councils face legal obligation to plan and deliver for EVs

05/10/2021

The Government is considering imposing a statutory duty on local authorities to plan and deliver for electric vehicle infrastructure.

North East Lincolnshire mayor goes electric

05/10/2021

The mayor of North East Lincolnshire Council is paving the way for a greener borough with a new electric car.

Wates introduces first fleet of electric vehicles

05/10/2021

Wates Property Services has taken delivery of its first fleet of electric commercial vehicles as part of its effort to eliminate waste and carbon from its operations by 2025.

Recycling Lives to operate UK’s first all-electric waste skip trucks

05/10/2021

National waste recycling specialist Recycling Lives has signed a contract with Renault Trucks to deliver the UK’s first 100% electric skip-transporter trucks.

District boosts pay to tackle shortage of bin drivers

05/10/2021

South Holland District Council has agreed to increase pay for its waste and recycling teams in response to the national shortage of drivers.

Westminster City Council and Veolia unveil 60 strong electric fleet

01/10/2021

Westminster City Council and Veolia have unveiled a 60 strong fleet of new and upcycled electric vehicles.

Warwick and Stratford-on-Avon District Councils announce new waste contractor

01/10/2021

Warwick and Stratford-on-Avon District Councils have awarded a joint refuse and recycling services contract to Biffa Waste Services Ltd.

Engine production falls -23.6% in August

30/09/2021

The latest data has revealed that UK factories made 81,266 engines last month, a decline of -23.6% over a COVID-19 impacted August 2020.

UK’s tallest cherry picker helps to tackle gulls

30/09/2021

The tallest cherry picker in the UK is currently in action in the centre of Worcester as part of a programme of measures to control the number of gulls in the city.

Council to trial electric car club with induction charger

29/09/2021

Buckinghamshire Council has become one of the first local authorities in the country to trial an electric car club with an induction charger.

Free online tool to boost chargepoint installations launched

29/09/2021

SP Energy Networks has announced the official launch of the Charge Project’s ConnectMore Interactive Map (CIM).

Solihull trials autonomous shuttle bus

27/09/2021

Solihull has become one of the first places in the UK to see driverless vehicles take to its roads as part of new passenger trials.

Dawsongroup sweepers secures largest Scottish sweeper contract

23/09/2021

Dawsongroup sweepers, a rental supplier of industrial and municipal cleaning vehicles, has secured the largest sweeper contract available in Scotland.

England's first retrofittable AI waste-picking robot

22/09/2021

The country’s first retrofittable AI-powered robotic waste picking system has been installed in a Material Recycling Facility in Reading, Berkshire.

World’s most advanced digital twin helping to predict EV battery lifespan

21/09/2021

A research programme has managed to create and trial the world’s most advanced ‘digital twins’ of real EV batteries, capable of predicting battery lifetime.

Keenan Recycling celebrates reaching full national coverage

21/09/2021

Keenan Recycling has managed to achieve full UK coverage after investing over £4m in new trucks and adding six new depots in the last 12 months.

Wrightbus to showcase two new zero-emission buses

21/09/2021

The manufacturer of the world’s first hydrogen-powered double deck bus will unveil two new single deck zero-emission buses at the Millbrook Proving Ground this week.

Council set to discuss £500,000 loan to support EV battery production

17/09/2021

Coventry City Council is to discuss a £500,000 loan to help the new UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) take on new business.

Reading council unveils first fully electric RCV in Berkshire

16/09/2021

The first fully electric waste collection vehicle in Berkshire has been unveiled by Reading Borough Council this week.

County council leaders call for more support in reducing emissions

16/09/2021

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

Mindfulness course for professional drivers launched

16/09/2021

A new programme focusing on fleet safety and the wellbeing of professional drivers has been launched this week.

New whitepaper to help manage risk of grey fleet

15/09/2021

A whitepaper to help organisations manage the risk of the rising grey fleet, which has been accelerated by the pandemic, has been published by DriveTech.

Launch of first hydrogen Dynamic Purchasing System for councils

15/09/2021

The first hydrogen generation and fuelling Dynamic Purchasing System for the public sector has been launched by the Highland Council and The Procurement Partnership Ltd (TPPL).

Greater Manchester seeks vehicle dealers to join clean air plan

09/09/2021

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

Council to run on eco-friendly fuel

08/09/2021

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.

Fairfax adds seven new Isuzus to its fleet

08/09/2021

The Northern plant hire company Fairfax Plant Hire has added three Isuzu Grafter 3.5 tonne trucks and four Isuzu 7.5 tonne trucks to its fleet.

New waste lorries remind people not to feed gulls

08/09/2021

Worcester residents will now be seeing regular reminders of how they can help control the number of gulls in the city, with two new waste lorries displaying 3.4-metre signs asking them to dispose of waste food properly.

£1bn hydrogen investment fund launched

07/09/2021

Green entrepreneur Jo Bamford has joined forces with multi-family office Vedra Partners to launch HYCAP, a hydrogen investment fund which has set its sights on raising £1bn.

TfL opens £2m EV charging hub in Woolwich

02/09/2021

Transport for London (TfL) has opened a new rapid charging hub in Woolwich.

East Lothian Council set to roll out new fleet of Kerb-Sort vehicles

02/09/2021

East Lothian Council is getting ready to roll out their new fleet of Romaquip’s Kerb-Sort vehicles on 20th September.

Game-changing project in Lambeth addresses EV inequality

02/09/2021

The London Borough of Lambeth has worked with Connected Kerb, the electric vehicle (EV) charging specialist, to provide public EV charging infrastructure to under-represented communities.

Vehicle industry calls for decarbonisation plans before bans

02/09/2021

Motor manufacturers have called on the Government to work with industry to develop a plan that facilitates the transition to zero emission HGVs, before it commits to an end of sale date for conventionally fuelled trucks.

Shell aims to install 50,000 EV chargepoints

01/09/2021

Shell has announced that it aims to install 50,000 on-street electric vehicle (EV) chargers through their company ubitricity across the UK by the end of 2025.

Food waste returns to pre-lockdown levels

26/08/2021

The latest UK Food Trends Survey shows that self-reported food waste has returned to pre-lockdown levels and more food is potentially going to waste as life returns to normal.

Warwick residents called on to name new sweepers

26/08/2021

Sweeping Beauty? Shaun the Sweep? The Grim Sweeper? These could be the names of Warwick District Council’s new fleet of street sweeper vehicles as the Council invites residents to ‘suggest their best’.

Urbaser continues growth with J&B Recycling acquisition

26/08/2021

Cheltenham based environmental services company, Urbaser Ltd, has confirmed the acquisition of J&B Recycling, a waste management company operating in the North East of England.

Caigan innovative hydrogen fuel cell conversion

26/08/2021

Caigan Vehicle Technologies Ltd. have entered the zero-carbon transport market with an innovative hydrogen fuel cell conversion for internal combustion engine vehicles.

Veolia offers £1,500 sign on bonus to new HGV drivers

23/08/2021

Veolia today announced a £1,500 bonus for HGV drivers joining its municipal collection operations in the UK.

Government urged to invest £15m in EV skills training

19/08/2021

Representatives the automotive sector has called on the Government to invest £15m to support EV skills training.

Electra commences build of its first hydrogen-electric HGV commercial vehicle range

18/08/2021

Blackburn-based electric HGV manufacturer Electra Commercial Vehicles Ltd has placed its first order for a HyRange® system from German/English manufacturer Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH for its prototype electric hydrogen commercial vehicle range.

Global traffic technology group announces SWARCO Smart Charging

18/08/2021

SWARCO, the global traffic technology group, has launched SWARCO Smart Charging, a dedicated business aimed at addressing the electric vehicle charging needs of customers, including those within local authorities.

Re-Gen Waste ‘delighted’ to win first Welsh contract

16/08/2021

Re-Gen Waste in Newry, Northern Ireland, is ‘absolutely delighted’ to have won its first Welsh contract.

Mums urged to consider career in driving as shortage threatens collections

16/08/2021

Waste management company Veolia is urging mothers to consider a career in driving as the national shortage of drivers threatens collections.

Innovative all-electric refuse vehicle trialled in St Helens Borough

13/08/2021

St Helens Borough Council has taken another step forward in its efforts to meet climate change targets by 2040 with the short trial of an all-electric refuse wagon.

Shapps announces £15m congestion and pothole scheme

13/08/2021

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps today announced a multimillion-pound scheme to improve traffic signals and explore the use of drones to help fix local roads.

NatWest enlists EQUANS for national roll out of EV chargers

12/08/2021

EQUANS has been appointed by banking group NatWest to deliver more than 600 high power GeniePoint electric vehicle charging points across its office locations in the UK.

Buckinghamshire council temporarily suspends food waste collections

12/08/2021

Buckinghamshire council has announced a temporary suspension of food waste collections to due to the national shortage of HGV drivers and COVID-19.

Council launches pilot food waste collection scheme

12/08/2021

Wandsworth council has invited 2,300 households to take part in a pilot food waste collection scheme to help inform decisions on the council’s next waste and recycling contract.

Record levels of lithium discovered in Cornwall

12/08/2021

The energy company Geothermal Engineering Ltd (GEL) yesterday announced that it had discovered record levels of lithium in its geothermal waters.

Leicester’s green buses get Blues’ names ahead of Wembley trip

09/08/2021

A fleet of electric buses that have brought cleaner, greener travel to Leicester are now bearing the names of the players who helped win the FA Cup for the city for the first time.

#NotinNewarkandSherwood campaign steps up a gear

05/08/2021

Newark and Sherwood District Council has stepped up the fight against fly tipping and is using one of its new refuse vehicles to spread the message that littering will not be tolerated.

Leeds City Council and partners secure grant to buy more electric-cargo bikes

05/08/2021

A successful bid by Leeds City Council, West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Bradford Council has secured a Department for Transport and Energy Saving Trust’s grant to fund 32 new electric-cargo (e-cargo) bikes to the value of £160,000.

Camden council launches world’s densest air quality sensor network

05/08/2021

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.

First rural electric bin lorries trialled in Scotland

04/08/2021

SP Energy Networks is piloting Scotland’s first rural all-electric refuse vehicles in partnership with Dumfries & Galloway Council as the region works towards achieving its 2025 net zero emissions target.

Enfield Council’s small van fleet is going all-electric

29/07/2021

Enfield Council has announced that their entire small van fleet is going electric to help the council reach its climate action targets.

Charge points go live as EVs added to council pool car fleet

29/07/2021

Somerset West and Taunton (SWT) has now completed the installation of five charging points in partnership with EV charge point supplier, InstaVolt.

RVS achieves latest ISO 45001 health and safety standard

29/07/2021

Refuse Vehicle Solutions (RVS) have achieved their ISO 45001 certification, demonstrating that they are a company with the highest standards in workplace health and safety.

Birmingham gets first hydrogen bus

28/07/2021

Birmingham City Council has unveiled the first of its 20 new hydrogen buses, which are set to be in operation later this year.

New ‘clean green lifting machines’ for Hyndburn

28/07/2021

Hyndburn Borough Council have invested in four additional eco-friendly refuse trucks and committed to having a total of 10 by Autumn this year.

Portsmouth CC leases five new electric vans

26/07/2021

Portsmouth City Council has leased five new electric vehicles for its clean and green team.

Decarbonised transport by 2050 possible but new policies ‘crucial’

22/07/2021

A survey of stakeholder experts has revealed that most believe that the decarbonisation of UK road transport by 2050 is possible, but a significant majority say that policies so far enacted or announced are not enough.

Councils forced to suspend waste services due to staff shortages

20/07/2021

Several local authorities have been forced to reduce or suspend waste and recycling services due to staff having to self-isolate and a national shortage of drivers.

RVS delivers first electric conversion vehicle for Paper Round

19/07/2021

Paper Round, part of BPR Group, has received its very own fully electric-conversion vehicle from Refuse Vehicle Solution (RVS) as part of its effort to transform the future of resource management.

Islington welcomes first fully electric cage tippers

19/07/2021

Islington Council today announced the arrival of the borough’s first fully electric cage tippers, as work to fully electrify the council’s fleet of vehicles continues.

SFS invests in workshop at Epsom & Ewell Borough Council

16/07/2021

Specialist Fleet Services Ltd (SFS) has refurbished and expanded the workshop facility at Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, an investment that forms part of its 10-year fleet replacement and maintenance contract with the authority.

Shapps agrees to rethink roads policy

15/07/2021

The Government has agreed to review the National Networks National Policy Statement (NNNPS), which governs the development of major projects on England’s road and rail networks.

Allstar Business Solutions announces new partnership with EB Charging

15/07/2021

Allstar Business Solutions has announced a new partnership with the electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure provider, EB Charging.

Leaders call for new powers to tackle climate change

13/07/2021

A cross-party group of 32 mayors and local leaders have called for greater powers and resources to deliver net zero.

Council mini-buses converted to mobile COVID testing units

13/07/2021

Two Glasgow City Council mini-buses have been converted into mobile COVID testing units which will offer rapid tests to people without symptoms.

Reading council submits expression of interest for electric buses

12/07/2021

Reading Borough Council has submitted an official expression of interest to the Government’s Zero Emission Bus Regional Area fund (ZEBRA) to roll out electric buses across Reading.

SFS ranked #1 in new Halton Housing framework

08/07/2021

Local authority fleet partner Specialist Fleet Services Ltd (SFS) has been ranked #1 for the hire of specialist and commercial vehicles (exceeding 5000 kg G.V.W) in the latest vehicle procurement framework established by Halton Housing.

Electric vehicle charging points trial rolled out across Bruntwood’s network

08/07/2021

Property company Bruntwood is to trial the installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging points across its North West portfolio as part of Greater Manchester Local Energy Market Project (GM LEM).

Fresh livery for vaccination shuttle buses in Manchester

08/07/2021

Shuttle buses decked out in new livery are ready to hit the road in Manchester, ferrying people from south-central neighbourhoods to the Belle Vue vaccination centre.

LARAC opposes introduction of free garden waste collections

07/07/2021

LARAC has voiced concerns over the 'the potentially prescriptive nature' of the Government's proposed reforms of recycling in England.

First shortlist unveiled for £120m zero emission buses funding

07/07/2021

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced its first shortlist from the Zero Emission Bus Regional Areas (ZEBRA) scheme, providing £120m to support the roll-out of zero emission buses across England.

Proton Motor and Electra sign MoU to develop zero-emission fuel cell trucks

01/07/2021

The developer and producer of hydrogen fuel cells and electric hybrid, Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH, has signed a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ (MoU) with Electra Commercial Vehicles Limited to develop the zero-emission fuel cell truck market in the UK and Ireland.

LIVE camera systems in Cumbria reduce third party insurance claims

01/07/2021

Cumbria Waste Recycling has equipped its entire Skip and Hook loader fleet with LIVE camera systems to monitor collections in real-time and mitigate third party insurance claims.

ODS expands its electric vehicle fleet

30/06/2021

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

Councils maintenance works leading the way in sustainability

30/06/2021

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.

First fully electric double decker buses arrive in Edinburgh

29/06/2021

Edinburgh has received its first fully electric double decker buses, thanks to major funding from SP Energy Networks working in partnership with Lothian Buses.

Second generation framework offers sustainable fleet solutions

28/06/2021

Pretium Frameworks’ Flexible Fleet Services framework, delivered by Northgate Vehicle Hire, was so well received that the company has re-procured a follow-on arrangement with Watford Community Housing.

Khan launches England’s first double-decker hydrogen bus fleet

24/06/2021

England's first double-decker hydrogen bus fleet has been launched by the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

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