Huge ships could be powered by the wind under government plans to stamp out harmful emissions choking Britain’s coastline. Trials of green energy will be launched on ships and ferries as part of plans to cut pollution levels by a third over the next decade, the Department for Transport said. The £6 million trial involves the use of “spinning sails” that harness wind power and reduce fuel consumption. Maersk, one of the world’s biggest shipping companies, has also outlined plans to fit the sails to one of its tankers next year. Work has already started on similar green schemes in parts of Britain, including the use of hydrogen fuel cells for ferries in Scotland.
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NICOLA Sturgeon has announced a £60 million scheme to help develop a national charging network for electric cars to support Scotland’s shift towards greener motoring. The First Minister set a target in her Programme for Government, unveiled on Tuesday, of phasing out the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032 – eight years ahead of the UK Government’s deadline. Sturgeon said the funding covering the period up to 2020 was one of a number of different measures by the Scottish Government to help achieve that aim.
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