Diesel buses will be scrapped within 15 years to cut toxic emissions under plans drawn up by one of the country’s biggest transport operators. First Group will introduce a fully zero-emission fleet across the UK by 2035 to help improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The company’s fleet — 5,000-strong at present — will be expected to run on battery power or hydrogen in the biggest wholesale shift to clean transport yet seen in Britain’s bus industry. It will hasten the move away from diesel after similar commitments from other big bus operators including Go-Ahead and National Express.
Times 27th July 2020 read more »
The UK could eliminate the majority of the carbon dioxide emissions from road freight by installing overhead charging cables for electric lorries on “e-highways” across the country, a report by government-funded academics suggests. The plan for a so-called electric road system would cost £19.3bn and put all but the most remote parts of the UK within reach of the trucks by the late 2030s, with the potential for the investment to pay for itself within 15 years, according to the report by the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight. The centre is backed by government research grants and industry partners including Tesco, Sainsbury’s and John Lewis.
Guardian 27th July 2020 read more »