UK races to phase out cars and vans with engines

The British government is expected to shortly announce an end to sales of petrol and diesel cars – and it could be as early as 2030. T&E says a UK phase-out date in the early 2030s is achievable, as long as the government commits to enforcement measures to make it a reality and not just an aspiration.

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The British government is expected to shortly announce an end to sales of petrol and diesel cars – and it could be as early as 2030. T&E says a UK phase-out date in the early 2030s is achievable, as long as the government commits to enforcement measures to make it a reality and not just an aspiration.

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Shipping body’s climate plan ‘ignores Paris Agreement’

The global body that regulates shipping has ignored the Paris Agreement by proposing a climate plan that will see emissions from ships grow for several decades, T&E has said. It called on the EU to set its own shipping standards as part of the European Green Deal in order to bypass the ‘ineffective’ International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

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The global body that regulates shipping has ignored the Paris Agreement by proposing a climate plan that will see emissions from ships grow for several decades, T&E has said. It called on the EU to set its own shipping standards as part of the European Green Deal in order to bypass the ‘ineffective’ International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

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Company cars are the ‘low hanging fruit’ in shift to emobility

Company cars are costing Europe’s taxpayers €32 billion a year in subsidies – and most of them are for polluting vehicles, according to a new study. T&E says EU states have everything to gain from ending tax deals for fossil fuelled vehicles. Belgium’s new coalition government has committed to allowing favourable tax treatment for zero-emission company cars only by 2026.

Company cars are costing Europe’s taxpayers €32 billion a year in subsidies – and most of them are for polluting vehicles, according to a new study. T&E says EU states have everything to gain from ending tax deals for fossil fuelled vehicles. Belgium’s new coalition government has committed to allowing favourable tax treatment for zero-emission company cars only by 2026.

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VW breaks with German auto industry over efuels

The renewable energy debate is heating up in Germany, with Volkswagen and the German automotive lobby clashing publicly about the government’s proposed plan to implement the EU renewable energy directive. Europe’s biggest car manufacturer broke with the industry by calling the use of hydrogen in cars and trucks “nonsensical”. Meanwhile, the proposed plan also states that public support for palm oil-based biofuels would be phased out by 2026 – a move echoed in three other EU countries this month.

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The renewable energy debate is heating up in Germany, with Volkswagen and the German automotive lobby clashing publicly about the government’s proposed plan to implement the EU renewable energy directive. Europe’s biggest car manufacturer broke with the industry by calling the use of hydrogen in cars and trucks “nonsensical”. Meanwhile, the proposed plan also states that public support for palm oil-based biofuels would be phased out by 2026 – a move echoed in three other EU countries this month.

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Crunchtime for MEPs to ‘green’ the EU recovery fund

A decision on whether to ban fossil fuel investments from the EU’s economic recovery fund hangs in the balance as lawmakers have given mixed signals on how, and to what extent, the fund should be ‘greened’. Earlier this month, lawmakers on the environment committee called for 47% of the bloc’s €670 billion recovery fund to be invested in projects that won’t exacerbate climate change or the nature crisis. They also voted for fossil fuels to receive no cash from the recovery fund.

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A decision on whether to ban fossil fuel investments from the EU’s economic recovery fund hangs in the balance as lawmakers have given mixed signals on how, and to what extent, the fund should be ‘greened’. Earlier this month, lawmakers on the environment committee called for 47% of the bloc’s €670 billion recovery fund to be invested in projects that won’t exacerbate climate change or the nature crisis. They also voted for fossil fuels to receive no cash from the recovery fund.

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Airbus unveils ‘clean’ plane concepts, but will need CO2 targets to drive uptake

Airbus has published three concepts for zero-emissions airplanes to be powered by hydrogen. The images are the plane manufacturer’s latest effort to show it’s working to address the climate impact of flying. Whether they truly mark the beginning of a serious change in aircraft design depends on what Airbus and governments do next. 

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Airbus has published three concepts for zero-emissions airplanes to be powered by hydrogen. The images are the plane manufacturer’s latest effort to show it’s working to address the climate impact of flying. Whether they truly mark the beginning of a serious change in aircraft design depends on what Airbus and governments do next. 

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Death crash HGV driver jailed but campaign to scrap Smart motorways continues

The widow of a man killed on the M1 when he was struck by an HGV travelling at 56mph said it wouldn’t have happened if Smart motorways hadn’t been introduced.

Claire Mercer, wife of Jason Mercer who died in the collision last year, said the wrong person was being punished after HGV driver Prezemyslaw Szuba (pictured) was jailed for 10 months following his guilty plea for causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving.

Szuba was travelling along the M1, near to Junction 34, in June 2019, when he collided with Mercer and Alexandru Murgeanu, killing the two men instantly.

Both drivers had been involved in a minor road traffic collision moments earlier and they had pulled over to exchange details.

The Crown Prosecution Service said that at the time of the incident the motorway was open and all four lanes were subject to the national speed limit of 70 mph.

Weather conditions were dry and fine.

The forensic collision investigator concluded that, while both drivers breached the Highway Code by not moving to a hard shoulder area following their collision, the primary responsibility lay with the defendant’s failure to recognise the stationary transit van.

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Following the accident, Mercer has pursued a campaign to halt the use of all-lane running motorways.

Speaking after the case, Mercer said she wanted to see all-lane running banned: “It wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t a Smart motorway,” she said.

“Why should we carry on punishing the individual? We are fire-fighting each time.

“The events would not have taken place had there been a hard shoulder.”

She added: “We don’t believe the right person is taking responsibility for the massive detrimental effects on our lives.”

Investigating Officer Mark Bradey said: “My thoughts are firstly with the family of both Jason and Alexandru, they have not only lost their loved ones but have had to relive the tragedy during the court proceedings.

“Szuba pleaded guilty to the charges, accepted responsibility and spared the families further distress by going through a trial process.

“I hope today will bring some element of closure to Jason and Alexandru’s loved ones.”

As well as the 10-month sentence, Szuba was banned from driving for four years and five months and ordered to take an extended re-test.

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The widow of a man killed on the M1 when he was struck by an HGV travelling at 56mph said it wouldn’t have happened if Smart motorways hadn’t been introduced. Claire Mercer, wife of Jason Mercer who died in the collision last year, said the wrong person was being punished after HGV driver Prezemyslaw Szuba (pictured) was jailed for 10 months following his guilty plea for causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving. Szuba was travelling along the M1, near […]
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Electric car sales set to treble, but there’s a risk of growth fizzling without tougher targets

The EU’s car CO2 standards are driving rapid growth of zero-emission vehicles sales. That is the conclusion of an analysis by T&E into the growth of electric vehicles in the first half of 2020, as Europe’s carmakers have just two more months to meet the 2021 emissions standards. But T&E is warning that the progress made so far could fizzle out within two years unless the EU revises its emissions limits from 2025 onwards.

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The EU’s car CO2 standards are driving rapid growth of zero-emission vehicles sales. That is the conclusion of an analysis by T&E into the growth of electric vehicles in the first half of 2020, as Europe’s carmakers have just two more months to meet the 2021 emissions standards. But T&E is warning that the progress made so far could fizzle out within two years unless the EU revises its emissions limits from 2025 onwards.

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Kuehne + Nagel road logistics unit returns to profit in Q3

Kuehne + Nagel said it experienced a “significant increase” in shipments within its road logistics division in the third quarter and demand for domestic transport in European countries reached pre-crisis levels.

Latest results for the group showed net turnover was CHF 5bn (£4.3bn) during the period, a 4% reduction on the same quarter in 2019.

Gross profit was down 5.5% to CHF 1.9bn (£1.6bn).

It said it had demonstrated profitable growth during Q3, following a first half year marked by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Its road logistics unit’s net turnover decreased CHF 66m to CHF 796m (£673.6m), which it blamed on the “very weak demand for expo and event logistics” but increasing demand in other road sectors led to a 1.9% increase in gross profit to CHF 274m (£232m).

Dr Detlef Trefzger, Kuehne + Nagel International CEO, said: “With our motivated team, we are ready for further growth together with our customers, especially in the pharma & healthcare and e-commerce sectors.

“Even though we expect considerable uncertainties in the coming months, we are well prepared.”

The company recently announced it was running eight new Volvo FH LNG tractor units on contracts with Whitbread and Costa, as part of attempts to reduce its emissions.

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Kuehne + Nagel said it experienced a “significant increase” in shipments within its road logistics division in the third quarter and demand for domestic transport in European countries reached pre-crisis levels. Latest results for the group showed net turnover was CHF 5bn (£4.3bn) during the period, a 4% reduction on the same quarter in 2019. Gross profit was down 5.5% to CHF 1.9bn (£1.6bn). It said it had demonstrated profitable growth during Q3, following a first half year marked by […]
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Yodel results mask “unprecedented growth” as pandemic drives turnaround

Yodel said it was on course to become profitable in the year ending June 2021 – a first in its 10-year history.

Chief executive Mike Hancox said “unprecedented” growth in recent months had propelled the parcel firm into the black and he expected EBITDA to deliver “a strong positive result in FY21”.

Yodel said there had been an overall increase in sales and volume growth of 16%, compared to the first quarter of the latest financial period.

Full-year revenue is projected to be between £500m and £520m.

The trading update followed the publication of results for the year ending 30 June 2019, which showed that Yodel’s revenues had increased to £420.6m (£403.4m) and the company had reduced its pre-tax losses to £67.1m (£111.8m).

Hancox said: “Our 2019 accounts reflect a business entering a major turnaround.

“What they do not show, however, is the unprecedented, profitable growth we have experienced in recent months.

“Thanks to the adaptability of our network and the tireless efforts of our colleagues, we have performed exceptionally well so far this year and expect EBITDA will deliver a strong positive result in FY21.”

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He said the e-commerce market had seen a significant shift, primarily driven by Covid-19, which accelerated the market forward by three or four years.

“We have worked exceptionally hard to ensure we have a Covid-19 safe and functional work environment,” he added.

“In addition, our network has become a vital part of keeping the country moving.

“Prior to the pandemic, we had been streamlining our operations to focus on more profitable traffic that our network is well-positioned to handle.

“As a result, we have become a leading partner for delivering a broad range of parcels and an expert in everyday premium items.”

Hancox added: “While the economic impact of Covid-19 will continue to present challenges, we believe that the growth in volume we have seen in recent months is here to stay and we are investing in a new Northern Super Hub to ensure our network is fit to handle the long-term growth we are targeting.

“We are in an ideal position to meet shifting consumer demands as we enter a dramatically new landscape.”

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Yodel said it was on course to become profitable in the year ending June 2021 – a first in its 10-year history. Chief executive Mike Hancox said “unprecedented” growth in recent months had propelled the parcel firm into the black and he expected EBITDA to deliver “a strong positive result in FY21”. Yodel said there had been an overall increase in sales and volume growth of 16%, compared to the first quarter of the latest financial period. Full-year revenue is […]
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