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Brussels drops aviation emissions plan

EU Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard said on November 12 that inclusion of international aviation in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) would be suspended. Brussels would instead allow the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to develop a global solution for managing aviation carbon emissions. The ETS scheme has run into considerable opposition outside Europe and, the following day, on 13 November, the US House of Representatives passed a bill to ... [+]

Shippers set out their stall on maritime emissions

The Global Shippers’ Forum published the second edition of its Maritime Emissions Briefing Note on 22 October at the Clean Cargo Working Group’s Fall meeting in Jersey City US. Launching the report, Bruce Carlton, GSF Board member and president and CEO of the National Industrial Transportation League in the US ... [+]

Funds for green trucks

Hauliers are being invited to bid for a slice of a £9.5m invested by the Department for Transport and the Technology Strategy Board in a low carbon truck demonstration trial. The scheme will deliver fleets of low-emission heavy goods vehicles as well as supporting infrastructure such as fuelling stations and ... [+]

Smart way to go Green

The SmartWay Europe industry-led initiative to improve the environmental performance of road freight transport in Europe has been renamed Green Freight Europe. The group, which includes shippers, carriers, retailers and associations, helps companies reduce carbon emissions by calculating and monitoring them through a central database, with shippers encouraged to compare ... [+]

Freight fears could cripple UK life science, warn scientists

So many freight companies have been frightened off carrying animals for medical research that the UK's life sciences industry is under threat, warn scientists. A report by the BBC said that campaigns by animal rights activists, bombarding airlines, ports, ferry operators and handling agents on social media sites and with letters ... [+]

NYK cuts out the carbon

NYK’s Southampton transport team have saved around 100 tonnes of CO2 every month in the last year thanks to a 100,000km reduction in truck miles. The line has worked with hauliers to increase the number of container reloads through triangulation of journeys: using the same truck to take import containers ... [+]

MPs urge rethink on sulphur

The House of Commons Transport Select Committee has added its voice to industry calls for a rethink on planned EU ship emission limits. MPs have called on the UK government to negotiate to ensure the EU Directive goes no further than the revised MARPOL agreed in 2008, in a report ... [+]

Rail report welcomed with reservations

The industry broadly welcomed the McNulty report on the future of the railways published on 9 March, but warned that the needs of rail freight operators should not be forgotten. The report, which was mainly concerned with passenger services, demanded better value for money from the rail industry. The Freight Transport ... [+]

Rail-road switch incentive

The Haven Gateway Partnership has launched a Low Carbon Freight Dividend project that will offer financial incentives for smaller firms to switch container movements from road to rail. The scheme, which enjoys nearly £3 million of support from the European Regional Development Fund will operate for three years with firms ... [+]

MOL to publish performance

Mitsui OSK Lines is to publish the results of several key performance indicators (KPI) for its global containership service - vessel on-time performance percentage, reductionof CO2, NOx & Sox and the number of operational stoppages of three days or more per year. It has established a set of goals for ... [+]

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