New EU rules agreed to monitor heavy duty vehicle emissions

It is is the first ever EU legislation focusing on the CO2 emissions from lorries, buses and coaches

Self-driving lorries trial steers towards fuel savings

  A trial for self-driving lorries is expected to help slash fuel costs and congestion on UK roads. The £8.1 million “platooning” trial will see three heavy goods vehicles travelling in convoy, with acceleration and braking controlled by the lead vehicle and mirrored. However, all lorries in the platoon will always have a driver ready […]

Helsinki airport trims plane idling, cuts fuel costs

Changing the way airlines talk to each other about plane take-off and landing at Helsinki airport has cut fuel costs and made flights run more punctually. Airport operator Finavia made the claim on Monday, nearly two years after bringing in a scheme to make communication between different operators at the airport “smoother and more effective”. […]

Ryanair profit drop “reflects higher fuel costs”

Higher fuel costs helped drag down full year profits for budget airline Ryanair, said the aviation firm’s boss. For the first time in five years its profits after tax fell 8% despite getting more people on board its planes. Today it announced passenger numbers rose 3%, from 79.3 million to 81.7 million in the year […]

Car owners would avoid fuel guzzlers “if they knew lifetime fuel costs”

The United States is known for its highways chock full of gas-guzzling jeeps. But this wouldn’t necessarily be the case if car dealers showed the long-term fuel costs on labels next to vehicles on sale. Research from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business in North Carolina suggests more people would go for fuel efficient rides […]

Rising fuel costs ‘threat to Scottish jobs’

Nearly a quarter of businesses in Scotland have considered cutting staff due to the pressure of rising fuel costs, a new survey revealed. Almost half (45%) of the firms also said energy costs were the biggest factor affecting them, with a third now using bicycles for business travel. 6% of those surveyed also said they […]

UK opens first Bio-LNG filling station

Britain’s first open access Bio-LNG filling station (pictured) has officially been opened today. The pump in Daventry will allow gas-powered or dual fuel trucks to use Bio-LNG, a blend of 25% Liquefied Biomethane and 75% Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). Developer Gasrec claims it is the only fuel that will help cut carbon emissions in heavy […]

More biofuels ‘could push up cost of driving’

Government insistence on using more biofuels in transport fuel could push up the cost of driving, a new report on the “trouble with biofuels” claimed today. Biofuels are made from biological matter such as plants or corn and the EU believes they will help drive down emissions from cars, trucks and planes by replacing fossil […]

Ryanair profits slide on high fuel costs

Budget airline Ryanair is blaming a multi-million slide in profits on hugely increasing fuel costs. The Irish airline which operates 1,500 flights a day made €40million (£31m) less in the first quarter of 2012 than the same period a year ago, despite carrying more passengers. Michael O’Leary, Ryanair’s Chief Executive said today: “As we previously […]

Ryanair: Fuel costs will curb future profit

Ryanair’s boss says rising fuel costs mean it is unlikely the budget airline will see profits beyond expectations – and they’ll almost certainly drop next year. His comments come as Ryanair published its yearly figures with record profits up by a quarter to €503million (£407m), higher than expected. This was despite the low-cost airline’s fuel bill rising […]