Oil tanker hijacked off Oman

An oil tanker carrying crude worth around £125m has been hijacked off Oman. The ship, the Irene, is owned by a Greek shipping company and was on its way from the Arabian Gulf to the Gulf of Mexico. Reports suggest the ship came under siege from armed men and so far there has been no […]

Plaid Cymru slams Welsh MPs as fuel regulator bid fails

Plaid Cymru’s Treasury spokesman Jonathan Edwards today slammed “the complacency of Welsh MPs”, as 50% failed to turn up for a vote on fuel prices. Plaid Cymru and the SNP last night led a Westminster debate on how to tackle rising fuel prices. Both parties wanted the government to establish a fuel duty regulator. But […]

Electric cars could plug-in £7bn to UK auto industry

The UK motor industry will get a £7.2bn boost from electric car sales over the next three years, according to a new study. The findings from analysts at GfK Automotiveshow that by 2014, some 300,000 electric cars will hit Britain’s roads as consumers look for greener ways to travel. This means thatoncurrent sales levels, electric […]

Low carbon cars a priority for motor industry

Investment in low emission cars is a key priority for the motoring industry over the next five years, a group of top executives have said. Development of hybrid cars, electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel-cell technology is vital for growing the automotive industry, said 93% of 200 auto executives in a survey carried out by consultants […]

Bid to set standards for offshore wind farm vessels

The first rules aimed at establishing a set of uniform standards for the growing fleet of vessels that serve offshore wind farms have been published. International classification society Det Norske Veritas has put together the guidelines and the first vessel being built to them is already under construction at South Boats Medina Shipyard on the […]

Stansted Airport in hydrogen trials

Energy storage and clean fuel company ITM Power is to carry out trials of a hydrogen refuelling project at Stansted Airport. ITM has developed HFuel, a self-contained way of refuelling hydrogen-powered road vehicles and forklift trucks that can be used on small fleets of both fuel cell and hydrogen internal combustion engine vehicles. Stansted is […]

Ambulances in fuel cell trial

Ambulances in Yorkshire have been fitted with methanol fuel cells to charge paramedic equipment while the engine is switched off. The trial is part of a plan by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to cut the fuel consumption of its fleet by 30% by 2015. According to the ambulance service, the technology could help the NHS save […]

Call for all ships to be energy rated

The Carbon War Room, an independent organisation of entrepreneurs dedicated to beating climate change, is demanding that all ships carry an energy efficiency rating. The Carbon War Room already carries out its own rating of vessels on its website shippingefficiency.org, a free resource for anyone wanting to know the efficiency of a ship before making […]

Marks and Spencer switches from road to rail to cut CO2

Marks and Spencer plans to cut 800 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year by distributing 300,000 products by train. The retailer has announced it will use rail instead of road for clothing and home products on the 350-mile route between its distribution centres in Daventry and Falkirk. The move is the latest strand of M&S’s […]

GE to buy 25,000 electric vehicles

US electrical giant GE is to buy 25,000 electric vehicles by 2015 – the largest-ever single electric vehicle purchase. The company has revealed it willinitially buy 12,000 vehicles from General Motors, beginning next year with the Chevrolet Volt, which roll off production lines this month. GE owns one of the world’s largest car fleets and […]