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How Norway is leading the shift to electric cars

According to figures out last week, 37% of new cars bought in Norway in January were electric. That’s the highest rate of EV adoption anywhere – for comparison, Britain is at 4%. That’s new cars sold, bear in mind. In terms of actual cars on the road we’re still only talking about 5% electric cars, […]

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Addis Ababa’s light rail

A couple of years ago there was a viral video doing the rounds that showed a traffic junction in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Several lanes of traffic converge with no traffic lights, and then negotiate their way as best they can. It’s presented as comedy, but it’s hard not to wince at the danger, especially when […]

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Transport innovation of the week: carbon tax and rebate

From January 1st this year, the Canadian province of Alberta is operating a ‘carbon levy and rebate’ scheme. You can read the details of it on their website, but here’s how it works in a nutshell: A levy is added to the cost of any fuel that contributes to climate change, adding a few cents […]

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Five options for low carbon shipping

This year I’m looking at transport a bit, and I’ve been focusing on road transport as that’s a large and obstinate source of emissions. I’ll talk about rail and aviation too along the way, and today I wanted to draw a ‘transport innovation of the week‘ from the world of shipping. In terms of carbon, […]

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Indian Railways is putting solar panels on trains

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the possibilities of self-charging solar vehicles, and just how many solar panels you can stick on a car. Here’s a related concept for this edition of ‘transport innovation of the week‘. Indian Railways has been exploring a variety of ways of saving energy and reducing emissions, and […]

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Transport innovation of the week: electric charging lanes

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Sweden’s electric roads, highways fitted with overhead power cables. It’s a good idea, but it has competition. Today, I want to look at another way to build an electric highway. The trouble with the overhead cables is that they’re only useful to larger vehicles such as lorries […]

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How far are we from a self-charging solar car?

A few years ago I wrote about the Catecar dragonfly, a lightweight electric car that could be charged entirely through its integrated solar panels. It was due to be trialed at airports and on corporate campuses, but the website hasn’t been updated for years and it doesn’t seem to have got out of beta. That’s […]

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Transport innovation of the week: electric roads

For a few years I’ve been featuring a building of the week, looking at innovative low carbon buildings. This year I’m challenging myself to do something similar with transport. As I described recently, emissions from transport aren’t falling fast enough, and the biggest problem is road traffic. Politicians have been reluctant to take on car […]

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The sources of transport emissions

A few days ago I wrote about why we need to pay more attention to transport emissions. Today I want to look at where transport emissions come from, and what the biggest challenges are. It won’t take long. Here’s a hasty graph drawn from the Committee on Climate Change figures for 2012: For better or […]

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Why we need to talk about transport emissions

A couple of weeks ago I said that I’d like to look at transport a bit more, and invited your submissions and ideas. Today I want to briefly explain why I think we need to talk about transport. First of all, here’s a breakdown of Britain’s greenhouse gas emissions for 2014. Energy supply is still […]

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