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France becomes a centre of excellence for Renault’s electric vehicles within the Alliance

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With the aim of strengthening the leadership of its French industrial base in the growing electric vehicle market, Groupe Renault plans to: Introduce a new Alliance electric platform in Douai to create a second Renault electric vehicle production site; Double ZOE production capacity and the launch of a new ZOE at Flins, the only ZOE production site in the world; Triple electric motor production capacities at Cleon and introduce a new generation electric motor from 2021. Invest in Maubeuge for the production of the next generation of... Read More »

DHL embarks on sustainable long-haul shipping with natural gas powered trucks

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DHL Freight, one of the leading providers of road freight services in Europe, has purchased four Liquefied Natural Gas powered Stralis trucks from IVECO in Belgium. These heavy-duty, long-haul trucks have a driving range of up to 1,500 kilometers and enable a total weight of tractor and trailer of up to 40 tons. With this purchase, DHL Freight is bringing environmentally friendly transport to its long-haul road freight. The trucks will be employed to create a sustainable transport solution for one of the world’s largest developers and sellers o... Read More »

Equinor enters solar project in Argentina

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The Norwegian independent solar power producer Scatec Solar is acquiring the other 50% of the asset. "We are very pleased to have acquired a stake in this opportunity. We are entering a renewable market with growth potential through a mature and advanced solar project. Following a dramatic reduction in cost for solar, we are looking forward to work with our partner, the Argentinean authorities and the local supply chain to advance solar as a competitive source of energy," says Irene Rummelhoff, Executive Vice President of New Energy Solutions ... Read More »

McDonald’s Announces Rollout of Paper Straws in the UK and Ireland and New Trials in Commitment to Find Solutions for Plastic Straws Globally

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Today, McDonald’s announced a phased rollout of paper straws in all 1,361 McDonald’s restaurants in the UK and Ireland with completion set for 2019 as well as plans to test alternatives to plastic straws in multiple markets throughout the globe later this year. McDonald’s UK and Ireland will begin transitioning to paper straws in all of its restaurants starting in September. This move supports McDonald’s goal to source 100% of guest packaging from renewable, recycled, or certified sources by 2025 and to have guest packaging recycling in all ... Read More »

Porsche launches digital charging service for electric vehicles

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“In addition to fascinating vehicles, building a customer-friendly charging infrastructure is the key to achieving long-term success for electromobility”, says Detlev von Platen, Member of the Executive Board responsible for Sales and Marketing at Porsche AG. “With the Porsche Charging Service, we are offering our customers a central digital platform that simplifies every aspect of the charging process. As a result, it is even easier to integrate charging into everyday life.” Information about the location and availability of charging stations... Read More »

Volkswagen tests quantum computing in battery research

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Martin Hofmann, CIO of the Volkswagen Group, says: "We are focusing on the modernization of IT systems throughout the Group. The objective is to intensify the digitalization of work processes – to make them simpler, more secure and more efficient and to support new business models. This is why we are combining our core task with the introduction of specific key technologies for Volkswagen. These include the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence, as well as quantum computing." The objective is a “tailor-made battery”, a configurable bl... Read More »

Equinor joins UN action platform for sustainable ocean business

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“Equinor provides energy to millions of people every day from our offshore operations around the world. As one of the world’s largest offshore operators of oil and gas and an innovator in offshore wind, ocean sustainability is at the heart of our operations and strategy. We are proud to be part of the leadership in the United Nations Global Compact action platform for sustainable oceans,” says Bjørn Otto Sverdrup, senior vice president for corporate sustainability in Equinor. “Caring for the oceans is part of our DNA. With our background fro... Read More »

World’s largest biogas double-decker fleet

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“This represents an important milestone for Nottingham City Transport and Scania as we together look to drive the shift towards a more sustainable transport future,” says Mark Oliver, Scania UK Bus & Coach Fleet Sales General Manager. “We are sure that many other public transport operators around the UK will now look to follow Nottingham’s lead.” With all 53 the biogas double-decker buses now in use, over 3,500 tonnes less CO2, 35 tonnes less NOX and 0.75 tonne less particulate matter will be emitted each year from the fleet, delivering ... Read More »

SEAT has decreased its environmental impact by 35.5%

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The company is carrying out projects framed within the Ecomotive Factory initiative, a part of SEAT’s PQT strategy (Production, Quality and Team), which was designed to improve productivity and quality at the Martorell, Barcelona and SEAT Componentes facilities and address the future challenges of the automotive sector, With this goal, SEAT aimed to reduce its environmental impact by 25% during the 2011-2018 period. This goal was achieved a full two years in advance, and now the carmaker’s objective is a 50% reduction by the year 2025. Compa... Read More »

Alexey Miller and Luxembourgian Deputy Prime Minister Etienne Schneider note high share of gas in Luxembourg’s energy mix

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The parties emphasized the high share of natural gas in the energy mix of Luxembourg and its key role in power generation. It was noted that gas-fired power plants had a number of advantages, including eco-friendliness and economic efficiency. The share of natural gas in Luxembourg’s energy mix is 26 per cent. However, over 90 per cent of electricity in the country is generated by gas-fired power plants. ... Read More »

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