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Groupe Renault, NUMA and their partners present the results of the first edition of CityMakers

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CityMakers : an open innovation program to accelerate the transition toward a flexible and sustainable urban mobility: The fast urbanization rate raises multiple issues for cities and citizens, including the efficiency of transportation networks. In April 2017, Groupe Renault, NUMA and their partners launched CityMakers, which brings together startups, experts, and public and private stakeholders to develop solutions. Its objective: to simplify citizens’ urban mobility and accelerate the transition toward more flexible and sustainable urban tr... Read More »

The Coca-Cola Company Announces New Global Vision to Help Create a World Without Waste

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The Coca-Cola Company announced today that it is fundamentally reshaping its approach to packaging, with a global goal to help collect and recycle the equivalent of 100% of its packaging by 2030. This goal is the centerpiece of the Company’s new packaging vision for a World Without Waste, which the Coca-Cola system intends to back with a multi-year investment that includes ongoing work to make packaging 100% recyclable. This begins with the understanding that food and beverage containers are an important part of people’s modern lives but tha... Read More »

McDonald’s aims for fully recycled packaging by 2025

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The restaurant chain will aim to get all items like bags, straws, wrappers and cups from recycled or renewable materials, up from half currently. McDonald's also wants 100% of its restaurants to recycle packaging by then, compared with only 10% now. It comes as UK supermarket Iceland has promised to drastically reduce its plastic packaging by the end of 2023. Both companies said there was an overwhelming demand from customers to make packaging more environmentally friendly. 'Part of the solution' Francesca DeBiase, McDonald's chief supply... Read More »

Most new cars must be electric by 2030, ministers told

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Homes also need to be built to a higher standard, the Committee on Climate Change - the official watchdog - says. The government says the UK is cutting emissions faster than any other G7 nation - and the committee agrees there has been a big shift under Theresa May. However, it says the UK will fall short of its ambitions unless ministers do more to turn pledges into reality. The warning comes less than a week after the prime minister launched a 25-year plan to protect the environment, including eradicating all avoidable plastic waste by 204... Read More »

Iceland supermarket chain aims to be plastic free by 2023

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Prime Minister Theresa May has called plastic waste "one of the great environmental scourges of our time". Iceland says the move will affect more than a thousand own label products. As a first measure, the grocer says new food ranges being launched in February will be packaged using a paper based tray, rather than plastic. "Iceland's pledge will help cut down the one million tonnes of plastic generated by supermarkets in the UK each year," a company spokesman said. "The process to do this starts now, and Iceland is aiming to complete it w... Read More »

The Netherlands Can Feed the World. Here’s Why It Shouldn’t

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Recently, National Geographic published an article called “This Tiny Country Feeds the World,” where the author extolled the innovations of a small European country that has managed to become a global powerhouse in agriculture and technology—the Netherlands. Now the second biggest exporter in value of agricultural products after the U.S., the country has managed to cut down carbon emissions and its use of fertilizer and pesticides while implementing cutting-edge technology and increasing yields. The article opens with a vivid description of ... Read More »

Cars in Europe: diesel’s not dead yet

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France is the European country with the most diesel cars. And yet, it is one of the few countries where diesel has begun to decline. In 2017, more petrol cars were sold than diesel (48% of sales). It’s a big change for the country and a telling sign for the change of the trend across the continent. Diesel car sales had been rising steadily for 30 years In Europe as a whole, 52% of the cars are still fuelled by petrol. Only six of the thirty countries have more diesel cars than petrol. France (70%) and Luxembourg (65%) top the table an... Read More »

Shell sells stake in Dutch wind farm to Switzerland’s Partners Group

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Terms of Partners Group’s participation in the “Blauwwind II” consortium were not disclosed. Project leader Shell, which last month put together a 13-bank consortium to provide 1 billion euros in funding to build it, cut its stake to 20 percent from 40 percent. Eneco, which disclosed on Monday it had agreed to buy 50 percent of the output from Borssele 3 and 4, cut its stake in ownership of the project to 10 percent from 20 percent. Shell has said it intended to continue investing in major offshore wind projects, arranging the highest-risk f... Read More »

Here’s how Europe’s storm names are chosen—and you can pick one, too

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Storm Eleanor has wrought havoc in Europe. Its intense flooding, gales and strong winds which swept Ireland, the UK, France and Spain this week has left hundreds of thousands without power, and at least four people dead in separate incidents. Before Eleanor, there was Dylan, Cermen, Herwart, Ophelia, Aileen and many more, but it is only by naming these storms that we can identify them internationally. Who names our storms? Storm names have been named in Europe for centuries. A powerful storm labelled ‘Ulysses’ reportedly swept Ireland in 1903... Read More »

Tesla’s Elon Musk promises pick-up truck and new features

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Elon Musk made the promise on Twitter after asking his followers for suggestions about how the firm could improve. He said the open-backed truck would follow the Model Y - a yet-to-be detailed car, which is expected to be based on its Model 3 sedan. But experts note Tesla has suffered repeated delivery delays. That has led some to question whether the loss-making company can meet its existing commitments - which also include a forthcoming articulated lorry and sports car. Mr Musk also made several promises about new features Tesla intends to... Read More »

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