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Roland Peterson: Port of Liepaja will be the next Rotterdam

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Every year it is emphasized that this sector should be recognized as a priority and extend its promotion, however, the representatives of the transport and logistics sector are looking forward to more concrete and long-term solutions. 9.1% of the value added to the GDP of Latvia Despite the political and economic changes of the last decade, the influence of the transport and logistics industry on the economy of our country remains high: in 2016 the sector increased the value added to the GDP by 9.1%. Moreover, the average monthly gross wage... Read More »

How to be sustainable in the far north

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Akureyri is the largest city outside the Reykjavík Capital area. To ensure that its stunning scenery is protected, the municipality has introduced a range of sustainable initiatives. “We had an expensive transport solution that hardly anyone used. Once it became free of charge, things really changed,” says Guðmundur Haukur Sigurðarson at Vistorka. He has worked with sustainability in Akureyri from the early stages. Now, some 500,000 people travel on the buses each year. Iceland itself is a global leader in renewable energy with geother... Read More »

Scania has created a very good battery bus

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The three first buses will ply a 15-kilometre route with some 40 stops. With 10-minute charging, the buses will run every 15 minutes for a total of 100 journeys each day. Tom Terjesen, Editor of Norway’s leading trade magazine Busmagasinet and President of the International Bus & Coach Jury, recently had the opportunity to test the new buses. He found that the bus handles well on the road with minimal interior noise. “Normally a new set of sounds is detected in an electric bus when the diesel engine is removed,” he remarks. “But in Scani... 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 »

CIVIQ Smartscapes launches WayPoint

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WayPoints are equipped with 55" touchscreen displays that provide real-time, up-to-the-minute transit schedules, wayfinding information, advertising and service announcements. Optional features such as Wi-Fi, NFC, USB quick charging ports, and customer informational/emergency intercom, will offer enhanced customer services, safety and security. Additional technology options such as embedded cameras, small cells, beacon technology, sensors and data analytics can provide valuable benefits to the transit agency. The device has both an indoor and a... Read More »

Munich Re drives innovation

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"Innovation is much more than digitalisation. We need to embrace not just technological changes, but also economic and social developments, and we must make the risks associated with them insurable," said Torsten Jeworrek, Member of Munich Re’s Board of Management. "So innovation is right at the top of our agenda." In recent years, Munich Re's operating field Risk Solutions has already greatly expanded its know-how-driven business. "With over €4bn in premium and a good combined ratio, this business has long been a source of stable income." I... Read More »

EIF: Wireless energy: The new frontier for transport in China

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Wireless energy transfer was an early dream in the field of electrical research, as demonstrated by the legendary inventor Nikola Tesla as early as 1891. However, technical issues and safety concerns have limited its applications to small devices such as mobile phone chargers and medical implants. Today, at least two proposals for the construction of a rail line with a wireless power supply are under review by the Chinese central government. If the proposed technical solutions are considered feasible, a large national research project will b... Read More »

Alstom Transport Germany sets several records in 2014

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“The year 2014 is representative of Alstom Transports’ expertise in many fields such as the development, manufacturing, homologation and handover of rail vehicles. The delivery of more than 200 regional trains as well as the operational start-up of new networks constitute a milestone that makes this a record year for the company in this regard,” says Didier Pfleger, Vice President of Alstom Transport for Germany and Austria and spokesperson for the management board of Alstom Transport Deutschland GmbH. "Our focus for the year to come is to c... Read More »

Cargolux сarries cherries to China

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The cherries originate from an area south of Santiago that is also famous for its wines. As one of only eight countries that have a free trade agreement with China, Chile can ship fresh fruit by sea or air to the People’s Republic. Cherries are highly regarded amongst Chinese people and, each year, Chile exports about 50% of its production to China during the main airfreight season between November and December. Cargolux has a long history in Chile and regularly carries cherries from Santiago to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong in addition to... Read More »

Largest ever EIB loan provides GBP 1.5 billion for National Grid investment

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“Investment in the UK electricity transmission network is essential to prepare for future demand, connect new sources of renewable energy and upgrade old facilities. This agreement, the largest ever single loan to be provided by the European Investment Bank, reflects both the scale of energy investment needed and National Grid’s own experience in implementing such a diverse capital investment programme.” said Jonathan Taylor, European Investment Bank Vice President. Malcolm Cooper, Global Tax and Treasury Director at National Grid highlighte... Read More »

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