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The latest environmental news and green issues affecting Train travel and the Rail industry, from eco-friendly transport and train improvements and technology to carbon emissions and railway regulations.

EU agrees deal to cap production of food-based biofuels

A European political stalemate that has been blamed for stopping investment in the biofuels industry for almost two years appeared to have been lifted on Friday when European Ministers agreed to set a cap on the use of food-based biofuels in transport fuel.

HS2: Cameron says he would welcome Chinese investment in high-speed rail

David Cameron has told the Chinese leadership that he would welcome investment by Beijing in Britain's high-speed rail network.

Ashden Awards begins search for 2014 ‘green energy trailblazers’

The leading UK green energy awards charity, Ashden, has begun its search for the latest and most exciting businesses and innovative products and services helping to cut energy use and carbon emissions.

£20m boost for West Midlands green SME sector

Small to medium-sized enterprises (SME) in the West Midlands region looking to grow and diversify their businesses in the green economy are being invited to apply for a share of £20 million of new funding.

Green benefits of HS2 and electric cars will "evaporate' without 2030 carbon cap, says Yeo

Ministers' failure to set firm targets on cutting carbon emissions from electricity generation will destroy the environmental case for the HS2 rail project, one of the Tory party's few remaining "green" MPs has said.

Second phase of HS2 high speed rail link unveiled

The route of high-speed rail across the north of England has been unveiled, with the Government stressing that the controversial project was "a vital engine for growth" that will benefit the whole nation from the moment the first trains run.

£4.2bn to green British rail

New schemes to green UK railways through electrification totaling £4.2 billion were unveiled today by the Government.

Eurostar eyes new routes to Europe

The cross-Channel train operator Eurostar is looking to cement its reputation as the greenest option for short-haul international travel in Europe by adding up to 10 new destinations.

Greening gives go ahead to £32 billion rail “motorway” network

Transport Secretary Justine Greening today gave the go-ahead to the Government’s controversial national high-speed rail network, HS2, saying it would act as a rail "motorway" and would carry a lower environmental impact than originally planned.

Eco-friendly trains to be manufactured in UK

Britain’s first train manufacturing plant to be built in decades will assemble high-speed trains that will better the sustainability and eco-friendliness of rolling stock in the UK, the company behind the facility said today.

Government report calls for urgent action to make UK infrastructure climate resilient

Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman has warned the economy could suffer if urgent action is not taken to protect the UK’s roads and other infrastructure against the increased risks of floods and droughts caused by climate change.

Businesses cutting back on flying, WWF survey finds

Due to the recession, 47 per cent of companies have made the conscious decision to cut back on travel, according to a report by the WWF.

Rail network to get 2,000 carriages by 2019

The Government has sought to allay commuter anger over cramped travelling conditions on Britain's railways by announcing plans for more than 2,000 new carriages – but passengers will have to wait until the end of the decade before they get the full benefit.

Hammond gives go-ahead to Ipswich green transport scheme

Transport Secretary Phil Hammond gave the greenlight yesterday to a £25 million "sustainable transport" scheme in Ipswich, as he pledged to spend £5.9 billion on road and public transport upgrades.

Don't cut green investment, warns business

Business and trade groups are warning the Coalition Government that it threatens to derail a green economic boom if it cuts spending on key infrastructure and renewable energy projects.


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EU agrees deal to cap production of food-based biofuels
EU Ministers have set a seven per cent limit on transport energy from biofuels produced from food crops
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