Articles Posted in the Transport category

Branson to get Boeing going on biofuels

January 15, 2008
Posted in Transport

virgin-boeing.jpgVirgin Atlantic Airways plans to fly a Boeing 747 from London to Amsterdam on a mixture of biofuels (20 percent) and conventional jet fuel (80 percent) next month, Dow Jones reports.

A Virgin spokesman wouldn’t say what the biofuel would be made from or who would be making it. But he did reportedly say that the fuel would be sustainable and that it was not an oil that would compete with food.

No passengers will be on the flight, the report says.


Make a change: Green tip #1

December 4, 2007
Posted in Green tips, Lifestyle

Keep your car tyres properly inflated. Driving with under-inflated tyres can increase your fuel consumption, and therefore your emissions, by up to 5 percent. Keeping your tyres properly inflated also reduces wear and tear.

Source: Friends of the Earth

Trans-Sahara expedition powered by chocolate

November 29, 2007
Posted in Transport

A chocolate-powered truck left Britain on Friday and is making its way overland to Timbuktu in Mali in an attempt to complete the first carbon-neutral trip across the Sahara.

The entire 6,000km trip – which will take them through France, Spain, Morocco, Western Sahara and Mauritania on their way to Mali – will be powered by biodiesel made from waste chocolate.

The BioTruckers, Andy Pag and John Grimshaw, aim to show that biodiesel can be made in ways that are environmentally friendly. They say their truck’s fuel has been assessed by independent experts at CarbonAided and “its manufacture and use emit just a tenth of the carbon footprint of fossil diesel”.

The BioTruck is a “recycled” 1989 Ford Iveco Cargo flatbed that was rescued from the scrap heap. It is carrying 1,500 litres of the choccy-diesel and two Landcruisers from the mid 80s that will be needed to complete the difficult last 200km stretch of the trip to Timbuktu.

The team is expected to arrive in Timbuktu on December 16.

For more on the BioTruck expedition click here

Ford uses soya to make greener car seats

July 16, 2007
Posted in Transport

Ford seems to be doing quite a bit to green up its seating arrangements. There are lots of reports on the Internet about Ford’s plans to use soya-based foam in its car seats, starting with its 2008 Ford Mustangs. Soya is a renewable resource so the new seats will be far more environmentally friendly than the petroleum-based foam that is normally used in car seats. Also, the foam has up to 24 percent renewable content, takes less energy to produce and cuts carbon dioxide emissions, said Ford in a press release, adding that it gives the company the “opportunity to conserve natural resources and reduce our environmental footprint”.

Debbie Mielewsk, technical leader for Ford’s materials research and advanced engineering department, said that each vehicle produced today contains an average of 13,5kg of petroleum-based foam. “The total annual worldwide market for the foam is 9-billion pounds (4-billion kilograms),” she said, therefore, “research and development of renewable, more environmentally friendly materials to produce the foam, could have a significant environmental impact”. Source: Ford website
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