Greenhouse gas emissions

Bus firm to introduce all-electric services

Bus operator Go North East is to introduce its first all-electric services next year.

It is part of a £12m investment in a new fleet of environmentally-friendly vehicles, which includes nine electric and 34 low-emission busses (pictured).

Go North East low-emission buses
Go North East

Most of the new buses will start operating in September in Newcastle, Sunderland and Durham, with electric vehicles due to be on the road by July 2020.

MD Martijn Gilbert said: “If we are serious about improving air quality then we have to properly embrace public transport and tackle rising congestion.

"These buses represent a major investment from us as we continue to play our part in supporting the mass mobility and connectivity of the communities we serve by providing high quality, dependable and green public transport services."

Climate change: Newcastle professor says change is coming too late

Greenhouse gas emissions in the UK will be cut to almost zero by 2050, under the terms of a new government plan to tackle climate change.

Britain is the first major nation to propose this target - and it has been widely praised by green groups.

Head of engineering at Newcastle University, Professor Phil Taylor, says it's "necessary, feasible and cost-effective".

"But UK policy is still way off the mark and the foundations are not in place to be able to meet this target," he says.

"Even with all the evidence before us we are still opening new coal mines, extending Heathrow airport and pushing forward with fracking.

"We have unambitious building regulations, and our drive to phase out petrol and diesel cars by 2040 is too late."

Extinction Rebellion protest in London calling for action on climate change
Anti-Pollution demonstration in Glasgow

Kevin Keane

BBC Scotland's environment correspondent

The Scottish government fails to reach the goals it set to tackle global warming, despite actual emissions falling.

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