PSI sustainability news round-up

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Bike lanes don’t clog up our roads, they keep London moving
Guardian, 1 December 2017
Protected cycle lanes are one of the best ways to reduce congestion in London, carrying up to five times as many people per hour as a main road, a new report shows.

Driverless cars and Mobility as a Service can improve our world – so long as they’re properly regulated
CityMetric, 30 November 2017
If new technologies are not implemented properly they will potentially worsen health outcomes, reduce safety, increase congestion and make it harder for the government to achieve their objectives.

Death from air pollution would be cut if UK hits walking and cycling targets
Guardian, 4 December 2017
Meeting government walking and cycling targets would save 13,000 lives and almost £10bn, finds Sustrans study.

Top car manufacturers launch sustainable raw materials partnership, 30 November 2017
Some of the world’s biggest global carmakers, including BMW, Ford and Toyota, have teamed up to launch a project to address the sustainability issues in the sourcing of raw materials.

Wasted opportunity: EU stalemate on food waste reduction
Euractiv, 23 November 2017
Food waste reduction targets are causing a stalemate in discussions on the circular economy: member states keep rejecting the Parliament’s ambition to halve wasteful practices by 2030.

Solid approach to waste: how five cities are beating pollution
UN Environment, 22 November 2017
Case studies of how different cities deal with the problem of waste.

Frontiers 2017
UN Environment, 5 December 2017
This new report covers six key emerging issues: the environmental dimension of antimicrobial resistance; nanomaterials; Marine Protected Areas and sustainable development; sand and dust storms; off-grid solar solutions; and environmental displacement.

Biofuels plant in Hull stops production and may not reopen
BBC News, 5 December 2017
Vivergo Fuels said losses had risen due to government delays in making oil companies use 10% bioethanol in petrol.

South Australia turns on Tesla’s 100MW battery: ‘History in the making’
Guardian, 1 December 2017
The battery is paired to the neighbouring Hornsdale Wind Farm, owned by French company Neoen, to bring greater reliability and stability to the state’s electricity grid.