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Thursday 16th March 2017

A cool change is coming and business needs to get ready

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The Government announced in it's Spring Budget this month that it would publish a call for evidence on the use of red diesel, especially in urban areas, suggesting the refrigerated logistics industry needs to brace for change.
Date:
Thursday 16th March 2017
Thursday 5th January 2017

Is the humble fridge the key to meeting the UN's Sustainable Development Goals?

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The clock is ticking on the most ambitious set of international development targets ever conceived. By 2030, the UN's Global Development Goals ('Global Goals') promise to banish hunger, poverty and inequality; ensure universal access to safe water, education, health care, clean energy and decent work; and secure peace, justice, economic growth and sustainability. Achieving all this and in the timeframe set will be a monumental challenge. What is not yet widely recognised is that one critical factor will be the development of clean cooling.
Date:
Thursday 5th January 2017
Thursday 3rd November 2016

Driving the revolution

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In the UK, 75% of families own a car, and as a population we travel over 244 billion miles a year in cars. In the near future, how we drive those miles will change dramatically. Increasingly, autonomous systems technology will control our vehicles, with intelligent automation making driving safer, more efficient and more predictable.
Date:
Thursday 3rd November 2016
Thursday 20th October 2016

Are we nearly there yet?

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Many readers may remember the 1980's advertising slogan for British Rail, that claimed "We're getting there"; I fear we may still be on our way. At that time the railways were still experiencing significant competition from the allure of the private car, and the railway system had undergone several decades of disinvestment that led to poor performance and the eventual breakup and privatisation of the network.
Date:
Thursday 20th October 2016
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