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  • Rachel Maclean, transport minister

    Decarbonising road transport by 2050 is possible, say experts, but policy revamp needed


    Experts believe decarbonising road transport by 2050 is possible, but current policies do not go far enough to achieve it.

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    Growth in UK convenience retail market forecast to slow this year after surge during pandemic


    The UK convenience retail market is forecast to grow 0.3% in 2021, to a value of £43.2bn, according to the Lumina Intelligence UK Convenience Market Report 2021.

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    Average weekly value of convenience store shoppers falls sharply during May


    The average weekly value of convenience store shoppers decreased by 25% during the four weeks ending May 30 this year, according to the latest data from the Lumina Intelligence Convenience Tracking Programme.

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    Fewer than one-in-ten forecourt shoppers cite fuel as the main reason for their visit


    Fewer than one-in-ten forecourt shoppers cite fuel as the main reason for their visit, as the coronavirus pandemic reinforces the importance of the convenience store offering within a forecourt, according to the new Lumina Intelligence UK Forecourt Market Report 2021.

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    Lumina Intelligence report predicts resurgence in food-to-go market in 2021


    The food-to-go market will see a strong resurgence in 2021, but won’t fully recover to pre-Covid levels until 2024, according to a new report by Lumina Intelligence.

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    ​ COMMENT: Green ambitions – the future of forecourts in the race to 2030


    As Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s pandemic Budget edges closer (March 3) there is considerable debate over how the government will proceed with its mantra to ‘build back better and greener’.

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    COMMENT: The dawn for EVs is near, the time to prepare is now


    In November, the UK government announced it will ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2030 as part of its 10-point plan for a green ‘industrial revolution’.

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    Fuelling the front-line services


    Petrol filling stations up and down the country have helped to keep the nation’s emergency services working during the coronavirus lockdown, despite facing some major challenges. Keeping sites open has been vital to provide the fuel for emergency service staff to get to work, and to maintain deliveries to hospitals, ...

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    Protection is on hand


    In just one week, more than 1,000 forecourts globally have taken up Devon-based GripHero’s offer of providing free hand-protection dispensers to protect their customers from the transmission of coronavirus at the fuel pump. GripHero is a hand-protection dispenser which sits on top of each hand pump on the forecourt, so ...

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    Essential service in virus panic


    Fuel retailers have been identified by the government as one of the keys to keeping emergency personnel mobile, and making the transportation of vital supplies possible, during the coronavirus lockdown. But while the fuel retailing industry has been working flat out to ensure it can operate safely for customers and ...

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    Powering into future mobility


    Fuel cell electric vehicles will be the mainstay of vehicles going forward, according to Jon Hunt, manager of alternative fuels at Toyota. During an enthralling presentation at Forecourt Trader’s inaugural Summit at The Belfry Hotel in Sutton Coldfield last month, he told delegates that Toyota believes "pure electrification is not ...

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    Moving the goalposts


    The announcement that the government may bring forward the end of sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans to 2035, or even earlier, has alarmed many stakeholders involved in the automotive industry. The sector has been working towards a target date of 2040 since it was first set ...

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    Riding crest of the wave into 2020


    After MFG got approval for its huge takeover of MRH in 2018, the market was bracing itself for an even bigger deal in 2019, with Sainsbury bidding to take over Asda to become the UK’s biggest fuel retailer by volume. But while the Competition and Markets Authority was willing to ...

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    Zeroing in with fuels


    The government made its commitment to electrification of transport clear in its Road to Zero strategy, which it published in July 2018. The document claimed the government remains ’technology neutral’ but then devoted the majority of its pages to highlighting its support for the development of electric vehicles (EVs) and ...

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    EVolving the network


    Shell is planning to be the first fuel retailer in the UK to take out traditional fuels from an operating service station and replace them with an electric vehicle-only charging hub. An application for planning permission for the development on the company’s site in Fulham, west London, was made at ...

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    Speeding ahead


    Sales of electric cars in the UK are currently minuscule compared with their internal combustion engine (ICE) cousins, but the country’s biggest-selling car maker is gearing up for a rapid change in this state of affairs. At the Frankfurt Motor Show last month, Ford announced that it expects the majority ...

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    A moving target?


    In July 2017, when the government published its long-awaited clean air strategy and its Road to Zero transport policy, its confirmation that it would ban sales of conventional internal combustion engine cars and vans by 2040 met with very little opposition. Just the fact that it had set a firm ...

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    We should be ’celling’ the future


    A future where battery- powered and hybrid vehicles are superseded by vehicles running on hydrogen fuel cells was predicted by Jon Hunt, manager, alternative fuels, at Toyota. Speaking at a conference organised by the Westminster Energy, Environment Transport Forum, he explained why the company that produced ...

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    Emission impossible


    Government indecision over the introduction of E10 a blend of fuel with up to 10% ethanol content compared with the current limit of 5% in E5 is nothing new. It was just after the London Olympics in 2012 when the then Transport Minister Norman Baker wrote to industry ...

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    C-store growth rate set to soar


    New market analysis by HIM, revealed by insight director Gareth Nash, predicts that the growth rate in the convenience sector in 2019 will accelerate, with overall turnover up 3.5% to £41.7bn, compared with a growth rate of 2.7% last year. He said the growth rate had been slowing slightly over ...