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BATTERIES: Amnesty challenges industry leaders to clean up their batteries

  • Date: 21-03-19
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Amnesty

Amnesty International is today publicly challenging leaders within the electric vehicle industry to make the world’s first completely ethical battery within five years. At the Nordic Electric Vehicle (EV) Summit in Oslo, the organization is highlighting how lithium-ion batteries, which power electric cars and electronics, are linked to human rights abuses including child labour in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and environmental risks which could undermine their green potential.

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BATTERIES: Volkswagen forms European Battery Union with Northvolt

  • Date: 21-03-19
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Volkswagen

The Volkswagen Group and further European partners are joining forces to form the Euro-pean Battery Union (EBU) with a view to forging ahead with battery research throughout Europe. The new consortium is to be led by the Volkswagen Group and the Swedish battery producer Northvolt. The joint research activities of the European Battery Union will cover the entire battery value stream – from raw materials through cell technology to recycling. The prime objective is to accumulate much broader know-h

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EMISSIONS: Global CO2 vehicle emission reduction measures falter

  • Date: 20-03-19
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: ICCT

Vehicle fuel economy improvements have slowed globally according to a new report by the Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI). The slowdown was especially pronounced in advanced economies - 27 countries saw an increase or stagnation in average vehicle CO2 emissions in the two years up to 2017.

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FUEL CELLS: This Fuel-Cell Company CEO Doesn't Believe in Fuel-Cell Cars

  • Date: 20-03-19
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: Bloomberg

Fuel cells have no more passionate an advocate than Bloom Energy Corp. Chief Executive Officer K.R. Sridhar, whose company makes power generators with them and tirelessly touts their ability to produce clean energy.

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SOUTH AFRICA: Labour Court declares Sibanye wage extension valid

  • Date: 20-03-19
  • Category: SOUTH AFRICA
  • Source: Mining Weekly

Precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater on Wednesday advised that the Labour Court has declared legal the extension of Sibanye’s wage agreement with the National Union of mineworkers (NUM), Uasa and Solidarity, to non-unionised members.

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DIESEL: Updated Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe gets RDE2-compliant diesel engines

  • Date: 20-03-19
  • Category: DIESEL
  • Source: Just Auto

Among the updates to the sporty SUV are a new engine line-up featuring diesel engines that comply with the new Real Driving Emissions 2 standard, meaning they won't incur the 4% BIK tax surcharge levied on diesel company cars.

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PALLADIUM: Palladium edges to new record as Russia adds to supply squeeze

  • Date: 19-03-19
  • Category: PALLADIUM
  • Source: Finanical Times

Precious metal nears $1,600 an ounce after Moscow curbs exports

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AUTO SALES: European Car Sales in February Offer Hope for a Turnaround

  • Date: 15-03-19
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Bloomberg

European car sales declined in February for the sixth straight month, although improvements in some of the biggest markets of Germany, France and the U.K. indicate a turnaround may be on the horizon.

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