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A carefully curated selection of news articles about the environment, eco car insurance, and Zixty announcements.

New CO2 extraction process looks to be 3x as effective as previous approaches

Scientists have outlined a new way of extracting CO2 from the air, and storing it in the sea. Publishing their findings, the authors of the report say that approach captures CO2 from the atmosphere up to three times more efficiently than current methods. The gas – a contributor to climate change –  is transformed into bicarbonate of soda before being stored in seawater.

While CO2 reduction should remain the goal, carbon capture methods provide one partial solution to the problem that we face. For those with a technical mind or curiosity about the research, the original article may be found on


EU to ban petrol and diesel car sales from 2035

In another step towards zero emission motoring, the European Parliament formally approved a law to ban the sale of new gas and diesel cars, starting in 2035. Applying to new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, as part of the “Fit for 55” package, it’s a further step to reduce CO2 emissions from motoring.


Annual car insurance hits £500, with an 11% rise.

News today showed further cost of living pressures on cash-strapped consumers, with the cost of a new annual car insurance policy rising 11% to £500. Our tip? Consider taking out some week car insurance from Zixty while you shop around – using our carefully curated 15 tips for saving money on car insurance.


Our Android temporary car insurance app is available in the Google Play Store

We’re excited to say that our Android app is now available in the Google Play Store. Offering all of the speed, simplicity, and eco conscience options of our iOS app, this is now available to Android and iOS users.


The need for technology to remove CO2 to limit climate change

A newly published report “The State of Carbon Dioxide Removal” has highlighted the need for increased investment in technology to remove carbon, in order to limit or restrict changes in global temperatures.


Government announces £7 million tech fund to decarbonise freight

The government has just launched a brand new £7 million tech fund aimed at small and medium-sized businesses. The new Freight Innovation Fund (FIF) will be awarded to 36 SMEs to create and test solutions to make freight more efficient and green. Solutions to problems like breaking up containers for easier journeys and improving links between rail, maritime and road transport will all be explored with the overall goal of efficiency and emissions reductions. 


Concrete4Change wins Startups’ Sustainability reward for 2023

Concrete4Change (C4C) has been named Startups’ “ultimate green champion” in 2023 after it won the publication’s sustainability reward. The startup is developing a technology that’ll permanently sequester CO2 inside concrete.  The business is hoping to store 2 billion tonnes of CO2 in concrete and has garnered interest from several major construction companies as a result.


Reforms outlined for Britain’s capacity market to secure a clean energy future

The UK government has put forth proposals to reform the Capacity Market in order to keep pace with the transition to cleaner energy sources and technologies. The Capacity Market is the scheme that sits at the heart of the government’s strategy for ensuring the security of electricity supply in the UK. The proposal includes incentivising greener technologies to compete in auctions and creating new timelines and requirements for oil and gas generators to reduce emissions from 2034 through implementing carbon capture and hydrogen power generation methods.


Battery electric vehicles become Britain’s second most popular choice of car

Battery electric vehicles secured their largest-ever market share amounting to 32.9% of new car registrations in December 2022. BEVs came second only to petrol cars last year, surpassing diesel engines and accounting for more than 16% of all new car registrations in 2022. Plug-in vehicles as a whole accounted for 22.9% of all new car registrations in 2022, a record-breaking statistic pointing to an increase in demand for EVs. Read the full story here.


Government pledges nearly £33 million to create a network of walking and cycling routes

The government is investing £32.9 million to help local councils design, develop, and consult on travel schemes such as walking and cycling routes that could improve local road networks. The funding will help with network planning, public engagement, training for council staff, and the creation of hundreds of new green jobs across England. It is hoped the move will make “active travel” more attractive, while cutting costs, improving health, and protecting the environment.


Edie outlines key sustainability gaps the UK government must plug in 2023

Edie, the leading sustainability media brand, has outlined key sustainability challenges the UK government needs to address this year, including the need for closing the green skills gap. Edie also stressed the need to navigate new Brexit legislation carefully – particularly where it pertains to changing existing EU laws that protect the environment. Supporting farmers with transitioning to net-zero, as well as unlocking onshore wind development were other challenges that were mentioned.


Government publishes legally binding targets to protect the environment

The government published legally binding targets to protect the environment, clean up the air and rivers, and boost nature on Friday 16th December 2022. This was following extensive consultation as part of the government’s commitment to leave the environment in a better state for future generations.


COP27: UK announces new climate support package with billions of pounds pledged

As part of its COP27 commitments, the UK government has introduced a new climate support package. It has also pledged to triple its funding to nations adapting to the impacts of climate change from £500mn in 2019 to £1.5bn in 2025.


New laws will tackle company greenwashing if FCA proposals are approved

The FCA could clamp down on investment products engaging in greenwashing if new proposals are passed in 2023. Green investment products will need to qualify for new sustainable investment labels based on specific criteria. In a bid to keep consumers accurately informed about their choices,  the FCA could introduce restrictions on labels such as “ESG”, “green”, and “sustainable” on products that do not qualify.


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