2014 World Cup Flights to Use Green Fuel

Honeywell Green Jet Fuel produced from UOP’s renewable jet fuel process will power 200 commercial flights on GOL Airlines during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the company says. The Honeywell Green Jet Fuel was made from inedible corn oil and used cooking oil. Each flight will use a blend of Honeywell Green Jet Fuel with petroleum-based jet fuel. UOP supplied nearly 92,000 liters of Honeywell Green Jet Fuel for the flights. Compared with petroleum-based jet fuel, this biofuel will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 185 metric tons of CO2 over the course of the event based on life cycle analysis. In other renewable jet fuel news, Delta Air Lines has partnered with the Virgin Group founder Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room to accelerate low-carbon jet fuel production worldwide. Additionally, British Airways and biofuel producer Solena have announced plans to build a UK-based facility that will produce jet fuel from waste, REWmag reports. The plant will be operational in 2017 and will convert convert scrap paper, food scraps and garden waste into liquid fuel. The renewable energy publication reports BA estimates 575,000 metric tons of post-recycled waste will be converted into 120,000 metric tons of liquid fuels using Solena’s integrated technology. This post was produced from this story :...

Festival Goers Cycling to UK Festivals

“Cycling to a festival is a perfect way to get you in the mood for partying and letting your hair down. It will help you build your stamina if you’re planning to do some serious dancing, save a few pennies on transport and reduce your carbon footprint! ” – Jenny, Sustrans’ events co-ordinator Every festival-goers are invited this summer to leave your cars at home and cycle to your favourite UK festivals using the National Cycle Network. To show how easy it is to cycle to festivals we’ve picked our favourite festivals to cycle to on NCN routes. 1. Glastonbury Festival The site is just a few miles south of Route 3 of the National Cycle Network, which runs between Glastonbury and Wells. Check out the festival’s Green Traveller Initiative which gives people who travel there by bike or public transport a free t-shirt and vouchers. Pick up our map of the Somerset Levels which marks the festival site and is ideal for planning a route from Bristol and the surrounding area. Nothing beats breezing past miles of stationary cars when you want to get home for that much needed shower. 2. Secret Garden Party Both Route 12 and Route 51 of the National Cycle Network pass close to Abbots Ripton where the festival takes place. It’s a nice flat area so you won’t have to cycle your tent up many hills. For a map of the cycle routes in the area pick up our cycle map of South Cambridgeshire. 3. Green Man Festival The beautiful Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal cycle path passes within a few miles of the...

Carpooling Programs

Zimride is a carpooling website used by Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza festivals in the USA. It uses Facebook integration so that you’re able to check out potential driving mates before the trip and all payments are made through PayPal. They have an iPhone app that operates in real time called ‘Lyft’. The app works on ‘donation’ basis and each driver & passenger is given a rating at the end of the journey. To use the app you need to have an active Facebook account. Zimride also services university and corporate networks and has a massive database of participants. In 2012, Bonnaroo Festival in Tenessee, USA had 650 lifts shared through Zimride. More than 1.1 million pounds of CO2 was estimated to be saved, and 3 500 cars staying off the road during the event. www.zimride.com goCarShare is primarily UK based and also Facebook integrated, where you log into Facebook and research your potential driver/passengers. They have a phone app that has options for travelling to a ‘festival’ or ‘back home’. When you choose ‘festival’ it then gives you a list of options eg Bestival, Glastonbury, Reading etc. You click on the desired festival and it will take you into a list of drivers who have seats available and the dates they are travelling and from where. goCarShare operates on a cash payment basis. gocarshare.com BlaBlaCar is the largest carpooling website in Europe with over 2.9 million members and more than 500 000 rides shared each month, and is supported by a smart phone app. It is the carpooling programme of choice by music festival Benicàssim. While BlaBlaCar offers access to other members through Facebook...

TINA Bike Library

This Is Not Art festival (TINA) is a new media festival held across numerous venues in the city centre of Newcastle, Australia. Its cutting edge programme includes Electrofringe, Sound Summit, National Young Writers Festival, Critical Animals and a massive Zine Fair. People from around the country and across the world attend. Although the festival venues are all quite close, the programme is packed full and getting from one venue to the other is sometimes a rush. As a response to this, innovative volunteers came up with a couple of sustainable transport concepts. In 2005 a number of ‘White Bikes’ were released on to the streets of Newcastle during the festival, branded with stickers that read ‘free for your use’.  A mysterious man, only known as ‘the White Rider’ was believed to be behind them. The bikes became communal property and were left outside venues. If a bike was outside a venue event attendees were  free to take it to ride to another venue. The theory was that there would always be bikes outside all venues. The project was not repeated, perhaps because none of the bikes were returned, or because the organisers moved onto other projects… In 2008, the White Bike Project was given a tune up and morphed into the TINA Bike Library co-ordinated by bike activists from the Newcastle Bike Ecology Centre. This time more, and better bikes were pulled together and event attendees could loan them out for the duration of the festival. This ensured that the bikes made it back at the end and also gave those who wanted to ride, the guarantee that they...

Carpoolchella

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, is a three-day annual music festival held In the USA. Its capacity is 100 000 people, it’s held in an urban area with up to 50 000 cars driving to the event each day. To alleviate traffic congestion and cut down emissions from the transport of their audience, Coachella has created Carpoolchella! Carpoolchella is a carpooling initiative created by Coachella + Global Inheritance that rewards people for driving to the venue with four or more people in a car. Festival attendees have the opportunity to win a range of prizes by advertising their environmentally conscious decision with a sign on their car that says ‘Carpoolchella’. Attendees often decorate their cars more elaborately to raise the profile of their entry. Carpoolchella has transformed into an opportunity for carpoolers to boast their individuality, their Coachella spirit, their hometowns, their favourite bands and more. A few times a day, a representative walks around the parking lot and chooses a car at random to reward with special prizes.  Some of these prizes include VIP tickets for life, wristband upgrades, tickets to the next year’s Coachella Festival, as well as merchandise and attraction vouchers. Beyond congestion and emissions reductions, Carpoolchella generates excitement about the festival before people even enter the grounds. www.globalinheritance.org |...

TNT Electric Fleet

With a 26 mile long event site, getting things from start to finish for a marathon is a logistical challenge. London Marathon enlisted the help of TNT for event freight logistics. Marathon competitors offloaded warm clothes and other belongings they arrive with need to be safely transported to the finish line where they can conveniently collect it. At the 2013 event three the trucks used by TNT were zero emissions electric vehicles.  TNT is the London Marathon’s transport partner and they are rolling out the largest fleet of zero emissions vehicles in the world, with 100 electric lorries in London....

Set up a Ticket & Ride to your event

For events which have access and congestion challenges for those arriving by car, but are close to railway stations, bundled event tickets with train travel is a great way to get people out of cars and into the trains. This can be a special release of tickets or it can be through offering discounts or incentives/rewards when presenting train tickets for the day of the...

Bike Bus-it to your event. What?

If you have an event where a lot of people can be encouraged to ride to the event, and they will be coming from specific locations, and possibly needing to carry a lot of belongings, set up a ‘bike bus’. This is where riders all meet at a certain location at a certain time and ride to the event together. A support vehicle is provided to transport their extra equipment. If the event has overnight camping, set up premium location cycle camp and offer bike racks and a repair...

A Bike Library you say? What’s that?!

Work with a local bike recycler or used bike group to have bikes available for hire (free or paid) to event attendees. This works for events which have multiple locations around a city precinct for example....

Lovely safe Bike Valet at events.

Set up a parking station for bicycles. Use scaffold with an ‘X’ of scaffold at the end to make bays. Alternatively use waist high barrier fence – the slotted type. Coordinate with a community group, or a cycling group to manage the area. Ensure security of the bikes. Hand out tickets as in a valet or cloakroom. Set up a bike fix-it station for quick repairs and tune ups. Offer incentives to those that arrive by bike....