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Eni S.p.A.: Eni and FCA sign research agreement for joint projects to significantly reduce CO2 emissions produced by road transport vehicles

Rome, 21 November 2017 – Today, at the Palazzo Chigi in Rome, in the presence of the Italian Prime Minister, Paolo Gentiloni, the chief executive of Eni, Claudio Descalzi, and the chief executive of FCA, Sergio Marchionne, signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the joint development of research projects and technological applications aimed at reducing CO emissions from road transport vehicles. The two companies, renewing their strategic commitment to a low-carbon future and in line with the National Energy Strategy, combine their respective expertise, experiences and technological know-how in order to significantly reduce the sector’s level of CO emissions. Eni and FCA have identified the following areas of cooperation.- The development of technologies and materials to absorb natural gas, Absorbed Natural Gas (ANG), which will make it possible to improve existing technologies linked to compressed natural gas (CNG) in the automotive sector.

This collaboration will involve the study of technologies and absorbing materials that will permit the transport of compressed gas (CNG) at a much lower pressure, reducing the weight of tanks and increasing the mileage per refill. – The development of new technologies for the use of gas in transport. These would facilitate the use of compressed (CNG) and liquefied (LNG) gas, as well as of methanol, which allows emission reductions when it is added to traditional fuel. Eni has developed a new type of petrol containing alternative fuels (15% methanol and 5% bioethanol) which produces lower emissions and is currently being jointly tested with FCA.

This new fuel will be used by five Fiat 500 vehicles from the Enjoy fleet, Eni’s car sharing service that was created in partnership with FCA, in an extensive road test. Use of this new petrol can ensure a reduction of more than 4% of CO emissions (2% in the combustion phase and a further 2.3% deriving from the fuel production cycle and due to the organic component). In addition, in order to extend the use of car sharing and underline the versatility and flexibility of compressed gas, the Enjoy fleet will be expanded to include Fiat Doblo vans in the new Enjoy Cargo service, starting at the beginning of next year.

This will constitute the world’s first case of vehicle sharing for the transport of goods, without the need to pick-up and return vans from or to a fixed point.

20% of the Fiat Doblo fleet will be powered by methane. – The realization, which will benefit also from the collaboration with MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), of technologies and devices for the capture and temporary storage of part of CO produced by internal combustion engines. With road transport vehicles responsible for around 23% of total COemissions, and the share of light vehicles alone reaching about 10%, this would result in a significant reduction of the transport sector’s CO emissions. – To reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions further, the parties also confirmed their shared interest in assessing new fuel types for use in existing vehicles, without the need for substantial mechanical changes. Among other things, this includes diesel types with a higher proportion of hydrotreated vegetable oils (HVO) than now, petrol with higher alcohol content, including from renewable sources and/or waste, and the use of new ‘friction-reducing’ additives.

Finally, the two companies have agreed to launch and implement new partnerships with Italian and international universities aimed at creating and training new professional profiles for the future. Eni’s chief executive, Claudio Descalzi, commented: ‘Today we have signed an agreement between two great companies in Italy that share a commitment to a low carbon future. Bringing our technological know-how and research skills together with FCA’s, with the support of the Italian Prime Minister, is an important initiative in this direction.

It is a strategic path for Eni and signifies our commitments in a number of areas. In the area of mobility, Eni has already taken several important steps, for example in developing innovative, low-emission green fuels. This is part of an integrated strategy that ranges from the reduction of CO emissions in all our activities to the promotion of natural gas as a clean fossil fuel to serve as a bridge in the transition to renewables, and from the testing of green and alternative fuels to renewable energy research.

We will push our innovative projects with FCA forward, aiming to make a significant contribution in terms of emissions reduction in the short term, as well as ambitious, though realistic, future objectives. The chief executive of FCA, Sergio Marchionne, commented: ‘Our collaboration with Eni marks a big step forward. I am delighted that we can also count on the support of the Italian government in a phase that sees the two most important companies in Italy combining their efforts and skills for an incisive and permanent reduction of emissions.

This is a shared goal that reflects a sense of responsibility and a commitment to the world we want to leave to future generations.’ Notes for the media -Eni and FCA are conducting new tests using green diesel (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil or HVO), in significantly increased proportions compared with Eni Diesel+. In this case, thanks to the characteristic composition and vegetable nature of the fuel, this results in significant reductions in CO and unburned hydrocarbon emissions and, above all, reductions of around 60% in CO emissions, calculated across the entire fuel production process (well to tank), as well as a further reduction in tank-to-wheel emissions. This fuel can already be used with existing vehicles, without the need to modify the engine.

If combined with systems the two companies are developing for the on-board capture and storage of CO2, we could achieve an even more significant level of reduction of emissions. -With regard to the use of methanol, use of the new petrol (15% methanol, 5% bio-ethanol) can ensure, well to wheel, a more than 4% reduction in CO emissions.

The possible future replacement, currently being studied, of methanol by bio-methanol from renewable sources, could lead to the reduction of CO emissions by around 10%, reaching also in this case significant level of reduction of emissions when the system of on-board CO capture is included.

Local authority transport planners take to the road to improve services

Local authority transport planners take to the road to improve services

Local Authorities from across the UK converged on Birmingham in November to learn about ways to improve transport services. Local Authorities from across the UK converged on Birmingham in November to learn about ways to improve transport services. School and special educational needs Transport Planners from Councils as far afield as Somerset, Buckinghamshire and Sheffield met at Birmingham University as part of an event hosted by transport planning software company QRoutes.

The event brought together users of the QRoutes software, which is increasingly being used by local authorities to automate the complex tasks of planning transport using in-house fleets and contracted taxi services. With budget cut backs and increasing demands for services, attendees shared knowledge and experience and learnt about new software features designed to improve route planning and optimisation.

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Part of the day involved an interactive session with each council charting out the structure of their transport operations and a group discussion on the big issues affecting the management of school and special educational needs transport. Most agreed that the greatest challenges involved juggling demands from parents, schools and local politicians against the limitations of time and resources.

“It was a really useful day” commented David Jones of Buckinghamshire County Council. “It’s not often we get out to meet other transport planners and we were able to learn from each other as well as getting some useful advice and information from the QRoutes team.”

“Managing transport services for special educational needs and disabilities is a lot more complicated than other types of transport because of the specific needs of the passengers,” explained Jeff Duffell, Business Development Director, QRoutes. “With a host of varying requirements and a mixed fleet, there is the added complication from the reliance on contracted taxi services.

Our aim is to make the job easier by automating the planning process as much as possible so managers and staff can spend more time dealing with service delivery.”


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The Coca Cola truck is coming to Plymouth: Where is it going to be, when is it getting here and how long is it staying for?

The famous Coca-Cola truck[1] will be coming to Plymouth as part of its nationwide tour, and we simply cannot wait. In what will be a momentous event, expect the city centre to be filled with excited shoppers all eager to get a glimpse of the iconic red bus as they get into the Christmas[2] spirit.

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In addition to getting a picture with the truck, people will also get a free coca cola.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Coca-Cola said : “For those visiting as the sun sets, the truck really comes to life with a special animation celebrating the magic Coca-Cola brings to Christmas.” But not everyone is excited about the truck’s arrival.

Some environmentalists staged a protest[3] over it coming to Plymouth over the weekend. Mark Birchall and Laura Prigge from Greenpeace were in the city centre to encourage people to sign their petition to persuade Coca Cola to sign up to making recyclable bottles.

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The activists wanted to highlight the concerns over the multinational drinks company’s use of plastic bottles to the general public. Coca Cola says it has ensured that “every truck stop will also include a recycling call-to-action, encouraging consumers to recycle bottles and cans in line with Coca-Cola’s recent ‘Love Story’ recycling advert”.

Crowds gathered en masse at the Big ScreenCrowds gathered en masse at the Big Screen when the truck arrived six years ago

When is the Coca Cola truck coming to Plymouth?

Tomorrow, November 21, 2017.

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What time will it arrive and how long is it staying for?

The truck will arrive at 11am and leave at 7pm.

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Where will it be?

It will be in the Piazza in the city centre.

It was originally arranged to be held at Drake Circus but The Herald understands that this has been moved in order to give people more accessibility to the truck.

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What to expect?

Queues. But while it will be busy, it will be a brilliant spectacle. Visitors will be able to take selfies with the truck or ask the Santa hat-wearing staff on hand to take it for them, but there will be no official photographer.

You will be able to stand wither on the ‘selfie bridge’ or step into a festive frame with your friends. A free small can of Coke will also be on hand as well which will be opened for them on the spot so they can enjoy it an optimum temperature. Visitors can choose from three options:

  • Normal flavour
  • Diet Coke
  • Coke Zero – with a new formula which the company is pushing this year in keeping with current concerns about controlling children’s sugar intake.

When darkness falls, and the truck is illuminated, there will be projections on side of the truck.

There will also be some swirling snow too, as the area really gets that Christmas feel. Also, in a new addition to the festivities this year, will be a chance for someone in the crowd to have a projection made of their own image, along with a festive message.

Where else is the truck stopping?

Unfortunately, Plymouth won’t be the only place to have a Coca Cola truck in its city tomorrow. Another truck will also be in Bradford at the same time.

What?! Don’t worry, though. This won’t be a case similar to the last day of a football season when two teams are fighting for the league title and the EFL have two trophies on hand – a real one and a replica one – to give to the respective teams being based in different parts of the country.

Coca Cola have told The Herald that both trucks are *official* versions (although we all know that Plymouth’s will be better). The tour itself began on November 11 in Glasgow, and has since stopped in Newcastle, Swansea, Northumberland, Bristol and Cardiff.

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It will also be stopping at: * Pudsey, Asda – 22nd November

* Gainsborough, Marshalls Yard – 23rd November * Bournemouth, The Triangle – 23rd November * Bournemouth, The Triangle – 24th November

* Leeds, Whiterose Shopping Centre – 24th November * Hull, St Stephens Shopping Centre – 25th November * Southampton, Westway Shopping Centre – 25th November

* Southampton, Westway Shopping Centre – 26th November * Doncaster, Lakeside Village – 26th November * Sheffield, Fox Valley – 28th November

* Leyton, Asda – 28th November * Huddersfield, Mccaulay Street – 29th November * Southend-on-sea, Victoria Circus – 29th November

* Bolton, Middlebrook Retail Park – 30th November o Harlow, Market Square – 30th November * St Helens, Tesco Extra – 1st December * Ipswich, Asda – 1st December

* Peterborough, Tesco Extra – 2nd December * Manchester, Intu Trafford – 2nd December * Manchester, Intu Trafford – 3rd December

* Mansfield, Tesco – 3rd December * Liverpool, Liverpool One – 5th December * Liverpool, Liverpool One – 6th December

* Baldock, Tesco Extra – 6th December * Watford, Asda – 7th December * Telford, Telford Shopping Centre – 7th December

* Wembley, London Designer Outlet – 8th December * Nottingham, Victoria Retail Park – 8th December * London, Jingle Bell Ball – 9th December

* London, Jingle Bell Ball – 10th December * Birmingham, Edgbaston Street – 9th December * Birmingham, Edgbaston Street – 10th December

* Coventry, Broadgate – 11th December * Reading, Riverside Shopping Centre -13th December * Rushden, Waitrose – 14th December

* Milton Keynes, Xscape – 15th December * Essex, Lakeside – 16th December * Essex, Lakeside – 17th December

Any fun Coca Cola truck facts?

Did you know that:

  • The truck has made 397 stops since 2011
  • The Coca-Cola Christmas Truck is 4.1 metres high and weighs 13 tonnes
  • It’s lit by 372 bulbs and 8,772 fairy lights to give it that Christmas sparkle
  • The truck has travelled more than 730,000 miles – the equivalent to 29 times around the world!
  • ‘The Holidays Are Coming’ advert is 22 years old this year.
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What happened the last time the Coca Cola truck came to Plymouth?

The Coca-Cola truck is returning to Plymouth city centre[4] – and it’s almost six years to the day after the event descended into chaos.

The last time the Coca Cola truck arrived in Plymouth was six years ago

In 2011, police had to pull the plug on the event when around 1,000 people mobbed the iconic lorry.

Children were reduced to tears as the chaotic Christmas event was cancelled after less than an hour – because too many people turned up. The fizzy drinks brand drove its famous festive TV truck into Plymouth city centre, parking up at the Piazza in Armada Way. But the lorry was mobbed by more than 1,000 shoppers hungry for freebies, photographs, and the chance to meet Father Christmas.

Crowds spilled into traffic on Royal Parade, forcing police to step in and organisers to pull the plug after just an hour amid safety fears. Angry parents and upset children, some of whom had queued for over an hour, were asked to disperse just before the scheduled arrival of a ‘Holidays Are Coming’ choir. “It was a shambles,” said mum Debra Owen at the time. “There were children crying because they were expecting to see Father Christmas inside.”

The truck, made famous by Coke’s annual adverts, was on a six-week, 100-stop tour, and had been at Estover’s Asda store before its 4pm arrival.

Police spotted the crowd swelling on CCTV, a force spokesman said, and raised concerns with organisers. Barriers were repositioned in a bid to keep people off the road, before the police recommended it was closed. “The crowds were getting so big,” said onlooker Sarah Spencer, 32. “It was really, really packed.”

Andrea Cox, who waited for over an hour before being turned away, was among those to question why the truck was parked close to the road. The City Centre Company, which had a commercial agreement with the Coca-Cola Company, said it was trying to reschedule the event as well as bring the truck back – to a different venue – next year. “We’re incredibly disappointed that some people who turned up weren’t able to see the Coca-Cola truck,” said city centre manager Clint Jones, adding that “unprecedented numbers” had turned up.

The following year the truck did return – but went to the Hoe instead.


  1. ^ Coca-Cola truck (www.plymouthherald.co.uk)
  2. ^ Christmas (www.plymouthherald.co.uk)
  3. ^ environmentalists staged a protest (www.plymouthherald.co.uk)
  4. ^ is returning to Plymouth city centre (www.plymouthherald.co.uk)