News Archives - Environment

Who shouts loudest about the roads?

When people are trained on how to help at the scene of a road traffic collision, the guidance is always the same; treat those making the least amount of noise first as they may be in greatest need. The same advice applies just as well to those in need of road improvements. The car lobby shouts loudly. Whether it’s the substantial sums…

Could our cities could become car-free within a generation?

Could our cities could become car free within a generation? The question may seem fanciful, but it is of critical importance to a metropolis like London as it struggles to control air pollution and encourage cycling. Andrew Davis, managing director of the ETA, quotes our belief that the proliferation of cars comes with a wider social price. “Studies have found that people who…

Half van, half bicycle: The cut and shut vehicle that wants to take down diesel

No wonder the government is so reluctant to publish Britain’s clean air plan ahead of the election – it needs to be radical. An investigation by The Guardian and Greenpeace earlier this this month revealed  hundreds of thousands of children are being educated within 150 metres of a road where levels of nitrogen dioxide from diesel traffic breach legal limits. Almost…

Celebrating 27 years

This week marks 27 years since the Environmental Transport Association was first established in 1990. We’ve never been what you’d describe as an average insurance company, and as we celebrate we thought we’d look back at a few of our past projects. 1990: The Environmental Transport Association is established as an ethical provider of insurance services for the environmentally concerned consumer. 1992: The…

Earth Day 2017

At a time when the term ‘environment’ was rarely discussed, much less protested about, the first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970, galvanised 20 million Americans from all walks of life in an overwhelming display of support for ending the government’s laissez-faire attitude towards pollution. Far from a flash in the pan, the event continues to this day and this…