The battle against climate change and resource depletion will be won or lost in the world’s cities. Cities present us with huge environmental challenges, but also offer huge opportunities, because they create economies of scale in technology deployment and access to capital, both of which are vital if we are to make the existing built environment of our cities sustainable and resource efficient by 2050..
easitNETWORK is a powerful working partnership designed to support
and encourage the most influential businesses in a local area to adopt
alternative and sustainable transport behaviours to reduce pollution,
ease congestion and increase satisfaction within its staff base.
By bringing together the major employers in an area, easitNETWORK
generates a critical mass, enabling the introduction and use of far more initiatives
that could not necessarily be taken up by one of the organisations alone. The benefits of this approach are in establishing a working partnership and a sizeable group that is more effective in lobbying for changes to public transport provision, generating funding for new initiatives and creating a better sense of community. Since launching in 2005, easitNETWORK has grown to represent over 60 businesses employing over
200,000 staff in the South East!
Local growth 2013
Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (TVBLEP)
This outline strategy for local growth has been developed by the LEP Forum and
Executive during 2012 and provides a starting point for the eventual production
of a full ‘Strategic Plan’, as set out in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement of
December 2012. The process of reviewing the strategic priorities set out here will
commence in January 2013.
Download TVBLEP´s MAKNIG THE BOAT GO FASTER brochure 2012/13 via the link;
You can get involved by visiting www.reading.gov.uk/climatesurvey. The consultation ends today.
You can’t do it alone, together we can achieve so much – Everyone on board
FUTURE CLIMATE CHANGE NEWS
The government’s autumn budget confirmed the earlier proposals for green car definition in 2013 is now a reality. The most important news is that the emission limits are tightened, while also taking into account the vehicle’s weight. This means that the requirements are tightened on small cars but also some larger, not currently approved green cars, can qualify as a green car.
The new rich limit is 95 g CO2 / km for fossils cars and 150 g / km for vehicles that run on for example ethanol, but practically clean car limit lower for vehicles lighter than 1372 kg and higher for cars that are heavier according to a formula.
Cars that meet the new limits are exempt from vehicle tax for five years. Right now there are about 120 model variants of passenger cars and 13 light trucks that meet the new rules.
The government does not change the benefit taxation of green cars despite criticism of short-termism from many directions. The rule for a special tax credit of 40 percent for gas and electric cars and plug-in hybrids only applies until the end of 2013. However, any alternative fuel cars will continue to permanent impairment of the benefit to the nearest comparable car.
Royal Berkshire Hospital is currently in the progress of upgrading their energy infrastructure to achieve a 25% reduction in our carbon footprint by 2015. The project involves installing a gas powered Combined Heat and Power plant (CHP) which will generate nearly two megawatts of electricity whilst using its waste heat to generate steam and contribute in heating Centre, Maternity and South Blocks. The project is being delivered by Dalkia and the CHP is planned to be operational in April 2013.
During the construction of the new CHP energy services from the existing equipment is being maintained to keep the hospital ‘firing on all cylinders’. At the beginning of November, the old 1979 built steam boiler was decommissioned and removed from site making way for the new engine and heat recovery boiler to be delivered next month.
In addition to upgrading the boiler house energy plant, the project includes the lighting refurbishment scheme. To date 850 new high-performance light fittings have been replaced providing savings to the Trust of £16,000 per year.
“A wonderful local carbon reduction business case to be proud of and should be rolled out”
Idling is something that costs money and causes unnecessary emissions. Idling is often prohibited or regulated in urban areas. By avoiding running the engine at idling speed, a motorist can save money and avoid unnecessary environmental impact.
Do not idle
• One minute of idling requires more fuel than restarting the engine.
• Ten minutes of idling requires 1.3 dl (0.13 l) fuel.
• The idling of a cold engine is an unnecessary emission of toxic fumes.
According to estimates from the Transport Administration running your engine on idle unnecessarily will increase your motoring costs by up to £100 annually. Besides the monetary cost, the car running idle out causes unnecessary emissions.
The exhaust gases that are emitted are the most toxic when the engine is newly started and cold. Scrape the windows before you start the car. Also make sure that there are no children around the car when the engine is idling. Children are more sensitive to fumes and because they are shorter, they are also closer to the exhaust pipe #footprintgallery
(In Stockholm, local health protection regulations mean that you can´t run the car engine on idle for more than a minute. The only exception to this is for vehicles that need to keep the engine running to operate a plant, such as garbage trucks.)
The legislation concerning the running of the engine of a stationary vehicle that is outside for more than a minute does not apply: if
O Traffic conditions cause vehicles to stay in a traffic queue
O The engine is kept running to the extent required for the vehicle’s efficient use, or to power plant other than those related to heating. The best technology from an environmental and health protection should be used.
An immediately idling ban, however, is required for vehicles stopped at a bridge opening.
Violation can result in a fine
If a violation of the one minute rule for idling is noted, the incident can be reported to the police. The matter is then investigated by a public prosecutor. Conviction can result in a fine. If you see someone running the car engine at idle for more than a minute, you can report this to the police by phone XXY XY.
We offer to you a channel where members of TVBLEP, The Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce Group and enterprises can discuss and take part in a Business lead and driven agenda to adapt Climate Change Strategy for the Reading area.
With only 4 weeks until ending of the RBC consultations we decided to set up a LinkedIn conference group based on to provide an arena for feedback of views to the new Reading Climate Change Partnership Strategy.
We have set up this LinkedIn conference group TVB_ClimateChallenge piggy backing RCCP:s Draft Climate Change Strategy for Reading 2013-2020 to assess “best practices” initiatives for carbon footprint reduction, meeting local needs in the Thames Valley. This not only represents excellent opportunities for business – but also a chance for the Thames Valley to lead the field and influence in national sustainable policies. We invite your invitation and participation and wish for your support of the TVB_ClimateChallenge.
We see the importance of a business forum for input from all members of businesses and SME: s in the Thames Valley Berkshire since the Climate Change Strategy will affect us all for coming generations, which is one good reason why we suggest that TVB should have this green agenda as well, – Green business networking in the Clean-tech area with feedback of views to the new Climate Change Strategy for Reading and Berkshire, 2013 to 2020.
It’s an excellent opportunity for the businesses to embrace knowledge and bring value to the region by presenting wise green solutions / advise in companion ship with the local council regarding investments and taxes. Maybe also Reading / Thames Valley Berkshire Climate Development can become an EcoGameMaker for green jobs.
Rather than waiting for legislation. Think about what impact businesses and local government can make together meeting and exceeding set carbon targets.
Carl & David