How changing car buyers’ behaviour can help cut CO2 from road transport

easit

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!

http://www.easit.org.uk/easitthamesvalley.php

 

BROCHURE: MAKING THE BOAT GO FASTER (Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership)

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.

Thames Valley Bershire Local Enterprise Partnership

Download TVBLEP´s MAKNIG THE BOAT GO FASTER brochure 2012/13 via the link;
http://thamesvalleyberkshire.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/12/TVB-LEP-Outline-Growth-Strategy.pdf

 

What steps can individuals, businesses or world leaders take to address the most pressing and often interrelated water and energy challenges?

Interested in going really deep on the water-energy nexus?  Take a look at this year’s blogging contest to win a trip to Abu Dhabi, courtesy of Masdar.

Now’s your chance to travel to Abu Dhabi to see what’s happening yourself.

As a lead-up to Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, January 13-17, Masdar is sponsoring a blogging contest called “Engage: The Water-Energy Nexus.” The winner will be invited to Abu Dhabi as VIP media to cover the week’s high-profile events.

Welcoming an expected 30,000 people from 150 countries to high-level panels, plenaries and events, the week promises to be an exciting and busy one – and Masdar wants you to be there blogging and tweeting about all the action.

The winning content will also be featured at www.masdar.ae

Among the more serious issues in the sustainability conversation today are those concerning resource scarcity and the insatiable global appetite for energy.   Water, especially, has cropped into view as the most serious resource constraint of the 21st century – a “new oil” bound to define opportunity and conflict for generations.

It may not be immediately obvious, but water and energy are deeply intertwined.  Tremendous amounts of water are used in the generation of both electricity and liquid fuel – even oil requires 40l of water for every liter of oil produced (new sources like Canadian tar sands are far higher). Water-free sources of energy like photovoltaics and wind power still require large amounts of water in their manufacturing phase.

To make everything more complicated, fresh water supplies are increasingly scarce & unpredictable –  especially in the developing world.   Hence what we call the “water-energy nexus” is emerging as a key topic of conversation at all levels of government and industry.

So how do we get out of this mess?

Simply put, saving water saves energy, and vice versa.    In most cases, finding ways to use water more efficiently will also result in a savings of energy.   Maintaining awareness of this relationship can help nations and industry prioritize efficient use of both water and energy.   Whether or not doing so is a “good idea” is a moot point – it is now a necessity, and any company or country that fails to recognize this efficiency imperative is bound to start losing money and investment in time.  This goes double for areas of the world where water is scarcer than others – especially where energy intensive desalinization is needed for drinking water.

Energy and Water Fast Facts

  • The water-energy nexus is the relationship between how much water is used to generate and transmit energy, and how much energy it takes to collect, clean, move, store, and dispose of water.
  • 40% of the world’s population is expected to live in water scarce-regions by 2025.
  • 27% of the urban population in the developing world does not have piped water in its house.
  • Globally, we use 70% of our water sources for agriculture and irrigation, and only 10% on domestic uses.
  • Total electricity consumption of the water and wastewater sectors will grow 33% in the next 20 years.
  • 99.7% of all the water on earth is not available for human and animal consumption.
  • 52% of total global water desalination occurs in the Middle East.

The good news is that the water-energy nexus presents a tremendous business opportunity.  Startups around the globe have emerged to introduce new technology designed to track and measure water & energy use, modify existing technology to use less, and create brand new technology.    Governments too can encourage existing industry to evolve by pricing water and energy at realistic (read: higher) levels.

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Businesses, SME:s or larger concerns in the Reading Area

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

zipcar

Zipcar

A community of folks who’ve found out that car sharing beats the heck outta car rental or ownership.

green benefits – this idea is bigger than all of us…

Imagine a world with one million fewer cars on the road. We do. Every day we are working towards a place with less dependence on personally-owned vehicles. Why? Because it matters. Less cars on the road means less congestion, less pollution, less dependence on oil, and cleaner, fresher air to breathe. Some folks don’t believe it’s possible for car sharing to have such a huge impact.

http://www.zipcar.com/business/is-it/greenbenefits

 

New eco-car definition nailed for 2013

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.

Loss and damage to communities despite coping and adaptation. Loss and Damage in Vulnerable Countries Initiative.

loss and damage

Download the full Report here (86 pages)
http://www.loss-and-damage.net/download/6815.pdf

Warner, Koko, van der Geest, Kees, Kreft, Sönke, Huq, Saleemul,
Harmeling, Sven, Koen Kusters and Alex de Sherbinin (2012).
Evidence from the frontlines of climate change: Loss and
damage to communities despite coping and adaptation. Loss
and Damage in Vulnerable Countries Initiative. Policy Report.
Report No. 9. Bonn: United Nations University Institute for
Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS).

25 years ago since the first emissions trading – Glastonbury U.K.

Honor of the COP 18/CMP 8 Climate Change Negotiations final Day

On 6 December 1987, 25 years ago, Maureen’s Pet shop of Glastonbury in (Somerset) bought carbon offset corresponding her pet shop’s total emissions, as calculated by the Carbon Markets Association. The compensation was done with tree planting and was the world’s first. Since then, only the CDM market has offset emissions of over a billion metric tonnes of CO2.

Local progress to reduce our carbon footprint

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”