December's issue of Energy Digital is now live!
Hello and welcome to the December issue of Energy Digital
In this month’s issue, our lead feature looks at BMW’s ambitions to provide 25 electric and plug-in hybrid models by 2025. Vice President of Product Management Dirk Arnold, discusses how the company’s BMW i division continues to drive the electric side of the business.
With the 100,000 units mark expected to be hit in December, this year has been record-breaking one for BMW in terms of its electric and plug-in hybrid sales. ChargeNow, a BMW company, has also become the world’s largest vehicle charging network with 70,000 charging stations worldwide.
“Battery technology is developing pretty fast and we are now able to fit bigger batteries to bigger cars and offer longer ranges,” explains Arnold.
“For the time being, range is the currency with electric mobility. Everybody is talking about it. As an automotive society, we have gotten used to ranges of 600 or 700km, even 1,000km with modern diesels. This is normal - personal mobility is endless.”
Our second feature provides key insights into how the UK energy industry is missing out on gaining significant savings up to $5.3bn per year. Unlocking and sharing of data will further drive the energy industry, and support the development of smart cities.
Rounding off the issue, we look at the 10 most electric-car friendly cities in the US based on the number of charging points available per 100,000 people
Our exclusive digital reports also feature interviews with top executives and industry experts at Gladstone Area Water Board, Sarawak Energy Berhad, OCP Ecuador and many more.
Enjoy the issue!
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.