Aug 5, 2016

Ford introduces energy efficient production line in Dagenham

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Ford’s Diesel Centre in Dagenham, UK — the company’s largest diesel engine production facility worldwide — has been fitted wi...

Ford’s Diesel Centre in Dagenham, UK — the company’s largest diesel engine production facility worldwide — has been fitted with a new energy-efficient production line for the 2-litre EcoBlue engine.

The automaker will reduce water and energy consumption by 50 percent per engine when compared with the production of its 1.8 litre TDCi diesel engine. The new facility will initially produce 350,000 engines per year and reduce water consumption by 17.5 million litres using minimum quantity lubrication (MQL) machining tools.

Other ‘green’ measures include a new LED lighting system and a reduction in the amont of coolant pumped around the facility.

Ford’s Vice President of Manufacturing for Europe Linda Cash said: “Ever since Henry Ford first introduced the moving assembly line Ford has been at the forefront of manufacturing innovation, and our new Dagenham, UK, facility is no exception.”

“Ford is using the latest technologies to ensure our all-new EcoBlue diesel engine production meets the highest standards for sustainability and makes a significant contribution to our global environmental targets.”

The Dagenham production line will contribute to Ford’s global target of reducing fossil fuel emissions by 30 percent per vehicle produced between 2010 and 2025.

The company has also announced that all 12 of its European manufacturing sites now send zero waste to landfill.

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May 13, 2021

All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency

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Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only UK regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil

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.

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