“The Ford scrappage scheme has been so well received by our customers and I’m pleased to announce it
The American automaker, Ford Motor Company, is to extend its scrappage scheme for older, more polluting models.
The scheme was launched in August of this year with the intentions of expiring by the end of 2017, but due to positive feedback it will continue to the first quarter of 2018.
The initiative offers the owners of pre-Euro 5 vehicles that were registered before the end of 2009, of any manufacturer, up to £2,000 (US$2664), to trade in their vehicle for a newer model.
“The Ford scrappage scheme has been so well received by our customers and I’m pleased to announce its extension in to next year,” remarked Andy Barratt, Chairmna and Managing Director of Ford.
“We have an excellent product line-up and our scheme is applicable to one of the broadest ranges of vehicles, including the segment leading Ford Ranger.”
The company received more than 10,500 vehicles, which have all been scrapped for newer, more environmentally clean and fuel-efficient models.
According to the automaker, if customers combined the scrapping scheme and current discounts and offers then they could save up to £4,000 ($5328) on a car and £7,000 ($9324) on a van.
Bob Holycross, Ford’s Vice President of Sustainability, announced earlier this year that the scrapping plan is part of a “menu of initiatives”, according to edie.
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.