Gasoline sales to double whilst India aims for electric vehicle future
Despite India’s efforts to drive electric vehicle (EV) usage in the coming 12 years, the nation is still heading towards an oil and gas prominent future.
The country announced plans to only sell EVs by 2030, however, it is also set to have its consumption of gasoline and diesel double in the same period of time, claims the Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell of India’s Oil Ministry.
Wood Mackensive released a similar prediction, only arguing that diesel ha the potential to grow by only a third, reaching 113mn tonnes.
According to Bloomberg, these forecasts can work together coherently, due to the likelihood of EVs remaining expensive in India.
“The government is only aiming for 100 percent electric vehicles sales by 2030,” stated Suresh Sivanandam, the Head of Asia Refining Research at Wood Mackenzie Ltd., Bloomberg reported.
“We should still see gasoline demand growing until 2030 but the pace of the growth slows down beyond 2030.”
There has been no official action in regards to policy towards the EV target the nation has set.
“The government is yet to release a policy paper on electric vehicles,” Sivanandam added.
“That would set the tone for how serious the government is about this ambition.”
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.