Mar 1, 2018

German cities can now choose to ban diesel cars

Germany
Energy Efficiency
Energy Policy
Sophie Chapman
2 min
Stuttgart and Düsseldorf can now legally ban diesel cars
Germany’s ruling court, located in Leipzig, has declared that cities can deploy their own legislation on diesel cars. Th...

Germany’s ruling court, located in Leipzig, has declared that cities can deploy their own legislation on diesel cars.

The country has committed to lowering carbon emissions from vehicles by allowing diesel to be banned on a local basis.

The ruling follows Germany’s bid to ban combustion engine vehicles by 2030.

It is anticipated that the Federal Administrative Court’s decision could affect 12mn German cars and Europe’s biggest car market.

The pronouncement specifically awarded the cities of Stuttgart and Düsseldorf, both are some of Germany’s highest polluted cities, to deploy bans that were previously introduced by lower courts.

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“It's really not about the entire country and all car owners,” reported Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel.

“The court has not issued any driving bans but created clarity about the law,” stated Barbara Hendricks, the nation’s Environment Minister.

“Driving bans can be avoided, and my goal is and will remain that they do not come into force.”

The court case was originally introduced by Deutsche Unwelthilfe and ClientEarth.

The ruling was considered “an incredible result for people’s health”, stated Ugo Taddei, a lawyer for Client Earth, the Guardian reported.

“This ruling gives us legal clarity which we’ve long waited for, that diesel restrictions are legally permissible and will necessarily trigger a domino effect across the country, impacting as well on other legal cases,” he added.

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May 13, 2021

All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency

schools
energyefficiency
Renewables
Dominic Ellis
2 min
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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