May 11, 2016

Major EU automakers will fail new emissions tests

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An automotive expert with PA Consulting Group has revealed that some European automakers will struggle to meet the EU’s new emissions standards...

An automotive expert with PA Consulting Group has revealed that some European automakers will struggle to meet the EU’s new emissions standards, due to be implemented in 2021.

According to a benchmarking study by PA, four car producers are in in danger of overstepping the 95g of carbon per kilometre limit: BMW, Volkswagen, Jaguar Land Rover and Hyundai-Kia. They face significant fines if they are found to be noncompliant.

Adding to carmakers’ concerns are the emissions measurement procedures recently adopted by the EU. New tests are to be conducted in the field using portable testing equipment – experts believe these ‘real-world’ tests will be 10 percent more rigorous than current in-lab procedures. The new tests will commence in January 2017.

PA Consultant Thomas Goettle said in a statement: “If this test cycle is implemented in 2017, all manufacturers will struggle to reach its specific CO2 target by 2020/2021”.

However, it appears that Renault-Nissan, PSA (Peugeot Citroën), FCA (Fiat Chrysler), Toyota and Volvo will reach their manufacturer-specific targets in this year’s annual rankings.

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May 13, 2021

All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency

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Dominic Ellis
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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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