Jul 24, 2018

UK sets up £400mn electric vehicle charging fund

UK
Electric Vehicles
Olivia Minnock
2 min
The UK is setting up a fund for electronic vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure which is set to be worth £400mn (US$524mn). The go...

The UK is setting up a fund for electronic vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure which is set to be worth £400mn (US$524mn). The government is currently inviting bids for the management of the Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund. Bidding is now open with a Request for Proposal having been covered.

The fund will support the installation of charging points for EVs as well as software, platforms, grid connections and battery storage solutions. It forms part of a goal announced in the 2017 UK budget, with the government pledging to spend a total of £540mn (US$707mn) for electric vehicles and charging infrastructure.

Half of the investment will come from government, with the remaining £200mn (US$262mn) being matched by the private sector.

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Energy Live News states that the fund will make it “easier and more viable for the public to switch to cleaner vehicles”.

The news outlet also reports that Robert Jenrick, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, stated: “We want the UK to be a world leader when it comes to the number of electric cars on our roads. Uptake is increasing and we want the opportunity to own an electric vehicle to be available to all. But crucial to encouraging the take-up of these cars across the country is increasing people’s access to charging points. We want to scale up at pace and ensure interoperability for ease of use.”

It was also announced earlier this week that Ofgem, the industry regulator for the UK, has put forward a number of proposals to support the UK’s so-called ‘revolution’ in electric vehicles. Petrol and diesel vehicles will be banned in the country by 2040.

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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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