Oct 17, 2019

Volvo commits to solely launching electrified vehicles

Marcus Lawrence
2 min
Volvo to cut carbon emissions by 40% per car by 2025, pledging to only release new EVs and hybrids
Swedish auto manufacturer Volvo has unveiled its new climate plan, pledging to cut its carbon emissions by 40% per vehicle produced by 2025...

Swedish auto manufacturer Volvo has unveiled its new climate plan, pledging to cut its carbon emissions by 40% per vehicle produced by 2025.

The move, Volvo said in its press release, is the first in its road to climate neutrality in 2040 and is in line with the Paris Climate Agreement’s framework.

“We are transforming our company through concrete actions, not symbolic pledges,” said Håkan Samuelsson, CEO at Volvo, in the firm’s press release. “So at Volvo Cars we will address what we control, which is both our operations and the tailpipe emissions of our cars. And we will address what we can influence, by calling on our suppliers and the energy sector to join us in aiming for a climate neutral future.”

Tying into its plans are a number of strategic initiatives to be realised by 2025, which include, but are not limited to: generating 50% of its revenues from electric vehicles (EVs); to use at least 25% recycled plastics in its new vehicles; and a commitment to cutting emissions by 2025 across its global supply chain.

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While the company did not disclose the measures it will implement to bring emissions down across its supply chain, it noted that the realisation of its internal emission-mitigating plans will be largely accomplished through electrification and the phase-out of internal combustion engines.

As of 2019, all new Volvo cars will be electrified. It’s first fully electric car, the XC40 Recharge, launched on 16 October 2019.

The company said that, from this year onwards, it will make information on its vehicles’ carbon lifecycles available to the public, beginning with XC40 Recharge. The Recharge name, it added, will be the umbrella term for its upcoming range of EVs and plug-in hybrids.

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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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