Siemens creates the UK’s first EV charging street
Innovative manufacturing company Siemens has equipped a street in Westminster, London with the country’s first street-based EV charging facilities.
Providing details of the project in a press release, Siemens described how local demand on Sutherland Avenue had provided the impetus to install 24 EV charging points using specially converted lampposts.
The development, which is in collaboration with Westminster City Council, will assist the borough’s target of establishing 1,000 similar charging points before the end of 2020.
Now dubbed ‘Electric Avenue’, the half-mile stretch of road could become a model for the cityscape of the future, as EVs begin to take hold as the UK’s preferred mode of transport.
Facilitating the future
Siemens’ commitment to the project stems from its own research, which shows that more than a third (36%) of British motorists have expressed a desire to purchase an EV.
It is also a reaction to 40% of those surveyed stating a lack of charging points is deterring them from doing so.
This feedback is seemingly validated by other studies, which show a trend towards accepting EVs if they were as convenient (in practical and economic terms) as petrol/diesel vehicles.
Finding a car with an acceptable range, having enough charging points, recharge time and price were the primary concerns of consumers (81%, 74%, 66% and 64% respectively). Despite this, younger drivers were, on average, more enthusiastic to buy an EV.
The opinions and attitudes of consumers appear to be shifting towards sustainability-focused goals and using their purchasing power to make a difference - Siemens’ research showed that 83% of London motorists have become more concerned by their carbon footprint.
Leading the country
Westminster City Council is a trailblazer in the national conversion to EVs, with more charging points than any other regional authority. The Greater London area in total is currently leading the country, with the South West and Scotland close behind.
The available data is showing that EV charging points grow incrementally each year, but this may need to accelerate to facilitate the equal conversion of the UK’s estimated 32.5mn fossil-fuel reliant cars.
Discussing the ongoing challenge to meet consumer and market demand, particularly in light of the government’s decision to ban petrol and diesel cars by 2035, Cedric Neike, CEO of Siemens Smart Infrastructure, said the ongoing difficulties would be worth it.
“We know that half of London’s air pollution is caused by road transport and Westminster is a particularly busy area. While we cannot solve the challenge of air quality overnight, ‘Electric Avenue W9’ is an important showcase of what’s possible using existing city infrastructure.
“It illustrates how residential streets will look in the near future, and accelerates the shift to zero emission vehicles,” he stated.
Mirico Cloud identifies emission changes
Mirico is extending its gas measurement services with the launch of Mirico Cloud for the oil and gas industry.
The platform lets customers detect and quantify gas emissions across multiple oil and gas sites, and quickly fix issues causing changes in emissions. Customers can be contacted by SMS or email for alerts if a new emission is above a certain size, or about an existing known emission that has started to grow.
Customisable dashboards can show average emissions over the last 24 hours or how emissions vary by asset type.
"It's great to be able to broaden the service we provide our customers," said Dr Linda Bell, CEO of Mirico. "We really feel this is a big step forward in helping the oil & gas industry to quickly identify emission issues at scale and ultimately help them in their goals to reach net zero."
The industry remains under intense pressure to deliver on emission targets. Achieving 50% lower emissions by 2030 will require either full electrification of the West of Shetland and Central North Sea or earlier-than-expected field cessations, according to Wood Mackenzie.
In 2018 the UK produced 451 million tonnes CO2 equivalent (MtCO2e) of greenhouse gas emissions. Around 3% of this total is direct emissions from oil and gas activity on the UK Continental Shelf. Energy generation, mainly from fossil fuels, produced 23% of emissions, and the transport industry accounted for a further 28%, mostly from the use of oil-based products.
The North Sea Transition deal has four key pillars:
- Supply decarbonisation reduce emissions from oil and gas production by 50% by 2030
- Carbon capture and storage (CCS) target 10 Mtpa of carbon capture by 2030
- Hydrogen deliver 5 GW of low-carbon hydrogen capacity by 2030
- Supply chain/people deliver investment of £14-16 billion into low-carbon technology by 2030
Methane in the spotlight, a busy 48 hours for bp and JPMorgan releases carbon reduction targets
Institutional investors with a collective $5.35 trillion in assets are calling on the Biden administration to get tougher about methane emissions as it seeks to address climate change. "Any credible pathway for the use of natural gas in a Paris-aligned future must address methane emissions," it states.
Cutting human-caused methane by 45% this decade would keep warming beneath a threshold agreed by world leaders, according to the UN Environment Programme. Such reductions would avoid nearly 0.3°C of global warming by 2045 and would be consistent with keeping the Paris Climate Agreement’s goal, to limit global temperature rises to 1.5˚C, within reach.
bp and CEMEX will work together on accelerating the progress of the latter's 2050 ambition to deliver net zero CO2 concrete globally. Around 70% of global emissions come from transport, industry and energy and cement making is energy intensive. Last week bp and renewable energy supplier Pure Planet forged a partnership to launch a new digital energy service that will support households, EV drivers and energy consumers in the UK.
Hot on the heels of the CEMEX announcement, bp shareholders rejected a plan that would have forced the company to strengthen its climate commitments in an AGM poll, with only 20.65% pledging support. "We will continue to engage with shareholders on our strategy, targets and aims so as to ensure their views are fully understood," it stated. One of the challenges is that there is no single metric that measures Paris consistency, according to chief executive Bernard Looney.
JPMorgan Chase yesterday released comprehensive steps it is taking in its efforts to align its financing activities with the climate goals of the Paris Agreement, publishing 2030 carbon intensity targets for the Oil & Gas, Electric Power and Auto Manufacturing sectors. It also released its new Carbon Compass methodology that describes how the firm set its targets and how it will monitor progress over time, and unveiled a Center for Carbon Transition.
“There must be collective ambition and cooperation by business and government to tackle climate change,” said Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase. "Setting our Paris-aligned targets is an important step toward accelerating the transition to a low-carbon economy and meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement. JPMorgan Chase is committed to doing its part by working with clients around the world to reduce emissions and by ensuring our own operations remain carbon neutral."