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New Report : ‘A Green Bus for Every Journey’

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New Report : 'A Green Bus for Every Journey'

According to a new report by the LowCVP for Greener Journeys, a new generation of clean buses is already saving 55,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions every year and providing £8 million in health and environmental benefits.

There are currently 3,760 certified Low Carbon Emission Buses (LCEBs) currently operating in towns and cities across England, Scotland and Wales, including 40% of new buses sold last year.

If this proportion were to reach 100% of all new buses by 2020, the annual savings could increase to 432,000 tonnes of methane, carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide emissions – the equivalent of taking 92,000 cars off the road for a year – and £248.5 million in wider social benefits.

The figures are published in A Green Bus for Every Journey, a new report by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP), commissioned by Greener Journeys, the sustainable travel group, which reveals how the latest buses use a wide range of technologies to help reduce emissions and air pollution.

There has also been a dramatic improvement in conventional diesel engines, with the latest Euro VI models – including over half of all new models bought in 2015 – delivering a 95% reduction in emissions of nitrogen oxides compared with the previous Euro V models.

The report is launched at today’s e-Bus Summit in London, an event organised to introduce the Horizon 2020 ELIPTIC (“Electrification of Public Transport in Cities”) European project.

Greener transport is seen as key to helping towns and cities meet European clean air targets, which are currently being breached in 38 out of 43 UK zones, with many cities introducing clean air zones to help tackle the problem.

The report highlights how the rich variety of green buses now available, including hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric, electrified ancillary, hydrogen fuel cell and biomethane models, is allowing operators across the country to find the most tailored option for their network, including:

· A combined fleet of 175 electric buses which are helping tackle roadside air pollution across the country, including the first wirelessly charged models operated by Arriva in Milton Keynes;

· The 10 hydrogen fuel cell buses operated by First Group and Stagecoach in Aberdeen – the largest such fleet in Europe – saving about 145,000 litres of diesel annually;

· Go-Ahead Group’s 600 hybrid buses in London have helped lower emissions by 16%, with a further 10% improvement possible by 2018; while Lothian buses has saved £1.4 million in fuel costs since 2011 thanks to its fleet of 85 hybrid buses;

· Reading Buses, which has operated 34 biomethane buses since 2013, achieving 30% savings in fuel costs, while Arriva’s fleet of 10 gas-powered buses in Runcorn is 24% more cost effective;

· Stagecoach, which operates 4,581 biodiesel buses, says the technology has cut the carbon dioxide emissions of its overall fleet by a quarter;

· National Express’s fleet of 18 hybrid buses in Birmingham which is so popular that passengers sometimes complain when conventional models arrive at their bus stop; and,

· The drivers of FirstGroup’s 12 electric buses in York say they offer quicker acceleration than conventional models, and passengers prefer them because they offer a smoother ride and are quieter than diesel buses.

It follows a prior publication by the LowCVP and Greener Journeys, The Journey of the Green Bus, which revealed how manufacturers and policy makers have led a revolution in clean bus technology in the UK over the past two decades.

Tackling transport emissions is one of the most pressing issues facing councils and operators today

Claire Haigh, Chief Executive of Greener Journeys, said: “Tackling transport emissions is one of the most pressing issues facing councils and operators today, and this report clearly shows that investing in clean buses is an integral part of the solution.

“Encouraging more people to switch their car for the bus is crucial to tackling the UK’s emissions problem, and thanks to the new range of clean bus technologies available, this type of behaviour change is now more effective than ever.”

Andy Eastlake, Managing Director of the LowCVP said: “The UK’s bus sector has made great progress in introducing low emission, efficient technologies over the last decade. This has been in large part due to the support of government and the commitment of industry and other stakeholders to work together and drive change.

“This support and commitment needs to continue if the sector is to make a necessary contribution to cutting CO2 emissions, as well as to the increasingly urgent task of reducing pollution in our most badly affected towns and cities at least sufficient to meet 2020 air quality targets.”

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These 5 Green Office Mistakes Are Costing You Money

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The sudden interest in green business is very encouraging. According to recent reports, 42% of all companies have rated sustainability as an important element of their business. Unfortunately, the focus on sustainability will only last if companies can find ways to use it to boost their ROI.

Many businesses get so caught up in being socially conscious that they hope the financial aspect of it takes care of itself. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to go green and boost your net income at the same time.

Here are some important mistakes that you will want to avoid.

Only implementing sustainability on micro-scale

The biggest reason that brands are going green is to improve their optics with their customers. Too many businesses are making very minor changes, such as processing paperwork online and calling themselves green.

Customers have become wary of these types of companies. If you want to earn their business, you are going to need to go all the way. Bring in a green business consultant and make every feasible change to demonstrate that you are a green organization from top to bottom.

Not prioritizing investments by long-term ROI

It isn’t realistic to build an entirely green organization overnight. You will need to allocate your capital wisely.

Before investing in any green assets or services, you should always conduct a long-term cost benefit analysis. The initial investment for some green services may be over $20,000. If they don’t shave your cost by at least $3,000 a year, they probably aren’t worth the investment.

Determine which green investments will have the best pay off over the next 10 years. Make these investments before anything else. Then compare your options within each of those categories.

Implementing green changes without a plan

Effective, long-term planning is the key to business success. This principle needs to be applied to green organizations as well.

Before implementing a green strategy, you must answer the following questions:

  • How will I communicate my green business philosophy to my customers?
  • How will running a green business affect my revenue stream?
  • How will adopting green business strategies change my monthly expenses? Will they increase or decrease them?
  • How will my company finance green upgrades and other investments?

The biggest mistake that too many green businesses make is being overly optimistic with these forecasts. Take the time to collect objective data and make your decisions accordingly. This will help you run a much more profitable green business.

Not considering the benefits of green printing

Too many companies believe that going paperless is the only way to run a green organization. Unfortunately, going 100% paperless it’s not feasible for most companies.

Rather than aim for an unrealistic goal, consider the option of using a more environmentally friendly printer. It won’t be perfect, but it will be better than the alternative.

According to experts from Doranix, environmental printers have several benefits:

  • They can process paper that has been completely recycled.
  • They consume less energy than traditional printers.
  • They use ink that is more environmentally friendly.

You want to take a look at different green printers and compare them. You’ll find that some will meet your needs as a green business.

Poorly communicating your green business strategy to customers

Brand positioning doesn’t happen on its own. If you want to run a successful green business, you must communicate your message to customers as clearly as possible. You must also avoid the appearance that you are patronizing them.

The best approach is to be clear when you were first making the change. I’ll make an announcement about your company‘s commitment to sustainability.

You also want to reinforce this message overtime by using green labels on all of your products. You don’t have to be blatant with your messaging at this stage. Simply provide a small, daily reminder on your products and invoices.

Finally, it is a good idea to participate in green business seminars and other events. If your community has a local Green Chamber of Commerce, you should consider joining as well.

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Responsible Energy Investments Could Solve Retirement Funding Crisis

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Retiring baby-boomers are facing a retirement cliff, at the same time as mother nature unleashes her fury with devastating storms tied to the impact of global warming. There could be a unique solution to the challenges associated with climate change – investments in clean energy from retirement funds.

Financial savings play a very important role in everyone’s life and one must start planning for it as soon as possible. It’s shocking how quickly seniors can burn through their nest egg – leaving many wondering, “How long your retirement savings will last?

Let’s take a closer look at how seniors can take baby steps on the path to retiring with dignity, while helping to clean up our environment.

Tip #1: Focus & Determination

Like in other work, it is very important to focus and be determined. If retirement is around the corner, then make sure to start putting some money away for retirement. No one can ever achieve anything without dedication and focus – whether it’s saving the planet, or saving for retirement.

Tip #2: Minimize Spending

One of the most important things that you need to do is to minimize your expenditures. Reducing consumption is good for the planet too!

Tip #3: Visualize Your Goal

You can achieve more if you have a clearly defined goal in life. This about how your money can be used to better the planet – imagine cleaner air, water and a healthier environment to leave to your grandchildren.

Investing in Clean Energy

One of the hottest and most popular industries for investment today is the energy market – the trading of energy commodities. Clean energy commodities are traded alongside dirty energy supplies. You might be surprised to learn that clean energy is becoming much more competitive.

With green biz becoming more popular, it is quickly becoming a powerful tool for diversified retirement investing.

The Future of Green Biz

As far as the future is concerned, energy businesses are going to continue getting bigger and better. There are many leading energy companies in the market that already have very high stock prices, yet people are continuing to investing in them.

Green initiatives are impacting every industry. Go Green campaigns are a PR staple of every modern brand. For the energy-sector in the US, solar energy investments are considered to be the most accessible form of clean energy investment. Though investing in any energy business comes with some risks, the demand for energy isn’t going anywhere.

In conclusion, if you want to start saving for your retirement, then clean energy stocks and commodity trading are some of the best options for wallets and the planet. Investing in clean energy products, like solar power, is a more long-term investment. It’s quite stable and comes with a significant profit margin. And it’s amazing for the planet!

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