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LowCVP Programme Focuses on Climate Change

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The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) has revealed its work programme for the next year. The focus of the programme builds on LowCVP’s ambitious targets for 2020 which are in line with the UK Climate Change Act. LowCVP’s programme includes activities involving the entire road transport sector and balances its targets with air quality objectives.

In 2020, to stimulate a decade of change, the LowCVP aims for:

– 5% of the new car market to be ULEVs

– All new buses to meet the new Low Emission Bus criteria

– 5% of new commercial vehicles to be defined as low carbon

– Delivery of the maximum sustainable GHG saving through renewable transport energy

2016-17 priorities include the establishment of a market for accredited low carbon commercial vehicles, the facilitation of collaboration to break down the barriers to an ‘EV-ready power grid’ and support for the creation of a UK market for low carbon ‘L-Category’ (micro) vehicles.

Throughout the work programme the linkages between cutting carbon and cutting local pollution will be considered and a balanced approach taken, working with our air quality community partners.

Taken segment-by-segment, key elements of the new work programme include:

A new phase for the ULEV car market through improved customer information and a consistent policy framework

With new tests and renewed public interest in emissions and fuel consumption, the LowCVP will focus on developing the next generation of robust, consistent and accessible consumer information to clearly show the performance and cost/operating benefits of alternative models.  With a much wider range of low carbon vehicle choices now available, the role of the Partnership is to help deliver mass market consumer demand for the products on sale. The Partnership will also work to help deliver a consistent national framework for local policy actions.

Filling the data gap to help kick-start the market for greener commercial vehicles 

The commercial vehicle (trucks and vans) sector has lagged progress in other sectors, mainly due to a lack of robust assessment methods. The LowCVP will focus on delivering a robust definition of a low carbon truck to establish potential ‘Green Truck’ programmes and support. The Partnership has already developed an accreditation process for low carbon/fuel-efficient retrofit technology and will continue to work with local (such as TfL’s LoCITY initiative) and national officials to further develop and support the roll-out of this scheme and supporting policies.

Showcasing progress in the ‘Green Bus Journey’

In partnership with representatives from the bus sector, the LowCVP played a leading role in establishing one of the most advanced low carbon bus markets in the world.  Over 25% of new buses sold in 2015 were low carbon-accredited. The LowCVP aims to further promote the Low Emission Bus (LEB) market and to communicate best practice, as exemplified by this forward-thinking segment of the road transport industry.  The Partnership has already started on a programme of dissemination activity part-funded by the industry with the first report “The Journey of the Green Bus” published in February.

Meeting European objectives for fuel and developing sustainable fuel frameworks

Increasing the renewable energy contribution is a significant opportunity for the UK transport fuels sector.  The LowCVP will continue to work to break down the barriers to widespread low carbon electricity deployment in transport and support sustainable biodiesel and biomethane use. The potential introduction of E10 (10% bioethanol mixed with petrol) presents a significant opportunity and a challenge. The LowCVP is uniquely placed to facilitate progress in these areas.  There will be particular emphasis on the development of a framework to support the introduction of sustainable low carbon advanced fuels and the requirements beyond 2020 to engender investor confidence in the fuels sector.

Developing the opportunity for micro-vehicles; linking innovators with SMEs

The LowCVP will report on the findings of its ‘L-Category’ (micro-vehicles) study later this year and work to further develop this market opportunity for the UK.  The Partnership aims to continue working with the innovation community to identify solutions and opportunities for the small business sector, supporting the development of a robust, healthy UK low carbon supply chain.

Commenting on the new work programme, LowCVP chairman Darran Messem said: “The Paris agreement has made it absolutely clear that the world is on a rapid carbon-cutting trajectory. The successful countries in this low carbon future will be those whose businesses, both large and small, embrace the opportunities and prepare for a decade of rapid change between 2020 and 2030. 

“We aim to continue doing everything possible to ensure the UK’s road transport community is best placed to seize and lead these opportunities.”

LowCVP’s Managing Director Andy Eastlake said: “The opportunity to engage in low carbon transport has never been greater or more diverse.  Through our member’s commitment and support we aim to keep the UK transport community at the forefront of future developments and deliver on lower carbon and cleaner air.”

For further details about the LowCVP’s 2016-17 work programme, please visit the website.

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4 Common Items That Can be Reused Again and Again

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As a society we are getting much better at taking our obligations to the world and environment around us more seriously. This is undoubtedly a good thing! The effects of climate change are beginning to manifest across the world, and this is turning the issue from an abstract threat into a very real danger. Trying to introduce some greener, more eco-friendly practices into your life isn’t just a great way of doing something beneficial for society and the world around you. It is a wonderful way of engaging positively with the world and carries with it numerous psychological benefits.

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Being a greener, more ecologically friendly person doesn’t require any dramatic life changes. Breaking or making a few small habits is all it takes to make your life a greener one. In this article we look at one of the easiest, yet most effective green practices to get into: reusing everyday items.

Jars and Containers

Glass and metal are widely recycled, and recycling is a good thing! However, consider whether any containers you buy, whether it’s a tub of ice cream or a jar of coffee, can be washed out and reused for something else. Mason jars, for example, can be used to store homemade pasta sauce and can be washed for future use. Once you start thinking about it, you will find endless opportunities to reuse your old containers.

Soda Bottles

An ice-cold soda is a wonderful treat on a hot day, but buying soda can get expensive, and the manufacturing and distribution of the drinks themselves isn’t great for the environment. However, by holding on to your old soda bottles and repurposing them as water bottles, you can save money on drinks, or use them to measure out water for your garden.

Plastic Bags

Most of the time groceries come in paper bags, which are better for the environment than the plastic alternatives, but they are less durable and thus harder to reuse. Whenever the store places your items in a plastic bag, hang onto it so you can reuse the bags again. If you want to take it one step further, consider looking into buying some personalized recycled bags. These bags are designed to last for a long time and are made of recycled materials. They look striking and unique, they’ll turn heads, and maybe even attitudes!

Seeds

If you’re a keen gardener, then you will already probably know how to reseed your plants in order to ensure a fresh crop after each plant’s lifecycle. If you have space in your garden, or haven’t yet tried your hand at gardening, then consider planting a small vegetable plot. Growing your own veggies means that you’ll be helping to cut back on the emissions generated by their transport and production. The best part about growing your own food in this way is that, by harvesting properly and saving the seeds, you can be set up with fresh vegetables for life!

Reusing and recycling common household items is an easy way to make your world a little bit greener. Once you start looking for these opportunities you’ll realize that they’re everywhere!

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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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