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LowCVP Low Carbon Champions Award Winners celebrated at packed networking dinner



The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) announced the Low Carbon Champions for 2014-15 last night at a packed gala dinner held in association with Cenex in Milton Keynes. The Champions Awards celebrate achievement and innovation in low carbon road transport.

Optare received the ‘Grand Prix’ award for Outstanding Achievement in Low Carbon Transport (winner of winners) in a celebration hosted by TV personality Robert Llewellyn. Mitsubishi took the award in the prestigious Low Carbon Car/Van Manufacturer of the Year category.

TV personality, writer and blogger Robert Llewellyn was Master of Ceremonies, presenting the Awards at the Double Tree by Hilton, MK Dons Stadium, at a networking dinner attended by over 380 industry representatives and low carbon transport stakeholders.

The LowCVP Managing Director Andy Eastlake said about the Awards: “It’s always a pleasure to celebrate success and there were many reasons to commend the contribution of this year’s entries to cutting emissions, both of greenhouse gases and local pollutants.

“The winning entries – and those recognised as runners-up and short-listed – are exciting examples of a vibrant and innovative low carbon road transport sector in the UK that is going from strength to strength.”

The judges said that Mitsubishi’s Outlander – which helped the company scoop the car manufacturer award –  has been a game-changer, bringing plug-in hybrid technology to a 4×4 SUV, at a competitive price. The model has achieved impressive sales, especially in the company car market, where carbon-based taxation has helped to boost sales of lower carbon vehicles.

Optare and Scania were joint winners of the Low Carbon Heavy Duty Vehicle Manufacturer of the Year Award. The judges decided to award both companies as their entries covered activities in different market sectors (Optare for buses and Scania for trucks and delivery vehicles).

Optare was the recipient of the Grand Prix Award. The judges said that this recognition was because Optare is the UK market leader in electric buses and has taken significant commercial risk in achieving this position. Optare’s buses have made an important contribution to improving air quality in UK towns and cities as well as reducing the well-to-wheel carbon footprint by over 50% in comparison with equivalent diesels.

The judges’ statement said that “Optare has a real pedigree in terms of battery innovation and has worked extremely well in building partnerships with local authorities.”

The judging panel was comprised of 21 senior executives from across the range of organisations with a stake in the low carbon road transport agenda.

Michael Hurwitz, Director, Energy, Technology & International at the Department for Transport and one of the Awards judges, said: “These awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise the achievements of the low carbon transport sector and to celebrate the excellence of UK innovation. It is exciting to see such vibrant ideas and cutting edge technologies as the government continues to support industry with £500 million invested in low emission vehicles over the next 5 years.”

Alex Burns, Chief Executive of Millbrook, the Champions Awards headline sponsors, said: ““The UK is a major force in the production of electric buses and we are pleased to present the award for this category to an outstanding organisation that is helping to cut carbon emissions and improve air quality.

“As an organisation committed to the test, validation and engineering of low carbon transport, Millbrook is proud to present the ‘Grand Prix’ award to Optare.”

Darren Messem, Chairman of the LowCVP and also an Awards Judge said: “The UK vehicle market is at the forefront of innovation in low carbon technology, production and operation, which is essential to deliver the decarbonisation of transport needed to mitigate the worst effects of climate change.

“In this year’s LowCVP Champions Awards it’s been a privilege once again to recognise innovations spanning the breadth of the transport sector, and we hope this helps provide further stimulus to the innovators working hard throughout the sector.”

Robert Evans, Chief Executive of Cenex said: “We are pleased to be able to host this industry gathering as part of our Cenex-LCV2015 networking dinner.  The LCV2015 event brings the low carbon vehicle community together for two days of technology showcasing and networking, with the evening dinner extending valuable networking time.

“As one of the dinner attendees joining from the LCV event, I commend all those nominated for an Award and congratulate the winners.”


‘Grand Prix Award’: Outstanding Achievement in Low Carbon Transport (Winner of winners)

Winner: Optare

Outstanding Individual in Promoting Low Carbon Transport

Joint Award: Professor Neville Jackson, Ricardo; Dr Doug Parr, Greenpeace UK

Low Carbon Car /Van Manufacturer of the Year

Winner: Mitsubishi Motors UK

Shortlisted: VW; Nissan

Low Carbon Heavy Duty Vehicle Manufacturer of the Year

Joint Winners: Optare and Scania GB

Shortlisted: Leyland Trucks; BYD Europe B.V

Low Carbon Vehicle Operator of the Year

Winner: Dundee City Council

Runners up: First Bus with City of York

Short-listed: Reading Buses

Low Carbon Fuel Initiative of the Year

Winner: Convert to Green Ltd

Short-listed: GENeco; Rapid Charge Network

2015 Award for Low Carbon Innovation by an SME

Joint Winners: Avid Technology; Wirth Research

Short-listed: Ashwoods Lightfoot Ltd, Dearman

Low Carbon Road Transport Initiative of the Year

Winner: GENeco

Highly Commended: Aberdeen City Council

Short-listed: ECO Stars

2014 Outstanding Low Carbon Publication or Report

Winner: Urban Foresight

Runners-up: UK Power Networks

Highly Commended: ICCT (Wasted); Element Energy

The Low Carbon Champions Awards were established in 2010. The Awards – now in their fifth edition – are an initiative of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP); a public-private partnership that exists to accelerate a sustainable shift to lower carbon vehicles and fuels and create opportunities for UK businesses. Around 200 organisations are engaged from diverse backgrounds including government, automotive and fuel supply chains, vehicle users, academics, environment groups and wider society.


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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How to make a sustainable living out of Forex Trading?




sustainable forex trading
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There are two different types of forex trading in general: the profitable one and the not so profitable one. Everyone wants good profits at the end of the day, but unfortunately a good number of traders are burdened with the huge losses at the end of their forex careers. Many newbies run the other way around when they hear about forex trading due to heavy losses in their initial period. Of course, you would have heard about all those success stories, in your friends’ circle or on the internet. However, if you are looking forward to replicate those success stories, you need get yourself ready before that.

In this article, we will discuss the six essential skills that are needed to earn some profits from trading foreign currencies and make a sustainable living out of it.

1. Limit your risk ceiling

When you start with forex, you should try to define limits. Try to create a balanced scorecard that defines your personality with regards to various parameters such as your strengths, weaknesses, behaviors, and ability to take risks. It is essential that you list your financial goals before you start with forex trading.

2. Learn about leverage ratio and account type

When you start, brokers will suggest different forex trading accounts that might take you for a whirl if you aren’t prepared. Each forex trading account has its own pros and cons. It is essential that you engage with your broker to create a mini trading account so that you will be able to warm up on your forex trading skills in a low risk environment.

3. Start small

While starting out, some investors rush to have multiple currency pairs without doing proper research on them beforehand. It is very important have you understand the nature and volatility of a currency before you start trading a pair. Every single foreign currency is like a market onto itself. It is therefore important that you take the time to study about the country before forming pairs to understand the volatility of the currency. By using forex trading platforms such as ETX Capital, you can take informed decisions easily.

4. Learn to control emotions

A forex trader should never take any decisions on the spur of the moment based on emotions and should be as rational as he can. Controlling your impulses is the key to becoming a great forex trader.

5. Automate your processes

I am not suggesting you to rely completely on forex robots and trade copiers, but make use of the latest automation tech to execute transactions faster than ever before. Make use of automation features such as stop loss, price options etc. to make the most out of the exciting opportunities.

6. Keep it simple.

Not everyone can be a genius economist, mathematician and a trader, bundled into one. Forex trading is not a complex subject, you only need to arm yourself with positive thinking, and set yourself clear and realistic goals.


I hope this article was useful for you to learn about the key reasons why online forex trading is a good investment and how you can earn money through it. If you have any doubts with regards to this, let us know through the comments and we will be glad to help you out. If you have any suggestions regarding how we can improve the article, let us know them through the comments as well for us to improve.

Though it’s a reliable source of income, you will have to educate yourself properly before you start investing. It is important that you take the time to understand why things are the way they are before you jump all in and start making your first big bucks. All the best for your future ventures and keep coming for more interesting and useful articles.

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