Government talks in recent weeks have revolved around a global dedication to reducing carbon emissions in a bid to slow the effects of global warming. This however, is nothing new in the world of business and politics. For years the world has been moving towards cutting carbon emissions, albeit at a glacial pace.
With the Paris Climate Summit, COP21, being as successful as it was, and with London mayor Boris Johnson’s plans to create the world’s first ultra-low emission zone in the heart of our capital by 2020, life in the British capital is going to change substantially over the next few years.
The relocation industry in particular is one of the industries which is going to need to shake itself up over the next few years, especially if they’re looking to pass the ultra-low emission zone when it comes into force. As it stands, the vast majority of large removal trucks favoured by the industry run on diesel – unsurprising considering the weight they have to pull. Despite diesel putting out less carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and other hydrocarbon emissions than petrol, it’s safe to say that burning diesel isn’t exactly good for the environment.
Over the last few years there have been a move towards zero-emission removal trucks, though these are admittedly few and far between. As it stands in 2015, the vast majority of the trucks removal companies use aren’t going to pass as zero-emission capable. Unlike heavy construction machinery which is moving to LNG as a fuel source, the relocation industry isn’t likely to have to capital to fit its tanks with the high pressure cryotanks necessary to run the clean-burning fuel. Instead, if London’s move to being an ultra-low emission zone comes to pass, the majority of removal companies won’t be able to comfortably operate inside the low emission zone without electric trucks; if this is something that the rest of the world sees as a success, removal companies everywhere are going to need to rapidly start restructuring their fleets.
One company which has seen the benefit of being zero-emission capable is the Dutch company Aad de Wit Verhuizingen. Their removal trucks are fully electric, powered entirely by wind and solar energy – something their slogan “Verhuis Elektrisch” (“Electrical Moving”) proudly boasts. Back in 2008 the company realised that if they were to comply with EU standards they would have to cut back on their emissions. At the time they calculated that 90 per cent of their CO2 emissions as a company, including their travel to and from work, were produced by their fleet. As a result, they decided to move to fully sustainable solar and wind power to help their customers move home. Since 2011 their largest fully-electric trucks are capable of travelling 155 miles before they need recharging, showing that zero-emission removal companies are not only possible, they’re fully sustainable.
So where does this leave the removal industry as it stands? With the UK government backing first time buyers, housing market back on the rise. This means that there will be room for the industry to grow. However, with the London ultra-low emission zone coming into force in little over 4 years’ time, companies in London is going to have to go green and get zero-emission capable if they want to be ready to beat back the competition come 2020. The demands of the relocation industry is changing and if British relocation companies want to keep up, they’re going to have roll with it.
A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon
Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.
There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.
1. The Rise Of Smart Windows
When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.
If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.
2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs
If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.
Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.
3. Low-E Windows Taking Over
It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.
They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.
4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges
Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.
The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.
5. Improving Our Current LEDs
Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.
That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.
Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too
Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.
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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”
IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.
Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.
Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.
Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:
“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.
We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.
There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.
We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”
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