Category Archives: Climate Change and Renewable Energy

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T-CHARGE: NEW LONDON TRAFFIC CHARGE COMES INTO FORCE

Drivers of older, more polluting vehicles now have to pay almost twice as much to drive in central London. Mayor Sadiq Khan’s £10 T-Charge, which mainly applies to diesel and petrol vehicles registered before 2006, has come into force. It covers the same area as the existing congestion charge zone, bumping up the cost to … Continue reading T-CHARGE: NEW LONDON TRAFFIC CHARGE COMES INTO FORCE

Car makers offer cash incentives to trade in older vehicles

As buyers consider getting rid of their older diesel cars, BMW, Ford, Mercedes-Benz and Vauxhall are launching trade-in schemes designed to get more of us driving low-emissions cars Owners of older diesel vehicles will receive an incentive of up to £2000 when they trade in their old car for a new BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Mini or … Continue reading Car makers offer cash incentives to trade in older vehicles

Live Or Work On A Busy Road? The Truth About Noise Pollution

Studies conclude there are very real health risks from noise pollution – but EVs are bringing the quiet. While we’re all aware of the term noise pollution, most of us regard it as just an irritant we have to put up with. The construction site near the office, the busy road near the children’s school, … Continue reading Live Or Work On A Busy Road? The Truth About Noise Pollution

Britain to ban sale of all diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040

Plans follow French commitment to take polluting vehicles off the road owing to effect of poor air quality on people’s health Britain is to ban all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040 amid fears that rising levels of nitrogen oxide pose a major risk to public health. The commitment, which follows a … Continue reading Britain to ban sale of all diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040

New battery technology could cut energy bills by up to £40bn by 2050, says Ofgem

The new rules will help households generate and store electricity and sell it back to the National Grid. The first phase of a four-year £246m Government investment into battery technology has been launched in a move that could help bring down household electricity bills. The long-term vision includes creating giant battery facilities around the National … Continue reading New battery technology could cut energy bills by up to £40bn by 2050, says Ofgem

UK’s ‘largest solar carport’ – with additional storage – planned for St Ives Park & Ride

Cambridgeshire County Council has received planning permission for what it claims will be the UK’s largest solar carport. The installation, which will be developed at the site of St Ives’ Park & Ride, is anticipated to be 948kW in size and combined with a battery storage system as part of a wider demonstrator project with … Continue reading UK’s ‘largest solar carport’ – with additional storage – planned for St Ives Park & Ride

UK to fund research into letting electric cars return power to grid

Vehicle-to-grid technology could help meet demand for electricity at peak times, with owners paid in money or free parking The UK plans to invest millions of pounds to explore how the batteries in thousands of electric cars could help the power grid and drive take-up of the cleaner vehicles. British businesses will be able to … Continue reading UK to fund research into letting electric cars return power to grid

It’s a world of worry for oil companies

Volvo Cars CEO Hakan Samuelsson announced last week that all Volvo cars will be electric or hybrid within two years. The Chinese-owned automotive group plans to phase out the conventional car engine. India hopes to sell only electric vehicles by 2030. China is offering incentives to buy electric cars and investing heavily in renewable technologies. … Continue reading It’s a world of worry for oil companies

China just built a 250-acre solar farm shaped like a giant panda

The Panda Power Plant in Datong, China. China Merchants New Energy/Panda Green Energy Most solar farms align their solar arrays in rows and columns to form a grid. A new solar power plant in Datong, China, however, decided to have a little fun with its design. China Merchants New Energy Group, one of the country’s … Continue reading China just built a 250-acre solar farm shaped like a giant panda