Latest Industry News – 15/07/2022Courtney Steel
News from the 8th - 15th July 2022
An eco-friendly recycling vehicle with high-tech safety equipment has gone on trial in St Albans District.
The eCollect is an all-electric refuse collection vehicle, an emissions free alternative to conventional diesel-powered trucks.
St Albans City and District Council and its waste contractor Veolia have been testing the vehicle which has been designed to be cost-efficient, improve local air quality by reducing emissions and help the Council towards its target of carbon neutrality by 2030.
The eCollect can take 20 tonnes of waste on board during an eight-hour shift before it needs recharging which can be done overnight
The UK automotive industry’s production carbon footprint fell by 11.2% in 2021 compared with the previous year to reach its lowest level since records began, according to new research from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
SMMT’s latest annual Sustainability Report, now in its 23rd year, shows that automotive production and the supply chain emitted 81,095 fewer tonnes of CO2 in 2021 compared with the previous year. Average vehicle CO2 emissions meanwhile, were 11.2% less than their 2020 equivalents. Given the average car on UK’s roads is now nine years old, this carbon tonnage saving from production is the equivalent of taking 225,000 of these cars off the road and replacing them with the latest models. Since 1999, the industry has cut its CO2 emissions by 1.5 million tonnes or -70.6% – equivalent to taking almost 900,000 cars off the road.
Britain’s manufacturers are leading the charge towards net zero and decarbonising their businesses as the sector moves to slash greenhouse gas emissions, cut energy use and switch to renewable and sustainable energy sources, a new report suggests.
According to the new Make UK report, produced in partnership with Siemens, manufacturers have moved the decarbonisation of their businesses up the priority ladder despite unprecedented economic challenges, with eight in ten companies saying it is now of high or medium importance.