Blog Entries Blog Entries Sun, 16 May 2010 01:24:33 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.3 Future of Telecare <p> When the vehicles we all drive became more complex and controlled by computerised engine management systems there was widespread feeling that many mechanics would not be able to make the switch. </p><p>Despite this, the vast majority of mechanics in local garages across the nation learned how to use diagnostic computers. They accepted that the public wanted more luxurious cars with advanced features that improved driver & passenger comfort. They realised that to stay in business the [...] Thu, 13 May 2010 00:00:00 +0100 CRC EES and Green ICT - Mind the training gap? <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; line-height: normal" class="MsoNormal">Is the CRC EES rolling out on schedule? For some this may not be the case..</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify; line-height: normal" class="MsoNormal"> “Despite information about the CRC being available from the Environment Agency, most businesses have not readied themselves for the obligations they will be required, by law, to meet” - Sunday times</p> <p styl [...] Thu, 13 May 2010 00:00:00 +0100 Lighting the way to reducing CO2 <p>Reduce your CO2 emissions by 25%; turn off all the lights! Not exactly practical, but there are other ways...</p><p>With the introduction of the governments CRC initiative not only does it make sound environmental and ethical sense to reduce CO2 produced by lighting but now it makes economical sense too, but how can we achieve this?</p><p>In the home this is quite easy. As most of the light "bulbs" in our homes are the old fashioned incandescent types which are very poor at turning [...] Wed, 12 May 2010 00:00:00 +0100 CRC – Have you considered the full lifecycle cost? <p>Invest wisely in a system that provides true business intelligence to satisfy all your stakeholders.</p><p>The introduction of the Energy Efficiency Scheme (formally CRC) has created a number of challenges for both the public and private sector. First among these is the need to capture all the data required to determine energy consumption and associated CO2 emissions.  To date, the main emphasis has been on capturing energy data from meters and many organisations have various M&T (Mo [...] Tue, 11 May 2010 00:00:00 +0100 Getting your house in order Globally, ICT is responsible for 2% of CO2 released. ICT in the public sector accounts for almost 35% of energy consumption. Pressure is building to reduce ICT's contribution, driven by UK Government and EU targets. <p> </p><p> </p><p>Public sector ICT and the environment</p><p>There is much talk of ICT's potential to save the planet by eliminating unnecessary travel, but given its own, very large carbon footprint, ICT functions need to get their own house in order as well as helping o [...] Mon, 10 May 2010 00:00:00 +0100 Lithium Ion Battery Technology - The New Frontier <p>In recent years there has been a trend for battery-powered portable equipment to become both smaller and at the same time more energy hungry. This trend has been facilitated by the introduction of Lithium-ion (Li-ion) rechargeable batteries.</p><p>Compared with more traditional rechargeable systems, such as Sealed Lead Acid (SLA), Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) and Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH), Lithium-ion batteries offer significantly improved performance combined with a compact and light-weight desig [...] Thu, 06 May 2010 00:00:00 +0100 Taking the carbon out of construction <p>November 2009 saw Morrell start work as the Government's chief construction adviser, heading an Innovation & Growth team with a brief to "get carbon out" of the construction industry</p><p> </p><p> - the built environment being one of the biggest contributors to emissions. It has been said, by the man himself I may add back in 2008, that the Construction Industry does not need another " Construction tsar", so why then was he so keen to take it on?</p><p>" It's true that I  was not sure [...] Wed, 05 May 2010 12:15:00 +0100 It's Quality that Counts In 2009 all providers within East of England participated in the national pilot of quality accounts. Initial guidance given to produce quality reports was relatively poor and Monitor were the only organisation to produce an outline report, named Sunnyview. <p> </p><p>Overall, the pilot went well, but most organisations tended to concentrate their quality reports in politically correct areas, that mirrored work already being undertaken. MRSA, Cdiff, Stroke and VTE management all featured con [...] Wed, 05 May 2010 00:00:00 +0100 Reducing carbon in Travel and Transport <p>Can we do more?<br /><br />In one of the recent televised ministerial debates, a questioner from the audience brought the matter of climate change down to the individual level, "What have you personally done to reduce your carbon footprint?"</p><p>Brown and Cameron gave real examples of what they had done, which was good, but I felt that Clegg gave the most interesting and, maybe, the most honest statement as part of his reply, "I should do more". I suspect this is the view of many of us and [...] Tue, 04 May 2010 00:00:00 +0100 Pay as you save <p>Time and again studies show that one of the key barriers to the uptake of home energy efficiency and low carbon measures is the high upfront cost to the householder, </p><p> </p><p>particularly for properties that require expensive measures like solid wall insulation. This is hardly surprising, particularly in these tough economic times - how many people can find several thousand pounds down the back of the sofa?</p><p> </p><p>Existing policies such as CERT (the Carbon Emissions Red [...] Thu, 29 Apr 2010 00:00:00 +0100 Using ISO Certification to meet your CRC obligations – How to and the benefits! <p>How the internationally recognised environmental management standard (ISO 14001) can help you reduce your carbon emissions, focus your environmental management planning and save you money! </p><p>However caused, climate change is with us and it isn't going away. Arguments aside, it makes business sense to stop wasting resources and pocket the money to use on more productive activities. But where do you start and how do you know you've selected the right approach? Thankfully, there are a numbe [...] Thu, 29 Apr 2010 00:00:00 +0100 Green by name, green by nature <p>GovToday sat down with Paul Green, Director of Information Services at Sheffield City Council to discuss the benefits of Green ICT to Local Authorities.</p><p> </p><p>How is Sheffield City Council implementing Green ICT across its front and back office services?</p><p> </p><p>Reducing our carbon footprint has always been high on Sheffield City Council's priorities, especially since forming a strategic partnership with Capita in January 2009 to deliver our ICT services. Through imple [...] Thu, 29 Apr 2010 00:00:00 +0100 The time is right for heat pumps <p>Heat pumps have received a great deal of attention in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry for their superior energy efficiency and sustainability credentials. But the wider construction market is yet to catch on to their transformative potential in reducing carbon emissions from our buildings.</p><p>However, this situation is about to change. The current legislative climate - the CRC Scheme, changes to Part L of the Building Regulations, Enhanced Capital Allowance qualifica [...] Tue, 27 Apr 2010 00:00:00 +0100 Cut Commuting to Cut Carbon <p>High-intensity telework is hard but pays the carbon dividend<br /><br />Commuting accounts for around 2.5% of the UK's carbon emissions. Employees who work from home (telework) reduce the carbon impact of their commuting. And when it is well implemented and supported, most people like part-time telework and are more productive. But meaningful carbon savings only come when employees telework full-time or nearly so and have no permanent alternative office desk. Such high-intensity telework stre [...] Fri, 23 Apr 2010 00:00:00 +0100 The Future of Adult Care Services <p>The dawning of the party conference season late last year produced two major additional emphases to a debate and consultation which by then had been progressing for the previous 18 months. </p><p> </p><p>The consultation involved preparing what became the Green Paper on the future of adult care and support which was published in the summer. This broadly laid out five options to pursue for reviewing adult care funding. Two (tax-funding, and a free-for-all) were ruled out leaving three bro [...] Fri, 23 Apr 2010 00:00:00 +0100 Creating carbon free communities <p>The last ten years have seen a watershed in the level of public knowledge and engagement in the basics of energy efficiency.</p><p>For many, it's now time to take the next step, meaning we've got to make a big push at the start of the new decade so people know where to look for guidance in living a low carbon lifestyle. </p><p> </p><p>The lives we live at home and the transport choices we make account for over 40 per cent of the UK's carbon emissions. Unless we implement energy efficienc [...] Thu, 22 Apr 2010 13:50:00 +0100 Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme: Defining the Way Forward <p>David Kidney MP delivered the Keynote Address at GovToday's Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme: Defining the Way Forward Conference and Exhibition on the 16th March 2010. </p><p> </p><p>Good morning and thank you for having me here today. I'd like to talk to you about the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme, something I think you've all come to know as CRC. </p><p> </p><p>Businesses, governments and public bodies all over the world are recognising the role they can pla [...] Thu, 22 Apr 2010 10:29:00 +0100 Food for thought <p> Recent figures uncovered by the Liberal Democrats showed that in 2008 the total amount of domestic food waste was 6.7 million tonnes. This year that figure has climbed to 8.3 million tonnes, an estimated two thirds of which was perfectly edible.</p><p>Waste on this sort of scale beggars belief. Worth a whopping £12 billion, it's the equivalent of £480 per household, rising to £680 for a household with children.</p><p>Only the likes of investment bankers could possibly afford to set fire [...] Thu, 22 Apr 2010 10:05:00 +0100 The Road Ahead <p>Faced with the global challenge of climate change - and as part of our wider commitment to sustainable development - it is clear that building a cleaner, greener future for Britain means building a low carbon future. Consequently, all of us, whatever our role in the transport sector, have a duty to champion low carbon technology and behaviour as part of our wider responsibility to help this country meet its ambitious, but essential, climate change obligations.</p><p> </p><p>We need to ma [...] Thu, 22 Apr 2010 10:00:00 +0100 The 80/80 challenge <p>In December world leaders gathered in Copenhagen (COP15) to agree carbon reduction targets in the race to halt the acceleration of global warming </p><p>and its potentially catastrophic effects on the planet. Despite the considerable efforts of global leaders, no agreement was reached on targets. </p><p><br />While the talks and negotiations like COP15 are hugely important we need to accelerate the actions that will reduce our emissions and prepare us for future climate change. We need to tac [...] Mon, 19 Apr 2010 12:36:00 +0100