In a world dominated by ongoing climate change challenges, a number of cities are heavily investing in methods to reduce their carbon footprint.
Many UK cities have embraced the low-carbon technology at the core of the transition towards a net-zero future, and aim to achieve a reduction in their carbon footprint as early as 2030.
Net-zero refers to the point at which the same volume of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide) is absorbed as is emitted by ongoing processes in a particular region.
Take a look at which cities are leading the way and encouraging others to make similar changes.
Often considered to be the UK’s greenest city, Bristol is a region with ambitious plans to reach net-zero. The City Council was one of the first in the UK to declare a climate emergency in 2018 and has since set the target of reaching net-zero by 2030. A number of changes have been implemented in order to achieve this goal, and have inspired other cities to follow suit.
One of the main action points involves the phasing out of petrol and diesel vehicles. A ‘Clean Air Zone’ will be introduced in October, granted it gets the go ahead, to discourage private vehicle travel in the city centre. Older cars and vans with greater carbon emissions will incur a £9 congestion charge upon entering the zone. As expected, electric vehicles (EVs) will incur no charge. This is accompanied by a shift towards public transport, the vehicles for which will be replaced by fully electric models, and alternative modes of travel, such as walking or cycling. To facilitate the push for EVs, charging points will be rolled out across the region and government
funding granted to those with a driveway or off-street parking installing a charging point at home.
Other changes being made to reduce the carbon footprint in Bristol include the replacement of gas heating with electric heat pumps and networks, coupled with improved building insulation for efficiency.
These changes have seen Bristol achieve the lowest carbon footprint of cities in the UK, having seen a 71% reduction in carbon emissions from 2005 to 2020.
London is also at the forefront of the transition towards becoming a net-zero city. The revised pledge of the Greater London Authority is to reach net-zero status by 2030, having been brought forward from 2050. Similarly to Bristol, a significant section of the plan concerns transport. Central to this strategy is the Ultra-Low Emission Zone. From October 25th of this year (2021), only pure EVs will be exempt from the £15 daily cost for vehicles entering this congestion charge zone.
The shift from petrol and diesel-fuelled to low-carbon vehicles is being accelerated by Transport for London (TFL) through means of an EV infrastructure delivery plan. In accordance, TFL has installed and currently funds 310 EV rapid charging points across the city which will charge your vehicle in as little as 20-30 minutes. A further £18million is being invested to provide more widespread charging point access throughout the boroughs. There are also additional non-TFL funded charging points across Greater London which can be easily located using a mobile app (Zap Map).
Alongside the strong focus on transportation, the strategy also involves making renewable energy more widely available. It was founded by the Mayor of London in partnership with Octopus Energy and designed to make low-carbon energy both accessible and affordable to London residents.
Nottingham City Council has proposed the earliest deadline of any UK city to become carbon-neutral; plans to achieve this by 2028 are well underway. Much like other cities, the transportation and building sectors are responsible for the largest proportion of carbon emissions. However, despite regular population increases, Nottingham has maintained a constant level of transport emissions. Largely accountable are the public transport tram network which uses 100% renewable energy, the fleet of hydrogen and biogas buses replacing their carbon-fuelled counterparts and the ample provision of EV battery storage and charging stations. In place of a Clean Air or Low-Emission zone, a workplace parking levy charges organisations based on the parking spaces used regularly by employees who drive their private vehicle to work. These proceeds are subsequently invested in public transport to further improve the service.
In addition to tackling transportation, emissions from waste management have been reduced by an innovative energy management system. The main waste transfer facility in the Nottingham region now houses solar panels, significant solar energy storage and a large number of EVs to reduce the carbon footprint of the waste transfer process.
There are a number of other cities across the UK with similarly powerful strategies working towards achieving net-zero. Notably, Oxford City Council achieved its pledge to reach net-zero for its own operations by the end of 2020, and is striving to become carbon-neutral throughout the wider city by 2030 along with Glasgow, Newcastle, Leeds and Edinburgh. Glasgow also introduced Scotland’s first low-emission zone and is replacing buses with electric counterparts whilst rolling out electric vehicle charging points for residents without access to off-street parking.
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As you can see, widespread EV use is one of the most important aspects for cities aspiring to achieve net-zero. We can provide expert advice to help you find the perfect charger for your vehicle or answer any questions you have. Give us a call on 03333 44 96 99 and let us know what we can help with.
This type of electric charger has it's own cable to charge your car.
This type of electric charger requires a seperate cable to charge your car.
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We lay SWA cable laid at 600mm deep, with a protective cable warning tape laid 150mm above the cable. These are laid on a sand or sifted sand soil bed then backfilled.
We position overhead cables at a minimum height of 3.5m and are run along a catenary wire. The cable run should not be accessible to vehicles.
Our instant price is fixed if it falls within our standard installation package plus any additions that you have selected (extra cabling for example). This package covers the majority of homes in the UK. Before we undertake your installation we will carry out a digital survey to check that nothing has been missed. After reviewing the survey results some additional work may be required in order to complete your installation safely and to the required standards. If this is the case, we will contact you well before the installation date and advise the cost of any required work. You can then continue with your installation, or alternatively we will refund you in full if you do not want to proceed.
Included in our standard installation is :
• Fitting of a single phase charge point to a brick or plaster wall or other suitable permanent structure
• Up to 10 metres of cable, run and neatly clipped to the wall between the electricity supply meter / distribution board and the charge point.
• Routing of the cable through a drilled hole in a wall up to 500mm (20 inches) thick if this is needed.
• The fitting and testing of electrical connections and protections required for the charge point.
• An additional three way consumer unit, if required
• Installation of a Type A RCBO in an RCBO enclosure
• Up to 3 metres of plastic trunking to conceal interior wiring.
• An O-pen earth protection device if the charge point requires it. (This is NOT an earth rod)
• Up to 4 hours of labour from your installer to complete the work.
• Electrical testing of the whole installation.
• Handover and setup of the charge point and any app that may be needed.
Not included in our standard installation (additional work) :
• Where the installation requires additional cabling over and above the amount you have told us about.
• Upgrade/replacement of the main incoming supply fuse where the local DNO (eg Northern Powergrid) would need to attend site.
• If the charge point is to be mounted on a post/pedestal rather than an existing wall and where you have not selected a post as an extra cost option in your order.
• Installation of a charge point to a three phase supply.
• Where gas and water mains bonding (earthing) is not in place at your property. If this is not in place, additional work would be required before installation of the charge point.
• Any groundwork that has not been selected during the order process.
A Surge Protection Device is not included in our standard installation.
What else you need to know :
• On the day of installation, please ensure that the area around your consumer unit (fuse box), incoming electricity supply meter and proposed charge point location (including where the cable is expected to be run) is clear and free of obstructions.
• We will need your WiFi password as part of the installation process in order to connect your charge point to the internet. Please have this available for the installer. Details will not be kept.
• The charge point must be on your own designated off road parking.
• The charger will be fixed in line with current guidelines at a height where it cannot be hit by a vehicle.
• Our installers are not able to enter loft spaces; lift floorboards or flooring; take apart any furniture of work above a height of 2m. If you anticipate that any of this may be required, then please contact us and we can discuss in more detail and provide you with a quotation.
• Should there be extreme weather conditions our installers may not be able to continue with you installation if it is not safe to do so (for example flooding). They will always do their best to complete the work where they can.
If you have any questions then please contact our customer service team who will be happy to help. Please also read our terms and conditions.