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The Age of the Electric Car?

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(This link will direct you to the Energy Learning Journal) A leading Expert from the University of Leeds discusses what is an electric vehicle (EV), how owning an EV may differ from our current conventionally fuelled personal passenger cars, and what we should expect in an age of the electric car. In 2016, worldwide stock of electric vehicles (EV) rose over 2 million, currently with 750,000 sales in that year alone (IEA 2016). Although varying across countries, Norway by far leads the world in electrifying its fleet with a 29% share of new registrations, due to a series of political efforts. Many countries have ambitious targets for...
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A discussion on the application of Electric Vehicles to Taxi Cab Fleets

Cashflow and Present Value
The sharp rise in the use of Electric Vehicles has important consequences for the United States, Europe and emerging economies worldwide: this week it has been estimated that by 2025, 1 in 6 cars sold worldwide will be Electric. Electric Vehicles provide an opportunity for countries to reduce their emissions and build towards a sustainable future, and the fast growth of this sector means that there are a wide range of employment opportunities available. Two of the EEC’s leading Experts have discussed the potential for Electric Vehicles to be used in taxi cab fleets, specifically focusing on Brazil, with lessons that can be translated to countries worldwide.
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SECAM Conference 2019

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The first international conference on Sustainable Energy and Climate in African Municipalities (SECAM 2019) will take place from 22nd to 25th of October 2019 at the ENSTP (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Travaux Publics); Yaoundé, Cameroon.Local authorities, business leaders and experts from Africa and other sustainable energy and climate research institutions throughout the world will gather in Yaoundé from 22nd to 25th of October 2019 at the ENSTP (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Travaux Publics) to discuss ways to increase access to quality, affordable housing for every household in the African municipalities. The Conference will also look to improve public and scientific knowledge about the following UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): (Goal 7) Affordable and Clean Energy, (Goal 11) Sustainable Cities and Communities, (Goal 12) Responsible Production and Consumption, (Goal 13) Climate Action.
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EEC provides customised training on Renewable Energy Finance

EEC Renewable Energy course student
The European Energy Centre (EEC) bridges the gap between industry and academia by bringing together renowned University lecturers and leading organisations in the sector, in order to support knowledge sharing and best practices in the global Renewable Energy Industry. The EEC has provided bespoke training to organisations worldwide in order to support this mission and recently designed a bespoke 2-day training workshop for the global financial news publication, Acuris, in order to strengthen their expertise in Renewable Energy Finance. The EEC has since spoken to Dermot McCloskey regarding his experience on the course. Dermot is the co-head of Research at…
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5 Questions you need to be asking about Electric Vehicles

Renewable Energy Solutions Training EEC
Anyone paying attention to the Engineering and Transport industries will have noticed that the publicity surrounding Electric and Hybrid vehicles has grown hugely of late. With Britain now committed to banning all Diesel and Petrol cars and vans by 2040, Electric car sales in the UK have soared. Figures released by Go Ultra Low suggested have suggested that so far this year, more than 35,000 Electric or Hybrid cars have been sold in the UK, and individuals looking to purchase an Electric Car can still get up to £4500 in subsidies from the government. It’s increasingly clear that Electric Vehicles are set to play a vital role in any sustainable future, and with the EEC’s Electric Vehicles training course coming up soon, the EEC has put together 5 questions professionals working in Transport and Engineering have to start asking about the growth of Electric Cars.
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Can all new cars sold in the UK be Electric by 2040?

Electric Vehicles Training Course with EV car
The great majority of the UK’s private transport capacity consists of cars running on diesel and petrol. The infrastructure put in place to facilitate this represents a very large investment by society over decades. It has become abundantly clear that fuel alternatives are now required, due to the pressing need to cut carbon emissions, reduce pollution from health damaging gases such as nitrous oxides, as well as long-term concerns about the availability and security of supply of liquid transport. Due to the large proportion of total journeys that current car use represents and their accompanying infrastructure, it will not be economically viable to substitute their use with public mass transit in the form of rail and buses, still essential parts of the UK’s low carbon transport infrastructure.
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EEC Training Courses Show it is Possible to Invest into Climate Change Reduction Now

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In looking at the question of financing investing in Climate Change Reduction, we can envisage the Global Carbon Budget [1] in the following simple diagram. ANNUAL GLOBAL CARBON DIOXIDE BUDGET (2006-2015) This diagram showing us an annual rate of emissions and absorption by carbon sinks, and other work by the UNFCCC and other researchers, essentially shows us that as agreed at the Paris Accord (PA) in December 2015, anthropogenic ie man-made emissions must balance carbon sinks which absorb CO2e [2] by 2050 if mankind is to ensure that we do not exceed a 2 °C temperature increase by 2100,…
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The prospects for Energy Efficiency in the UK in light of Brexit

Energy Efficiency in the UK after Brexit
Improving energy efficiency is one of the most cost-effective means via which carbon emissions can be reduced and has as important a role to play in helping to avoid the worst aspects of climate change as the switch to renewable energy. In addition to its benefits from a climate perspective there are also great economic dividends to be gained by reducing energy costs and increasing efficiency. The United Kingdom has committed to reducing carbon emissions via the landmark 2008 UK Climate Change Act and as a signatory to the Paris Climate Accord. As well as promoting the use of low carbon technologies for energy generation, the UK government has also promoted energy efficiency via a range of measures. However, there are concerns about the effectiveness and political commitment to such schemes. For example, the target for all new housing in the UK built from 2016 onwards to be zero carbon has been dropped and the Green Deal program has failed to deliver meaningful increases in energy efficiency nationally.
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7 Vital Ways to Improve Your Career Prospects in the Renewable Energy Industry

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The Renewable Energy industry is growing rapidly, and with that comes opportunities for anyone wishing to get ahead in their Renewables career. Whether its s technical role you are looking for, or one that involves renewable energy management, finance or recruitment, these steps will held you succeed. As recommended by EEC Experts, you can follow these 7 simple steps in order to improve your career prospects in the future and put yourself ahead of the curve. 
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EEC Alumnus Spotlight – Ash Penley

ash penley, EEC participant
In this section, we focus on the achievements of those who have attended EEC courses and those who have attained the internationally recognised Galileo Master Certificate (GMC) to establish their careers in the renewable energy industry. This month, the EEC talks to Ash Penley who runs her own Renewable Energy consultancy business - Greendeal America. Ash has taken various EEC distance learning courses, and has now achieved the Renewable Energy Expert Consultant and Low Carbon Expert Consultant Certificates.
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