If you run a fleet or vehicle that does not meet Euro 4 standards... typically a petrol or diesel vehicle registered before 2006, then from 23 October 2017, your cars, vans, minibuses, buses, coaches and heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) that travels into central London will need to meet minimum exhaust emission standards. If it does not, you will need to pay a daily £10 Emissions Surcharge (also known as the Toxicity Charge, or T-Charge). This will be in addition to the Congestion Charge and, like the congestion charge, will be managed by number-plate recognition cameras. See https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/emissions-surcharge#on-this-page-2 for more information. The scheme will operate the same hours as congestion charges (Monday to Friday 0700 to 1800). From 23rd October, it will cost £21.50 per day (£107.50) per week to drive such a vehicle in the zone.
This is the 52 UK pallet “Wedge” hydraulic Lifting Deck trailer. Operating a tried-and-tested single ram and pulley lifting mechanism and engineered to suit all standard loading bays within the operator network without the need for additional dock equipment.
Wedge-shaped double deck trailers are nothing new. However, one of the hardest challenges was to achieve sufficient height on both decks to cater for standard cages or pallets along the entire trailer length. Limited by a standard 1.25m high fifth wheel and a 4.92m overall height, engineers had to slim down both the neck and 2nd deck thickness but maintain the structural strength required to support over 12 tonnes per deck. Indeed, with a bit more creative thinking, it is possible to achieve a 1.911m (6’ 3 ¼”) minimum height in both top and bottom spaces.
The result of years of development is a trailer suited to any loading bay, is compatible with standard UK fifth wheel heights, has generous head room and no step to overcome when loading.
Click here tThe DfT has just released the following information about a confirmed extension to the current LST trial.
"The government has agreed to increase the number of LSTs by an additional 1,000 and to extend the trial by 5 years. This increase will take the number of LSTs from 1,800 to approximately 2,800 over the next 12 months.
Operators will be invited to bid for a share of the additional allocation, in the coming months.
Details on how to apply will be available soon."
Update January 2017: Source https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/longer-semi-trailer-trial
Manufacturers say Demand Side Response (aka Capacity Management) is too complicated for them to understand and Triad needs reform.
Only 13% of UK manufacturers think the government’s flagship energy efficiency policy, ESOS, is helping to improve the business case for energy efficiency investment. Meanwhile, just 9% are involved in demand-side response.
Manufacturing body the EEF says this is a huge missed opportunity and has called on government to rethink policy and support.
However, they also say that businesses should also take the initiative and realise substantial savings by implementing proper energy management.
Analysis of 70 member sites identified that using capital expenditure to replace equipment such as lighting, drives and motors, building energy management systems and to optimise compressed air and heating and ventilating systems, would deliver significant energy savings with an average payback of 20 months.
The report points out that in four years’ time around£13bn will be added to energy bills to support low carbon generation and the capacity market. However, says EEF, there is no government support for energy efficiency. It also calls for incentives for smaller companies (SMEs), including tax breaks for energy efficiency investment.
If you need help implementing your ESOS recommendations or would be interested in achieving revenues from capacity management, please get in touch.
This is a simplified but good link on climate change and how the nation states of the world arte affecting it... Told in 9 colourful graphs!:
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The Environment Agency has published a list (link A below) of companies that have complied with Article 8 of the Energy Efficiency Directive (2012) enacted by UK Government as the Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) (link B below).
This list amounts to 6,542 companies. According to the Environment Agency, this leaves 3,000 companies that should be on this list but are not.
CLS Energy Ltd have been given a list of 382 of these companies that meet or exceed the thresholds for ESOS but are not on the Agency’s list of 6,542.
We’re working with some of companies to get them off the list of 6,542 in order to make them compliant.
The fine for non-compliance was £50,000 plus £500 per day (up to a maximum additional £40,000). Since the deadline was 5 December 2015, extended to 29 April 2016, the fine that can be levied on these 3,000 companies now sits at £90,000 per company.
If on the compliance date of 31 Dec 2014, you had:
Completed the ESOS process and notified the Environment agency. If you meet either of the 2 thresholds above you will need to comply. Compliance requires a formalised assessment process conducted and signed off by a qualified ESOS lead Assessor.
It is not in the Environment Agency’s interest to fine companies that have genuinely missed this piece of legislation and are making efforts to resolve this situation. If you meet either one of the two criteria above and have not yet embarked on ESOS, please talk to us immediately and confidentially.
We have significant experience of conducting ESOS energy and fleet assessments and have taken all our client companies to full compliance with the minimum of disruption to our clients. See testimonials.
1. Do you have a service which is tailored to SMEs? Good service providers will be able to offer you something tailored to your business. They will want to understand your needs and requirements rather than offering you an off the shelf solution.
2. If an energy management strategy is introduced, what are the likely savings? Although clearly specific savings will vary from industry to industry, your provider should be able to give you an idea of the level of a financial saving obtainable. They should have industry experts on hand with the technical knowledge and data to give you a reasonable idea of what to expect.
3. What kind of contracts do you offer? Typically, contracts are offered over a fixed term, although that may not be your only option. Ask what your options are, and then select the best fit for your business. These could encompass fixed term or fixed price contracts. There should be options on measuring and monitoring equipment.
4. Is your data going to be easy to interpret? The last thing you want to be doing is pouring over your data without any sense of what it means.
Ensure that the data you will receive is presented to you on a user-friendly platform which suits your needs and that you can understand! Ask for samples and explanations where necessary.
5. What practical actions and measures should be implemented? Communicating and educating your staff will be key to any savings you can make to improving your energy usage and could save you as much as 10% on your bills. Once you have found the right provider, ask them for their advice on what practical measures you can take.
If your company spends 10% of its costs on energy, then a very achievable 10% saving means a 1% improvement to your annual profits.
6. Is my meter profile affected by P272? Understanding how P272 will affect your business and the benefits you can get from better data is really important in first assessing, understanding and then acting to reduce your energy use.
For impartial advice on any of the above, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
There are government grants available which are aimed at you.
R&D relief enables companies that incur costs in the development of new products, services or processes to receive a corporation tax deduction or, if trading at a loss, a cash payment from HM RC.
Average annual claims for SME claims run at £46,000.
Provided your company is Ltd and performs R&D activities, it can claim R&D relief.
The definition of R&D Activities is:
Projects that seek to achieve an advance in overall knowledge or capability in a field of science or technology through the resolution of specific challenges.
All claims and adjustments must be made within 2 years and the company can only claim if it is required to complete a corporation tax return.
Plans to make electric vehicle chargepoints more widely available and convenient for motorists were put forward by government today (October 24 2016).
As part of our ongoing commitment to making transport greener and improving air quality, the Department for Transport is consulting on a series of measures that will make chargepoints more accessible, making it easier for drivers to recharge as demand for low emission vehicles increases. The measures are due to be included in the Modern Transport Bill.
The government has pledged more than £600 million over this parliament to further boost the ultra low emission vehicle market, which is going from strength to strength after the number of new ultra low emission vehicles registered rose by 250% in just 2 years.
Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling said:
We are committed to making transport cleaner and giving even more drivers the option of using a low emission vehicle as we strive to improve air quality across the country.
Our ambition is for nearly all new cars and vans to be zero emission by 2040, and we are taking real steps to achieve this in the Modern Transport Bill. We now want to hear the views of businesses and the wider public.
The measures being proposed would give government powers to support the roll-out of charging and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure and improve consumer access to the network by:
The Modern Transport Bill, first announced in the Queen’s Speech in May, will outline the role technology and innovation will play in delivering the safe, efficient and user focused transport systems of the future. The bill is due to be laid in Parliament next year.
The Department for Transport is also consulting separately on the proposed transposition of the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive; Europe-wide legislation that will further promote the roll-out of charging facilities for vehicles that run on electricity, hydrogen and other clean fuels.
Consultation on the Modern Transport Bill will last 4 weeks, closing on 23 November.
For more information visit:
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has today announced Highways England road improvement schemes worth up to £20 million that will create thousands of jobs and homes in the South West.
The improvements to the M4 and M5/A30 will unlock the development of more than 3,300 homes and create more than 6,000 jobs for people living in Swindon, Exeter and Weston-super-Mare.
The Transport Secretary also announced a £2.54 million scheme on the A1 which will boost economic growth in Darlington in the North East.
The news came as the Transport Secretary visited Exeter to see how the road improvements will change lives in the area.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said:
We’re undertaking the biggest modernisation programme for a generation to bring our roads into the 21st century and give people the safe and reliable journeys they expect But these improvements will do even more – allowing the construction of thousands of homes and the creation of thousands of jobs to give a huge boost to the area’s economy
Highways England is investing more than £11 million in these four schemes from its Growth and Housing Fund, with private sector developer contributions making up the rest.
The £100 million fund is in addition to the Government’s £15 billion investment in roads between 2015 and 2020, and provides financial contributions towards the cost of road improvements that are needed for new developments which promise swift delivery of homes and jobs.
To date, the fund has paved the way a total 9,000 homes and 10,000 jobs across the country.
Jim O’Sullivan, Highways England Chief Executive, said:
We’re committed to working with local partners to deliver specific schemes such as these which will make a real difference to communities and support regional economies The improvements we are announcing today are necessary to accommodate the extra journeys the developments will create but without the Government investment they would not have been viable We will continue to use our Growth and Housing Fund and work with a range of local stakeholders to unlock further development sites around the country
The four schemes announced today are: