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Manchester scored well in areas such as emissions and eco-measures

The research, carried out by Honda, was based on a range of factors including household recycling, domestic CO2 emissions and household eco measures, combined with survey responses.

Residents in Manchester, Plymouth, Nottingham and Glasgow have emerged as the most eco-friendly in their everyday lives, in a new study from Honda.

The league table was compiled from household recycling data, domestic COemissions and household eco measures. This was combined with survey responses from more than 2,000 UK adults asking about smart meters, commuting methods and their attitudes toward being more environmentally friendly.


Manchester residents claim the top spot for being the ‘greenest’ people in Great Britain, followed by Plymouth, Nottingham and Glasgow. In fact, Plymouth respondents achieved the highest score for their attitudes towards being eco-friendly.

While more respondents in Newcastle upon Tyne reported they have a smart meter installed than any other city (51 per cent compared to Britain’s average of 41 per cent), Southampton takes the crown for the lowest estimate of domestic CO2 emissions, followed by Exeter and Portsmouth.

At the other end of the scale is London, Norwich and Sheffield, with the latter receiving the lowest score for their attitude towards being more eco-friendly.

According to the survey, Norwich’s residents have fewer smart meters among them than any other city in Britain, with only 28 per cent saying they currently have one in their home. Furthermore, while Birmingham places fifth in the overall league table, residents there have the lowest score in the country for recycling their household waste.

“With global warming and climate change being one of the biggest concerns to face our planet, there is no denying that there is an ever-growing importance to address what we do now to protect the world we live in”

To understand the extent to which people’s attitudes towards being eco-friendly may have changed as a result of experiencing lockdown, Honda commissioned a second survey, and while some attitudes remain similar, there are differences to note. While three-fifths (62 per cent) believe their recycling habits have stayed the same throughout lockdown, 26 per cent say they now recycle more and 10 per cent recycle less.

Of those who have been recycling more, half say it is because they have had more time to recycle. However, of those who have recycled less, 29 per cent say do not see the point in trying to recycle more and 27 per cent can’t be bothered.

Before lockdown

Less people now turn all lights and electricals off every time they leave a room (41 per cent) compared to the 46 per cent that said they did before lockdown. Cardiff now do this more than any other city (60 per cent), but Norwich’s residents turn all lights and electricals off when leaving a room less often than anyone else (10 per cent).

 “With global warming and climate change being one of the biggest concerns to face our planet, there is no denying that there is an ever-growing importance to address what we do now to protect the world we live in. As Honda continue to work towards a more electrified future, we want to celebrate the people in Britain who are actively thinking of the environment and trying to be more eco-friendly in their everyday lives,” said Rebecca Stead, head of automobile at Honda UK.

She continued: “It’s important we all do what we can to take steps to help the environment and we want to champion those that are doing this. We hope this research will also encourage more people to do the same and take any step they can – big and small – to protect the planet.”

Publication of the research marks the release of Honda’s first fully electric car, the Honda e. The full research can be found here.

Originally published by
SmartCitiesWorld News Team | September 14, 2020
Smart Cities World



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The final sections are added to Manchester's 40 metre Tower of Light

The final sections of the UK city’s 40 metre high Tower of Light have been installed, which will act as a chimney for a low carbon energy centre.

Manchester’s Civic Quarter Heat Network project has reached a key milestone with the final sections of the 40 metre high Tower of Light installed.

Once the project is complete, the Tower of Light will act as the chimney for a low-carbon energy centre, which will generate heat and power for the city, helping Manchester to reach its ambition of becoming zero-carbon by 2038 at the latest.

Carbon emissions

The scheme is projected to save an initial 1,600 tonnes of carbon emissions per year and Manchester City Council claims that the energy centre will become even more efficient as additional buildings are connected.

The tower, designed by award-winning architects Tonkin Liu, is made up of nine sections called “drums”, each one measuring 4 metres wide, 6 metres long and 4 metres high, plus a 1.8 metre crown section.

Work on the Civic Quarter Heat Network project is scheduled to be completed before the end of 2020. It will initially serve seven iconic city centre buildings and has the potential to grow by connecting further buildings across the city centre in the future.

The first buildings to be connected to the network will be Manchester Town Hall and Town Hall Extension, Central Library, Manchester Central Convention Centre, the Bridgewater Hall, Heron House and the Manchester Art Gallery.

“The Tower of Light is an impressive new landmark for Manchester and a symbol of Manchester’s aim of becoming a zero-carbon city by 2038 at the latest,” councillor Angeliki Stogia, Manchester City Council’s executive member for the environment, planning and transport.

She added: “On completion, the Civic Quarter Heat Network project will realise significant carbon savings, supporting the council’s current plan to halve its own emissions by 2025 – which will be an important milestone on the road to the city meeting its ambitious goal."

The council is working in partnership with Vital Energi to create the network.

Containing a 3.3MWe CHP engine and two 12MW gas boilers, the energy centre will generate electricity and harness the recovered heat from this process for distribution via a 2km district heating network, which will supply heat for the buildings.

The scheme has been part-funded by a £2.87m grant from the Government’s Heat Network Investment Project (HNIP), with Manchester City Council being one of the first local authorities to receive this funding.

“This project is much more intricate than a standard flue due to its complex geometry but will hopefully become an iconic part of Manchester’s skyline,” said Anthony Shawcross, senior construction manager for Vital Energi. “We’re delighted with how smoothly the installation went and we hope the people of Manchester will now enjoy it for many years.”

Originally published by
SmartCitiesWorld News Team | August 17, 2020

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The electric refuse collection vehicles will start operating in Manchester in the autumn

The city council is aiming to halve its direct carbon emissions by 2025 as part of a wider drive to make Manchester zero carbon by 2038 at the latest in response to the climate change emergency.

Manchester City Council is to replace almost half of its refuse collection vehicles with emission-free electric alternatives.

Biffa, which holds the contract for waste collection and street cleaning in the UK city, has placed an order for 27 new electric refuse collection vehicles (e-RCVs) to replace diesel wagons which have reached the end of their natural lifespans.

It follows an agreement on funding with the council.

Zero carbon action plan

The move is a step towards delivering the council’s zero carbon action plan. It is aiming to halve its direct carbon emissions by 2025 as part of a wider drive to make Manchester zero carbon by 2038 at the latest in response to the climate change emergency.

"As a council we’ve said all along that we will have to do things very differently to realise our ambition to dramatically cut carbon emissions,” said councillor Rabnawaz Akbar, executive member for neighbourhoods.

"We’re proud, together with Biffa, that our waste collection service is in the forefront of the forward-thinking response to the climate change challenge and we hope it will inspire others to follow suit.

"The only difference to the new service that residents should notice is that the new vehicles are quieter and cleaner."

The new vehicles will arrive and start operating in the autumn. The order is being placed with Blackburn-based manufacturer Electra. It follows an 18-month trial project in which a fully electric Electra vehicle did the same job as its diesel equivalent with no compromise on payload or operation with the benefit of zero tailpipe emissions.

"As a council we’ve said all along that we will have to do things very differently to realise our ambition to dramatically cut carbon emissions”

The switch to electric eRCVs will reportedly save around 900 tonnes of carbon emissions a year, cutting around four per cent of the council’s current direct annual emissions.

The commitment will cost the council £9.79m. This is marginally more than it would have cost for a like-for-like replacement with diesel vehicles but the difference will be largely offset by energy savings and the availability of grants over the new vehicles’ expected 10-year lifespan

"This major investment in new electric bin lorries is a great example of the council’s commitment to playing its full part in tackling climate change and will also contribute to better air quality,” said councillor Angeliki Stogia, executive member for environment. "We’ve seen during the coronavirus lockdown how less pollution and better air quality benefits everyone.

"Climate change is an urgent challenge which we are getting on with addressing."

The council and Biffa were supported and advised on the purchase by the Energy Saving Trust. The overall cost of the vehicles is being reduced through government plug-in grants designed to encourage a switch to electric vehicles.

Originally published by
SmartCitiesWorld news team | June 3, 2020
Smart Cities World

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