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Increasing the numbers of employees working from home could save up to £3bn in energy costs for UK businesses, reducing over three million tonnes of carbon emissions nationwide. That's according to a new report released today (21 May) by the Carbon Trust.
 
The report indicates that homeworking can significantly reduce office energy consumption and rental costs, as well as additional CO2 emissions created by employees when commuting.

Advances in technologies such as smartphones and cloud computing means it is now all the more feasible, with the report revealing a significant increase in homeworkers to over four million out of a 30 million-strong workforce.

"Homeworking is on the rise, with numbers increasing by over half a million since 2007," said the Carbon Trust's managing director of advisory Hugh Jones. "This new research shows that in the right circumstances, it has the potential to be expanded significantly and be a win-win for business and the environment."

The Carbon Trust's research goes on to reveal a critical finding: carbon savings are sometimes not achieved because of potential rebound effects, particularly the increased carbon emissions from employees working in homes that often energy inefficient.

 

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People on boats, planes and trains could soon enjoy fast broadband on their travels after Ofcom approved the use of new satellite technology.

The UK telecoms regulator has given the green light to the use of so-called earth stations on moving vehicles.

The devices connect to a geostationary satellite orbiting above the equator.

But critics suggest Ofcom should be concentrating on bringing home-broadband services up to speed before focusing on transport.

Recent advances have improved the effectiveness of earth stations.

Newer antennas are capable of maintaining very stable pointing accuracy, allowing the earth station to track the satellite closely, even on a fast-moving vehicle, providing a reliable internet connection.

Valuable services

The regulator is making a relatively large amount of high-frequency spectrum available ensuring fast data speeds and capacity at the stations.

Speeds could be reach around 50Mbps (megabits per second) to a single earth station, which would mean speeds of more than 10Mbps for individual passengers.

Trains will be exempt from the need for a spectrum licence, but planes or ships will need to be licensed by Ofcom, as they cross into other countries' jurisdictions.

Philip Marnick, group director of spectrum at Ofcom., said: "We want travellers to benefit from super-fast broadband on the move at the kinds of speeds they expect from their connection at home.

"Today's decision means that operators of trains, boats and planes will soon be able to begin the process of making these valuable services available to their passengers."

The FREE Arriva Bus App is now available to download, allowing you to: Arriva small

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  • Plan journeys from your front door to your destination with the 'Trip Planner'

 

Baroness Kramer says car clubs can tackle congestion, reduce pollution, and spread awareness of low carbon vehiclesElectric-Cars

New Transport Minister Baroness Kramer has pledged to work closely with local authorities to help accelerate the development of car sharing initiatives in the UK.
The recently appointed Lib Dem Transport Minister said increasing the number of car clubs would not only help reduce pollution and congestion, but could also showcase the potential of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) such as electric cars.

The government has pledged to invest £500m in advancing the market for ULEVs between 2015 and 2020 as it looks to cut road transport emissions and reduce dependence on fossil fuel imports.

Air pollution is continuing to damage European citizens' health and the environment, latest figures show.

The European Environment Agency (EEA) listed tiny airborne particles and ozone as posing a "significant threat".

However, the authors said nations had significantly cut emissions of a number of pollutants, including sulphur dioxide, lead and carbon monoxide.

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