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London to double electric car charging network by end of 2018

LONDON: The number of electric vehicle (EV) charge points in London is set to double to 1,500 by the end of 2018, following the announcement of a US$5.83 million (£4.5 million) investment from the Mayor’s Office last week.

The news comes shortly after a ruling from the UK Government banning the sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2040.

Up to US$388,000 (£300,000) will be provided to 25 of London’s 32 boroughs, with councils responsible for selecting suitable charge points in their area. A portion of the investment will also support new innovative approaches such as using lamp posts as base power supply.

The funding is made available through the Go Ultra Low City Scheme led by the Greater London Authority and Transport for London (TfL), which aims to encourage more drivers to switch to EVs. The additional charge points will be particularly important in helping motorists without off-street parking make the switch to electromobility.

Sandra Roling, Head of Electric Vehicle Initiatives, The Climate Group, said: “The EV revolution is well and truly underway and we are seeing growing commitment and ambition globally to drive uptake.

Norway joins Under2 Coalition and commits to ambitious climate targets

NEW YORK: Norway has become the latest country to endorse the Under2 Coalition – the global pact of national and sub-national governments committed to ambitious climate targets – after a special signing ceremony in California on Wednesday.

The Coalition, for which The Climate Group acts as Secretariat, brings together cities, states and national governments committed to reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions toward net-zero by 2050 and supporting the Paris Climate Agreement.

Vidar HelgesenMinister of Climate and the Environment, Norway joined California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. at the ceremony in Sacramento. The Coalition is now endorsed by 16 countries.

Helgesen said: “Norway is very pleased to join the coalition of forward leaning states and countries in the Under2 Coalition, and is prepared to contribute financially and otherwise to the implementation of this important initiative.”

Abfall Service online – Waste management goes online!

FCC Austria Abfall Service AG proudly presents a new way to dispose of waste – order your collection online or on your smartphone!

FCC Austria Abfall Service AG is one of the leading waste management companies in Austria. For many years FCC Austria has been serving countless municipal clients as well as industrial, trade, commercial and private customers. In all these years, the company’s central service has always been the reliable and professional collection and disposal of waste.

Waste disposal – online shopping style

With Abfall Service online FCC Austria Abfall Service AG is now moving the ordering process for waste disposal for Austria’s private customers to the world of online business. Via the web shop at www.abfallserviceonline.at or via the smartphone app “Abfall Service online” all required container, skips or Big Bags can be easily ordered for many kinds of different waste. Customers enter the desired point of placement, the kind of waste to be disposed of and the size and kind of container. The order-specific flat fee is calculated and directly displayed. After the order has been placed the container, skip or Big Bag is typically delivered and collected on the dates chosen.

FCC Austria Abfall Service AG extends cooperation with ARA

From January 1st 2018, FCC Austria Abfall Service AG will extend the continuing cooperation with ARA in the field of collection and the recovery system (CRS) for packaging. The region Schwechat will be added to the current 8 regions in Austria where FCC already provides the separate collection of plastic and metal packaging.

We have succeeded in the tender for providing collection services, not just for our 8 current regions, but have also extended the cooperation with ARA to include the Region Schwechat as well. The tender is Austria-wide and encompasses almost all of the districts (approx 93). In addition to economic criteria; ecological criteria – such as the use of EURO VI vehicles – played a decisive role.

We have succeeded in this venture thanks to our long standing experience in resource management. FCC has cooperated with ARA in the field of packaging material collection for over 24 years, since 1993; the year that the separate collection of plastic and metal packaging in Austria was first introduced. To gain the new contract is proof that ARA is more than satisfied with the services we continue to provide.

Served regions:

  • Baden, Amstetten, Hartberg/Fürstenfeld, Weiz, Wolfsberg, Klagenfurt/Land, St. Veit an der Glan, Waidhofen an der Ybbs
  • NEW: Region Schwechat

Provided services:

  • Collection of plastic and metal packaging from households.
  • Provision of collection bags and containers (240 – 1,100 litres)

Contract data for all 9 Regions:

  • Collected amount:             13,000 tons per year
  • Number of inhabitants served:         685,000


Nearly 300,000 refrigerators recycled by Veolia on its Angers site in 2016

Eco-systèmes – an eco-organization approved by the authorities for the collection and recycling of electrical appliances – has collected and recycled 1.6 million refrigerators in 2016. Veolia handled 276,500 appliances at its site in Angers, which is the largest unit specializing in the treatment of WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) in France.

The appropriate treatment of large cold appliances – which includes refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners – is essential because they contain fluorinated gases that have a high greenhouse gas effect and are made of materials that can be recycled.

Decontaminate then recycle

Decontaminating cold appliances is essential as the refrigerant gases they contain have a global warming potential up to 10,000 times higher than CO2, Some now banned fluorinated gases (CFCs / HFCs) are still present in 34 % of the equipment collected. Once decontamination is complete, the materials are recycled, which makes it possible to preserve natural resources and manufacture new products.