Record number of electric car public chargers installed last year 

Barry White

More than 8,700 public EV chargers were installed in the UK in the year to 22 December, bringing the total available to more than 37,000, according to Zap-Map, a data company That represented a 30% year-on-year increase, slower than the 38% annual growth in sales of battery electric cars during the year to November.

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The scientific backdrop to the COP26

Barry White

James Annan and Julia Hargreaves are climate scientists living in Settle. Here are their thoughts on recent research into climate change, implications for our future and what we can and should do about it. Their 24 minutes talk was given at the recent ACE annual general meeting on Sayurday 9 October and you can see it at:

It is especially relevant with COP 26 currently taking place.

James and Julia will be speaking at the ACE/Settle Town Council Green Café meeting Cutting Our Carbon on Saturday 13 November from 10.00am-1.30pm. Details at:

Thanks to Techla Wood and Settle Hub for the recording.

Electric charging points – we need to get out of the slow lane

One item in  the Government’s 10 point green plan announced last week included a ban on the sales of new combustion engines by 2030, with grants for electric cars, and funding for charge points. The sale of some hybrid cars and vans will continue until 2035. However, the 2030 ban means that all new car buyers across the UK within a decade will need easy access to charging infrastructure. However,  the current public charging network favours the south east and London as these two areas received 45% of new charger capacity in the past year, according to recent analysis (see:

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Council backs Local Electricity Bill: MP non-committal

Settle Town Council agreed at its meeting on 20 July to support the Local Electricity Bill now before Parliament. The private members bill which is supported by a cross party group of 187 MPs, received an unopposed first reading in the House of Commons on 10 June and is due for its second reading on 11 September.

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