ISO14001 and Rising Fuel Prices
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Unwelcome as it is, the rise in petrol and diesel
has some environmental benefits; the average speed on motorways has
apparently fallen with the attendant reduction in emissions. People are
thinking twice before using their cars for leisure activities; car
sharing is becoming more popular. All these reductions in fuel usage
will help our carbon footprint.
The spiralling cost of fuel has also prompted motor
manufacturers to move to more efficient engines and hybrid
vehicles. When Rolls Royce announces that they are to produce
a fuel efficient hybrid car it is obvious that the message is getting
Pure electric cars are not yet a viable alternative and the
time to recharge after a relatively short journey is
off-putting. In some cases an overnight stop is required to
complete a journey.
The hydrogen fuelled car may fit the bill but the sheer lack
of refuelling points is critical to the uptake of this new fuel
option. Hydrogen is also explosive when mixed with air and
the Hindenburg disaster showed just how dangerous this can be.
Readers of my blog will know that I drive a Honda Hybrid this
is my third hybrid and I am very pleased with it; no road tax, 50 mpg
and exemption from the London Congestion Charge (at least until 2012
when the rules change again), but even with these advantages fuel costs
are a real burden.
Let us hope that motor manufacturers faced with the decline in
fossil fuels and increased costs will accelerate their R & D to find another cost efficient method of powering our personal
About the Author
FIBC, MISSA, ACQI is a director of Quality Matters Limited an
established independent management consultancy based in Essex, UK which
specialises in ISO14001 Environmental Management
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2011-04-07 11:34:02 in Business Articles