One Climate, One World – Electric Cars are here to stay – and you can help


One in five of our brothers and sisters around the world don’t have the electricity they need to power school, clinics, homes and businesses.

Local, renewable energy is a practical, affordable way for the poorest people to benefit. It helps tackle climate change and poverty. We know it works, and we urgently need our government to support it.

Access to this energy can transform lives: children can study longer at school, clinics can stay open at night, farmers can irrigate their crops, and water can be purified so that it is safe to drink.

Email the UK’s Development Minister Nick Hurd today and ask him to support energy services overseas that the poorest people can access.

To listen to a CAFOD Webinar which describes progress from the PARIS Climate summit along with a practicable implementation of Renewable energy by Solar Panels and provision of energy efficient Jikos (cooking ovens)  by CAFOD and its partners in KENYA go to

Did you also know that……

Women and girls are particularly vulnerable to health problems and early mortality related to dirty cooking and heating fuels, making up the majority of adult deaths from indoor air pollution. Investments in women’s access to energy services for enterprise development can also play a crucial role in their economic empowerment. As women spend a high proportion of their earned income improving the health, education and wellbeing of their families, empowering women economically results in wider, inter-generational development benefits.” Energy in the Post-2015 Development Framework Authors: Dr Sarah Wykes (CAFOD), Ben Garside (IIED) and Aaron Leopold (Practical Action)

Another example of how renewable energy is changing people lives in Kenya is explained by Sinteyo Legei who is part of a women’s cooperative group in Leparua, Isiolo County, Kenya. CAFOD partner Caritas Isiolo has supplied the group with a greenhouse and a solar powered pump, as well as training in how to grow tomatoes. She says: “I am very hopeful for the future, despite all the challenges. I believe we’ll be able to reduce hunger among the community, and the greenhouse allows us to do that. We are able to earn a living out of the greenhouse throughout the year, with or without rains.”

Here is the full report (with pictures):

You can also have greener electricity RIGHT NOW in the UK by moving your supply to ECOTRICITY – who also pledge money to CAFOD for every new subscriber.


“In my time volunteering in the CAFOD Clifton office, I heard about CAFOD’s one climate one world campaign and was inspired to do some research into what practical steps individual can take to help reduce CO2 emissions and air pollution” says Andy Buckley a Volunteer at the CAFOD Clifton office.

In this personal blog Andy makes a case for every motorist to contribute to ONE CLIMATE, ONE WORLD by considering Electric Cars for their next purchase.

The lack of recent progress in cleaning urban air can be blamed on the steady increase in diesel vehicles our roads; over half of new cars are now diesel, compared to just 14% in 2000. The air pollution penalty from diesel cars is often justified in terms of the saving in CO2 emissions compared with petrol (but higher in NO2 emissions which are more dangerous) .If climate warming emissions of black soot are considered along with the difficulties of producing sufficient diesel to meet demand, then the climate change benefits from diesel largely disappear. Additionally, with the recent classification of diesel exhaust as carcinogenic, it might be time to reconsider the recent boom in diesel fuel use across the UK and Europe. Indeed it is expected that many UK city centres  (London, Birmingham, Leeds, Derby, Nottingham and Southampton) will implement additional charges for diesel vehicles by 2020. Under government advice I was one of those who bought a diesel car in 2007!, and I am committed to buying an electric car in the next 2 years or so.

In a recent IBM study “sustainability concerns” ranked high amongst drivers as the driving force (pardon the pun) in considering an electric car.



Electric Car trendsThe above graph shows the take up of different electric vehicle types until 2050 – it is old now but shows the trends where in 2050 many types of electric vehicle will be available – all off them will reduce climate change.

Conventional: Petrol or Diesel engine as the only source of power

Hybrid: Integrated electric/petrol or electric/diesel working in tandem. Assistance battery charged as the car is moving. NO plug in charging capability from an external power source.

PHEV: is a hybrid electric vehicle that uses rechargeable batteries, or another energy storage device, that can be recharged by plugging it in to an external source of electric power

BEV: A battery electric vehicle (BEV), battery-only electric vehicle (BOEV) or all-electric vehicle is a type of electric vehicle (EV) that uses chemical energy stored in rechargeable battery packs. This is a totally electric car powered only by charging from an external source.

Fuel cell: A fuel cell vehicle (FCV) or fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) is a type of vehicle which uses a fuel cell to power its on-board electric motor. Fuel cells in vehicles create electricity to power an electric motor, generally using oxygen from the air and compressed hydrogen

If you are considering buying an electric car in 2016 here is a recent survey by Auto Express ( other surveys are also available) to show you what is available

As an added incentive Ecotricity (UK Green Energy Company) give additional discounts to Electric Car owners – how good is that for commitment!

Most people have never driven in or recharged an Electrical Vehicle (EV). Test Drives appear to improve people opinions with one trial finding that after a test drive 72% of people said they would use an electric car as their main vehicle compared to 47% before the trial. Source: Houses of Parliament Postnote No 365.


The main barriersfor consumers will be the high initial cost of EVs, the limited range of all-electric vehicles (about 280 miles best case today). In addition  about one third of UK Households do not have off-street parking so EV’s will not be readily accessible to them unless public or workplace charge points become more widely available. On the positive side most service stations and shopping malls have them already.

As for me – I am waiting for the Tesla Mid range BEW car to be released in the UK in 2017 and then I will scrap my polluting diesel.




The basic point is that electric cars are only as good as their juice.  When using coal powered electricity like in China, India and Australia electric cars have limited carbon benefit, they simply move the emissions around the supply chain.  So although China is by far the biggest new car market, good hybrids are probably a better bet for slowing transport emissions growth there in the short term, alongside the stratospheric growth of electric bikes.  EV benefits in China may be greater in tackling local air pollution.

Things are very different in the US.  In a great number of US states electric cars have far lower carbon emissions than the best hybrids, plus local air quality benefits.  Moreover, the fuel economy of new cars in the US is still very low at 27 MPG, so each EV purchased makes a bigger difference. The second reason the US is the most important EV market for carbon is that Americans drive more than everyone else.

Using low carbon power electric car emissions are about a quarter of an inefficient gasoline car and half that of a top hybrid, that includes their considerable construction footprint.  If battery prices keep dropping EVs could play a very big role in tackling transport emissions.


But lets leave that for another time…………………………………..


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