Ireland's Electrical Magazine Issue82


P rime Minister, Boris Johnson’s 10-point plan to bring forward the ban on new petrol and diesel cars to 2030, will lead to faster adoption of electrical vehicles which can drive forward a green economic recovery, says David Hall, VP Power Systems for Schneider Electric. “Encouraging more people to adopt electric vehicles is at the heart of the government’s efforts to tackle climate change and reduce air pollution – especially as emissions from the transport sector accounts for 23% of the UK’s overall CO2 emissions,” says David. “It is clear that with the UK now having more EV charging points than petrol stations and a ban on combustion cars to be brought forward to 2030, we should be determined to ensure EVs become the dominant purchase option during the next ten years. “With this boom in the e-mobility sector being powered by electricity, we need to turn our attention to the potential strain EV adoption could put on the UK’s power infrastructure. “Utilities stakeholders need to decide how to invest in upgrading the electrical network without creating upward pressure on the cost of electricity for consumers and businesses, which may weaken the appetite for electric vehicle charging.” The road to recovery is green

Dowds go around theworld in 28days!

D owds Group employees stacked up a total of over 42,000 miles in 28 days, by walking, cycling, running, swimming and general exercising to raise over £4,430 for their chosen charity, Mates in Mind. Dowds Group set their employees a health and wellbeing challenge to get the furthest around the world within 28 days by adding up their exercise miles. Split into four groups, staff got into the competitive spirit to build up their individual team’s mileage. After a tight race with only 200

miles between first and second place, Team Melissa soared ahead during the final weekend to clock up a total of 12,476.66 miles and earn those all important bragging rights. The aim of the challenge was to support each other’s mental and physical health (particularly important for employees still working remotely from home), as well as stir up a little friendly competition!

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UKelectricians’ 5.6%pay rise

A ccording to Hudson Contract, the UK construction industry’s biggest payer of subcontractors, self- employed electricians earned an average of £1,074 a week last month- a 5.6 % rise on average. It was the fourth consecutive month in which weekly pay was above the £1,000 threshold.

Electrical contractors in Yorkshire and the Humber saw the strongest growth in October (up 31.7 %) followed by their counterparts in the East Midlands (up 24.3%) and the North West (up 10.8%). Ian Anfield, Managing Director of Hudson said, “Our clients are telling us they have full order books and that demand for skilled trades continues to outstrip supply… it will be business as usual up to Christmas in spite of the new lockdown. “We welcome the extra clarity from Government Ministers that construction workplaces should stay open during the next four weeks. They have confirmed that builders merchants and estate agents will continue to trade and tradespeople will be able to enter homes.” - photo created by teksomolika



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