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Driving the change to a cleaner, greener future

Sep 14, 2018

Earlier this week the UK government confirmed its commitment to investing in a greener and more sustainable future. Speaking at the country’s first ever Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Summit yesterday in Birmingham, the Prime Minister stated her ‘ambitious mission’ for the UK to become a world leader in low emission technology as part of a drive to keep the country green.

The summit builds on the government’s ‘Road to Zero’ strategy; it’s part of a raft of new measures to tackle both the causes and effects of climate change, and help the development of the zero emission vehicle market around the world. The summit will bring together ministers, industry leaders and sector representatives from around the world to tackle carbon emissions and to find ways to improve air quality.

The Prime Minister, Theresa May announced a £106 million package for projects developing innovative green battery, vehicle and refuelling technology, saying,

“Our Road to Zero strategy is the most comprehensive plan globally - mapping out in detail how we will reach our target for all new cars and vans to be effectively zero-emission by 2040...These measures will drive the design, use, uptake and infrastructure necessary for cleaner, greener vehicles - and in doing so, it will help us drastically reduce a major contributor to our global warming emissions."

Understandably, there was also focus at the event on the Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce, set up by the government and facilitated by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP). For the first time, energy and automotive industries will be brought together to plan for the changes that will take place as a result of rising electric vehicle use. It’s about engaging the electric vehicle user at the heart of preparing the electricity system for the mass take-up of electric vehicles.

Phil New, Chief Executive of the Energy Systems Catapult and Chair of the Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce said: “Ensuring the electricity system captures the benefits from the rapid expansion of electric vehicles is a critical challenge for both the transport and energy sectors.”

Naturally, here at Tonik, we’re pleased to see the government taking a stand and investing in a greener and more sustainable future. It’s a smart move, backing next gen cleantech solutions and sourcing support across Europe. EV is just the beginning!

I think we can all agree that new investment in ideas and tech is needed. At Tonik, we’re committed to increasing the uptake of renewable energy in the UK. We want to halve our members energy bills by 2022, but that can only be done with the right technology solutions in place, and the right infrastructure.

If we truly want to make an impact on tackling climate change, it is simply just not enough to provide green energy. We can see that doesn’t fundamentally change the energy market, it just swaps the backdrop of the battle ground from a brown one to a green one. Suppliers are locked in a fight to provide cheaper prices and acquire customers, while the grid comes under increasing strain, suffering larger and larger spikes in demand that will inevitably increase the cost of powering your home. Casualties are those who are unable to sustain cheap, green energy prices, reducing the competition in the market-place, but the victims are always the customers - whether it is poor service or the uncertainty that follows when the supplier goes out of business.

It’s time to do things differently.

We’ve talked before about building the home of the future, and how we are helping our members invest in the technologies – solar panels, battery storage, EV charging points – that will halve their bills by 2022. But as seismic as this would be on an individual level, it’s really just a glimpse of the bigger picture that this government announcement will help facilitate.

These tools are preparing our members for a future in which they take back control of the grid. By enabling households to generate and store energy, we are laying the bedrock for the inevitable rise of the prosumer – the customer who is able to sell renewably generated energy back to the grid, balance the grid and rid the ecosystem of the diesel farm.

When we launched Tonik Energy in 2016, we were clear in our vision, we knew what we wanted to achieve. We are optimistic about the future because we’ve seen the technology, we know what is possible.

And now the government is in full support and the mood of the modern consumer is changing - we are on the brink of a defining moment in human development - we are changing our relationship with how we produce and consume energy - a new energy age is just around the corner.