In a time when electric car are in high demand, installing EV charging stations has the great potential to boost you sales & profit. A great way to generate more business, improve the EV Charging Stations network and help the environment.
When I first started my journey toward sustainability 5 years ago, I wanted to have a meaningful impact in this world through my work. Sounds cliché, right? I also thought that to have such impact, it required having sustainability within your job title. Today, I realize that I couldn’t have been further from the truth.
Since I’ve started LeadingAhead, the learning curve has been exponentially higher of a regular work position. One of the key things that I’ve learned over the years working with different organizations is that sustainability isn’t in a title.
Carbon Fibre (CF) has been used in various industries for many years now. There’s not to question as to why it has become so popular; it’s composite results in a very strong, ultra-light material that is heavily used in many industries, specifically aeronautic, automotive, and sporting goods.
CF has allowed numerous advancements in key performance sectors, which has transformed it into the highest standard possible. The material is ideal, almost perfect. Unfortunately, there is only one glaring obstacle thing it has yet to overcome: the recycling process.
Carbon fibre is a complex material, yet simple to produce. The downside of using this material is the fact that it’s heavy on chemicals, resins and composite
The Electric Vehicle (EV) market has grown over the past few years, continues to boom, and is expected to keep doing so in the coming years. Unfortunately, EV sales have never been significant enough to turn heads. So when it's time for buyers to purchase a new vehicle, have been reluctant to jump at buying an EV when it was time to purchase a new vehicle; not anymore.
As of March 2017, EV sales across Canada have been growing year-over-year with a 68% increase in vehicles sold from the same period in 2016. British Columbia is leading the way with 4% of total sales being EVs. If the 2017 trends keep course, the market across Canada will see similar growth; EVs sales in Quebec and British Columbia to account for 5% of the total market in 2017. That is a marked increase from 0.4% a couple years ago.
As regulation and international market demand is quickly shifting towards EVs, car manufacturers must adapt. Last week Volvo made the commitment to only build PlugIn Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) and battery electric vehicle (BEV) by 2019 moving away from the combustion engine. Companies like Audi, BMW, Ford, Mercedes and many others are moving towards the increasing EV market while meeting existing and upcoming national regulations:
Last month I had the chance to be at the forefront of a myth buster. In fact, I busted the myth myself as I was standing on stage presenting on Fossil Free Investing and the Divestment Movement.
If unfamiliar with the divestment movement myth, it is the misconception of the movement is solely pushed by students only because it started on university campuses around the world as well as the rise in popularity of 350.org which has been initially founded by students. However, the divestment movement is much broader and wide spread amongst different demographics especially with women, millennials and pension funds.
Before getting deeper into the topic, I’d’ like to explain what is the divestment movement as not everyone is familiar with it. The movement targets the fossil fuels industry. The idea is to pull invested money out of companies operating in the fossil fuels industry limiting their ability to fund new exploration projects and other necessary investments growing profits and/or assets. Like everything else, there is a push back. Opinions supporting that if one person or group of people divest, others will buy the shares or private bonds offsetting the initial action. However true, it is important not to underestimate the power of the collective. As multiple organizations begin to divest, such as universities, pension funds, unions, institutions and so on, rapidly the demand will also drop and will ultimately affect the shares’ prices making the stock less attractive for all investors.
On November 18, 2016, federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna released her plan to combat climate change, with a primary goal to stay beneath the scientifically determined limit of 2 degrees Celsius of planetwide warming.
The 91-page plan serves as a high-level road map toward reaching Canada's commitments made in Paris in December 2015 at the United Nations climate change conference (COP21). In essence, it is akin to the kind of strategy a business would implement during a transition period to more evolved business practices. The plan is a guideline that communicates Canada’s intent and direction on sectors including energy, agriculture and waste.