UK on course for carbon budget success

Click here to read the New Car CO2 Report. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) “We’re putting in place policies to make the low carbon transition by supporting investment in clean energy, in insulating homes and creating green jobs.” Energy and Climate Change Minister Joan Ruddock said; “Today’s emissions score card shows that the UK’s climate change policies are working and that we’re on track to meet our carbon targets. Since 1990, the UK’s emissions have been cut by 22%, which means we’ll more than meet the international commitments we made. The announcement follows statistics published earlier this month by SMMT that the average new car CO2 emissions fell by their biggest ever margin last year, according to the SMMT’s annual New Car CO2 Report. It showed that the average new car sold in the UK in 2009 emitted just 149.5g/km of CO2, down 5.4% on the 2008 figure and 21.2% better than the 1997 base level. The rate of reduction was the best on record, three times the average rate achieved since data was first measured in 1997. The UK is on track to meet its first carbon budget, Energy and Climate Change Minister Joan Ruddock said today as the first ever annual emissions report under the carbon budgets system was presented to Parliament.Under the Climate Change Act, the UK has to report annually to Parliament on progress in meeting its carbon budgets. The UK has to cut its emissions by at least 34% by 2020, and by at least 80% by 2050, below 1990 levels. read more

Presidents Golf Tournament raises funds for Brock student athletes

Golfers joined Brock President Jack Lightstone at Legends on the Niagara in Niagara Falls yesterday for the annual President’s Tournament in support of Brock Athletics.This year’s event once again raised $75,000, which goes towards awards and financial supports for the University’s student athletes. Last year, Athletics handed out 47 President’s Golf Tournament awards, which range anywhere from $500 to $4,000.Throughout its eleven-year history, the President’s Tournament has raised more than $875,000 to help fund almost 900 awards. Proceeds are raised through golf fees and critical support from sponsors.“Without the financial support of the Presidents Golf Tournament, athletes like myself would be faced with the challenge of deciding whether or not they could afford to wear the Badger,” said women’s hockey player Brianne Veale.To date, Brock Badgers athletes have captured 31 national and 67 Ontario championship titles.“The proceeds raised today will make a big difference in helping some of Canada’s brightest young athletes fulfill their university studies and become key contributors to society,” said Lightstone at Thursday’s event.This year’s sponsors of the President’s Golf Tournament included:Beatties BasicsBird ConstructionBMO Financial GroupBrock Plaza CorporationCanadian Tire Financial ServicesCassels Brock & Blackwell LLPErnst & YoungHenley HondaLincoln FabricsMercerPartridge Wealth Management, RBC Dominion SecuritiesRankin ConstructionScotiabankGreater Niagara Chamber of CommerceTim HortonsTowers WatsonWhiting Equipment Canada Inc. read more