Posts Tagged ‘ruralnet futures’

Ruralnet Futures & Aether successfully tender for Worcestershire CC contract

| November 2nd, 2011 | No Comments »

Ruralnet Futures can announce a partnership agreement with air quality and climate change consultants Aether. Having recently been successful in jointly securing a contract with Worcestershire County Council to deliver the EU approved carbon accounting software ECORegion, both organisations look forward to working with Worcestershire County Council and their partners to help address their climate change commitments.

Ruralnet Futures are the UK partner for the ECORegion software, whilst Aether bring a wealth of expertise with regards to emission inventories, environmental data systems and air quality assessments – creating a powerful partnership. ECORegion is a widely deployed solution for efficient energy and greenhouse gas balancing for cities and municipalities. The European Commission said of the tool “We acknowledge that there is a high analogy and good convergence between the ECORegion and the Covenant [of Mayors]. We are also pleased to note that a specific output of the ECOregion tool has been developed, which can be used to fill in the Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) template….Similarly, the Covenant of Mayors will inform about the outstanding position of the ECORegion tool” – European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy




A key project deliverable is to deliver sophisticated scenario modelling functionality, enabling Worcestershire to establish what impact policy decisions will have on carbon emissions in future years. If you would like to learn more about the project please contact us.





First Efficient 20 pilots identify quick fuel savings

| October 24th, 2011 | No Comments »

The Efficient 20 programme has just completed  its first UK tests to identify fuel savings in farming. The EU wide project has nearly 300 pliots running througout 10 countries, with nearly 25 based in the UK. Firestone, the agricultural division of Bridgestone Tyres are official partners to the project and in conjuction with them Ruralnet Futures conducted the first UK tests in Ludlow, Shropshire. Through our links with various rural  hubs we contacted a local organic farmer, John Lewis. For the test we used an 8000 hour John Deere 6910 tractor coupled with a five-furrow Dowdeswell plough. The Efficient 20 programme supplied Mr Lewis with an accurate fuel flow meter and the tests were completed over several 30-minute ploughing sessions. For the first of the 30 minute tests the tyres were overinflated to 23 psi all round and for the second 30-minute test they were deflated to 14psi on the front axel and 17psi on the rears. This immediately resulted in a 5% saving in fuel consumption. For the next test we replaced Mr Lewis’s tyres with a larger tyres, thus providing a wider footprint and reduced soil compaction. Through a combination of applying the correct tyre pressure and by selecting a larger tyre size, this ultimately led to a reduction of a further 30% in fuel consumption. Applying these simple measures and using recent red diesel prices of around 70ppl, could easily lead to over £50 savings per day per farmer for 10 hours ploughing activity.

Test Results:

Tyre pressure test

Further articles relating to to the Efficient 20 Programme:

Eco driving course aims to slash fuel bills by 20%

Video – make fuel savings through using appropriate tyre pressure

Efficient 20 programme fuels Royal Interest

Efficient 20 Programme website

If you like to learn more about this project please contact the Ruralnet Futures team here





Firestone become Associate Members of the Efficient 20 Programme

| June 3rd, 2011 | No Comments »

We are delighted to announce Firestone have become an Associate Member of the Efficient 20 programme. The Efficient 20 project is financed by Intelligent Energy Europe and Ruralnet Futures are leading all UK activity. It aims to identify methods to reduce fuel consumption in agricultural practices. Over 300 farms in 10 countries in Europe are about to start various pilots all aimed at improving fuel efficiency over the next two years.  By ensuring you are using the appropriate tyre pressure can lead to both environmental and financial benefits for farmers including reduced soil compaction, a drastic increase in the life of the tyres and a reduction in the fuel consumption.

Firestone are the agricultural division of Bridgestone tyres, the largest tyre manufacturer in the world and we look forward to working closely with them as the project develops to learn more with regards to fuel efficient farming. We recently announced the launch of the worlds first agricultural tyre pressure calculator for a smartphone (download here) which will be used as the basis of the research and this is yet another exciting development in our partnership.

Any organisations interested in becoming Associate Members to the programme can contact us to learn more.

ECORegion – the market leader software for carbon accounting of cities arrives in the UK

| February 14th, 2011 | No Comments »

ECORegion (by ECOSPEED Ltd.) is an online-software for carbon accounting in cities and communities. It is the only software which is officially recognised by the EU Commission. Over 1000 cities in 8 European countries are using this software. Here are some of the largest communities that are using ECORegion as their standard:

-       German state North Rhine-Westphalia (428 cities)

-       Swiss Cantons (26 cantons)

-       Covenant of Mayors Europe (120 cities)

-       European Energy Award Germany (100 cities)

-       European Energy Award Switzerland (50 cities)

-       Climate alliance Germany (150 cities)

-       Climate alliance Italy (30 cities)

-       Climate alliance Luxemburg (12 cities)

Ruralnet Futures is the UK-Partner of ECOSPEED Ltd. The first pilot  for ECORegion in UK is with Northumberland County Council and Ruralnet Futures will be managing the project which will be completed by the end of March 2011.

For further information please contact:

Rob Mannion at:

T: +44 (0)843 357 1618