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Motor Vehicle Students Go Green

A group of Motor Vehicle students from City College Norwich will be taking part in a national project this week to help make cars greener. Students will be measuring vehicle emissions before and after servicing of the fuel injection system, collecting data about how good vehicle maintenance can help reduce a vehicle’s carbon footprint.

The Carbon Footprint Reduction Programme is a programme run by ASNU UK Ltd, with the objective of measuring how servicing car engines’ fuel injector valves can reduce exhaust pollution.  ASNU are visiting colleges across the country giving students the latest technical training whilst collecting data about the value of proper servicing, in an effort to encourage vehicle manufacturers to recommend fuel injector servicing on new models.

Pollution from exhaust emissions is worsened by un-burnt fuel and ASNU aim to show how regular servicing can help ensure that fuel is delivered into the engine in the correct amounts, patterns and at the correct times to ensure efficient combustion.  The Motor Vehicle students from the College’s School of Technology will be learning how servicing of the injection system on older cars can reduce emissions, making cars more fuel efficient and helping to reduce wear and tear on engine components.

This is the latest in a series of initiatives undertaken by the School of Technology to provide its Motor Vehicle students with the skills they will need as the motor industry moves towards more sustainable, low carbon technologies for the 21st Century.  Other recent projects have included improving air conditioning maintenance and, as part of the College’s Go Green Week, students produced a video on how more efficient driving can help to reduce the carbon footprint from motoring.             

Richard Burley, Head of the School of Technology, City College Norwich said: “This is a great opportunity for our students to gain experience working on the latest equipment in this area and to learn new skills. As the mechanics of the future it is vital that our students recognise the need to make cars more efficient and greener and that they are equipped with the skills to do this.”

Bob Hopkinson, Project Coordinator for ASNU UK Ltd said: “We at ASNU UK Ltd are delighted that City College Norwich have agreed to participate in this important programme, which indicates their commitment to both local and global environmental issues as well as their efforts to provide up to the minute additional non-syllabus technical training for their students.

The excellent support we have received from colleges around the country has enabled us to collate a great deal of valuable data to reinforce our belief that regular servicing of petrol injection systems can greatly reduce vehicles carbon footprints.  Not only that, but with fuel prices now at an all time high, fuel injection efficiency is another very important factor in maximising fuel economy. We are extremely grateful to be in a position to pass on our technical knowledge to the future of the motor trade, the students of our colleges.”