The imperative to save energy and financially viable technology to do it

October 30th, 2015 by Richard Lord

Eric Rondolat, CEO of Philips Lighting, speaking to the Business for the Environment Climate Summit conference in London (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Eric Rondolat, CEO of Philips Lighting, speaking to the Business for the Environment Climate Summit conference in London (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Frenchman Eric Rondolat, CEO of Philips Lighting, didn’t mince words when he spoke at the Business for Environment conference in London in September 2015.

“We absolutely need to save more energy than we do today and we need to do it faster,” he said.

There’s an absolute sense of urgency to this quest because of two striking facts.

The climate is changing and our demand for energy is increasing because the global population is growing, people are moving from rural areas to cities, there is a rising middle class, and an ageing population.

Demand for energy is growing twice as fast as the rate that we are currently saving energy.

The good news is that there are financially viable technologies available to save energy. Continue reading

Crucial role of energy productivity in electricity generation capacity

October 23rd, 2015 by Richard Lord

Trevor Hutchings of the WWF speaks at the Business for the Environment Conference in London (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Trevor Hutchings of the WWF-UK speaks at the Business for the Environment Conference in London in September 2015 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Trevor Hutchings, Director of Advocacy at the WWF-UK, and formerly leading the low carbon economy programme at the UK government’s Department of Energy & Climate Change, had the last word at the B4E Climate Summit conference in London in September 2015 by making a clarion call to conference delegates to promote the need and opportunity for energy efficiency and energy productivity.

He praised the fact that in many countries economic growth had been decoupled from carbon emissions but recognised that although momentum for energy productivity was building, the pace and scale of progress wasn’t rapid enough.

He highlighted the huge opportunities for improved energy efficiency in the UK economy.

“Energy efficiency should be an infrastructure priority,” he said.

Implementing cost-effective energy efficiencies, such as the installation of energy efficient street lighting, could represent a saving of 10% of the UK’s overall energy consumption, which would displace the need for some new power stations. Continue reading

Guernsey Mind’s “Change for the Good” Conference on 15 October

October 14th, 2015 by Guernsey Mind

Guernsey Mind‘s “Change for the Good” themed conference at Les Cotils, St Peter Port on Thursday 15 October 2015 will be chaired by Sue Baker, Director of the Time to Change Campaign, a social movement made up of thousands of individuals and organisations across England who are getting the nation to rethink their attitude to mental health.

Speakers will deliver important key messages including positive attitudes to mental health, the impact of stigma in the workplace, a focus on recovery and practical and simple ways to manage mental health at work and in sport.

Sue Baker, Chair (click image to expand - image ©RLLord)

Sue Baker, Director of the Time to Change Campaign, is Chair of Guernsey Mind’s Change for Good Conference (click image to expand – image ©RLLord)

Gareth Thomas, former Welsh Rugby international, will talk about his career highs and lows, and his struggles with mental health and depression following the collapse of his marriage Continue reading

Tree and Woodcraft Fair at Les Cotils on Saturday 10 October 2015

October 10th, 2015 by Guernsey Trees for Life

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Guernsey’s second Tree & Woodcraft Fair will be held at Les Cotils, St Peter Port from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday 10 October 2015.

Guernsey Tree For Life organiser Richard Loyd said “our first Tree Fair, at Fairfield, Castel in October 2011, was hugely successful and we hope to have another sunny day for our 2015 Fair.”

“The programme includes all things tree-related from advice on planting, pruning and maintaining trees to demonstrations from local tree surgeons and skilled local woodcrafters,” said Andy McCutcheon, Secretary of Guernsey Trees For Life.

Nick McMillen from Field Farm Project based in Hampshire will be at the centre of the Fair.” Continue reading

Lessons from Bristol – European Green Capital 2015

October 6th, 2015 by Richard Lord

George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol, speaking at the Business for the Environment Climate Summit conference in London (©RLLord - click image to expand)

Mayor of Bristol George Ferguson CBE, speaking at the Business for the Environment Climate Summit conference in London (©RLLord – click image to expand)

Speaking at the Business for the Environment Climate Summit in London on 9 September 2015, George Ferguson CBE, the architect and charismatic Mayor of Bristol, gave an impassioned speech about the imperative and urgency to make cities and communities more energy efficient.

He wrote the booklet “Races Against Time” in 1983 and said that action to become more energy efficient and resilient was more urgent now than ever as ‘we haven’t moved far enough’.

During his short tenure as Mayor of Bristol he has been a strong advocate for action to tackle climate change.

Mayor Ferguson holds the portfolio for Energy, Climate Change and Resilience with the Core Cities which include ten Core cities in the UK from Glasgow to Cardiff, and eight of the principal English cities that are not London.

He described Bristol as a historic, complex and hilly city of 500,000 people with a third of its area covered with greenery and water. Continue reading

Fossil fuel asset exposure poses clear risk to investment portfolios

September 25th, 2015 by European Climate Foundation

German coal fired power station with steam coming from the cooling towers (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

German coal fired power station with steam coming from the cooling towers (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

According to the Arabella Advisors report published on 22 September 2015, the movement to divest from fossil fuels and invest in renewable energy and climate solutions has grown 50-fold in the last year to reach $2.6 trillion.

More than 400 institutions and 2,000 individuals have pledged to divest from fossil fuel investments.

Recent pledges have come from the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, the Norway Pension Fund, the Canadian Medical Association, the World Council of Churches, and the University of California system.

These commitments include governments and investors from 43 countries and multiple sectors, including pension funds, health, education, philanthropy, faith, entertainment, climate justice and municipalities. Continue reading

Tidal energy realisation takes a big step with installation of tidal turbine array in the Netherlands

September 25th, 2015 by Tocardo International BV

The realisation of electricity generation from tidal energy has taken another big step forward with the installation of five Tocardo tidal turbines to generate renewable energy in the Eastern Scheldt (Oosterschelde) storm surge barrier, in Zeeland in the Netherlands.

Five Tocardo tidal turbines suspended from (image courtesy of Tocardo Tidal Turbine (click image to expand)

Five Tocardo tidal turbines successfully installed in the Oosterschelde barrier in Zeeland in the Netherlands (click image to expand – image courtesy of Tocardo International BV)

This installation is the largest tidal energy project in the Netherlands as well as the world’s largest commercial tidal installation of five turbines in an array.

The five Tocardo Tidal Turbines are suspended from a steel structure designed and built by Huisman.

The Tidal Power Plant was engineered and produced in only nine months, and the 50 metre long and 20 metre wide tidal power plant structure was successfully installed in under two hours between the pillars under the Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier. Continue reading

Guernsey wastewater network extension programme to be dependent on availability of funds

September 18th, 2015 by Guernsey Water

Guernsey Water is committed to its Network Extension Programme (NEP) to connect Guernsey properties to the public sewer.

However, as our policy letter states, the current delivery target of 95% public sewer property connection by 2020 is no longer appropriate.

It has always been Guernsey Water’s position that demands on resources need to be allocated on a priority basis.

Further work to connect more properties is only undertaken when the funds are available within the prioritised programme of investment in Guernsey’s water and wastewater infrastructure. Continue reading

Deadline of 26 September to request Waitrose Christmas meal support

September 18th, 2015 by Waitrose

Waitrose will help support elderly, homeless and vulnerable people in the community this Christmas for the third year running.

The support is aimed at cutting the number of those who feel lonely or isolated at what is the most sociable time of the year for many others.

The retailer will help support local Christmas lunch events for people who might otherwise be on their own on Christmas day.

Waitrose Admiral Park supermarket (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The Waitrose at Admiral Park will be supporting the Salvation Army’s Christmas lunch (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

While the Admiral Park branch will be supporting the Salvation Army’s Christmas lunch, the Rohais branch is asking organisers of Christmas dinner events to get in touch where they can apply for support from the retailer.

The deadline for requests is 26 September 2015. Continue reading

The 2015 Saffery Rotary Walk raises over £46,000 for Guernsey charities

September 18th, 2015 by Saffery Champness

Tonnelle House wishes walkers success Saffery Champness

Tonnelle House congratulates Saffery Rotary Walkers (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The 2015 Saffery Rotary Walk raised £46,301 for 11 local community projects, which is £10,000 more than raised from the 2014 walk.

The annual around the island walk, which took place in June 2015, saw almost 500 people take part.

Mr David Mortimer, the out-going Chair of the Saffery Rotary Walk, presented cheques at a special presentation evening at Les Rocquettes Hotel on Thursday 17 September to Butes Play Park in Alderney, Guernsey Motor Neurone Disease Association, Parkinson’s UK Guernsey Branch, Shiloh Church, Guernsey Sailing Trust LBG, National Autistic Guernsey Branch, Home Start Guernsey LBG, Guernsey Scout Association, Safer LBG, GROW Ltd and Access-ability.

As well as the chosen charities, Mr Mortimer also acknowledged a number of individual walkers in recognition of their specific achievements. Continue reading