Guernsey Community Awards on 31 October 2017 at St James

October 12th, 2017 by Guernsey Community Foundation

The Community Awards will be held at St James Concert & Assembly Hall on Tuesday 31 October 2017.

Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind, will be the keynote speaker at the The Community Awards, which celebrates local charities, organisations, groups, individuals and businesses who work tirelessly to raise money and embark on community projects for the benefit of others, across the Bailiwick and further afield.

The Community Awards on 31 October 2017 at St James (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The award categories are:

Charity of the year – sponsored by State Street

Awarded to the charity that the judges believe has consistently delivered outstanding service to its beneficiaries; promoted and raised its cause; been clear in its goals and strategy and demonstrated excellence all round.

Organising Committee of the Year – sponsored by RG Falla

Awarded to the organisers of an annual event, one-off project Continue reading

Counting costs of climate change

October 12th, 2017 by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Global warming impacts cause substantial economic damages, hurts human health in many ways, influences the drivers of human migration, and it can jeopardise development for many of the world’s poor.

Destabilising the climate can destabilise societies.

Counting the costs of climate change is a challenge since the social costs can be hard to calculate and include the impact of human suffering.

Hermann Lotze-Campen, Professor at the Agricultural Economics Department at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and chair of Research Domain Climate Impacts and Vulnerabilities at PIK, said “science shows that limiting global warming is much cheaper than just doing nothing about it – the costs of inaction could be a multiple of the 2% of global economic output that mitigation might roughly cost.”

“However, these current estimates don’t take into account the costs of health impacts and additional deaths, of people leaving their homes, of potential mass-migration, and of sustained poverty.

These are complex issues we are trying to address scientifically, along with the economic costs and damages,” he said. Continue reading

Take part in Guernsey beach litter art project at Les Cotils on Saturday 14 October 2017

October 11th, 2017 by La Société Guernesiaise

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To showcase the type and amount of litter found on the Guernsey sea shore, Elizabeth College Art department in conjunction with the Marine Biology Section of La Societe Guernesiaise invites people to participate in creating a community art project out of litter and rubbish collected from Guernsey’s sea shore.

The creation of the art work will happen during the BeanJar Jamboree and Nature Festival at Les Cotils, St Peter Port from midday to 4 p.m. on Saturday, 14 October 2017.

 

 

Thrive 2020 – from Surviving to Thriving conference at Les Cotils

October 10th, 2017 by The Dandelion Foundation

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The Dandelion Foundation proudly announces the third instalment of Thrive 2020 – From Surviving to Thriving – which takes place on Friday 13 October 2017 at Les Cotils, St Peter Port, Guernsey.

Following on from previous ground-breaking Thrive 2020 events, the day is designed to impact upon every member of the community in some way.

Do you feel you are thriving, or merely surviving?

We live in an age where healthcare is advanced and our life expectancy is higher than it has ever been, at least in the western world.

However, living for longer with access to effective medical treatment does not in itself make for a joyful, meaningful life.

Regardless of our age or occupation, we all need to find a purpose and to combat the common problems, such as stress or loneliness, which threaten our ability to enjoy each day. Continue reading

Guernsey charities can apply for funding from the 2018 Saffery Rotary Walk

October 9th, 2017 by Saffery Champness

The Saffery Rotary Walk committee is inviting Guernsey charities to apply for a portion of 2018 funds.

Charities have until 5 pm on Friday 24 November 2017 to apply for funding.

Submissions from projects of all sizes will be considered and can be made by any locally-registered charity or not–for-profit organisation in need of financial support for a specific initiative.

Requests for funds to cover general running costs will not be considered.

This year’s 20th anniversary Saffery Rotary Walk, sponsored by Saffery Champness, supported a record 28 local community projects that received funding from the £85,430 raised.

Simon Milsted, chair of the walk’s organising committee, said “the walk is one of the leading charity events on the island and has provided funds for a wealth of charitable projects since its inception in 1998. Continue reading

UK renewable energy production record set in second quarter of 2017

September 29th, 2017 by RenewableUK

RenewableUK is highlighting UK Government statistics which show that a record proportion of the UK’s electricity was generated by renewables in the second quarter of 2017 – with wind producing more than any other clean energy source.

Figures from the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy covering April to June 2017 show that a record 29.8% was generated by renewable energy sources in Q2 2017, beating the previous quarterly record of 26.9% set in Q1 2017.

Forty-five percent of the UK’s clean electricity in Q2 was generated by wind energy alone (27% from onshore wind and 18% from offshore wind), due to increased capacity, particularly in onshore wind, and higher wind speeds, according to the UK Government’s latest “Energy Trends” report. Continue reading

Guernsey Electricity plans to install solar array on Central Stores roof

September 26th, 2017 by Guernsey Electricity Ltd.

Solar panels generating enough electricity to run about 50 electric cars could be installed at Guernsey Electricity’s power station in St Sampson.

Guernsey Electricity is preparing plans for a solar array of 330 photovoltaic panels to be installed on one of its main buildings.

The renewable energy scheme would benefit all electricity consumers by harnessing solar energy that would feed into the island’s electricity grid.

The solar array will help diversify Guernsey’s energy sources and will complement the importation of low-carbon electricity from Europe as part of the generation mix. Continue reading

Guernsey Electric Vehicle Expo opposite Vistas at Vazon on 1 July

June 28th, 2017 by Richard Lord

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The second annual Guernsey Electric Vehicle Expo takes place opposite Vistas in Vazon from 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. on Saturday 1 July 2017.  Attendance is free.

Electric vehicles from BMW, Nissan, Tesla, Renault, Kia, Peugeot, Mitsubishi and Zero Motorcycles will be on display.

Electric bicycles will also be on show as well as an electric vehicle charge point.

Charlie Jardine of EO Charging, which supplies electric vehicle charge points, will speak at 11.00 a.m., followed by Jamie Clarke of The Little Green Energy Company, which has installed Tesla Powerwalls for energy storage in Guernsey.

Keith Hounsell of Green Acorn, suppliers of energy storage and backup power solutions, will speak at midday.

Images from the 2016 Guernsey Electric Vehicle Expo

 

London Taxi Company’s electric taxi to debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed

June 26th, 2017 by London Taxi Company

Electric London taxi being tested in cold conditions (click image to expand)

The new range-extended electric taxi from London Taxi Company (LTC) will make its debut and feature in the ‘First Glance’ paddock at the Goodwood Festival of Speed beginning on 29 June 2017 and running until 2 July 2017.

LTC have been invited to participate on this stage because of the taxi’s adaption of supercar manufacturing techniques.

LTC’s extensive use of light weighting means that LTC can get the maximum distance out of the electric battery without impacting the strength and safety of the vehicle.

Each day of the Festival the electric taxi prototype will silently take on the world famous Goodwood Hillclimb in front of some of the 200,000 visitors at the West Sussex motoring show.

The electric taxi will be driven on the hillclimb by 17 year old Katie Milner who is currently the fastest woman in the Ginetta championship.

LTC’s electric taxi appearance at the festival follows a rigorous period of testing across the world, which has included weeks and thousands of miles in both hot and cold climate endurance tests in the Arizona desert and within the Arctic Circle. Continue reading

Tocardo Tidal Power generates electricity at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney

June 26th, 2017 by Tocardo International BV

Tocardo Tidal Power’s 1.4 MW tidal turbine deployment at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) has received accreditation under the Renewables Obligation (RO) scheme from Ofgem (Office of Gas and Electricity Markets) in the UK)).

Tocardo entered the tidal energy industry in the UK with the FORESEA & InToTidal project and the successful installation of Tocardo’s TFS (Temporary Foundation System) in Orkney in early 2017.

Tocardo turbine installation producing power at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney, Scotland (click image to expand)

The TFS was prepared for deployment at the European Marine Energy Centre’s (EMEC’s) grid-connected tidal test site at the Hatston Pier in Kirkwall. Continue reading