Archive for February, 2010

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February 27th, 2010 by Richard Lord


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Professor Paul Connett’s presentation at Beau Sejour on 23 February 2010

February 23rd, 2010 by Richard Lord

For a copy of the presentation by Professor Paul Connett’s on Zero Waste (24 megabytes), which he gave to a Beau Sejour audience on 23 February 2010 please click HERE


Professor Paul Connett on the Guernsey sea shore

Professor Paul Connett spoke to a packed Beau Sejour Leisure Centre theatre on the evening of the 23 February 2010 about sustainability and zero waste.

He outlined a ten point programme to aim for and try and achieve zero waste. He stated that landfilling and incineration of solid waste was not sustainable because it involved a linear process that required new raw materials to be extracted from the environment.

Zero waste was about returning spent materials to be re-used or recycled back to the manufacturing process.


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February 20th, 2010 by Sarah

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Can & Should Guernsey Feed Itself? A Presentation by Patrick Holden CBE

February 20th, 2010 by Richard Lord

Patrick Holden CBE, Director of the Soil Association, will speak on the issue of food security and whether Guernsey can or should be able to grow enough food to feed itself.  Mr. Holden’s presentation will begin at 7.30pm in the Harry Bound room, Les Cotils, St. Peter Port on 22 February 2010.

Click Can & Should Guernsey Feed Itself? to download flyer.

Living Streets meets on 18 February 2010 to discuss “Buses – routes to the future”

February 13th, 2010 by Richard Lord

The pedestrian safety group, Living Streets, with be holding its first meeting of 2010 on Thursday 18th February at 7.30 p.m. in the Emma Ferbrache Room at the PEH. Chair of Living Streets, John Gollop, will be leading the discussion on Guernsey’s bus service. John has a huge encylopaedic knowledge of Guernsey’s bus service past and present.

John Gollop says:  “We’re looking towards a greener and more integrated model of travel plans which would encourage much greater bus use and service improvements.”

Many Living Streets’ members rely on the bus service so this meeting will give everyone an opportunity to input into the discussion.  We hope that members of the new Bus Users Group will join us.

John Gollop:  “The re-launch of the bus services with new routes and new vehicles is now 10 years old.  We feel it’s time for a re-evaluation of the aims and goals, especially in view of the ambitious target to double bus use by the newly formed Bus Users Group and the impending review of bus services by the Environment Department.”

Following the meeting Living Streets will put forward some suggestions to the Environment Department.

Living Streets’ meetings are open to everyone and we would particularly welcome bus users (or non users) to join us to take part in this discussion.

Living Streets Chair: Deputy John Gollop

Living Streets Secretary: Mrs. Pat Wisher

Stop Your Money Going Up in Smoke. Act Now! Email or phone your Deputy and make your voice heard

February 13th, 2010 by Richard Lord

The proposed Suez Environnement / Sita Guernsey waste treatment facility will have a capital cost of £93.5 million.   Suez Environnement values the contract with the States of Guernsey at  £194 million. This includes an annual operating fee of £1.76 million paid to Suez Environnement or Sita Guernsey, and an additional gate fee of £11.44 per tonne of waste delivered to the facility. These costs are indexed linked but as of mid-February 2010 the States of Guernsey has not established with Suez Environnement or Sita Guernsey which index to use to calculate future costs.

These sums do not include interest payments on the capital sum, which will amount to a further £66 million. Total cost in 2012 pounds Sterling is about £260 million.  In  2037 when the contract ends the total cost could amount to over £400 million for a community of just over 60,000 people.

To download the flyer (PDF file 1.1 mb) with a full list of Deputies’ email addresses and telephone numbers please click here

Professor Paul Connett to give public presentation on Zero Waste & Incineration on 23 February 2010

February 12th, 2010 by Richard Lord

Paul Connett, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Chemistry and Director of AmericanHealthStudies.org AmericanHealthStudies.org will be visiting Guernsey at the invitation of Guernsey residents concerned about the future of solid waste management on our island.  Professor Connett, a world expert on the “Zero Waste” concept and also very knowledgeable about waste incineration will be in Guernsey from 23 to 26 February.  He is giving a presentation at Beau Sejour Leisure Centre theatre at 7.30pm on 23 February.

Zero Waste & Sustainability

The issue of sustainable waste management is a key focus of the American Environmental Health Studies Project. Dr. Paul Connett, AEHSP’s Executive Director, has given presentations on waste management in 49 states and 50 countries over the past 23 years. Connett is an advocate of the “Zero Waste” model, which he has articulated in a series of videos, and articles. Connett’s latest article “Zero Waste: A Key Move Towards a Sustainable Society” will be published as a chapter in a forthcoming book from Dr. Stefano Montanari in Italy. To access a pre-publication copy of this article, click here.

Incineration vs Zero Waste” PowerPoint Presentation, 2007
Dioxins and Incineration” PowerPoint Presentation, 2007

A public presentation by independent waste expert Alan Watson on 9 February

February 9th, 2010 by Events

The debate about Guernsey’s future solid waste treatment solution rumbles on.  Although the £93 million contract is due to be finalised with Suez Environnement later this year, serious concerns continue to be voiced from both the public and the business community about the process the States of Guernsey Public Services Department undertook to arrive at it’s favoured solution.

Deputy Jan Kuttelwacsher is urging deputies, when the States of Deliberation meets this month, to use the time before the contract is signed to review the relevant facts before committing to the 25 year Suez Environnement proposal.

A group of businessmen led by Rupert Dorey, have consistently argued that the Suez proposal does not make economic sense for a community the size of Guernsey, that the contract puts the majority of the financial risk with islanders instead of the multinational company benefiting from the deal, and that we should be looking at cheaper and more environmentally sustainable solutions to treat and manage the solid waste we produce.

The business group have invited Alan Watson, an independent waste professional from the UK, to run a question and answer session for islanders who remain confused by the contradictory information presented to them.

There are many who argue that the time for discussion is over, that the perfect solution is not there to be found, and that an ‘open tender’ allowed all technologies to be considered. But with a contract that will be the largest ever entered into by the States of Guernsey, and one that spans 25 years, the time to question is now.

G-CAN’s view is that the Suez solid waste treatment proposal is unsustainable in the long term. It does not encourage waste reduction which should be at the core of any modern Waste Strategy and it does nothing to address or improve the collection, separation and recycling of domestic rubbish in Guernsey.  And in an era of climate change concerns the incinerator will be a major emitter of greenhouse gases.

Alan Watson’s Biography

Alan Watson runs a public interest consultants which specialises in energy and waste issues.  He has been a chartered engineer since 1986 and has an honours degree in mechanical engineering. He worked for the UK Department of the Environment for 7 years, and as a senior design engineer for a company involved in heat recovery, combined heat and power and combustion processes.  He has a wide range of experience in the field of waste disposal and toxic chemicals.  He has undertaken research and has presented conference papers on technologies, applications, policy implications and health and environmental impactsincluding toxicology.  He has given expert evidence to UK parliamentary committees. He has been a member of the statutory Environmental Protection Advisory Committee for Environment Agency Wales.  He has been accredited as an expert in combustion processes and emissions in a Florida Court in relation to litigation in the USA.  He is currently a member of the UNEP expert working group on the Best Available Techniques/ Best Available Practices for the implementation of the Stockholm Convention on persistent organic pollutants and regularly attend UNEP conventions and present papers at UNEP workshops on chemicals and waste shipments.

A Presentation by Alan Watson: “Are the Suez Proposals a Safe and Sensible Option for Guernsey?”

February 9th, 2010 by Events

On 9 February 2010 chartered engineer Alan Watson gave a presentation on the Suez Environnement solid waste treatment facility proposal for Guernsey to a packed Harry Bound room at Les Cotils, St Peter Port.

The Audience attending Alan Watson's presentation ©RLLord

Mr. Watson examined the cost of the project, which in today’s money amounts to a total cost of about £260 million over 25 years. He showed that if the tonnage of waste entering the facility declined gate fees would have to increase appreciably. He questioned the volume of residual waste produced in Guernsey and whether it was all suitable for incineration. It included over 8000 tonnes of food waste and several thousand tonnes of non-combustible material. Mr. Watson also questioned the waste growth assumptions. He showed that incinerators only generate electricity efficiently in a narrow range of waste input they were designed for.

Alan Watson’s PowerPoint presentation is available for download.

Independent Waste Expert answers your questions on Guernsey’s solid waste strategy

February 6th, 2010 by Events

A group of Guernsey residents and business owners have organised two international waste experts to visit Guernsey this month.

UK specialist Alan Watson will give a presentation on 9 February at Les Cotils (seating limited to 200) and a waste expert from the USA has been invited to speak on 23 February at the Beau Sejour Leisure Centre theatre.

For Your Information first Presentation:

Q&A and presentation by Alan Watson on Guernsey solid waste proposal.
9 February at 7.30 pm
Harry Bound Room, Les Cotils, St. Peter Port

Alan Watson runs a public interest consultants which specialises in energy and waste issues.

He has been a chartered engineer since 1986 and has an honours degree in mechanical engineering. He worked for the UK Department of the Environment for 7 years, and as a senior design engineer for a company involved in heat recovery, combined heat and power and combustion processes.  He has a wide range of experience in the field of waste disposal and toxic chemicals.  He has undertaken research and has presented conference papers on technologies, applications, policy implications and health and environmental impacts including toxicology.  He has given expert evidence to UK parliamentary committees. He has been a member of the statutory Environmental Protection Advisory Committee for Environment Agency Wales.  He has been accredited as an expert in combustion processes and emissions in a Florida Court in relation to litigation in the USA.  He is currently a member of the UNEP expert working group on the Best Available Techniques/ Best Available Practices for the implementation of the Stockholm Convention on persistent organic pollutants and regularly attend UNEP conventions and present papers at UNEP workshops on chemicals and waste shipments.

Invitation to presentation on Guernsey's solid waste strategy by Alan Watson