Archive for April, 2010

Guernsey’s Sofsync Ltd. produces ‘My Carbon Controller’ software

April 30th, 2010 by Richard Lord

Guernsey company Sofsync Ltd. has produced ‘My Carbon Controller‘ software. The software is an easy way to calculate and manage a personal carbon footprint. My Carbon Calculator makes it easy to calculate and track personal greenhouse gas emissions.

A personal carbon footprint is a measurement of the impact one has on the environment and on contributing to climate change.

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State of Guernsey Environment Department’s Electric Nemo van

April 30th, 2010 by Richard Lord

Andrew McCutcheon of the States of Guernsey Environment Department removes the 13 amp plug from the electric Citroen Nemo van. ©RLLord

Andrew McCutcheon of the State of Guernsey Environment Department looks after the electric Citroen Nemo van, which was supplied by The Electric Vehicle Company in Guernsey.

This garage space with its charge point is reserved for the electric van.

Free Business Energy and Carbon Monitoring Calculator

April 28th, 2010 by Richard Lord

The SMEasure website run by Oxford University provides a building energy analysis and carbon monitoring tool to help businesses save money and reduce carbon emissions.  SMEeasure requires no kit.  It provides you with the tools to successfully manage the energy use of the buildings your business occupies, including a knowledge base on Building Energy Management.

The data inputted into the system will contribute to leading building research being done by the Lower Carbon Futures (LCF) in the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University.

How to Recognise Plastics that can be recycled in Guernsey

April 27th, 2010 by Rosie

For recycling purposes,  plastics are divided into 7 different categories that are numbered 1 to 7.  In Guernsey at present, we are only recycling the first two categories, Nos. 1 & 2.

Inclusion of the wrong kind of plastic into the recycling bins, can lead to the whole batch becoming contaminated and refused in the market place.

How to recognise plastics Nos. 1 & 2.

The number 1 or 2 is embossed or printed within the recycling triangle usually on the underside of the item. (see below for more details).  Any other number in the triangle means it is not currently recycled here and must not be put into the recycling bins.

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DEFRA Guidance on how to measure and report your greenhouse gas emissions

April 27th, 2010 by Richard Lord

Click “DEFRA Guidance on how to measure and report your greenhouse gas emissions” to download the paper.

Blind Spot – The Role of Household Energy Efficiency in Combating Climate Change

April 27th, 2010 by Richard Lord

To download paper click link: Blind Spot – The Role of Household Energy Efficiency in Combating Climate Change

White Paper – European Transport Policy for 2010: Time to Decide

April 27th, 2010 by Richard Lord

To download paper click link: WHITE PAPER – European transport policy for 2010 – time to decide

World Facts and Figures Counter

April 26th, 2010 by Richard Lord

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If you buy AA or AAA batteries buy rechargable ones..

April 26th, 2010 by Richard Lord

Rechargeable AA or AAA batteries are now readily available in Guernsey shops. 

There is a substantial cost saving to the consumer for purchasing and using rechargeable batteries instead of single-use disposable batteries.

Uniross batteries are endorsed by the World Wildlife Fund.  The packaging for Uniross AAA batteries claims that one rechargeable battery = 1000 disposable batteries.

You will need a charger to benefit from using rechargeable batteries.  A Uniross Quick battery charger, which can fully charge AA or AAA batteries in about 15 minutes, can be purchased for less than £20.00.

AAA batteries have a 1000 mAh rating and AA batteries can have a 2700 mAh rating.  AA batteries will work for longer per charge than AAA batteries.

Comparing the benefit of rechargeable AAA batteries to single-use disposable batteries in cost and waste generated

Rechargeable AA and AAA batteries are ideal for use in camera flashes, digital cameras, and torches.  Buying them will save money and substantially reduce the amount of batteries that need to be recycled or disposed of.

Free Interactive Web Event: Sustainability in Everyday Life by EarthScan

April 26th, 2010 by Richard Lord

Earthscan is offering a free live interactive webinar or Internet seminar on Wednesday 28 April 2010 beginning at 1700 GMT.  This is the second earthscan seminar of the series to address sustainability.  To register for the event visit the Earthscan website.

Earthscan held a ‘Sustainability in Everyday Life’ Earthcast on 31 March 2010.  This covered institutional and cultural change.  The Earthcast was recorded for playback.

The second Earthscan Earthcast to be broadcast on 28 April will address how individuals can change their behaviour and inspire change in others.  The Earthcast includes an audio track and a slide show to accompany the information presented.