Archive for August, 2010

Minutes of the Jersey Climate Action Network meeting on 27 July 2010

August 20th, 2010 by Jeremy Harris

Present: Francis Binney, Olivia Copsey, Mark Forskitt, Jeremy Harris, Nigel Jones, Roger Jones, Stephen Le Quesne, Nick Palmer, and Joy Thomson.

1. Minutes: The minutes of the meeting held on 29th June, having been previously circulated, were taken as read and were confirmed.

2. Time for Tap campaign: Mark welcomed Olivia Copsey for a discussion on the Eco-Active ‘Time for Tap’ campaign. Olivia explained the campaign had recently been launched with the aim of reducing the consumption of bottled water, thereby helping to cut down on carbon emissions associated with its production, storage, transportation and disposal. Mains water was the natural alternative to mineral water for the majority of islanders, and it complied with all EU and other relevant directives on water quality. Eco-Active was promoting the campaign at the forthcoming Grassroots Festival, and was also seeking to persuade States departments and other organisations to use sustainably-produced carafes of mains water instead of bottled water.

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Greenwash – fill your shopping baskets and let the planet cook

August 19th, 2010 by Lindsay

This 3 minute film “Greenwash” produced by Chris Denton, Lindsay de Sausmarez, and Lou Fletcher was submitted for the 2010 Straight 8 film Competition.  This film competition requires shooting one 8 mm film cartridge with no editing.

Draft Regional Environmental Assessment Consultation

August 19th, 2010 by Guernsey Renewable Energy Commission

In October 2009 the Shadow Guernsey Renewable Energy Commission (GREC) published a draft scoping report for the Regional Environmental Assessment (REA). The comments received from the subsequent consultation were incorporated into the scoping report that was published in February 2010. This report identified the study area and the work required for the production of the REA.

The REA is now published in draft form (26 MB zip file) for consultation. It is a strategic technical assessment of the potential environmental impacts (positive and negative) that could result from the development of marine renewable energy in Guernsey and Sark territorial waters. The document runs to about five hundred pages and therefore a Non Technical Summary (NTS) has also been produced. This explains the purpose and results of the REA in an easy to read format for the general reader. Both of these documents and the scoping report are available to download from the internet by following the links on the Guernsey Renewable Energy Commission (GREC) website.

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The Life Cycle of the Plastic Bag

August 18th, 2010 by Richard Lord

KPMG’s “Make a Difference” in the community initiative

August 18th, 2010 by KPMG

Staff members from KPMG in Guernsey headed out of the office again this summer as part of the organisation’s annual ‘Make a Difference’ initiative.

This year, over 100 staff are taking part in the initiative. They will be working on a number of community initiatives across the island including creating a Centenary Garden at Vauvert Primary School, working with the Culture and Leisure department on environmental projects at Castle Cornet, Fermain Battery and the Ivy Castle at Chateau de Marais, helping at the WRVS Jubilee Day Centre for the elderly, providing extra man-power to help the organisers demount the North Show and providing a task force for the walled garden at Saumarez Park.

KPMG employees helping the community (click image to expand)

The work with the department will be demanding and will involve reinstating the flower beds and planted borders along Well Walk at Castle Cornet; clearing around 20 metres of flowering plants, weeds and grasses whilst retaining those plants that can be reused; removing ivy and weeds from the walls; and replanting the area with attractive and appropriate plants, both new and recycled

At Fermain Battery, the team have been clearing an area covered by hottentot fig, weeds and undergrowth; weeding the whole battery; and undertaking litter picking on the beach. At Ivy Castle, the KPMG volunteers will help with the removal of trees from the site and generally clear both entrances to the Chateau; weed the magazine and clear brambles around the perimeter wall.

‘Every year, KPMG identifies projects in that will have an impact on our community.’ said KPMG Managing Director Mark Thompson. ‘Make a Difference projects are now a firm fixture for KPMG and staff now keenly anticipate these days as a very popular feature of the summer schedule. Staff are encouraged to nominate projects which mean something to them personally and the choice of projects this year gives everyone the opportunity to choose something that appeals to them whilst benefitting the community. Passers by at the sites we have been working on have been applauding our work, which helps spur us on. These events also help us forge new relationships with our partners on these projects and we encourage and support staff to continue volunteering individually all year round with a matched time policy.’

Helen Glencross, Historic Sites Curator for Culture and Leisure is grateful for the help her department will be receiving this week.

KPMG staff volunteering (click image to expand)

‘Keeping on top of the local sites of interest is always a big job and it is often the environmental aspect which needs the most input. Having volunteers from KPMG to help us will be a really big help to us and will enable us to get so much more done than we would have been able to in such a short time frame otherwise.’ she said. ‘Last year KPMG outperformed our expectations in the amount they achieved at Vale Castle and despite persistent drizzle yesterday at Ivy Castle, it looks as though they will be doing the same this year – everyone is working extremely hard’.

2010 is the fifth year in which KPMG has taken part in the summer projects making a difference in the community. Previously, teams from the firm have laid a walkway encircling Vale Castle, redecorated Les Bourgs Hospice Charity Store, undertaken conservation work at L’Eree and Le Prevote and worked at Vale Church Hall, North Youth Centre, Lihou Island and WRVS Jubilee Day Centre. Throughout July and August this year, teams from KPMG have also provided holiday cover for regular volunteers at the WRVS Jubilee House day centre for the elderly, serving teas coffees and lunches.

Staff at KPMG in Jersey are also tackling projects this week at the Jersey Cheshire Home, JSPCA, Jersey Hospice and with Jersey Trees for Life.

Wastewater Charge Set for April 2011

August 17th, 2010 by Guernsey Water

THE new Wastewater Charge agreed by the States last year is due to be implemented in 2011.

The charge, which was originally approved by the States of Guernsey in January 2009, was considered by the Privy Council, and received Royal assent on the 21st July 2010. It has since been registered with Guernsey’s Royal Court, and will need a Commencement Ordinance in order for it to be implemented.

Deputy Bernard Flouquet, Minister, Public Services Department said “I anticipate the States will be asked to agree the introduction of the new charges from April 2011.”

Income from the charge will be reinvested into the wastewater network. All domestic and commercial properties will be liable to pay the charge. Part of the income is ear-marked for investigatory work to improve the Island’s sewage treatment.

Deputy Flouquet added: “Currently the wastewater network is funded by the States of Guernsey’s general revenue, so the income from the Wastewater Charge will reduce reliance on the central fund. This will in turn free up States resources which can be used for other things.”

The charge will cost customers an average of £150 per household per annum, and will consist of a standing charge of £30 per annum and additional charges relating to wastewater discharged (metered customers) or the TRP of the property (unmetered customers). The final portion of the charge will be a fixed fee of £50 per annum per household/business which will be used for sewage treatment investigation works. The latter fee will only be collected for a four-year period, from 2011 to 2014.

It is intended that the charges should be as fair as possible to all customers while ensuring that sufficient funds are generated to offset the costs of operating the sewerage network. At the same time every effort has been made to keep the system as simple as possible.

For those properties which have cesspits, they will still be liable for wastewater charges. However, as pledged in its 2007 report, the Department intends to introduce a reduced cesspit emptying charge. It has decided to set this at approximately half of the usual charge.

Guernsey Wastewater, a business unit of the Public Services Department, will be responsible for the administration and collection of the new Wastewater Charge. Director of Water Services, Andrew Redhead, said: “We are preparing ourselves to make sure that our systems and staff are ready for the introduction of the charge. All being well, we should be able to start collecting the charge from the beginning of April 2011.”

In an effort to reduce administration costs, Guernsey Wastewater will be collecting the income from the wastewater charge through Guernsey Water’s billing system. This means that customers will be able to pay using the same methods as they would for their normal water bill. Guernsey Water customers who are already on Direct Debit for their water charges will not need to do anything, as their wastewater bill will automatically be debited from their account when the charge is introduced. Direct Debit customers will of course be informed of the amount that will be debited from their account in advance as per the Direct Debit Guarantee.

Further information about the charge can be found at www.water.gg/wastewater. An advice leaflet will also be sent out to customers with Guernsey Water’s first quarter billing run (January – March 2011).

Wecycle’s smart new kerbside recycling lorry

August 4th, 2010 by Richard Lord

The Wecycle kerbside recycling collection lorry is well-designed with closed compartments for paper and cardboard collection, and open cage compartments for plastic 1 (PET or PETE) and plastic 2 (HDPE or PE), tins and cans, milk and juice cartons, and for glass bottles.

Wecycle lorry caged compartments for clean recyclable material

Wecycle's kerbside recycling lorry with compartments to separate the recyclable material that can be collected. The compartments can be tilted hydraulically to shed their load onto the floor of the receiving halls at Mayside Recycling Ltd. and the Fontaine Vinery waste segregation facility (click image to expand)

The flatbed of the lorry can be hydraulically tilted so that the compartments can dispense their load of recyclates to the receiving hall at Mayside Recycling Ltd. or at the Fontaine Vinery waste segregation facility.

While the lorry was parked on Les Vardes during a light shower a home owner came out to ask if the company provided a kerbside recycling collection service.  There is genuine enthusiasm for this service in Guernsey.

What is so impressive is the quality of the recyclable material Wecycle is collecting.  It is clean; there is no odour unlike the bring bank containers that are often sticky and dirty from the uncleaned recyclable material that some people deposit in them.  The odour caused by unwashed recyclable material attracts wasps to some bring banks during the summer months.

Dealing with Wecycle is a pleasure.  Wecycle collects good quality recyclable material because the people who use their service take pride in making their community the best it can be.

Call 265508 or visit their website to sign-up to Wecycle’s kerbside recycling collection service.

Guernsey Electricity Ltd. adopts vehicle of the future

August 4th, 2010 by Guernsey Electricity Ltd.

Guernsey Electricity has taken another step to reduce its carbon footprint by adding a new electric van to its fleet of service vehicles.

A new Citroën Nemo van, which has been converted to electric drive by Guernsey based firm the Electric Vehicles Company, is being trialled at Guernsey Electricity. The vehicle runs on a 15kW battery using lithium ion technology, the same resource that powers most mobile phones.

The battery is contained in a module underneath the vehicle whilst the traction motor and control equipment are fitted in the original engine area, leaving the load space unaffected. It is equipped with regenerative braking and a highly sophisticated battery and engine management unit which can monitor and govern the use of each individual cell in the battery, thus maximising both range and battery life.

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Guernseymums.gg offers Freecycle web service

August 3rd, 2010 by Richard Lord

Guernseymums.gg have set-up a Freecycle web page to provide a free listing of unwanted items that others could use.  To list an item on the Guernseymums freecycle web page email: [email protected]

The item being donated will be listed on the Guernseymums web site for 4 weeks unless the donor informs Guernseymums that the item has been freecycled.

Sticky: An Earthcast web based seminar on ‘Sustainable Transport Policy’ on 11 August 2010

August 2nd, 2010 by Richard Lord

Earthscan are holding a one hour earthcast on Sustainable Transport Policy on 11 August 2010 at 5 pm.  This earthcast allows you to experience an audio-visual presentation on your computer.  To attend this presentation register here.

Free seminars are offered by Earthscan to promote the books they publish.  The Sustainable Transport Policy earthcast will present Paul Mees, who is a senior lecturer in transport planning at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and Preston Schiller who is adjunct lecturer in the school of Urban and Regional Planning at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Paul Mees is author of “An Introduction to Sustainable Transportation” and Preston Schiller is author of Transport for Suburbia.

The seminar will explore the problems that sustainability poses for transport planners and innovative solutions from around the world.

  • Discover the cultural, historical and political challenges to creating sustainable transport systems
  • Explore different policies that work at local, regional and national levels
  • Learn about successful and unsuccessful solutions from cities across the world

Preston L. Schiller and Paul Mees will present the latest thinking on transport policy from global, regional and local perspectives.