Archive for October, 2010

‘Investing for Sustainability’ conference in London on 27 January 2011

October 27th, 2010 by Events

The ‘Investing for Sustainability’ conference takes place at One Whitehall Place, London on the 27 January 2011.

The conference will help companies who are already engaged with sustainability take the next investment step towards developing sustainable products, services and processes.

‘Investing for Sustainability’ will show how to raise capital, get boardroom buy-in, map return-on-investment, and plan for growth and ultimately how to secure a competitive edge.

Speakers include:

• Peter Bragg, Environment and Energy Manager, Eurostar

• Henning Drager, Head of Sustainability, ACCA

• Gemma Lacey, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, John Lewis Partnership

• Steve Millward, Sustainability and Quality Director, Jewson

• Dominic Reilly, Head of Marketing, Williams Formula One

• Julian Walker-Palin, Head of Corporate Policy for Sustainability & Ethics, Asda

• Greg Spratt, Advisor for Environmental Sustainability, Eli Lilly and Company

• David McKnight, Head of Sustainability, The Crown Estate

• Zelda Bentham, Group Senior Environment Manager, Aviva

• Dr Martin Blake, Group Head of Sustainability, Royal Mail Group

• Nigel Graham, Director of Procurement, Whitbread

Registration  begins at 8 am and speeches and presentations last from 9 am to 5.30 pm with a one hour break for lunch between 1 and 2 pm.

For more information on this conference please visit the Sustainable Business Conferences website.

Communicating Climate Change is the subject of an Earthscan webinar on 11 November 2010

October 25th, 2010 by Events

Earthscan are providing a webinar on communicating climate change on 11 November 2010.

This will take place at 5 pm (London, GMT), 9 am Pacific Standard Time (San Francisco), and 12.00 pm Eastern Standard Time (New York), and at 6 pm for continental western European audience.

Join the authors of How to Win Campaigns:Communications for Change and Engaging the Public with Climate Change:Behaviour Change and Communication for a Pre-COP event that presents strategies for engaging the public with climate change messages.

Chris Rose and Lorraine Whitmarsh will tackle the issues faced by organisations and communicators who are tasked with persuading people to act on climate change and related sustainability issues.

Autumn tree walk through Petit Bot valley on 24 October 2010 with Will Roger and Andrew McCutcheon

October 25th, 2010 by Andrew McCutcheon

The beach at Petit Bot on the morning of 24 October 2010 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Will Roger showed us the natural beauty of Petit Bot valley (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

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PSD’s proposed option C Guernsey airport expansion

October 25th, 2010 by Stephen Fell

Proposed PSD option C for the Guernsey airport runway extension (click image to expand)

The picture depicts the impact of the Public Service Department’s preferred solution (option C) to extending Guernsey’s airport runway.  Their proposal requires a new perimeter fence of many kilometres, the destruction of 13 acres of good agricultural land, the burying of La Mare Road under 7 metres of infill, and the extension by 120 metres of the runway to the west.  Option C can be avoided with the use of an Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS).

EMAS is a more environmental solution than the one proposed by PSD.  It is safer than grass and can be accommodated with the current airport boundary, and constructed with the savings made by not extending the airport to the west.

Please join the Guernsey Airport Campaign on Facebook

The Benefit of Green Information Technology in Guernsey

October 25th, 2010 by Robert Childs

Within the last few years people have come to realise that green issues are important if we are to have a planet left for our next generation. So somehow we have to find ways to reduce the amount of energy we consume, both at home and in the workplace that will reduce our carbon footprint and slow down the effects of global warming. One simple way to reduce our energy consumption is to reduce the amount of energy the island consumes to power the Information Technology (IT) required for its offshore industries.

So how does IT impact our carbon footprint?

Globally, aviation is the biggest polluter in terms of carbon produced, however what is little known is that IT (servers and desktop PC’s) come a very close second.

Whilst there are many schemes to offset carbon emissions caused by travel, currently only The Itex Group locally are promoting a similar scheme to its clients for the electricity their servers consume.

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Guernsey Bicycle Group organises Hi Viz cycling event for Sunday 31 October 2010 beginning at 11 am to remind bicyclists and pedestrians to wear high visibility clothing when out on the road during the winter months

October 25th, 2010 by Guernsey Bicycle Group

The Guernsey Bicycle Group (GBG)  has organised a HiViz Cycling Event which will begin at 11 am on Sunday 31 October 2010.  Bicyclists will meet at the lay-by outside of St Sampson High School.  The bicycling event will last approximately one hour.  Everyone is welcome!

Please wear HiViz clothing and bring bicycle lights.

Bicycle safely during Guernsey's long winter nights by wearing high visibility jackets (and trousers) and employing bright front and rear lights (click image to expand)

GBG (Guernsey Bicycle Group) are organising this “hard to miss” event to remind everyone about the clocks changing.

Bicyclists and pedestrians are reminded to wear high visibility clothing when out on the road during the winter months.

If you would like to know more about the Hi Viz event or would like further information about the Guernsey Bicycle Group please call GBG press officer Rollo de Sausmarez on 07781 144 144 or email rollo(at)

The Guernsey Bicycle Group (GBG) exists for the benefit of all by encouraging the use of bicycles and other environmentally friendly forms of transport to reduce the adverse effects of the internal combustion engine. GBG is a voluntary group working for the community.

The Group’s objectives are:

  • to promote improved facilities for bicyclists and walkers;
  • to encourage the community to embrace sustainable forms of transport;
  • to support measures to promote cycling and walking as well as public transport and car sharing;
  • to co-ordinate and focus the efforts of individuals and other groups that share our aims.

Living Streets Guernsey fund raising quiz on 26 November 2010

October 25th, 2010 by Pat Wisher

Living Streets Guernsey is holding a fun fund raising quiz at the Church of Scotland in the Grange, St Peter Port on 26 November 2010 beginning at 7.15 for 7.30 pm.

There will be nine tables of 4.  Please contact Jean Lees (tel: 716564) to book your table.  The cost is £8 per person and includes supper.  There will be a raffle with good prizes.

Parking is available at Lukis House.

Dianna Cohen on TED: Tough truths about plastic pollution

October 23rd, 2010 by Richard Lord

Archivist and Guernsey Chamber of Commerce earn Keep Guernsey Green Award

October 23rd, 2010 by States of Guernsey Environment Department

Achivist and the Chamber of Commerce Guernsey have become the latest companies to receive the Keep Guernsey Green Award following their efforts in conserving energy and managing their waste effectively.

It is the second time that the Chamber of Commerce has received the Award after taking part in the pilot of the scheme in 2006.

Achivist signed up in May 2010 and since that time have demonstrated to their assessor that they have met the standards set under the Award.

Achievement of the Keep Guernsey Green Award is a public acknowledgement of the contribution an organisation makes in helping Guernsey maintain a healthy, clean environment by operating according to best practices in waste management and energy conservation.

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A presentation on Jaguar Land Rover’s hybrid vehicle research at the Duke of Richmond Hotel on 24 November 2010

October 22nd, 2010 by Channel Island Group of Professional Engineers

The Channel Islands Group of Professional Engineers have invited Mike Richardson, Senior Manager Hybrid and Sustainability Projects at Jaguar and Land Rover, to present “Hybrid vehicle research at Jaguar Land Rover” at 8 pm on 24 November 2010 at the Duke of Richmond hotel, St Peter Port, Guernsey.

Jaguar Land Rover is the major manufacturer of premium luxury vehicles in the United Kingdom. Meeting future environmental needs in the luxury sector will be challenging both from a technology and business viewpoint, because these vehicles require premium levels of dependability, comfort (including package and refinement), performance, style and functionality.

The presentation will give an overview of the technology route map for low carbon vehicles and hybrid vehicle technology, followed by a review of current hybrid vehicle research and development in Jaguar Land Rover.

Mike Richardson will also give the same presentation at the Pomme D’Or in St Helier, Jersey on 25 November 2010.

For more information and to book to attend the pre-presentation dinner please visit the CIGPE website.

To learn more about some of the research being carried out by Jaguar Land Rover read an article in The Engineer.