Archive for April, 2011

Nine year old begins tree planting revolution to tackle climate change

April 30th, 2011 by Richard Lord

The Telegraph published a remarkable story on 29 April 2011 about a nine year old boy, Felix Finkbeiner, who started a global tree planting movement with a presentation about planting trees to tackle climate change to his classmates at the Munich International school.  His presentation was so engaging that before long he was speaking to the entire school, and invited to speak to other schools.  Two months after his initial presentation he planted the first sapling.

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Investing in the face of five megatrends

April 29th, 2011 by Toby Birch

As human beings our brains are hard-wired to pigeonhole data for ease of storage and subsequent recall. Perhaps this compartmentalisation is why many find it hard to see the big picture and seem shocked by black swan events.

Free-thinking entrepreneurs are different because they observe opportunities and connections that others fail to appreciate (known as ‘joining the dots’).

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Aztec Group in Guernsey are giving away office desks and matching pedestals for collection as soon as possible

April 29th, 2011 by Richard Lord

UPDATE:  ALL the office furniture offered by Aztec Group has found a new home.  Sustainable Guernsey wishes to help companies and individuals find new homes for furniture they no longer require.  Please contact sustainableguernsey @ gmail.com if you have furniture or equipment you would like to give away for reuse.

Aztec Group in St Peter Port, Guernsey had over one dozen office desks and matching pedestals to give away.

The furniture is in good condition with the oldest being about four years old and the most recent furniture being only six months old.

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New test centre for wind turbine rotor blades that could soon reach 90 metres in length

April 29th, 2011 by Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology

Wind turbines are growing bigger and bigger – the diameter of their rotor blades could soon reach 180 meters. But that creates a need for larger test rigs capable of accommodating the blades for load testing. One of the largest-ever experimental test rigs, for blades measuring up to 90 meters in length, will shortly go into operation.

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e-si installs solarcentury photovoltaic roof tiles on a Guernsey house

April 28th, 2011 by Paul Fletcher

e-si installed the first photovoltaic roof tiles in the Channel Islands on the roof of a Guernsey home.  The PV roof tiles were supplied by Solarcentury.

 

Mayside Recycling deconstructs televisions for recycling

April 28th, 2011 by Mayside Recycling

If you wish to dispose of a television please take it to the Longue Hougue domestic waste recycling facility.

From here it will be collected and deconstructed at Mayside Recycling to recycle the components.

To find out more about the recycling services provided by Mayside Recycling please visit their home page.

 

Citizens from 189 nations will engage in a global day of climate action on 24 September 2011

April 28th, 2011 by Events

350.org is organising Moving Planet – a global day of climate action on 24 September 2011.  350.org describes it as a day to move beyond fossil fuels.

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Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, spoke about this global event at Power Shift 2011.  He said “September 24 is the next big day of action.  We’re calling it Moving Planet and in those 189 nations, people will be in motion.  Much of it will be on bicycles, because the bicycles is one of the few tools that rich and poor both use.”

“We are not going to wait for the politicians to move, we’re going to create the future that we need ourselves.”

Carbon Reduction Commitment clock ticking for UK companies to avoid penalties

April 28th, 2011 by PwC

UK companies could add between five to eleven percent to their energy bills if they don’t submit their first Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) report right first time, according to analysis by PwC of the potential costs of business getting their reporting wrong.

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Electric cars are becoming an economically rational choice for short hop journeys

April 28th, 2011 by PwC

PwC employees in London will trial two Mitsubishi i-MiEV (fully electric vehicles) for journeys over six miles instead of using taxis. (click image to expand)

PwC will pilot two Mitsubishi i-MiEV, which are 100 percent electric vehicles, at the firm’s central London offices as part of a pioneering new scheme to lower the firm’s overall transport emissions, the first of its kind for a corporate fleet.

The deal with Hertz, will encourage employees to swap taxi journeys of over six miles with booking the cars from the firm’s central London offices in Westminster or Southwark.

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Saving energy is the new mantra

April 27th, 2011 by Richard Lord

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The Japanese have made a commitment to reduce their electricity use by up to 25 percent this summer, in the wake of the devastating tsunami that hit the northeast coast of Japan on 11 March 2011 and shut down a fifth of Japanese nuclear power plants.

Japan may endure rolling blackouts for up to five years because of a deficit in electricity generation caused by the earthquake and tsunami.  In Tokyo and surrounding areas, signs of electricity conservation are visible everywhere.

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