Archive for November, 2011

Power shower use quickly uses more water and energy than baths

November 30th, 2011 by Unilever UK and Ireland

A study by Unilever UK and Ireland is the first to reveal what British families really get up to in the shower. The findings will enable scientists to help consumers to save energy, water and money.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXxeyP_A2hc

Using innovative new technology, developed at Unilever’s Port Sunlight R&D laboratory, researchers are now able to monitor actual showering behaviour, rather than relying on self-report which, until now, has been the only way of understanding consumers’ shower antics. Continue reading

Massive growth in European offshore wind farms planned

November 30th, 2011 by The European Wind Energy Association

(click on report cover to go to download page)

Over 141 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind energy capacity is built, under construction, consented, or planned in Europe: enough to power 130 million average EU households.

These wind farms – representing 35 times more capacity than the just under 4 GW installed today – would provide 13.1% of Europe’s total electricity production. Continue reading

Handbags 2 Heels fund raising on 4 December 2011 to help rebuild lives after tsunami

November 30th, 2011 by Events

Bridge 2 Sri Lanka would like to invite you to the Handbags 2 Heels fund raising event from 3 pm to 5 pm on 4 December 2011 at The Farmhouse, St Saviour, Guernsey.  Elegant and stylist handbags and shoes will be on sale at bargain prices.

(please click on the image to download a PDF file to your computer for further information)

Bridge 2 Sri Lanka would appreciate donations of lovely shoes and handbags that are in great condition for this fund raising event for Bridge to Sri Lanka to continue rebuilding lives and homes after the tsunami.

The items can be collected or dropped off.  Please call Sarah Griffith on 07781 133502 or email sarahgriffith @ hotmail.com for further information.

 

More women in leadership roles increase financial performance and corporate social sustainability

November 30th, 2011 by Catalyst

Researchers at Catalyst and Harvard Business School (HBS) suggests that what’s good for women is good for business and also for society as a whole.

According to Gender and Corporate Social Responsibility: It’s a Matter of Sustainability, companies with more women at the top may be better practitioners of corporate social responsibility (CSR). Prior Catalyst research has shown that such companies also financially outperform, on average, those with fewer women in senior leadership roles.

From left to right: Carol Steere, Guernsey's Education Minister; Sophie Tranchell, MBE, MD of Divine Chocolate Ltd; Reverend Mike Keirle; Michelle Johansen, Johansen Executive Coaching; and Debbie Smith, KPMG Channel Islands Ltd Executive Director, Audit; participate in a panel discussion "Does the west have something to learn from the developing world about the role women can play in business and politics?" held at Les Cotils Christian Centre on 12 October 2011 in celebration of Guernsey's 5th anniversary as a Fairtrade Island (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

“Companies are realizing that advancing more women to senior leadership roles has many benefits, including increased financial performance and sustainability,” said Anabel Pérez, Senior Vice President, Development, Catalyst. “As this study shows, inclusive leadership has a positive influence on the quantity and quality of an organization’s CSR initiatives. When business leadership includes women, society wins.”

Catalyst and HBS researchers found that companies with more women board directors and corporate officers contributed significantly more charitable funds, on average, than companies with fewer or no women in senior roles:

  • In 2007, the average donations of companies with three or more women directors were 28 times higher than those of companies with no women directors.
  • Between 1997 and 2007, companies with more women board directors donated significantly more funds than did companies with fewer women—with each additional woman board director representing an increase of 2.3 million dollars.
  • Companies with 25% or more women corporate officers in 2007 made annual contributions that were 13 times higher than those made by companies with zero women corporate officers.
  • Companies with more women corporate officers donated significantly more funds between 1997 and 2007, and for each percentage point increase in women corporate officers, yearly donations increased by 5.7 million dollars.

These higher contribution levels are demonstrably linked to having more women in senior leadership roles, not merely to the size of a company’s budget:

  • Controlling for key factors that might influence donation levels, such as a company’s overall financial performance, size, and industry, the presence of women leaders still had a significant positive impact on a company’s levels of giving.
  • Studies have shown that women leaders may bring diverse perspectives on fairness and the distribution of resources to donation decisions, which may in turn broaden a company’s commitment to CSR and increase its levels of charitable giving.

This study also indicates that companies with more women leaders are not only more committed, on average, to corporate social responsibility—they may also be better at it, in the sense that such companies are likely to develop higher-quality CSR initiatives. Leaders who highlight gender issues in CSR strategies often position their organizations for sustained growth—a payoff that extends from the company to communities and to broader society.

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Catalyst, which was founded in 1962, is the leading nonprofit membership organization expanding opportunities for women and business.

 

Siemens launches new 6 MW direct drive offshore wind turbine

November 30th, 2011 by Siemens AG

On 29 November 2011 Siemens Energy launched its new 6-megawatt (MW) direct drive wind turbine at the European Offshore Wind Energy Conference in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The new SWT-6.0 will be available with rotor diameters of 120 and 154 meters and is designed for the most challenging offshore sites. It features the Siemens direct drive design with 50 per cent fewer parts than comparable geared wind turbines. With a towerhead mass of roughly 350 tons, the SWT-6.0 is the lightest machine in its class. This unique combination of robustness and low weight significantly reduces infrastructure, installation and service costs, and boosts lifetime energy output and profitability.

The prototype of the new 6.0 MW direct drive wind turbine. The SWT-6.0 will be available with rotor diameters of 120 and 154 meters and is designed for the most challenging offshore sites. With a towerhead weighing about 350 tons, the SWT-6.0 is the lightest machine in its class. (click image to expand - image courtesy of Siemens)

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A free 96 page community guide on how to save and produce energy

November 29th, 2011 by Duncan Clark

(please click on the cover to go to the download page)

Duncan Clark writes “‘The Rough Guide to Community Energy‘ which I co-wrote with Malachi Chadwick provides advice on everything from setting up a local carbon-reduction group to fundraising for megawatt-scale wind systems.”

M&S provided financial support and 10:10 provided delivery support.

The 96 page book relates to the UK energy market and is written for a UK audience but it provides useful information for the Guernsey householder.  It is filled with case studies and useful facts and figures to help the reader understand where energy savings can be made, and it provides advice on how to develop community energy projects.  The publication provides a useful list of books and websites for sourcing additional information.

 

How the Dutch got their bicycle paths might surprise you

November 28th, 2011 by A view from the cycle path

Visit A View from the Cycle Path for more information.

Atlantic offshore wind farm development will provide jobs and industrial opportunities

November 28th, 2011 by The European Wind Energy Association

The European Commission has identified offshore wind development in the Atlantic as part of the “new economic reality” of which coastal areas need to take advantage.

Offshore wind turbines (image courtesy of RenewableUK ©Ben Alcraft)

“By 2020, around 20% of the European offshore wind installed capacity could be located in the Atlantic basin”, stated the Commission in its newly published “Maritime Strategy for the Atlantic Ocean Area“. Continue reading

Meeting Europe’s renewable energy targets in harmony with nature

November 28th, 2011 by Birdlife Europe

(click report cover to download report from Birdlife International webpage)

Better policies and planning will protect birds, reduce conflicts and cut carbon faster

Energy from the sun, wind and oceans can be harnessed without harm to Europe’s birds and other wildlife, but European and national governments must step up to the challenge, according to a report released on Tuesday 22 November, in Brussels.

Leading conservation body BirdLife Europe has added its voice to call for a renewables revolution to combat climate change. Continue reading

OECD sees grim future if governments don’t tackle greenhouse gas emissions

November 28th, 2011 by Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development

According to OECD’s latest analysis, global greenhouse gas emissions are projected to double in the next 40 years. This would result in a 3 to 6° Celsius increase of the average global temperature by the end of the century unless governments take decisive action.

(click on report cover to go to OECD report download page)

The OECD’s Environmental Outlook to 2050 (full publication in March 2012) paints a grim picture of the Earth in 2050 if we do not change our policies and behaviour to accommodate the 9 billion people it will have to support in the coming decades. Continue reading