Archive for October, 2012

Energy efficiency investment more worthwhile than increasing supply

October 26th, 2012 by University of East Anglia

The sustainably built and energy efficient Prince's House at the British Research Establishment Innovation Park in Watford (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

According to research from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change at the University of East Anglia, much more needs to be done to develop energy efficient cars, buildings and domestic appliances to address climate change.

A report, ‘Marginalization of end-use technologies in energy innovation for climate protection‘ published in Nature Climate Change on 26 October 2012, shows that twice as much effort is being spent on developing energy supply technologies – such as new power stations – than is spent on improving the efficiency with which energy is used.

The research shows that efficient end-use technologies have the potential to contribute large emission reductions and provide higher social returns on investment – so the imbalance in current innovation efforts must be redressed to mitigate climate change. Continue reading

Guernsey’s renewable energy roles discussed at House of Commons

October 25th, 2012 by Guernsey Finance

Ed Davey, UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, addresses the Regen SW Renewable Energy reception attended by Guernsey representatives at the House of Commons on 11 September 2012 (click image to expand - image courtesy of Regen SW)

Guernsey’s capacity to act as a hub for renewable energy generation and to provide financial products and services to the cleantech sector has been discussed at an event held at the House of Commons.

The Renewable Energy reception on Tuesday 11 September 2012 was attended by Rt. Hon. Ed Davey, MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change at the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Regen SW, an independent centre of expertise, organised the reception. Regen SW is driving forward renewable energy and related business activities in the South West of the UK. Continue reading

Rocquette Cider Company has its most successful apple swap

October 25th, 2012 by Rocquette Cider Company

James Meller of Rocquette Cider Company at a summer street party in St Peter Port (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Rocquette Cider Company, Guernsey’s cider company, based at Les Fauxquets de Haut, Rue des Fauxquets, Castel, has completed the annual apple swap drive and is delighted to report that 2012 is its most successful year yet.

The apple swap encouraged local apple tree owners to support the local brand and boost its harvest through the exchange of their crops for either cash or cider.

Despite the rainy summer and slim pickings on the apple trees, the community rallied behind the local brand with three times as many people getting involved as in 2011.

James Meller, Managing Director, said “we’ve been delighted with the turn out from the local community over the past six weekends.” Continue reading

Lease awarded for 100 MW tidal energy farm off Northern Ireland

October 24th, 2012 by Bord Gais Energy

Bord Gáis Energy and its Irish tidal energy partner, OpenHydro have been awarded exclusive rights to develop a 100 MW tidal energy farm off Torr Head on the north coast of Antrim.

The project, potentially the first of its kind in the island of Ireland, is expected to be completed by the year 2020.

The award was made by The Crown Estate to Tidal Ventures Ltd. (a joint venture between the two energy companies) as part of Northern Ireland’s Offshore Renewable Energy Strategic Action Plan.

Tidal Ventures Ltd, which was established in 2010 with the objective of developing tidal farms, was successful because of the experience of its parent companies in developing large-scale renewable energy projects and specialism in tidal engineering. Continue reading

Increasing amounts of plastic litter on the seafloor of the Arctic Ocean

October 24th, 2012 by Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research

Dr. Melanie Bergmann, biologist and deep-sea expert at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association, has found that the amount of plastic litter on the Arctic sea floor has increased.

An image of a plastic bag on the Arctic seafloor taken by the Ocean Floor Observation System (OFOS) in the Hausgarten area in July 2012 (click image to expand - ©Alfred Wegener Institute)

Her findings are reported in the paper “Increase of litter at the Arctic deep-sea observatory Hausgarten” published in Marine Pollution Bulletin.

Dr. Bergmann examined seafloor photographs taken on the sea route between Greenland and Spitsbergen near the Hausgarten deep-sea observatory from 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2011.

She found that plastic bags and other litter on the seafloor were more frequent in photos from 2011 than in those dating back to earlier years. Continue reading

Saffery Champness raised the most for charity at Skipton Swimarathon

October 24th, 2012 by Saffery Champness

Saffery Champness has once again been named the firm that raised the most amount of money at this year’s Skipton Swimarathon.

The firm entered two teams, made up of a mixture of 18 staff members and their children, for the 36th Skipton Swimarathon.

At the awards evening on 18 October 2012 Guernsey’s Bailiff, Richard Collas, presented the team with the RG Falla Cup for the most funds raised overall, as well as for the second year running, the Lloyds TSB Black Horse Cup for the most raised in the financial services category Continue reading

Guernsey Salvage creates a market for household material for reuse

October 24th, 2012 by Linda Barton

All year round we’re upgrading or downsizing, restoring or replacing the materials of our homes and gardens.

Some of us want to replace new for old, while others want more modern lines.

Unfortunately a great deal of useful material and items with restoration value still end up in the Mont Cuet landfill.

A door that needs a light retouch could be the perfect solution to someone requiring more light in an interior room (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Guernsey Salvage aims to become an important salvage destination. Not only for ordinary householders but for schools, institutions and the building trade who often have some real gems gathering dust in their yards and store rooms. Continue reading

Les Bourgs Hospice reaches redevelopment appeal target but fund raising needs to continue

October 23rd, 2012 by Les Bourgs Hospice

Les Bourgs Hospice has completed its Redevelopment Appeal and raised the £4 million needed to replace the hospice with a purpose-built facility.

At the start of 2010, Les Bourgs launched Guernsey’s biggest ever fundraising appeal to demolish the old building and develop a hospice facility fit for the 21st century.

With a target of £4 million, chairman of the board of governors Mike Tanguy called upon the generosity of islanders to help them achieve it.

“It’s taken us three years but I am absolutely delighted to announce that the Les Bourgs Hospice Redevelopment Appeal is now closed.”

“It is extremely humbling for me to make that announcement as we couldn’t have done it without the fantastic support of Guernsey residents who have taken this appeal to their hearts Continue reading

Dominion Fund Management MUG coastal bike ride raises over £15000 for male cancer charity

October 23rd, 2012 by Male Uprising in Guernsey

The trustees and friends of Male Uprising Guernsey were out on the nature trail on Saturday 20 October 2012 making good the path after the Dominion Fund Management MUG Bike Ride on Sunday 14 October 2012.

Sections of the path were rutted and muddy after cyclists were allowed along the trail as part of the off-road cycle route but MUG were quick to ensure that walkers’ enjoyment of the area was not affected by the event.

About 450 riders participated in the coastal bike ride, which raised over £15,000 for the charity. Continue reading

Monster March on 27 October 2012 to raise funds for Bridge2SriLanka and Bridge2Haiti

October 23rd, 2012 by Events

(click on the image to download a PDF flyer to your computer)

Bridge2SriLanka and Bridge2Haiti have organised The Monster March beginning at 5.30 pm on Saturday 27 October 2012.

The Monster March begins opposite the BBC Studios on Bulwer Avenue, St Sampson and ends at Market Square in St Peter Port.

The first 300 adults to register for The Monster March will receive a free Goodie Bag (not a t-shirt as mentioned on the poster), which can be collected at the start of the March. Continue reading