Archive for December, 2012

Where can I recycle Christmas trees in Guernsey?

December 31st, 2012 by Richard Lord

chipped Christmas trees to be used for mulch (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

According to the States of Guernsey Public Services Department, Christmas trees for recycling can be dropped off during opening hours until 22 January 2013 at the following locations:

The area for depositing a Christmas tree for recycling at Le Friquet Garden Centre is at the back of the car park (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The Longue Hougue Recycling Facility is open during weekdays from 7.30 am to 4 pm and on weekends from 9.00 Continue reading

GE researching and developing lower cost wind turbine technology

December 31st, 2012 by GE Global Research

A section of a wind turbine blade depicts a new manufacturing concept that would entail covering the blade with a tensioned fabric. This approach could significantly reduce production costs and make wind energy more economical (click image to expand - image courtesy of GE Global Research)

GE, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech), and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), will begin work on a project that could fundamentally change the way wind blades are designed, manufactured and installed.

With most of the cost of electricity from wind energy tied up in the initial capital investments made in the wind turbines themselves, new technology advancements that reduce these costs could substantially lower the overall cost of wind power.

“GE’s weaving an advanced wind blade that could be the fabric of our clean energy future,” said Dr Wendy Lin, a GE Principal Engineer and leader on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA-E) project. Continue reading

‘Go Green’ New Year’s Eve ice party in Market Square, St Peter Port

December 31st, 2012 by JT

Ice Skate Guernsey's ice rink turned green for JT's 'Go Green' New Year's Eve ice skate. Unfortunately the heavy rain in the early evening reduced the number of skaters using the rink (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

JT, Ice Skate Guernsey co-sponsor, is hosting a ‘Go Green’ New Year’s Eve ice party to encourage islanders to make more environmentally-friendly choices in 2013.

JT has organised the event in support of fellow Ice Skate Guernsey sponsor Carbon Bureau, in their efforts to use carbon reduction projects in Malaysia, India and China to offset the carbon footprint of the ice-rink in Market Square.

The ice will be turned green for the party which will take place from 4 pm on Monday 31 December 2012.

Skaters of all ages are invited to join in the fun by wearing something green to help turn the rink as ‘green’ as possible. Continue reading

Boxing Day English Channel dip in aid of Guernsey Cheshire Home

December 27th, 2012 by Richard Lord

The 13th annual Guernsey Cheshire Home Boxing Day Dip in Cobo Bay, Guernsey began at 10.00 am.

Dave Chester, Castel Parish douzenier, and organiser of the Boxing Day Dip, collecting donations for Guernsey Cheshire Home (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Castel douzenier Dave Chester began the Boxing Day dip for the Beau Sejour Swimming Club in 1999 to raise money in aid of the people who suffered from the terrible flooding in Vargas State, Venezuela. Continue reading

UK on track for 15% of its energy to be from renewable energy by 2020

December 26th, 2012 by RenewableUK

Atlantic deploys a 1 MW tidal turbine at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney, Scotland (click image to expand - Image courtesy of FORCE, Green Energy Futures - David Dodge)

RenewableUK, the trade and professional body representing the wind, wave and tidal energy industries, has welcomed the publication of the UK Renewable Energy Roadmap Update by the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change.

The Update states that the UK is on track to meet its first interim target on the way towards generating 15% of all energy (electricity, heat and transport) from renewable sources by 2020.

This means that 30% of the UK’s electricity will come from renewables by the end of the decade, with wind playing a leading role.

The report highlights the fact that since the Roadmap was first published in July 2011, the amount of renewable energy generated in the year to July 2012 increased by 27%, so that Continue reading

Howbery Business Park’s focus on sustainability attracting tenants

December 25th, 2012 by HR Wallingford Group Ltd

A field of photovoltaic panels that power Howbery Business Park in Oxfordshire (click image to expand - image courtesy of HR Wallingford Group Ltd)

The UK’s first solar-powered business park has revealed significant energy and carbon savings in its first year since installing 3,000 ground solar panels.

Oxfordshire-based Howbery Business Park, which counts the UK’s Environment Agency among its tenants, powered 34% of its park with solar energy from April to September 2012, beating its initial forecast of 25%.

The solar park has generated 730,000 kWh in its first 12 months, preventing 400 tonnes of CO2 from being released to the atmosphere. It has fed more than 116,000 kWh to the National Grid to date.

“Solar energy has proved to be a highly effective alternative energy source for our park,” John Ormston, Chief Executive, Howbery Business Park, said. Continue reading

Skipton Swimarathon appoints new chairman

December 25th, 2012 by Skipton International Ltd

(left to right) Jim Coupe of Skipton International Ltd.; Steve Hogg, incoming Chairman of the Skipton Swimarathon; and Jeffrey Kitts, retiring Swimarathon Chairman (click image to expand - image by Steve Sarre, courtesy of The Guernsey Press)

Steve Hogg replaces Jeff Kitts as Chairman of the Skipton Swimarathon from January 2013.

Jeff Kitts is retiring after 5 years, having enjoyed over 36 years involvement in the event.

Steve Hogg is a retired HSBC area manager and is actively involved in a number of local charities.

He is a member of the Rotary Club of Guernsey and was the Club’s President in 2010.

Unusually, he is a non-swimmer even though his wife is an accomplished swimmer and swimming referee, but has accepted the challenge of learning to swim in time for the Skipton Swimarathon in October 2013. Continue reading

Britain receiving over ten percent of its electricity from renewable energy

December 24th, 2012 by RenewableUK

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

The Department of Energy and Climate Change has published statistics showing that renewable energy is playing an increasingly significant role in powering UK homes and business.

The amount of UK electricity generated from renewable sources increased to 11.7% in the third quarter of 2012, up from 9.1% in the same period last year, due to increased capacity. This equals the record set in the fourth quarter of 2011.

This means that renewables’ share of UK electricity generation for the first three quarters of 2012 increased to 11%, up from 8.5% in the first three quarters of 2011.

Wind energy is the dominant renewable technology, generating 45% of the UK’s clean electricity. Continue reading

Fisheries Committee of European Parliament votes to reform Common Fisheries Policy

December 24th, 2012 by Seas at Risk

The Cap Nord stern trawler in Boulogne harbour, France on 26 May 2003 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The Fisheries Committee of the European Parliament voted on 18 December 2012 to reform the Common Fisheries Policy.

MEPs expressed their desire for a more sustainable European fisheries by voting to restore fish stocks to healthy levels, set fishing limits according to scientific advice, and end discards.

Dr Monica Verbeek, Seas At Risk Executive Director, said “this vote shows recognition of the fact that a prospering fisheries sector can only be based on sustainably managed fish stocks.” Continue reading

West Antarctic ice sheet among the fastest-warming regions on Earth

December 23rd, 2012 by Ohio State University

Research published in the paper ‘Central West Antarctica among the most rapidly warming regions on Earth‘ in Nature Geoscience states that the western part of the ice sheet is experiencing nearly twice as much warming as previously thought. This discovery raises concern about the future contribution of melt water from Antarctica to sea level rise.

Researchers have discovered that the central region of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is experiencing twice as much warming as previously thought. Byrd Station provides the only long-term temperature observations in the region, far away from the permanent research stations with long-term temperature records (indicated by black circles). On this map, the colour intensity indicates areas around Antarctica that are likely experiencing comparable warming to Byrd Station. (click map to expand - map by Julien Nicolas, courtesy of Ohio State University)

The temperature record from Byrd Station, a scientific outpost in the centre of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS), demonstrates a marked increase of 4.3° Fahrenheit (2.4° Celsius) in average annual temperature since 1958. This is three times faster than the average temperature rise around the Earth. Continue reading