Archive for June, 2013

Call for safer streets for cycling and walking as Tour de France begins

June 28th, 2013 by Brake

Go20 launch (click image to expand - image courtesy of Brake)

Go20 launch (click image to expand – image courtesy of Brake)

Road safety charity Brake has renewed calls for drivers and authorities across the British Isles to GO 20 as the Tour de France begins, to enable more people to enjoy cycling without fear or threat to their safety.

Brake, alongside a GO 20 campaign coalition, is calling for 20 mph limits to become the norm across built-up areas, so people can cycle and walk for their health and enjoyment, and for cheap and sustainable travel, without being or feeling endangered.

The campaign appeals to drivers to GO 20 or below around homes, schools and shops to protect cyclists and pedestrians.

UK Government Department of Transport statistics released on 27 June 2013 show that 118 cyclists were killed, and 3,222 were seriously injured in 2012, marking the third year in a row when cyclist deaths and serious injuries have risen.

While this is at least partly down to a rise cycling, Brake is calling for action to enable more people to cycle without risking injury. Continue reading

Marks & Spencer backs call for UK National Bee Action plan

June 27th, 2013 by Friends of the Earth

honey bees on the inner cover of the beehive at Hansard Trust on The Grange (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

honey bees on the inner cover of the beehive at Hansard Trust on The Grange in St Peter Port (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

On 27 June 2013, Marks and Spencer called on the UK Government to create a Bee Action Plan.

The retailer joins businesses such as The Co-operative and B&Q, key scientists, 200 MPs from all parties, and tens of thousands of the British public asking for action on the issue.

The call comes ahead of a summit meeting of key stakeholders on Friday 28 June 2013, at which Environment Minister Lord de Mauley is expected to outline the UK Government’s plans to protect bees from decline.

Friends of the Earth has seen an early draft of the UK Government’s plans, and fears tomorrow’s announced proposals will be too weak.

The environment charity says urgent action is needed to reverse bee decline and protect all kinds of bees, whose numbers have declined dramatically over recent years due to disease, chemicals, loss of habitat, and poor weather. Continue reading

Power generation from renewables twice that of nuclear and more than gas by 2016 but challenges remain

June 27th, 2013 by International Energy Agency

(click report cover to go to International Energy Agency Mid-Term market Report page)

(click report cover to go to International Energy Agency Mid-Term market Report page)

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has stated in its second annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report (MTRMR) that power generation from hydro, wind, solar and other renewable sources worldwide will exceed that from gas and be twice that from nuclear by 2016.

According to the MTRMR, despite a difficult economic context, renewable power is expected to increase by 40% in the next five years.

Renewables are now the fastest-growing power generation sector and will make up almost a quarter of the global power mix by 2018, up from an estimated 20% in 2011.

The share of non-hydro sources such as wind, solar, bio-energy and geothermal in total power generation will double, reaching 8% by 2018, up from 4% in 2011 and just 2% in 2006. Continue reading

Most fuel-efficient production car to be at Goodwood Festival of Speed

June 27th, 2013 by Events

The Volkswagen XL1 is the world’s most fuel-efficient production vehicle (click image to expand - image courtesy of Volkswagen)

The Volkswagen XL1 is the world’s most fuel-efficient production vehicle (click image to expand – image courtesy of Volkswagen)

Volkswagen will be at the 20th Goodwood Festival of Speed on from 12 to 14 July 2013.

Taking pride of place on the Volkswagen stand, and also making its way up the famous hill climb, will be the XL1.

This super-innovative, ultra-frugal model looks like a vision of the future, but it is in fact already in limited production.

The XL1 is the world’s most fuel-efficient production vehicle, with an official combined fuel consumption figure of 313 mpg and CO2 emissions of 21 grams per km, and it is also one of the most advanced vehicles in the world.

Its body is made largely of carbon-fibre reinforced polymer, while its drivetrain melds a two-cylinder 800 cubic centimetre (cc) diesel engine with an electric motor.

Like any good supercar, it is low at only 128.2 cm high, and features scissor-opening doors, and its 120-litre boot does make it more practical than most supercars.

Among those driving the XL1 will be Formula One driver and six-times Le Mans winner Jacky Ickx, and Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, outgoing Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen brand responsible for development.

Visit the Festival of Speed website for more information or to purchase tickets.

You can follow Volkswagen at Goodwood on Twitter at @UKVolkswagen.

 

University of Exeter publish report on Guernsey’s renewable energy & strategy recommendations to 2050

June 27th, 2013 by Richard Lord

Third year University of Exeter Renewable Energy Students with faculty members, members of Guernsey's Renewable Energy Team, and members of the Department of Commerce & Employment outside Beau Sejour Leisure Centre on 28 May 2013 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Third year University of Exeter Renewable Energy Students with faculty members, members of Guernsey’s Renewable Energy Team, and members of the Department of Commerce & Employment outside Beau Sejour Leisure Centre on 28 May 2013 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Third year University of Exeter Renewable Energy students visited Guernsey for ten days in the later part of May 2013 to study Guernsey’s current energy sources and uses, and Guernsey’s renewable energy potential.

Forty-six students divided into teams to study offshore wind energy, onshore wind energy, wave energy, biofuel potential, energy from waste, solar energy, energy storage, and the potential for Guernsey to electrify its transport system.

The team leaders gave presentations on their research results at Beau Sejour Leisure Centre on the morning of 28 May 2013.

The students have published their research for the States of Guernsey Renewable Energy Team in two papers.

The ‘Guernsey Energy Analysis and Strategy Recommendations to 2050’ Part 1 and Part 2 can be downloaded from the Working with Universities web page of the Guernsey Renewable Energy Commission website.

 

CI Co-operative Society distributes 2013 Helping Hands funding for charities and community groups

June 27th, 2013 by The Channel Islands Co-operative Society Limited

Babies, toddlers and guinea pigs are amongst the recipients of The Channel Islands Co-operative Society’s Helping Hands initiative.

Helping Hands was set up to give local good causes a financial boost.

This year, 114 applications were received from youth groups, schools, church congregations, heritage and environmental organisations, social-welfare and health care providers and 28 such groups were selected to receive a share of the donations.

“As a local community retailer in the Channel Islands, we want to help as many local initiatives as possible, although it is an extremely difficult task to choose which recipients should receive support as each and every one is deserving,” said Chief Commercial Officer Jim Plumley.

“It is important for us to understand from the entries how the money will be used and what the benefit will be,” he said. Continue reading

CI Air Search nominated charity for Carey Olsen Inter-Island Yacht Race

June 27th, 2013 by Carey Olsen

Lions Pride aircraft (click image to expand - ©Chris George, Channel Publications)

The Lions Pride aircraft operated by Channel Islands Airsearch (click image to expand – ©Chris George, Channel Publications)

The Channel Islands Air Search has been nominated as the chosen charity to receive all funds raised from the 50th anniversary of the Inter-Island Yacht Race.

The Channel Islands Air Search is a voluntary service providing a rapid airborne search and rescue service using an Islander Aircraft in and around the Channel Islands.

The operating area covers some 4,000 square miles of water surrounding the Channel Islands and the adjacent French coasts.

It operates by day and night throughout the year in the worst of weather conditions and is in effect the “Eyes of the Lifeboat” providing visual, radar and an infrared detection capability. Continue reading

Channel Islands Skills Academy launch post graduate diploma in Strategic Leadership

June 27th, 2013 by Events

The Channel Islands Skills Academy (‘CISA’) announce the launch of a new post graduate Diploma in Strategic Leadership – a qualification branded by UK industry as the “Practical MBA”.

This 10 module programme will provide executive leaders with the strategic foundations to lead and manage their organisation in today’s challenging world.

This programme is delivered over a 12 month period and carries a fee of £4995.

CISA have further enhanced its growth strategy by partnering with JIBS to deliver a suite of Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment programmes from September 2013.

CISA will hold an information evening on 22 July 2013 from 5.30 pm at the OGH Hotel, St Peter Port.

This will provide an excellent opportunity to meet the team and to learn more about CISA’s pan island offering. Light refreshments will be served.

Please email: [email protected] to reserve your place.

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Drayson Racing dashes through world electric car land speed record

June 26th, 2013 by Drayson Racing Technologies LLP

Drayson electric car that (click image to expand - image courtesy of Drayson Racing)

Drayson electric car that (click image to expand – image courtesy of Drayson Racing)

Lord Drayson, former science minister, set a new world electric vehicle land speed record of 204.185 mph in a Drayson B12 69/EV electric Le-Mans Prototype on 25 June 2013 at Elvington Airfield in England.

Drayson Racing, the Oxford-based sustainable motorsport company, surpassed the previous 175 mph record by 29.2 mph, which had stood for nearly forty years.

Lord Drayson said “I’m delighted we’ve beaten the record and can show the world EVs can be fast and reliable.”

“Drayson Racing is a laboratory for EV technology, testing it to the most extreme level,” he said. Continue reading

Tumaini Fund needs money to ship essential supplies to AIDS widows and orphans in Tanzania

June 26th, 2013 by Tumaini Fund

Unloading container Tanzania (click image to expand - image courtesy of The Tumaini Fund)

Unloading much needed supplies for AIDS widows and orphans in Tanzania (click image to expand – image courtesy of The Tumaini Fund)

The Tumaini Fund has collected enough donated goods to fill a container, just two months after the last one arrived in Tanzania where the Guernsey based charity supports 25,000 widows and orphans.

However money is required to cover the cost of shipping a container filled with medical and educational supplies, and computers and clothing to Tanzania, Africa.

“I’m delighted that we already have enough much-needed supplies to fill another container,” said Dr Susan Wilson MBE, chair of The Tumaini Fund, who was given an MBE for her charitable work in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.

“The generosity of Guernsey residents never ceases to amaze me,” she said. Continue reading