Archive for the 'Sustainability' Category

Guernsey Post Ltd revalidates its ‘Keep Guernsey Green’ award

February 20th, 2014 by Richard Lord

Deputy Barry Paint of the States of Guernsey Environment Department presents the Green Award to Richard Taylor, Facilities Manager for Guernsey Post Ltd (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Deputy Barry Paint (right) on the States of Guernsey Environment Department Board presents the ‘Keep Guernsey Green’ award to Richard Taylor, Facilities Manager for Guernsey Post Ltd (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Guernsey Post Ltd has received a revalidation of its ‘Keep Guernsey Green’ award from the States of Guernsey Environment Department.

Andy McCutcheon, who heads the Environment Services Unit, which administers the ‘Keep Guernsey Green’ award scheme on behalf of the Environment Department said “it is the mandate of the department to encourage Best Practice in energy and waste management.”

“One way to achieve this and to raise its profile is through the ‘Keep Guernsey Green’ award,” he said.

Deputy Barry Paint of the Environment Department Board presented Richard Taylor, Facilities Manager for Guernsey Post Ltd., with the award.

“On behalf of Guernsey Post, I am delighted to accept this award for recognition of our energy conservation and waste management,” Richard Taylor said. Continue reading

Climate change is a systemic threat to public health, national security and the global financial system

February 14th, 2014 by RSA

(please click report cover to open the RSA webpage containing the report)

(please click report cover to open the RSA webpage containing the report)

An RSA report has found that mischaracterising climate change as an exclusively environmental issue, rather than a broader systemic threat to public health, national security and the global financial system, has led to the majority of the British public failing to take climate change seriously.

In a challenge to the green lobby, A New Agenda on Climate Change, written by Dr Jonathan Rowson of the RSA’s Social Brain Centre, called for the debate to be reframed – so that we face up to our ‘pervasive stealth denial’ and demand politicians and businesses take leadership on the issue.

A Yougov poll of 2024 adults, commissioned for the report, showed that while only a fifth of the British population are sceptical about anthropogenic climate change, 64% of the population accept the facts but do not accept the full implications in terms of their feelings, responsibility and agency.

In addition, only 37% agree their actions are part of the problem, 61% think economic growth should be a priority even if the climate suffers, and 72% said their own standard of living Continue reading

Kerbside Recycling bags delivered to Guernsey homes from next week

February 13th, 2014 by States of Guernsey Public Services Department

Guernsey’s specially designed recycling bags in production at the Gelpack factory in Hereford.

Guernsey’s specially designed blue recycling bag for clean food tins, drink cans, clean aluminium foil and trays, aerosol cans, clean plastic packaging, and washed out cardboard milk and juice cartons (click image to expand – image courtesy of the States of Guernsey Public Services Department)

More than two million specially designed bags have been produced for Guernsey residents to use when the new kerbside recycling collections are introduced in March 2014.

A supply of the bags, made from recycled plastic, will be delivered to every household from the week beginning 17 February 2014.

They will be used for mixed recycling, which will be picked up by along with the regular parish black bag collections.

Clear bags are being provided for mixed paper and cardboard.

Blue bags are for mixed tins, cans, plastic containers and drinks cartons.

The parish bin men will collect clear bags one week, and blue ones the next.

Full instructions on how to use the new service are also being delivered to households from the week of Monday 17 February. Continue reading

Tree planting with enhancement to Baubigny schools walking route

December 10th, 2013 by Living Streets Guernsey

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Tom Le Pelley, Chair of Living Streets Guernsey walks along the new path (click to expand – image courtesy of Living Streets Guernsey)

Living Streets Guernsey that promotes pedestrian safety on the island has been working closely with the States of Guernsey Education Department and the Baubigny schools to develop an extension to the Baubigny Schools pathway, which will allow children to walk directly into the car park via a new pathway around the football pitch.

Tom Le Pelley, Chair of Living Streets Guernsey, said “when we first opened the Baubigny Schools pathway in 2010 children entered the buildings through the schools’ back gates.”

“More recently, however, owing to logistical problems, children have had to use the prison road.”

“We have been trying for some time to resolve this issue and are very pleased that a solution has now been found,” he said.

“In September 2013 an entrance was cut in the fence bordering the car park so that children could now walk around Continue reading

Sharing is Good by Beth Buczynski

November 18th, 2013 by New Society Publishers

(click book cover to go to book publisher's website)

(click book cover to go to book publisher’s website)

NBC’s Today Show stated that ‘collaborative consumption‘ is exploding.

“It has become the norm: People using online sites to share what they have – in the tangible world – with strangers,” they stated.

Beth Buczynski’s book Sharing is Good is a practical guide to collaborative consumption — a new way of living where access is valued over ownership, experience is valued over material possessions, and “mine” becomes “ours” so that humanity’s needs can be met without waste.

The book is designed to expose readers to specific services that make sharing fun and safe.

It examines the history, barriers and benefits of sharing, and provides hundreds of resources that can jump-start a sharing lifestyle. Continue reading

Clean power stations on Jerbourg

September 19th, 2013 by Richard Lord

Three clean power stations operate near Route de Jerbourg in the parish of St Martin, Guernsey.

These photovoltaic power stations feed into the Guernsey electricity grid.

The largest of the three renewable energy installations off the Route de Jerbourg includes photovoltaic panels to produce electricity and solar thermal evacuated tubes to produce hot water.

These solar panels were installed by Solar UK on the roof of Deputy Mike Hadley‘s home.

A wide-angle view of Deputy Mike Hadley's roof showing the solar thermal panels for producing hot water on the right, and the 45 photovoltaic panels in the centre and to the left for producing electricity (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

A wide-angle view of Deputy Mike Hadley’s roof showing the solar thermal panels for producing hot water on the right, and the 45 photovoltaic panels in the centre and to the left for producing electricity (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

In the summer of 2013, photovoltaic panels were installed by the former renewable energy company e-si Ltd. to supply electricity to the Grimshaw family’s newly-built well-insulated and energy efficient Hanse Haus. These PV panels were Continue reading

Guernsey Water offers advice to waste less water and reduce bills

July 25th, 2013 by Guernsey Water

Guernsey Water headquarters and St Andrew's reservoir (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Brickfield House, Guernsey Water headquarters, at the St Andrew’s storage reservoir on 23 June 2013 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Guernsey Water encourages customers to be mindful of their water usage habits during this hot and dry weather, and to think about reducing wastage wherever possible.

The latest water storage figures show that Guernsey’s reserves are still in a healthy state, but the utility are aware that prolonged dry weather spells can put pressure on reserves.

Andrew Redhead, director of water services said “at Guernsey Water we are always encouraging customers to be sensible with their water usage, especially in these summer months were there has been a lot less rainfall and the temperatures have been very high.”

“We recommend simple, cost-effective changes to water usage habits, which once combined, can make a real difference to the amount of water used by customers,” he said.

“Customers who have a water meter fitted to their supply generally reduce their water consumption by between 12 to 15%, so this is still the most effective way of saving water and reducing your bill,” Mr Redhead said.

Guernsey Water has a wealth of water saving tips and advice on its website.

 

Wasting water and energy second nature in most British households

July 4th, 2013 by Energy Saving Trust

(please click on report cover to go to the Energy Saving Trust website)

(please click on report cover to go to the Energy Saving Trust website)

Based on a study of 86,000 British households, the shower represents the biggest single use of water in the average British home.

The study published in the report “At Home with Water” was commissioned by the Energy Saving Trust Foundation, in partnership with DEFRA, Procter and Gamble, Thames Water, Consumer Council for Water and SaveWaterSaveMoney.

Twenty-five percent of water use in the average home in the study went through the shower, followed by 22% going through the toilet.

The study shows that the average time a person spends in the shower is 7 1/2 minutes, with one in eight people having showers lasting over ten minutes. The study calculates that reducing the length of each shower by one minute would save British household £215 million in energy bills per year. Continue reading

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.

 

Living Streets Guernsey Tranquility Walk on Sunday 14 July 2013

June 24th, 2013 by Living Streets Guernsey

(click image to open the flyer as a PDF file)

(click image to open the flyer as a PDF file)

The Living Streets Guernsey Tranquility Walk begins at 2 pm on Sunday 14 July 2013 from Capelles Methodist Church (Bus route No. 31 (every half hour) or park in the School Car park.)

The walk, designed by Living Streets Guernsey Chairman Tom Le Pelley, explores the lanes and green lanes in St. Sampson and the Vale.

The walk includes the Living Streets Guernsey Baubigny Schools pathway which the charity developed in 2010 for Continue reading