Family Wildlife Reservoir Ramble on 12 November 2017 from 2 to 4 pm

October 30th, 2018 by La Société Guernesiaise

Rod Ferbrache will lead the family wildlife ramble around St Saviour reservoir (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Rod Ferbrache, ornithologist and photographer, will lead a family wildlife ramble around the St Saviour reservoir on Sunday 12th November 2017 between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

The ramble begins from the St Saviours Community Centre.

Rod will lead the ramble around the Guernsey Water’s St Saviour reservoir looking for birds, insects, plants and fungi that thrive there.

St Saviour reservoir in evening light (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The family wildlife ramble is free.

Please email Vanessa Crispini-Adams for further information – vcrispini@cwgsy.net

Guernsey Electricity gets planning permission to install photovoltaic panels on Stores building

November 9th, 2017 by Guernsey Electricity Ltd.

Guernsey Electricity Ltd Photovoltaic panel installation on the roof of the Stores Building on the Northside of St Sampson (click image to expand size)

States of Guernsey Planners have approved the Guernsey Electricity Ltd application submitted in September 2017 to install up to 330 photovoltaic panels on the roof of the Stores buildings by the island’s power station on the Northside of St Sampson.

Guernsey Electricity Ltd will install the solar panels in 2018.

Alan Bates, CEO of Guernsey Electricity Ltd, said “this scheme benefits customers by feeding solar energy into the electricity grid, helping diversify our mix of energy sources and complementing low-carbon electricity imported from France.” Continue reading

Hotel de Havelet in St Peter Port installs electric vehicle charger

October 30th, 2017 by Green Acorn

The Hotel de Havelet in St Peter Port is the second Guernsey hotel to install an electric vehicle (EV) charging station for use by their guests.

Hoteliers increasingly recognise the need to install EV charging stations, as EV ownership increases across Europe and the world.

The EO charger that has been installed at Hotel de Havelet offers connection via the EO smartphone app to allow the car owner to manage their electricity charging needs.

EO electric vehicle charge point installed at Hotel de Havelet in St Peter Port, Guernsey. (left to right: Keith Hounsell of Green Acorn; Gennaro Festivo, General Manager of Hotel de Havelet; and Sean Fuller of EVGuernsey (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Gennaro Festivo, General Manager at Hotel de Havelet,  said “we noticed increasing interest in electric vehicles and had received enquiries about charging points at the hotel.” Continue reading

La Société Marine Section invites you to film screening of ‘Message in the Waves’ on 5th December 2017

October 30th, 2017 by La Société Guernesiaise

La Société Guernesiaise Marine Section is showing the film ‘Message in the Waves‘ about plastic litter in the ocean at Frossard Theatre, Candie Museum on Tuesday 5th December at 19:30.

La Société Guernesiaise Marine Section revisits this poignant film 10 years after it first helped raise awareness of the extent of marine litter pollution around the world and the devastating impact on wildlife.

We will explore recent developments both locally and globally to address this on-going challenge.

The event is free and open to all.  Please email Laura Bampton – marinebiology@societe.org.gg to reserve a seat.

 

Counting costs of climate change

October 12th, 2017 by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Global warming impacts cause substantial economic damages, hurts human health in many ways, influences the drivers of human migration, and it can jeopardise development for many of the world’s poor.

Destabilising the climate can destabilise societies.

Counting the costs of climate change is a challenge since the social costs can be hard to calculate and include the impact of human suffering.

Hermann Lotze-Campen, Professor at the Agricultural Economics Department at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and chair of Research Domain Climate Impacts and Vulnerabilities at PIK, said “science shows that limiting global warming is much cheaper than just doing nothing about it – the costs of inaction could be a multiple of the 2% of global economic output that mitigation might roughly cost.”

“However, these current estimates don’t take into account the costs of health impacts and additional deaths, of people leaving their homes, of potential mass-migration, and of sustained poverty.

These are complex issues we are trying to address scientifically, along with the economic costs and damages,” he said. Continue reading

Thrive 2020 – from Surviving to Thriving conference at Les Cotils

October 10th, 2017 by The Dandelion Foundation

(click on image to go to Thrive 2020 website)

The Dandelion Foundation proudly announces the third instalment of Thrive 2020 – From Surviving to Thriving – which takes place on Friday 13 October 2017 at Les Cotils, St Peter Port, Guernsey.

Following on from previous ground-breaking Thrive 2020 events, the day is designed to impact upon every member of the community in some way.

Do you feel you are thriving, or merely surviving?

We live in an age where healthcare is advanced and our life expectancy is higher than it has ever been, at least in the western world.

However, living for longer with access to effective medical treatment does not in itself make for a joyful, meaningful life.

Regardless of our age or occupation, we all need to find a purpose and to combat the common problems, such as stress or loneliness, which threaten our ability to enjoy each day. Continue reading

UK renewable energy production record set in second quarter of 2017

September 29th, 2017 by RenewableUK

RenewableUK is highlighting UK Government statistics which show that a record proportion of the UK’s electricity was generated by renewables in the second quarter of 2017 – with wind producing more than any other clean energy source.

Figures from the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy covering April to June 2017 show that a record 29.8% was generated by renewable energy sources in Q2 2017, beating the previous quarterly record of 26.9% set in Q1 2017.

Forty-five percent of the UK’s clean electricity in Q2 was generated by wind energy alone (27% from onshore wind and 18% from offshore wind), due to increased capacity, particularly in onshore wind, and higher wind speeds, according to the UK Government’s latest “Energy Trends” report. Continue reading

Guernsey Electricity plans to install solar array on Central Stores roof

September 26th, 2017 by Guernsey Electricity Ltd.

Solar panels generating enough electricity to run about 50 electric cars could be installed at Guernsey Electricity’s power station in St Sampson.

Guernsey Electricity is preparing plans for a solar array of 330 photovoltaic panels to be installed on one of its main buildings.

The renewable energy scheme would benefit all electricity consumers by harnessing solar energy that would feed into the island’s electricity grid.

The solar array will help diversify Guernsey’s energy sources and will complement the importation of low-carbon electricity from Europe as part of the generation mix. Continue reading

Guernsey Electric Vehicle Expo opposite Vistas at Vazon on 1 July

June 28th, 2017 by Richard Lord

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The second annual Guernsey Electric Vehicle Expo takes place opposite Vistas in Vazon from 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. on Saturday 1 July 2017.  Attendance is free.

Electric vehicles from BMW, Nissan, Tesla, Renault, Kia, Peugeot, Mitsubishi and Zero Motorcycles will be on display.

Electric bicycles will also be on show as well as an electric vehicle charge point.

Charlie Jardine of EO Charging, which supplies electric vehicle charge points, will speak at 11.00 a.m., followed by Jamie Clarke of The Little Green Energy Company, which has installed Tesla Powerwalls for energy storage in Guernsey.

Keith Hounsell of Green Acorn, suppliers of energy storage and backup power solutions, will speak at midday.

Images from the 2016 Guernsey Electric Vehicle Expo

 

London Taxi Company’s electric taxi to debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed

June 26th, 2017 by London Taxi Company

Electric London taxi being tested in cold conditions (click image to expand)

The new range-extended electric taxi from London Taxi Company (LTC) will make its debut and feature in the ‘First Glance’ paddock at the Goodwood Festival of Speed beginning on 29 June 2017 and running until 2 July 2017.

LTC have been invited to participate on this stage because of the taxi’s adaption of supercar manufacturing techniques.

LTC’s extensive use of light weighting means that LTC can get the maximum distance out of the electric battery without impacting the strength and safety of the vehicle.

Each day of the Festival the electric taxi prototype will silently take on the world famous Goodwood Hillclimb in front of some of the 200,000 visitors at the West Sussex motoring show.

The electric taxi will be driven on the hillclimb by 17 year old Katie Milner who is currently the fastest woman in the Ginetta championship.

LTC’s electric taxi appearance at the festival follows a rigorous period of testing across the world, which has included weeks and thousands of miles in both hot and cold climate endurance tests in the Arizona desert and within the Arctic Circle. Continue reading