Archive for January, 2011

Successful business leaders do CSR

January 31st, 2011 by Deirdre Dudley-Owen

Deirdre Dudley-Owen of Ceras gave the following presentation to the Guernsey Institute of Directors seminar on Corporate Social Responsibility held at the Duke of Richmond Hotel on 28 January 2011.


“I am going to indulge myself here and set the scene for what we are about to discuss.

Last night I sat on the sofa, one eye on the telly watching the Sporting Awards, sponsored by Sportingbet, while reading about the winner of the Mourant Ozannes ArtPrize 2010.

When I got up I picked up my empty cocoa mug, made with fair-trade cocoa, and noticed it was sitting on a leaflet called @thestates, a document created by de Putron Fund Management about how we do things in Guernsey Plc.

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Eurban solid timber panels are from sustainably managed forests and minimise on-site construction waste

January 31st, 2011 by Richard Lord

Atelier BasMooArc designed the new home at Portelet using Eurban solid timber panels.

Eurban sourced their laminated pine panels for the Portelet home from a manufacturer in Switzerland.  The panels were manufactured from slices of glued laminated timber or glulam (as opposed to layers of board) which changes the grain direction and makes the panels more dimensionally stable.

The Swiss factory is an integrated saw-milling and manufacturing plant.  Logs arrive at the plant and leave as finished cut-to-specification panels.

The timber logs for this project came from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified forests within an average 60 kilometre radius of the mill.

Eurban also uses wood from European forests that are sustainably managed and certified by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).

Packaged Eurban solid timber panels on 7 January 2011 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The mill has advanced Computer Numerical Control (CNC) systems to cut the Eurban panels to exact architectural specifications so the panels fit together tightly.

During the installation of the walls and the roof there is almost no on-site building waste.

The plastic sheeting that wrapped the wood panels was made of non-Guernsey recyclable low density polyethylene (LDPE plastic no. 4), which has to be discarded.  However Eurban is committed to be as sustainable as possible so for their next Guernsey project they will wrap the panels in recyclable material.

Erection of the Eurban solid timber panels underway on 7 January 2011 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

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Scientists postulate association between European social upheaval and climate fluctuations over the last 2500 years

January 30th, 2011 by Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

It would seem that there are striking chronological parallels between significant variations of climate and major historical epochs, such as the Migration Period and the heyday of the Middle Ages.

This is the conclusion reached following a study undertaken by researchers from Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and the USA, in which they were able to reconstruct the summer climate in Europe over the last 2,500 years from the information provided by annual tree rings. For example, the summers at the times when both the Roman Empire and the Middle Ages were at their zenith were relatively humid and warm.

Professor Dr Jan Esper of the Institute of Geography at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), Germany was involved in this interdisciplinary study, the results of which were recently published in the leading specialist journal “Science”.

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The Economics of Happiness is a film by Helena Norberg-Hodge, Steven Gorelick & John Page

January 30th, 2011 by Richard Lord

Visit the Economics of Happiness website for more information about this film.

WWF publishes Livewell Report as aid to improve human nutrition and reduce environmental harm of human diet

January 30th, 2011 by WWF

On 30 January 2011 WWF released a report, “Livewell – a balance of healthy and sustainable food choices” that outlines a first full assessment of a diet that is both healthy and sustainable.

(Click Livewell report cover to download report to your computer)

The report addresses the current nutrient intake and the greenhouse gas emissions (GHGE) of the diet of the UK population and what the diet would look like if it met both current nutrient recommendations and the 2020 target of a 25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

The report also determines if it is possible to meet current nutrient recommendations with a 70% reduction in GHGE by 2050.

The WWF report recommends that people:

  • Minimise food waste – 40% of food ends up in the bin or in landfill
  • Buy fish certified as MSC – to ensure that it comes from well-managed sources
  • Be careful to buy products containing sustainably-sourced palm oil

Using the UK government’s nutritional guidelines from the Food Standards Agency as a base, the report, commissioned from the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health (University of Aberdeen) illustrates some surprisingly simple tweaks to our daily eating choices that if followed, would improve national health, reduce the impact of our eating habits on the natural world and help the UK meet it’s targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

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All-Energy 2011 Exhibition and Conference in Aberdeen will host 450 exhibitors and over 7000 visitors from 55 countries

January 29th, 2011 by All-Energy 2011

All-Energy 2011 will be held 18 and 19 May 2011 at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, Aberdeen, Scotland.

Both the exhibition and conference are free to attend for all people with a professional and business interest in renewable energy.

(Click on the All-Energy 2011 logo to go to the website to register for free for All-Energy 2011)

All-Energy 2010 (Aberdeen, 19-20 May 2010), the UK’s largest renewable energy exhibition and conference, had a total of just over 7,000 participants from 55 countries; and over 450 exhibiting companies from 16 countries. The conference boasted more than 270 speakers and chairs taking part in over 50 sessions over the two days.

The 2011 show is set to exceed the record-breaking statistics of 2010 in terms of space taken by exhibitors, the number of exhibitors and total attendance.

Chris Huhne, UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, at All-Energy 2010

All-Energy 2011 will have two days of topical conference presentations on all aspects of offshore and onshore wind; wave and tidal; all elements of bioenergy – biomass, biogas, biofuel and CHP; hydrogen and fuel cells; hydropower; microgeneration in all its guises; on-site renewables; and carbon capture and storage; and sessions and streams on finance and funding, the electricity grid, farming and renewables, and skills.

There will be a Careers Fair on Day two of the show, along with ‘Education Day’ for attracting new people to the expanding renewable energy sector.

All-Energy is held in association with RenewableUK, Scottish Renewables, UK Trade & Investment and AREG (Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group).

The Society for Underwater Technology is the event’s learned society patron and it is supported by nearly 30 government departments, professional institutes and trade associations.

For more information visit the All-Energy 2011 website or email info @ or call +44 (0)845 0758180.

How could Guernsey gain recognition as a centre of excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility?

January 29th, 2011 by Shelaine Green

Companies should be considering sustainability and responsibility in absolutely everything they do. But to date without doubt one of the most visible representations of corporate responsibility in Guernsey comes in the form of support for charities. The media celebrates examples almost every day.

Just to illustrate how important that corporate support is, before returning to my home island a few years ago to get Headway Guernsey off the ground (after over 20 years away – States of Guernsey Population Policy Group take note), I had been a trustee of Headway East London four years. Now, in London 70% of our funding came from local authorities. Less than 5% came from corporates even though we were based right next to the City.

In Guernsey, by contrast, Headway gets 0% financial support from the States and 50% from our corporate supporters.

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Living Streets with the help of The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees to plant hedging and trees along the Baubigny Schools path on 3 February 2011

January 28th, 2011 by Pat Wisher

On Thursday 3 February 2011 members of Living Streets including Deputy John Gollop, Deputy Tom Le Pelley and Vic Froome, and St. Sampson High School students, Guernsey Tree Wardens, and a team from the Community & Environmental Projects Scheme (CEPS) will plant hawthorn and some trees along 200 metres of earth banks on either side of the Baubigny Schools pathway.

The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees has kindly donated the plants for the project.

The banks on either side of the Living Street's walking path to St. Sampson High School and Le Murier school will be planted with hawthorn and some trees (click image to expand - ©Pat Wisher)

Tree Warden Co-ordinator and The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees Secretary Andrew McCutcheon will arrive at 10 am to lead the planting of 600 hawthorn and other trees.

Guernsey Tree Wardens are invited to help with the tree planting.  Please bring warm clothes and a spade or a trowel.

If arriving by car, park at the vinery site by driving to the end of Les Osmonds Lane (Perry’s ref P9 H4/5).

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RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch Weekend 29 to 30 January 2011

January 28th, 2011 by RSPB Guernsey Group

The RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch takes place on Saturday 29 January and Sunday 30 January 2011.

On either Saturday or Sunday spend an hour watching and writing down the names of the birds you see in your garden.  Record the highest number of each bird species seen in your garden, or local park (not flying over) at any one time, and send your results to the RSPB.

The website provides a guide to identifying British birds.

To find out about the activities of the RSPB Guernsey Group visit their website.

A robin, Erithacus rubecula, surveys the garden from the top of a bird feeder (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

GE Launches Phase II Multi Million Euro Open Innovation Challenge

January 28th, 2011 by Science Business

GE (NYSE: GE) today launched the second phase of its ecomagination Challenge, seeking partnerships with European researchers and innovators. Called Powering Your Home, GE has set aside a $200 million fund to invest globally into promising start-ups and breakthrough ideas for home energy creation, management and use.

GE and its venture capital partners will also be awarding five cash prizes of $100,000 to the most innovative ideas received. Proposals are sought in two broad categories of the eco-home: energy efficiency, including management software, appliances and air conditioning; and renewable power, including solar, wind, hydro and biomass.

GE will be accepting submissions for Powering Your Home until March 1, 2011

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