Archive for December, 2011

BMW’s electric i3 and hybrid i8 Concept cars close to production

December 30th, 2011 by BMW of North America

BMW i is BMW Group‘s response to the changing demands in sustainable and individual mobility,” said Manuel Sattig, Communication Manager for Project i, BMW AG.

BMW i provides a whole new focus on sustainability.

“The i brand has a new architecture called The LifeDrive architecture,” says Rich Steinberg, Manager, Electric Vehicles Operations & Strategy, BMW of North America. Continue reading

Teenage Cancer Trust benefits from football match between Guernsey politicians and Guernsey media

December 29th, 2011 by Events

This year’s annual football match between members of the Guernsey media and Guernsey deputies and civil servants was in support of Teenage Cancer Trust.

The Guernsey media's goalmouth is well defended by Gareth Le Prevost in the second half (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

It took place on the afternoon of 27 December next to Beau Sejour Leisure Centre, St Peter Port, Guernsey. Continue reading

Companies planning £2.5 billion of investment in UK renewable energy

December 29th, 2011 by HM Government Department of Energy and Climate Change

Chris Huhne, UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, has revealed more evidence of the economic benefits of renewable energy as he reaffirmed the UK government coalition’s commitment to meeting European Union renewable energy targets. This came as the UK published an update on progress to source 15% of all energy from renewable sources by 2020.

Chris Huhne, UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, giving his Keynote address to the Annual RenewableUK conference in Manchester on 26 October 2011 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

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Cobo Beach Boxing Day swim to support Guernsey Cheshire Home

December 26th, 2011 by Richard Lord

Most people who entered the winter sea stayed a very short time but a few braved the chill for ten minutes or more (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The 12th Annual Guernsey Cheshire Home Boxing Day Dip began at 10.30 am. Hundreds of Guernsey swimmers enjoyed the sunshine and the cool waters of Cobo on 26 December 2011 to raise money for Guernsey Cheshire Home.

Guernsey Cheshire Home Chairman Jurat Stephen Jones speaking on BBC Guernsey said that the event wasn’t really a swim but a dip and joked that the dip would start at 10.30 am and last until nearly 10.31 am. Continue reading

UK offshore wind power generates substantially more electicity

December 25th, 2011 by RenewableUK

The latest UK Government figures on the amount of electricity generated by wind power have been welcomed by RenewableUK, the country’s largest renewable energy trade association, as proof of the increasingly significant contribution wind energy makes to UK households.

Statistics for the third quarter of 2011, released by the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change, show that renewable sources generated 9% of the UK’s electricity from July to September 2011. That represents an increase of nearly 1% on the same quarter last year. Continue reading

It’s not difficult being green

December 24th, 2011 by Richard Lord

Largest investors vow to seize initiative in wake of Durban climate talks at UN meeting on 12 January

December 23rd, 2011 by Ceres

Despite the weak economy and inconclusive climate talks in Durban, South Africa, global investors are bringing unprecedented attention to climate change and its wide-ranging risks and opportunities for investment portfolios.

On 12 January 2012 nearly 500 of the world’s investors and most powerful financial players will gather at the United Nations to showcase their actions and discuss promising trends to catalyze the large-scale investment needed to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate potentially catastrophic climate impacts. Continue reading

European Investment Bank provides €300 million loan to improve energy efficiency of home appliances

December 21st, 2011 by European Investment Bank

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is supporting a development project to be carried out by BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH (BSH) involving energy efficiency in the home.

Washing machines, driers and refrigerators offer considerable potential for saving energy.

BSH is planning an extensive development project to lower domestic electricity consumption and reduce water consumption.

The EIB is involved in financing the project with a € 300 million loan. Continue reading

kerbside collection of food waste in West Dorset

December 20th, 2011 by Richard Lord

UK Department of Business, Innovation and Skills takes over ownership of Cornwall’s Wave Hub

December 20th, 2011 by UK Department for Business Innovation and Skills

Wave Hub, the offshore marine energy project in Cornwall, which allows developers to test new wave energy technology, will be taken on by the UK Government to secure its future as a vital part of the UK’s green energy sources.

Wave Hub is a grid-connected offshore ‘socket’ in South West England for the large scale testing (arrays) of wave energy devices that generate electricity from the power of the waves.

The Wave Hub infrastructure was installed in 2010 about 16 km off the North Cornwall coast with the undersea connecting cable coming ashore at Hayle.

Wave Hub is lowered into the sea about 10 miles off Hayle, Cornwall on 3 September 2010 (click image to expand - ©Simon Burt - image courtesy of Wave Hub)

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