Archive for February, 2012

Floral Guernsey’s Spring Festival Week to include talks by Diarmuid Gavin and Joy Larkcom

February 28th, 2012 by Floral Guernsey

Author and former Gardener's World presenter, Mr. Diarmuid Gavin (click image to expand)

FLORAL Guernsey’s Spring Festival Week will include a visit from renowned landscape gardener and former Gardener’s World presenter, Diarmuid Gavin.

From Saturday 14 April 2012 a programme of events aimed at gardeners of all levels will take place around the island. It ends with a gala dinner at The Farmhouse and a talk by Diarmuid Gavin on ‘Inspiring gardens from around the world’. Continue reading

Store renewable energy as liquid air

February 28th, 2012 by Highview Power Storage

Highview Power Storage, an award-winning UK energy storage technology development company, has found an answer to large-scale storage of wrong time renewable energy with a novel Liquid Air Energy Storage system.

Tackling the problem of intermittent renewable energy remains the big challenge to the low carbon economy: scaling battery systems to grid level remains a challenge, while pumped hydro storage needs mountains nearby and billions of litres of water. Continue reading

EU’s inclusion of aviation in the ETS helps address one of the fastest-growing sources of carbon pollution

February 28th, 2012 by WWF

Virgin Atlantic takes off from Gatwick airport on 18 November 2010. Virgin Atlantic have already carried out test flights using various blends of biofuel (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

From 1 January 2012, the EU has included aviation in its emissions trading scheme (ETS), which will result in small fees for airlines using European airports.  The new law holds airlines accountable for their emissions associated with their commercial flights into or out of EU airports.

Countries opposed to the inclusion of foreign airlines in the EU ETS have signed a declaration condemning the legislation and outlining options for retaliatory action against the EU. Continue reading

RenewableUK and Unite the Union join forces for green energy jobs

February 28th, 2012 by RenewableUK

RenewableUK, the trade association for the wind, wave and tidal industry, and Unite the Union have signed a Memorandum of Understanding committing both organisations to campaign together to ensure that the development of the renewable energy industry provides significant benefits to UK businesses and the workers they employ. Continue reading

Guernsey Victim Support & Witness Service receives large G4S donation

February 28th, 2012 by G4S

Brian Richings, Chairman of the Victim Support and Witness Service, receives a cheque from Phil Taylor, Director for G4S (click image to expand - ©Chris George)

LOCAL facilities management company G4S has pledged more than £40,000 to the Bailiwick of Guernsey Victim Support and Witness Service.

The association with the charity was announced at an event to recognise the completion of the integration of Guernsey Air Conditioning into the G4S business – with a combined workforce of more than 250. A one-off £5,000 donation will be followed by £12,000 a year for the next three years. Continue reading

Refurbishing buildings for energy efficiency benefits the economy while reducing energy demand

February 27th, 2012 by University of East Anglia

Energy efficiency experts at the University of East Anglia (UEA) are calling for ambitious new targets to reduce energy demand across the European Union.

In a report, ‘Refurbishing Europe: An EU strategy for energy efficiency and climate action led by building refurbishment’ published on 27 February 2012, by the Build with CaRe consortium, the researchers propose a new EU target of a 40% reduction in primary energy demand by 2050. Continue reading

The Rise of the Benefit Corporation

February 27th, 2012 by B Corporation

A Benefit Corporation, a new kind of corporation, became available in New York State on 10 February 2012.

The benefit corporation passed both houses unanimously and was signed into law by New York State Governor Cuomo.

This law has the ability to transform the New York State and US national economy by creating businesses that must create benefit for society and the environment in addition to profit.

Thirteen businesses from across New York State rushed to adopt the new corporate form as they build a new economy. Continue reading

Wind energy projects stimulate economic growth and create jobs

February 27th, 2012 by The European Wind Energy Association

A wind turbine being installed as part of the Walney offshore wind farm (click image to expand - image courtesy of Dong Energy)

A mid-term review by Deloitte of the European Energy Programme for Recovery has found that offshore wind energy is the strongest performer of the three areas selected for funding in terms of investment, creating jobs and putting investment in place quickly.

The €4 billion European Energy Programme for Recovery (EEPR) was launched in 2009 in response to the economic crisis and the need to meet EU energy policy objectives. Three areas – offshore wind energy, gas and electricity infrastructure projects and carbon capture and storage (CCS) – were selected for funding. Continue reading

International Energy Agency to publish first annual medium-term report on renewable energy sector in July 2012

February 27th, 2012 by International Energy Agency

The International Energy Agency (IEA) will acknowledge the coming of age of the renewable energy sector by publishing, for the first time, an annual medium-term report which analyses that market.

This publication on renewable energy – which is now the fastest growing sector of the energy mix and accounts for almost a fifth of all electricity produced worldwide – will join annual medium-term reports on oil, gas and coal, which the IEA already produces. Continue reading

Skipton Swimarathon raised £10,000 for Young People Guernsey charity

February 25th, 2012 by Skipton International Ltd

Young People Guernsey (YPG) was one of the beneficiaries of the October 2011 Skipton Swimarathon, which was organised by the Lions Club of Guernsey and Guernsey Round Table.

Young People Guernsey are using funds raised to commission Barnardo’s to provide a centre offering professional advice, support and counselling for Guernsey 11 to 16 year olds. Continue reading