7 December 2009

Archaic system and complex red tape threaten UK energy security

Archaic system and complex red tape threaten UK energy security

THE UK’s desperate attempts to achieve energy security by 2015 are hamstrung by an archaic planning system, poor infrastructure and complex and ever-changing legislation, according to a new report.

Experts predict that 2015 will be the year in which demand for energy outstrips supply in the UK, an unthinkable situation for an economy already deeply mired in debt. However, too little is being done to pave the way for low carbon generation to come to the fore, according to the North East Chamber of Commerce’s Energy Policy Working Group.

The group, made up of business leaders, renewable energy specialists and services professionals associated with the energy industry, has produced a report entitled Generating Growth which is published on the day world leaders gather for the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

The NECC report, published in partnership with Eversheds LLP law firm, has highlighted a raft of urgent changes the Government must make if a power crisis is to be averted. It raises concerns that the current planning system is not fit for purpose and says a simple mindset change among planners from one of development control to one of growth would free up major projects that are currently stalled.

It illustrates how confusing and complex the current regulatory environment is for all operators. This is arresting the flow of vital private sector investment needed for projects to reach fruition.

In addition, it outlines urgent action needed to address planning, infrastructure and red tape issues to enable the private sector to address the growing problem of rising demand for energy against a backdrop of falling production.

NECC’s Generating Growth energy policy report also highlights the positives, including how the North East of England is ideally placed to play a leading role in solving the problem through its growing expertise in low carbon power generation, renewables and energy-producing heritage.

By making the right improvements to enable the UK to avoid the 2015 energy supply time bomb, the Government will also create a gilt-edged opportunity to bridge the North-South prosperity divide by smoothing the path for long-term, sustainable power generation, according to the report.

Enabling the North East – the first part of the UK to be named a specialist region for low carbon vehicles - to take the lead in areas such as low carbon vehicles and carbon capture and storage (CCS) could bring well in excess of 40,000 jobs to the North East and as much as £10bn new investment between now and 2030.

However, it illustrates the need to have the right supply chains in place to meet the economic opportunities that new energy industries will bring, as well as the importance of ensuring companies can access the right skilled workforces to meet demand. In addition, the report outlines how businesses themselves must make greater efforts to work together with universities to innovate in the future low carbon economy.

The working group’s chairman, Peter Nesbit, who heads up Eversheds' North East Planning Team, said: “This report is a vital step forward in recognising the opportunities for businesses in this region in the energy sector. The group, which has a uniquely private sector focus, has worked hard to uncover a number of case studies which do not simply serve to highlight the barriers facing the sector but also exemplify how we might react more positively to improve our position as a region.

“Immediate action is required in some key areas and the working group has provided a number of recommendations that are considered most likely to be effective in realising our aspirations.”

Martyn Pellew, NECC president and a member of the energy policy group, said: “The UK is on a collision course with a future of blackouts as early as 2015 because too little is being done to address how we maintain levels of energy production – be it nuclear, fossil fueled or renewable.

“NECC’s Generating Growth report identifies key areas that must be addressed if we are to avert this crisis and to push ahead with low carbon energy generation in a confident and sustainable way. The consequences of inaction at this stage are unthinkable.”

The NECC Energy Policy Working Group comprised: Jon Bird, CE Electric; John Bone, Sembcorp Utilities; Ian Burdon, PB Power; Mark Dowdall, Banks Group; Dr Keith Farmery, Graphite Resources; Ian Finch, Narec; Daniel House, ARUP; Wayne Johnson, British Energy; John McCabe, Rio Tinto Alcan; Peter Nesbit, Eversheds; Martyn Pellew, PD Ports; Prof Dermot Roddy, University of Newcastle; and, Andrew Sugden, NECC.

6 December 2009

Is the UK ready for carbon credits, and will they work?

Is the UK ready for carbon credits, and will they work?

-eWEEK Europe UK webinar debates 'Carbon Credits, Copenhagen and UK IT'-

eWEEK Europe UK, www.eweekeurope.co.uk , is exploring the technology impact of the UK's Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) scheme in its new live events channel. The online publication designed for the new era of IT is inviting people to participate in a live webinar: 'Carbon Credits, Copenhagen and UK IT':

Date: Tuesday 15th December, 2009

Time: 11am

Registration: http://www.eweekeurope.co.uk/liveevents/

CRC is a mandatory cap on carbon emissions, due to be introduced in the UK in April 2010. It requires large organisations to purchase allowances for every tonne of CO2 they emit, effectively introducing a new kind of business cost into the balance sheet. Joining Peter Judge, the editor of eWEEK Europe UK, on the guest panel to discuss the issue will be:

· David Metcalfe, director of Verdantix ( www.verdantix.com), the analyst research firm that provides strategic and commercial analysis of climate change, sustainability and energy issues

· Zahl Limbuwala, chair of the BCS Data Centre Specialist group (http://dcsg.bcs.org ), which has led the sustainable IT debate with its research into data centre and IT energy efficiency

· Richard Tarboton, energy and carbon programme director at BT, whose track record in reducing its carbon footprint includes plans for a windfarm which would be the UK's largest renewable energy project run by a company outside the energy sector

Attendees will be encouraged to participate in the discussion. They will be able to able to put questions to the panellists, as well as provide their opinion through live votes on issues such as whether carbon credits will help reduce emissions, and if their organisation accounts for the carbon emissions for which it is responsible.

Peter Judge, editor of eWEEK Europe UK, explains: “We want to find out through our panel of experts whether the UK's CRC scheme will be effective in reducing the overall output of CO2 . At the same time we want to gauge people's level of interest in, and commitment to, the campaign, as this will also be a key factor in determining its success. Anyone with an interest in the topic is encouraged to participate.”

'Carbon Credits, Copenhagen and UK IT', which will be hosted on the webcast platform BrightTalk, is part of eWEEK Europe UK's increased focus on live events. This sees it bring together its web seminars, panel debates and interactive Q&A in one URL: http://www.eweekeurope.co.uk/liveevents/

eWEEK Europe UK's event is timed to coincide with the UN's 2009 climate change conference taking place in Copenhagen from the 7th to 18 th December, during which world leaders will attempt to agree on a successor for the Kyoto protocol which will require all organisations to reduce their environmental impact.

17 October 2009

smart cdi goes the extra mile to win the 2009 MPG Marathon

smart cdi goes the extra mile to win the 2009 MPG Marathon

The smart cdi – the World’s CO2 champion – has proved itself to be miles ahead of its rivals by winning this year’s MPG Marathon with a staggering 96.81mpg.

Driven by smart eco-driver, Mick Linford the smart fortwo cdi passion coupe achieved this phenomenal figure over the demanding 360-mile route. Acclaimed for its world-beating emissions of only 88g/km, the 45bhp cdi was the ideal choice for the two-day event that aimed to demonstrate how careful eco-driving can significantly reduce the fuel costs and CO2 emissions of the country’s motorists and enhance safety.

Mick achieved the best ever mpg figure in the event’s seven-year history and improved on the cdi’s official combined fuel economy figure of 85.6mpg by over 13 per cent.

“I’m already looking forward to next year’s competition when I hope to achieve another record breaking figure by exceeding the 100mpg barrier,” explained Mick, who has previously driven a smart from London to Edinburgh on a single tank of fuel.

Dermot Kelly, Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Cars, said: “smart has always been renowned for its unique style but this fantastic mpg result and its all-conquering emissions mean that smart now really leads the way when it comes to low ownership costs – a fact which is attracting an ever-increasing number of car buyers to the iconic brand.”

From October 2009 the smart cdi costs from £9,227.55 on the road.

6 October 2009

Isles of Scilly switch off day E day

The Department of Energy and Climate Change are supporting Energy Saving Day 2009, running between 3 and 6 October on the Isles of Scilly.
Tuesday 6 October, residents on the Isles of Scilly are asked to switch off all electrical items which don't need to be on, so that E-Day can measure a collective energy saving.

This is the first coordinated effort by a community to reduce their electricity use and to measure the effects of their efforts in real-time.

The energy savings achieved by a family, the school and the community on the Isles of Scilly will be compared with the baseline conditions across the UK. The results will show just how much energy could be saved if we all made a similar effort.

Ed Miliband, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change recorded a special video message in support of E-Day 2009. http://www.e-day.org.uk/

To view the live results from the day, visit the E-Day 2009 website.

17 September 2009

CO2Benchmark and AMEE start to benchmark the world

AMEE today announced a partnership with CO2Benchmark that will significantly extend the range of specialist carbon footprint data available through its platform. Based in London, CO2Benchmark is a specialist carbon analyst firm that tracks and benchmarks the carbon footprints of companies and organisations around the world.

AMEE will provide platform and web services for CO2Benchmark’s data; for example, the benchmarking data that is currently available on CO2Benchmark’s website will now be available to all AMEE API users.

“AMEE’s platform provides us with a robust way to open up our data via programmatic interfaces. Our partnership allows us to extend to AMEE’s customer base to distribute our industry-leading data and knowledge base covering 3,000 organisations,” said Reginald Warlop, CEO of CO2Benchmark. “This fits perfectly with our strategic objective to provide greater transparency into how companies are performing carbon-wise. It will also allow us to apply our benchmarking expertise on a broader data set that is currently available in the AMEE network.

Gavin Starks, CEO of AMEE, said: “We are delighted to have CO2Benchmark join our neutral aggregation platform. Their research and knowledge base aligns perfectly with AMEE’s offering. CO2Benchmark’s database of carbon footprints of 3,000 companies and organizations and their benchmarking algorithms will be invaluable to our customers.”


AMEE enables businesses, consumers and government to build environmental intelligence into everything they do. Applications are “Powered by AMEE” to ensure compliance with authoritative international standards. AMEE is used internationally by a wide variety of organizations, including the UK Government (Defra/DECC), the Irish Government, the Welsh Assembly, PricewaterhouseCoopers, CNN, Google, Morgan Stanley, BRE, Energy Saving Trust, Radiohead and numerous IT, business services and software companies.

ABOUT CO2Benchmark

CO2Benchmark specialises in tracking corporate carbon footprints. Co2Benchmark Analysts research footprint data across many sources and apply global standards to classify, normalise and structure the data for comparison. The company offers three services to its customers:
1) online access to their unique database of case studies and carbon footprints of 3,000 companies and organisations in the world,
2) bespoke benchmarking reports for industry sectors, and
3) benchmarking consultancy services.

For more information see www.co2benchmark.com or contact Reginald Warlop at rwarlop [at] co2benchmark.com.

16 September 2009

…UK businesses set to embrace innovative low carbon solutions…

Greenstone Carbon Management To Address The Carbon 2009 Show - Excel Centre, London (UK)

…UK businesses set to embrace innovative low carbon solutions…

Wednesday 16th September 2009 - Greenstone Carbon Management, the global specialist carbon solutions company, has announced that Ram Ramachander, Chief Operating Officer at Greenstone Carbon Management will present at the Carbon 2009 Show on Tuesday 29 September 2009 at 4.15pm GMT. In the Plenary session “Low Carbon Business Opportunities”, Ramachander will detail the range of issues facing UK business in terms of reducing carbon emissions and reveal the types of organisations that are leading the drive to effectively measure and manage their carbon. The plenary session will be chaired by Michael Ward, Director Low Carbon of UK Trade & Investment and guest speakers will also include Bruce Duguid, Head of Investor Engagement, Carbon Trust; Mike Short, Vice-President R&D, O2-Telefonica and Vicky Elliot, Head, Climate Change Projects Office. Those wishing to attend the event can register by visiting http://www.thecarbonshow.com/registration

The Carbon 2009 Show is the first ever international exhibition dedicated to carbon, covering everything from carbon consulting, to carbon audits to low carbon solutions for businesses. It will be held at London's ExCeL centre on the 29th -30th September 2009. The two day event will deliver the information and resources needed to help organisations succeed in the new low carbon economy. It also offers participants the opportunity to network and discuss the new post-Kyoto climate deal with industry leaders in advance of the crucial Copenhagen summit in December 2009.

The UK Trade & Investment-sponsored plenary session will specifically highlight the international business opportunities emerging across all sectors of the economy as key global markets transition to a low carbon future. UK Trade & Investment helps British companies to identify and benefit from these opportunities, and promotes the UK’s status as a global hub for low carbon solutions.

The panel of industry experts will also explore how domestic government policy will drive innovation and expertise – while creating new products and services – and how the UK can develop its position as a global low carbon trading partner.

Ramachander comments: “Government schemes, like the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC), are putting carbon on the boardroom agenda, where effective decision making requires solid metrics and a clearer understanding of carbon throughout the supply chain. Businesses that are able to measure and manage their carbon effectively will have a competitive advantage over those that don’t.”

Greenstone is accredited by the Carbon Trust to provide specialist carbon management strategies and solutions that help private and public sector organisations manage their climate change risks within a commercial context. Greenstone’s consulting team includes experts with a blend of capabilities covering scientific and commercial skills in sectors such as IT, automotive, travel and leisure, building and property, utilities, financial services, FMCG and retail. Greenstone is available for video comment by contacting lena@technologypr.eu

To find out more about the Carbon 2009 Show visit http://www.thecarbonshow.com/content/about-carbon

30 August 2009

Global community to shape Big Room’s Dot Eco in new online discussions

Vancouver, Canada (August 12, 2009) – Big Room Inc. and its team of international partners have launched a public comment period, inviting the global sustainability community to help define the principles, policies and governance of the .eco (Dot Eco) Internet extension.

“In the spirit of openness and transparency, Big Room has turned the keys over to the global community to build a consensus for stewardship of Dot Eco,” said Big Room co-founder Anastasia O’Rourke. “Our collaborative process opens a dialogue with the world about how best to use Dot Eco.”

The discussion builds on Big Room’s robust global policy development process that includes in-person regional policy meetings to be held this year on five continents.

Both the online discussion and the regional meetings are overseen and guided by an impartial and experienced Stakeholder Council, represented by respected organisations, such as WWF, Verite, Green Cross International, David Suzuki Foundation, and Terrachoice, among others.

“Dot Eco will be shared by the world and therefore must integrate the opinions and recommendations of the world,” said Martin Atkin, WWF International's Director, External & Media Relations. “How Dot Eco should be governed and how the benefits should be shared are just some of the key questions for the global sustainability community.”

Join the discussion at: http://doteco.info/policy

Big Room will submit its bid for Dot Eco to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers when the application round for the new generic top-level domain opens in the first quarter of 2010.

About: Big Room Inc. is a Canadian company based in Vancouver, British Columbia with an office in New Haven, Connecticut. It was founded in 2007 with the goal of empowering the global community to make informed sustainability choices.

More information on the Big Room Dot Eco application is available at www.doteco.info

29 August 2009

SMART eco-driving

smart eco-driving

smart has unveiled a new green driving initiative called ‘smart eco driving’. Developed alongside the launch of the smart fortwo cdi, the lowest CO2 emitting car in production, the initiative builds on smart’s green driving credentials and teaches motorists how to drive in the greenest and most economical way.

The initiative is designed to encourage all drivers to adopt smarter driving techniques to enable them to save money and cut back on CO2 emissions via a smart tutorial. Green driving courses will also be available from Mercedes-Benz World later this summer. Motorists will be able to book a theory lesson to learn tips on how to effectively reduce both fuel consumption and emissions, as well as practical tuition with a professional eco-driving instructor where the techniques can be put into practice.

smart eco-driving expert, Mick Linford, comments; “The smart cdi is the greenest car on the road, but a smart driving tutorial can still help save money and CO2 emissions. With fuel prices rising, applying a smart approach to driving has obvious economic benefits, whatever car you are driving, and by learning how to get more out of a tank of fuel, motorists can make a difference to both their pocket and the environment.”

Dermot Kelly, Managing Director Mercedes-Benz Cars said: “smart eco driving is something that all drivers can adopt to make a real difference to the amount CO2 they emit and the fuel they consume. If every driver on the road follows these simple techniques, we will together reduce emissions and fuel consumption by up to 20%”.

At the centre of the smart driving initiative are the G A S principals, three easy to remember steps that will see a typical driver save between 15-20% on fuel and emissions.

Gears – stay in as high a gear as you can, for as much of your journey as possible
Anticipation – look well ahead and adapt your speed to what is happening in the distance
Smooth Driving – accelerate and brake as little as possible to maintain momentum, thus saving fuel

Additional smart driving tips include:

Reduce driving speeds by 10mph where safe to - higher speeds use more fuel
Regularly check tyre pressure – under-inflated tyres use more fuel and need replacing more regularly
Air conditioning uses fuel so turn it off and open the window a fraction – ideally no more than 10% as full open windows can create drag
Turn the engine off if stationary for more than 10 seconds – smart’s mhd system does this automatically
Cruise control can help minimise inadvertent variations in throttle
Reduce loads - clear the boot of unnecessary junk
Regularly check air and fuel filters, as well as spark plugs – clogged filters can reduce efficiency
Roof racks increase drag – take them off when not in use
Use the MPG indicator (trip computer) so you’re always aware of how much fuel has been used
Plan journeys well in advance and try to avoid times that will be congested

Eco driving lessons will be available from Mercedes-Benz World later this year.

The smart range of cars starts from £8,272.87 and is available through the Mercedes-Benz retail network. To find out more about the new smart fortwo cdi visit: www.smart.com

The smart range of environmentally friendly models include:
The new diesel model from smart, the smart fortwo cdi, boasts the lowest CO2 emissions of any production car currently on the road, at just 88g/km. Delivering 85.66mpg across urban and country driving conditions, it’s the best yet for economical and environmental driving.

The smart fortwo micro-hybrid drive (mhd) features a user-friendly automatic stop/start system, switching off the engine when the car is not in motion, and restarting again when the brake pedal is released. At speeds of less than 5mph, no petrol is used and no exhaust fumes are emitted, reducing CO2 emissions to 103g/km, and cutting fuel consumption by an average of 9 per cent.

The smart fortwo electric drive is currently undergoing an exclusive UK market trial. Kind on the environment, the smart fortwo electric drive emits no carbon dioxide or any harmful substances, and has the ability to cover up to 70 miles on a single charge, with a top speed of 60 mph.

30 June 2009

100 Scientists Support Ten By Ten Call

The Environmental Parliament calls for ten per cent reduction of CO2 emissions in London by 2010

10x10 campaign launched at LSE Summit

More than a hundred scientists specialising in climate change, the environment and ecology came together in London to support the Environmental Parliament's launch of the TEN BY TEN campaign.

The Chairman of the Environmental Parliament, Pano Kroko announced the campaign after a Summit meeting at the London School of Economics considered ways to reduce London’s CO2 emissions by 10per cent by the end of next year.

“The 10X10 campaign seeks a 10per cent reduction in London’s CO2 emissions by the end of 2010,” said Pano Kroko. “We believe this saving is realistic and will help the city take a giant step towards meeting its goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 60per cent by 2025.”

The assembled scientists and environmentalists agreed that only a combination of taxation, public policy and resource management can meet the 10 per cent reduction target.

The Environmental Parliament also unveiled a campaign website which will serve as a focal point for news and activity concerning the campaign - http://www.environmentalparliament.org/10x10

“Today most of London's electricity comes from coal fired power generating plants,” said Kroko. “One in three children in London suffers from some form of asthma and London has the lowest air quality among European capitals. The first step towards CO2 emission reductions can be among the most difficult – in London however it is very achievable.”

The Summit endorsed the Environmental Parliament’s 10x10 plan as a first step in community action which aims to galvanise political response.

“It is a gauntlet to the politicians and the rulers thrown to them by empowered citizens,” said Kroko.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson has pledged to achieve 60per cent CO2 savings and the Environmental Parliament believes this pledge needs to be broken down into a series of achievable benchmarks.

Pano Kroko said: ''We can make significant progress to the long-term plan by breaking the target down and committing to cycles of 10 per cent reductions. It simply takes political will and a commitment to the necessary legislation.”

Kroko called for the London Olympics to be the focal point of a green push to achieve a further reduction of 10per cent by 2012. He added that by providing encouragement and support for Green industry initiatives to reach a total reduction of 30per cent by 2015.

Kroko added that higher energy prices coupled with the certainty of CO2 emission taxation would provided economic stimulus that would lead to a greening of the economy.

“With a robust & changing economy and a growing green industry,” said Kroko, “we can save an additonal 10per cent every three years and reach the Capital’s goal of a 60 per cent reduction by 2025.

“The regeneration of the city's economy and the creation of Green legacy from the 2012 Olympics will see London move into the Gold Medal position of global Environmental leadership.”

For more information about the Environmental Parliament and to keep up to date with the 10x10 campaign visit www.environmentalparliament.org

18 June 2009

Power to your palm

New services from Intamac Systems deliver home energy use information straight to your mobile phone.

Northampton, UK, 15th June 2009: Have you ever stopped to wonder how much energy is being consumed in your home, even while you’re not there? Thanks to a new service from Intamac System Ltd., consumers are now able to monitor and control power consumed in their home from a handset such as the iPhone; and can view home energy usage information at any time. This revolutionary service even allows consumers to manage standby devices and detect appliances that are left switched on for extended periods of time.

Intamac Systems, a global market leader in connected home monitoring services, has partnered with Current Cost to develop this new capability. Current Cost is a leading UK based designer and manufacturer of energy monitors, and has recently launched its updated ENVI self-install home energy monitor device. With over half a million monitors sold, consumers in the UK are able to track the power consumption in their homes, and use this information to make savings and reduce their CO2 emissions. Intamac Systems has developed a way of linking the Current Cost ENVI display to the web without the need for a PC, so consumers can record trends and monitor energy usage from anywhere in the world. Information is presented to the consumer via their Intamac Home Manager account, accessible via website and mobile devices.

“Home energy monitors help consumers reduce their average energy consumption by as much as 15 per cent through cutting energy waste, making them a very cost effective tool with a fast pay-back period.” said Martin Dix, CEO of Current Cost. “The work Intamac has done to link our monitors to the web and provide remote mobile access and control, means we can offer customers even more capabilities. In addition to monitoring usage patterns, we can encourage savings by allowing consumers to compare their carbon footprint against their neighbours, receive tips and advice on how to make further savings, and choose to receive alerts based on consumption data.”

The new mobile management includes an iPhone application that offers new levels of control for Intamac’s Home Manager web enabled home monitoring service. Extending this application to include the Current Cost device means customers are now able to much more; “We want to give homeowners the ability to remotely monitor and control their homes, with simple interfaces and mobile applications which adapt to peoples’ changing lifestyles and demands” explains Kevin Meagher, CEO and Founder of Intamac Systems. “The rapid adoption of broadband as a utility is allowing us to develop new and exciting service for homeowners and small businesses. The new services we are providing with the Current Cost monitors are a great example of the benefits to consumers of networking devices using the web.”

Intamac and Current Cost are already extending its collaboration by introducing a range of new products and services which take remote control to the next level. This allows consumers to track the energy usage of individual appliances and allows them to turn on their central heating before leaving the office, or turn off any devices left on standby, with the touch of a button on a mobile phone. “Our belief is that this information will empower people to make simple changes to the way they manage their homes, and make a real difference in reducing overall energy consumption and costs.” adds Kevin Meagher.

Intamac’s award winning web-based services are currently available through various global partner companies including British Telecom, DSC Tyco, LockOn, WoonVeilig, and Yale.

For further information on Intamac’s Energy Management services and applications or to simply find out more on what Intamac’s technology can do for you please visit: www.intamac.com .

20 May 2009

Biggest Wind Farm in Europe

Scotland now has the biggest wind farm in Europe.Its a big achievement.

Developers ScottishPower Renewables said the 140-turbine Whitelee wind farm in East Renfrewshire would generate 322MW at full capacity and provide enough power for 180,000 homes.

18 May 2009

MPs offered energy efficient lighting

RS Components, Europe’s largest supplier of Electronic Components, today offered David Willetts, Shadow Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities & Skills and MP for Havant, 30 free energy efficient lamps. The lamps will do away with Willetts’ need to spend £240 of tax payer’s money on replacing his lights, as reported in the media this week.

Willetts allegedly spent £150 of tax payer’s money to replace 25 lamps in his second home in West London and another £80 to change the lights in his bathroom. Energy efficient LED lamps require up to 80 percent less electricity than a standard lamp, and typically last up to 50,000 hours. Had these been used in the first place, the tax payer would only need to foot the bill for their replacement every 11 years*.

In addition to the lamps offered to Willetts, RS Components is offering to send a free energy efficient lamp to any other Parliamentary Member.

“It’s so easy to save huge amounts of money by simply switching to energy efficient lamps,” said Neil Harrison, Customer Marketing Manager at RS Components. “We would be happy to speak with Mr. Willetts to provide the right energy efficient lamps for his home.

“Perhaps if every MP switched to energy efficient lamps further embarrassment on related expense claims could be avoided. The potential savings for tax payers on energy bills and maintenance would run into the millions over time,” he said.

LED lights typically replace household-standard low voltage halogen lamps, which have a life span of around 4,000 hours (less than one year).

MP’s can get more information about Energy Efficient Lighting at rswww.com/buildings.

* Calculation based on an LED lamp used for 12 hours per day, seven days a week, at £0.10kWh

About RS Components

RS Components is a catalogue based distributor of Electronic, Electrical, Electromechanical and Industrial Components. Founded in 1937, RS is part of Electrocomponents plc, and is a global business supporting over a million engineers. It has operating companies based in over 25 countries and distributes to over 160 countries worldwide.

Since it began RS has had the simple objective of providing a part for every job, from research and development though pre-production to maintenance and repair. As industries have evolved, so too has RS to offer expertise, advice and value-add services that best support its customers’ needs.

RS Components offers the industry’s broadest range of products from a single source, plus unrivalled choice, support and reliability underpinned by outstanding customer service, technical advice and free delivery as standard.

In Energy Efficiency, RS has been serving the needs of buildings, facilities and energy management professionals for decades. Our understanding of industry requirements and a comprehensive knowledge of energy efficient products in lighting, heating & plumbing, control & metering, test & measurement, insulation, IT and renewable energy offers a unique ability for our customers to ensure compliance and return cost savings through energy efficiency projects through a single source.

Based in Corby, Northamptonshire, RS employs over 2000 employees nationwide. Recent awards achieved include Regional Winner at the East Midlands National Training Awards 2008 and the award for Contact Centre of the Year at the Customer Service Awards 2008.

For more information on RS Components, log on to www.rswww.com

12 May 2009

How Important are Polar bears?

How important are Polar Bears to us? In my mind they are beautiful wild animals that need protection.
Their habitat is being taken away from them as the temperatures increase.Their home is being melted under their feet.
Yet laws can be made to protect their status,their home but why is this not happening?
Maybe we still rely too heavily on fossil fuels.Yet a Polar Bear cannot be replaced but where we get our energy from can.

If you go to http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/ You will find a good article on how Greenpeace is trying to help protect the Polar Bears.

Cenex to Host UK National Biomethane Conference

From waste to transport fuel, a two-day event to be held in Loughborough

London, 11 May 2009 – Cenex, the UK’s Centre of Excellence in Low Carbon and Fuel Cell Technologies, will host a two-day conference on biomethane between the 3-4th June 2009 at Loughborough University’s Holywell Park. The conference, sponsored by Chesterfield BioGas and Greenlane Biogas, will showcase expertise covering the production of biomethane from organic waste, management of transport fleets and insights into the UK national biogas market.

The UK National Biomethane Conference is an opportunity for professionals to network with key contacts involved in the production and use of biomethane and enhance their knowledge on how biomethane offers a unique opportunity to integrate waste management solutions with the production of a clean burning, low carbon transport fuel.

Highlights of the event programme include a keynote address from Labour MP Alan Simpson, who, as a previous recipient of the “Environmental Politician of the Year” award, is recognised as a leading campaigner for green issues. The programme also includes presentations by the Biomethane for Transport Working Group plus biogas vehicle manufacturers and fleet operators on the UK potential for transport applications of biomethane.

The event will consist of a conference, workshops, exhibitions (both indoor and outdoor) and an event dinner with evening entertainment. Holywell Park's extensive indoor and outdoor exhibition areas will provide industry stakeholders with ideal presentation opportunities, and key issues of the conference will be explored further in workshops held on both days. Conference delegates will also receive copies of the latest UK Biomethane Toolkit - an industry resource to enable the analysis and development of biomethane schemes in the UK.

For further information about the event visit: http://divacreative.com/biomethane

22 April 2009


Today we think about our planet.What do you think about your home,do you care ,show you love your planet and celebrate Earth Day.

1 April 2009

UK Government Not Motivating Industry to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Government incentives required to encourage businesses to reduce their carbon footprint

Colchester, UK, April 1st 2009 – A recent carbon accounting survey by Access Accounting has highlighted that the Government is not doing enough to motivate businesses to make carbon-reduction initiatives a priority in the workplace. A staggering 84% of respondents felt that the government needed to do more, while only 5% felt no motivation was needed.

Furthermore, 62% of respondents felt that the Government should incentivise businesses to reduce their carbon footprint by introducing beneficial tax breaks. Over half (57%) felt that greater education and public initiatives were required. As many as 36% of respondents felt that the Government should impose tougher regulations on carbon emissions even during the economic downturn.

Kevin Misselbrook, Customer Services Director for Access Accounting said, “With such a strong majority feeling, I’m surprised that green incentives haven’t been prioritised. The Government is committed to cutting greenhouse-gas emissions by 80% in the UK by the middle of the century, and this would be a big step in the right direction.”

Misselbrook continued, “While the Government needs to do more to encourage carbon-reduction, businesses should look beyond the environmental benefits of going green and understand the cost benefits associated with reducing carbon emissions. By measuring its current carbon footprint, a company can start to understand where carbon-cuts can be made. This might be initiatives to reduce power consumption and waste in the office, or utilising new communication technologies to cut back on unnecessary travelling.

“The real key to reducing carbon emissions is to encourage behavioural changes within the organisation. Businesses may be surprised when they identify their areas of highest carbon consumption and the potential associated cost savings to be made. To gain this understanding it is vital to have the right tools to measure emissions – after all, you can’t manage what you can’t measure.”
John Doyle, Sustainable Development Policy Co-Coordinator, Information Society DG, European Commission said, “The carbon challenges set by governments are virtually unachievable, and the 2020 guidelines are not realistic. However, companies must start acting proactively in understanding their carbon footprints. If more companies measured and reported their carbon emissions, we would be able to get more mileage for carbon reduction.”

In 2009, Access Accounting launched Accounting for Carbon Emissions (ACE), the first practical tool to incorporate carbon emissions in the finance function. It was a landmark change, and now enables businesses to easily measure their footprint at low cost with little complexity. Access Accounting pioneered carbon footprint measurement into the day-to-day accounts function so that reporting on a business’ carbon footprint is now as easy as extracting financial reports.

Doyle continued, “ACE is an enabler, providing a tool that can help organisations manage and gain visibility of their carbon footprint. Eventually tools like ACE will be obligatory for all businesses.”

New system for analysing the risks of climate change by Get Mapping

Getmapping has announced a new enhanced height dataset of Scotland derived directly from its aerial photographic survey of the country. Processing for the rest of the Britain is now underway. The arrival of a new more accurate height model will be welcome coming shortly after scientists at the recent climate change summit in Copenhagen said that earlier UN estimates for sea levels were too low. Height data is used for numerous earth studies including impact assessments for rising sea levels and flood modelling.

In 2006 Getmapping became involved in a DTI co-funded Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Bath Spa University, Geosense and SCS. The remit was to provide a more accurate nationwide height dataset at lower cost. The result is a new methodology for producing height data from stereo aerial photography. While it has always been possible to create highly accurate height data from vertical aerial photography using photogrammetry it was time consuming and expensive to carry out. However as a result of the KTP project, new workflows and algorithms have refined and speeded up the process to deliver the best possible balance between accuracy and cost. The result is significantly more accurate than Radar (SAR), less costly than LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) and provides nationwide coverage.

The new eDEMs (enhanced Digital Elevation Models) consist of a first surface model (DSM) and a digital terrain model (DTM), contours will be added in due course. In open areas accuracy is comparable to LiDAR but out performs it in urban areas by virtue of the ability to extract building detail photogrammetrically. The datasets are considerably enhanced by aerial photography providing the ‘intelligence’ to aid interpretation and risk assessment and opening the way for 3D visualisation. The data is available in one square km tiles and is therefore very cost effective.

“Height data provides the third dimension in a land survey, and is a vital resource for analysing the risks associated with climate change, such as flooding and the threat of attack from the sea. It is also invaluable for use in planning and 3D visualisation,” said Tristram Cary, Managing Director of Getmapping. “This Knowledge Transfer Project is a brilliant example of co-operation between government, academia and the private sector producing what we believe to be the best product for the market,” continued Cary.

About Getmapping Plc

Getmapping Plc is the UK’s leading provider of aerial photography and digital mapping. Based in Hartley Wintney, Hampshire Getmapping was the first company to have up to date nationwide coverage and pioneered online delivery of aerial photography to business and the public and large. A reseller of professional mapping, oblique photography, height data, OS maps and third party aerial photography, Getmapping services a wide variety of markets including press and media, local authorities, property and construction, environmental consultants and the public. It also provides mapping services for specific client needs and has undertaken contracts to provide bespoke image databases. A pioneer of many online products through its website, Getmapping is the only company currently re-flying the whole country at enhanced 12.5cm resolution.


28 March 2009

We have switched off our lights for Earth Hour,did you?

Here we sit in beautiful candlelight and reflect on a major global effort to unite the world and protest .
Listen to our voices.
We care about our planet.

27 March 2009

Royal Mail goes green with hydrogen fuel cell technology

Royal Mail, the postal operating authority for the United Kingdom is working with CENEX , PostEurop, the association of European public postal operators, and FuelCellEurope, the European association of fuel cell developers to develop a universal design specification for hydrogen fuel cell postal vans. Once a draft design specification has been developed Royal Mail intends to share the design brief with all the other European postal operators for input in order for it to be presented to major vehicle manufacturers around the world for consideration and to stimulate main stream construction at relatively affordable prices.

Dr Martin Blake, the Royal Mail's Head of Sustainability stated “ we clearly see hydrogen fuel cell technology as the future means of small and medium vehicle propulsion in the not too distant future, it is now just a question of seeing which one of the major motor manufacturers can bring such fuel cell commercial vehicles to market in large numbers and reasonable prices first”.

Patrick Maio, FuelCellEurope’s Executive Director commented: “ We are delighted that a leading European public postal service operator such as Royal Mail in UK is taking the lead to propose common technical specifications for small hydrogen fuel cell delivery vans. This is an important step forward in terms of recognition of the hydrogen fuel cell technology as a tangible solution for high rotation transport fleets. Whether the solution will come from Europe or to Europe is for us to respond now as an industry. Indeed we are talking about replacing vehicle fleets of tens of thousands of units in the next coming years, and the postal service business is very serious about radical greenhouse gas emission reductions and energy efficiency improvement. Now is the time for European fuel cell developers and global automobile manufacturers to put their act together, partner and take on this challenge. We are delighted to be associated with this initiative and will work hand in hand with Royal Mail, Cenex and PostEurop to try to make this initiative a great success”

Philippe Hlavacek, Chair for Social Responsibility of PostEurop added : “At Posteurop we are year after year more and more involved to improve the eco-efficiency of the postal operators. We have launched different projects such as the Green House Gas Reduction Program that includes an up to date measurement protocol or the Green Post Project to test an electric and hybrid vehicle for the delivery of mail - among initiatives carried out by our members and their share of best practice. With the hydrogen fuel cell technology, Royal Mail proposes another innovative step forward to reduce our carbon footprint in the area of transport. I have no doubt that PostEurop and other actors from the postal sector will take up the challenge and will encourage and promote this initiative all over the European postal members, as the interest shown by postal operators is a key factor to partner successfully with the industry.”

Cenex CEO Robert Evans said: “UK Government policy is leading the global shift to a low carbon economy, and developing a commercial market for fuel cell technologies is a key part of this effort. Along with helping to tackle the climate change targets and security of energy supply challenges, fuel cell technologies represent significant market opportunities for the UK’s strong capability base. As one of the country’s largest fleet operators, we are very encouraged that the Royal Mail has taken a leading role in furthering the development and wide-scale deployment of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.”

Can we do more than just switch our lights off for Earth Hour 2009

Can we do more than just switch our lights off at 8.30pm to 9.30pm local time for Earth Hour 2009?
In what do we mean "do more".To switch our lights off is one huge way to show a united front against climate change.Its a simple action that we all can do,however big or small,whoever we are.We are showing the planet that we do care about it.
Yet what more can we do.
We can put pressure on our Govts to make the changes that really do impact on our lives.The Govt is not a "higher being" that cannot be touched but the Govt is elected by the people,for the people.It is mean't to listen to the concerns of its people and we all need to get our Govts to LISTEN.
We are all important,we all have a voice and we can make a difference.
Don't think that by just switching your lights off for Earth Hour that you have done your bit but do more,contact your local Govts,central Govts and make yourself heard.
We ask for more renewable energy,we ask for education ,change of attitudes.
We want to turn our Earth back on and thats our aim.

26 March 2009

Earth Day 22nd April 2009

As we approach Earth Hour we also have another event on our horizon.It is Earth Day and it will be on April 22nd.
If you happen to be in the Washington DC area on Sunday April 19th why not head to the National Mall as the Earth Day Network will be holding an event.

Earth Hour and Edward Norton

Earth and Edward, the two Es that go together and help promote Earth Hour .Earth Hour is an opportunity to make the world think between 8.30pm and 9.30pm local time to switch off.To not use energy for one hour and make a difference.
Its more than a mere gesture it takes alot of organising,preparation and time to switch off major landmarks.
So advertising the event and making everyone aware is also an important aspect.
We ask ourselves
"What will it matter if I don't bother to switch off for one hour"
Yet it does matter,because we all matter.We do all contribute to global climate change in one way or another but just trying to make a difference,just one small action really does add up,it really does.

Please think about what you are doing between 8.30 and 9.30 pm on Saturday.

23 March 2009

"Going green might cost a lot but refusing to act now will cost us the Earth."-President Mohammed Nasheed,Maldives.

President Mohammed Nasheed wants to make the Maldives carbon neutral.The Maldives will use solar and wind power to provide their islands with energy.President Mohammed Nasheed no longer wants energy to come from oil and he wants his Islands to show an example to the world.
The Maldives is under threat from rising sea water levels due to climate change but it is not the only group of islands in the world that is under threat.The Scilly islands that are just off the coast of western Britain are also under threat.

We cannot ignore the fact that many of our beautiful islands will no longer exist as the Earth warms.People will have lost their homes,history and livelyhoods.They will have to find a new place to live and the world just becomes smaller as the land disappears.
Lets make the changes now.

20 March 2009

EARTH HOUR 28th March 2009



"It goes way beyond turning off the lights," said Roberts of the WWF. "The message we want people to take away is that it is within our power to solve this problem. People can take positive constructive actions."

9 March 2009

The Little Green Lunch Bag

Boots and ‘diet Coke’ join forces to launch recycled and reusable ‘Meal Deal’ lunch bag

Boots and ‘diet Coke’ have teamed up to create the ‘Little Green Lunch Bag’, exclusively for Boots ‘Meal Deals’. The small textile bag is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles and, with a pretty butterfly design, it is a stylish alternative to a carrier bag.

As we have less time to spend on leisurely lunches, the new ‘dash-and-carry’ lunch offer provides a cheerful solution for time-poor workers. Fans of the credit-crunch-busting Boots ‘Meal Deal’ will be able to pick up the bag for just £1 and re-use it every time they grab lunch. It’s small enough to roll up and keep in your handbag so you can take it with you every time you hit the high street.

Boots ‘Meal Deal’ is one of the nation’s best value for money lunch options and the ‘Little Green Lunch Bag’ is its first recycling initiative with the soft drinks giant ‘Coca-Cola’. The clever little bag demonstrates how plastic bottles can be recycled and reused. The bottles are shredded into flakes that are then melted before being processed into granulates which are used to make the bag.

The initiative is part of Coca-Cola Great Britain’s campaign challenging us all to reduce the plastic that we throw away. Boots is also committed to substantially reducing its carbon footprint. Ian Blythe, Boots Corporate Social Responsibility Manager explains: “Climate change is such an important issue that we all need to be looking for those simple changes that will help make a difference. Within Boots we're continuing to drive changes that reduce energy and fuel consumption throughout our supply chain. ‘The Little Green Lunch Bag’ is a great example of a simple step change we can all take to make a difference, and a great example of collaboration between two of the nation’s favourite brands.”

Claire Murray, Shopper Marketing Manager, Coca-Cola Enterprises, adds: “These new lunch bags are made from the equivalent of two 500ml plastic bottles. This is a clear example of how important recycling is to ‘Coca-Cola’ - ‘the act of helping a bottle re-fulfill its destiny and become something great again’”.

Did you know that for every five Boots ‘Meal Deals’ purchased, you get the sixth one free? (You must claim your free meal within a calendar month). The ‘Little Green Lunch Bag’ is available from 12th March at all Boots ‘Meal Deal’ stores. Pick one up next time you grab your lunch and you’ll be doing your bit for the environment. Stylishly simple!

2 March 2009

Why Denmark can show the world that renewable energy is the future

Denmark is a beautiful country.Copenhagen is a wonderful city.We think of Hans Christian Anderson and his mermaid.Yet Denmark is also remarkable in the way it has taken to renewable energy sources.
How did this happen?
In 1973 Denmark was hit by an oil crisis.90% of Denmarks energy came from petroleum.In dealing with this crisis,a shortage of oil it decided it had to conserve energy.It introduced car-free Sundays,asking businesses to switch off lights during closing hours.
When the oil shortage was no more and Denmark didn't have to worry about conserving energy anymore,it didn't just go back to the way it had been.The oil shortage had proved to be a valuable lesson for the country and its people.It wanted greater energy efficiency.It didn't want to have all its energy needs coming from one source.
Denmark began to invest in wind power.Vestas,a Danish company has become a global leader in building wind turbines.Denmark now gets 19% of its electricity from wind.Denmarks carbon emissions are down.
Denmark doesn't just use its wind power ,power plants recycle waste energy from their operations to homes and businesses.Many houses and farms in Denmark have solar panels.Denmark is also interested in promoting an electric car and plans to construct a network of charging stations.
Denmark is showing the world that renewable energy can work and it can make a difference.
Copenhagen will host the U.N. climate change talks this December and they are better qualified than most to show that it is possible to change.

How green is your office?

New research has revealed that UK offices are holding back their workers from being environmentally friendly. A YouGov research poll has exposed that, despite office workers being keen to make a positive difference when it comes to the environment, they are being held back by a lack of empowerment and facilities. Key facts emerging from the research include:

· 3 out of 4 of us think that we are leaving our green efforts at home DESPITE 79% of UK office workers believing that being environmentally responsible at work has a big impact on the environment.

· 92% of office workers believe that it is important for UK companies to be environmentally responsible BUT only 51% of us say our company has a green policy in place AND only 54% think their company does enough towards the environment.

· 48% of us don’t have the right office equipment to be environmentally friendly AND 45% say we lack the power to do anything about it.

In response to the findings, this week office expert Avery® is mobilising the UK’s office workforce by launching the first ever Green Office Week, 2nd - 6th March 2009. Designed to empower workers to be able to make a positive impact on the environment while in the office, the event will unite offices up and down the country in an effort to change the way we work. To see how you can make a difference, log on to www.greenofficeweek.eu

Read the full, detailed report below, including a regional breakdown of office differences from across the country.


Environment not on the Office Agenda

3 out of 4 of us think that we are leaving our green efforts at home DESPITE 79% of UK office workers believing that being environmentally responsible at work has a big impact on the environment.

A YouGov poll has revealed the startling fact that most Britons feel their offices are betraying their environmental efforts at home despite workers wanting to make a difference. The independent survey, conducted on behalf of office products experts Avery, found that 75% of office workers thought that they were less environmentally friendly in the office than at home, despite 79% believing that being ecologically responsible at work has a significant and positive impact on the environment. Frustratingly, a lack of empowerment, facilities, education, communication and company apathy were all cited as major reasons for the surprising findings.

Leading Eco-expert, Nicky Amos, urged offices to start prioritising the environment: “We spend a third of our lives at work, and businesses are responsible for 40% of the UK’s carbon emission, compared with 27% from the home – so it’s vital that offices start to take action. Employees in the workplace hold the key to meaningful change by simply adapting their behaviour at work and they must be allowed to do so.”

Doing Things by Halves

92% of office workers believe that it is important for UK companies to be environmentally responsible BUT only 51% of us say our company has a green policy in place AND only 54% think their company does enough towards the environment.

Remarkably, only half of those surveyed said their companies had any formal green policies in place. And, despite 92% of office workers surveyed thinking that it was important for UK companies to be environmentally responsible, only half thought that their company did enough towards the environment, thereby disempowering their efforts. Examining the results, psychologist Donna Dawson explained: “There was a feeling emanating from the research that people are confused about just what exactly they should be doing to be ‘greener’, especially in the face of an uncommitted company. Feeling empowered at work stems, firstly, from whether the company has a formal green policy in place and, secondly, on how well that policy is implemented and how open the company is to green suggestions from their workers.”

Amos said: “Like it or not, the environment is on everyone’s agenda. These findings suggest that companies are generally poor at communicating their policies to employees or making them part of their culture. Green housekeeping should form the cornerstone of any company’s environmental agenda, yet many offices fail to bring their approach to life for employees or empower their workforce by making environmental responsibility a part of employee workplace practices or company culture.”

Green with Envy?

Interestingly, the survey revealed that office workers in Scotland are 48% more likely to feel their company does enough towards the environment than their Southern counterparts, meaning that for every two people in the South that are happy with their company’s green credentials, there is one more eco-happy office worker in Scotland! However, this is not to say that Southerners take their environmental responsibility any less seriously or that the grass is necessarily greener on the other side! Instead, this may simply reflect the expectations and standards that Southerner’s place on their companies to be green. In fact, the survey demonstrates that workers in the South feel it is more important that their companies act green than in any other region.

Disappointingly, Londoners place the least importance on having a green office, with the lowest percentage of workers thinking that being green in the office has a big impact on the environment. However, in light of the survey, the real cause of such apathy might actually be rooted in their respective lack of power - when it comes to ensuring their office is environmentally-friendly, Londoners are 52% more likely to feel disempowered by their bosses. Perhaps it’s no coincidence then that in the Midlands and Wales, where office workers feel more empowered, they consider themselves to be more environmentally friendly at work than at home.

In terms of facilities and equipment, it’s the South that’s lagging behind. Workers in Scotland are 46% more likely than those in the South to feel that they have the facilities and equipment needed to be environmentally-friendly. Irrespective of where we work, the overriding theme for all of us is that we must be encouraged and allowed to do more, with Dawson arguing: “People are confused about just exactly what they should be doing to be greener, especially in the face of an uncommitted company.”

The Green League

My company does enough to help the environment:

1. Scotland

2. Midlands and Wales

3. London

4. North

5. South

My boss empowers me to be green at work:

1. Midlands and Wales

2. Scotland

3. South

4. North

5. London

It’s important that UK companies are green:

1. South

2. Midlands and Wales

3. North

4. Scotland

5. London

I have the facilities and equipment to be green at work:

1. Scotland

2. London

3. Midlands and Wales

4. North

5. South

Tools of the Trade

48% of us don’t have the right office equipment to be environmentally friendly AND 45% say we lack the power to do anything about it.

Interestingly, almost half of office workers surveyed stated that there were not sufficient facilities and equipment in place to enable them to do their bit for the environment, irrespective of their intentions to do so. Dawson explains that this can be the green office’s undoing, no matter how positive its environmental targets. “A company may have an environmental policy in place, but if there isn’t the equipment or facilities to implement the policy, then it is as bad as not having a policy at all and will hamper worker’s efforts.” Amos agrees with the importance of offices providing the right facilities, noting the example of “IT literate employees who recognise the role that equipment can play in helping to green the workplace – from double sided printing options to video-conferencing.”

Questions as to why office workers lack the right facilities to help the environment indicate that they simply don’t have the authority to make a difference despite most wanting to, as 45% stated that they are held back by their bosses not empowering them with the ability to be environmentally-friendly. Often this adds to the threat of a long-term rebound effect which could mean that the apathy experienced at work could transfer to apathy in the home, with office workers giving into a sense of helplessness.

Office supplies companies are well aware of the importance of providing products that help both the environment and business. Marc Pinner of Avery said: “When considering that 80% of the world’s original old growth forests have been logged or severely degraded, you can see why companies such as ourselves are taking our responsibilities seriously, working with established third parties to ensure that what remains of our natural heritage is protected. The priority for Avery has been to provide office workers with eco-friendly products that don’t compromise on quality so that choosing them is good for business and good for the environment.”

Office Evolution: The Natural Selection for Business Benefits

70% of office waste is recyclable BUT only 8% is actually recycled.

Amos was not completely surprised by the findings and urges offices to buck the trend and revolutionise themselves. She said: “In my experience, blue collar workers are more likely to work in companies and industries where environmental responsibility is very highly rated – and even more heavily regulated – than in companies employing white collar workers. As a result, for many of us, our efforts at home are undone when we go to work.”

For Amos, it’s the little things that make all the difference. For example, 70% of office waste is recyclable but only 8% ever makes it as far as a recycling bin. What’s more, going green has many benefits that some businesses are missing out on. “It saves businesses money, fits with our modern values, helps us to follow a healthier lifestyle and, nowadays, is hassle-free. With the price of oil, gas and electricity escalating, along with the rising costs of raw materials, it has never been a more critical time for offices to take definitive action.”

Becoming a Green Office!

5 quick tips to green your workplace and to help you on your office on its way to becoming green:

1. Put plants in the office to literally green your workplace! Not only do they look good, but plants can reduce air pollution in enclosed spaces.

2. Choose recyclable products and paper and wood products that are FSC-certified, to guarantee that they come from sustainable sources.

3. Set up a green ideas scheme to encourage and reward colleagues who come up with energy saving and other green ideas.

4. Use labels to stick over existing labels on envelopes then re-use them.

5. Avoid disposable products such as paper towels, paper plates and paper cups.

For loads more tips and advice, log on to www.greenofficeweek.eu this Green Office Week!

Turned On by the Environment?

To increase awareness of the issue and to empower the UK’s office workers to make a difference, Avery is launching the first ever Green Office Week, March 2nd – 6th 2009. To join forces with offices across the country and to find out more about how you can make a difference, log on to www.greenofficeweek.eu

24 February 2009

Nuclear energy ,is it the lesser of two evils?

In an age where coal and oil are looked apon as wicked ,destroying our environment and contributing to climate change..we need to look elsewhere for our energy needs.The answer to many....is Nuclear.Many Green players such as Greenpeace have realised that Nuclear would be the lesser of two evils.
Yet I personally have never liked the idea of Nuclear power.Yes,it doesn't create the carbon emissions but it does create dangerous waste.This waste has to be buried deep in the ground.An accident at a Nuclear plant could harm the environment and people.Nuclear is dangerous.
Yet what choices do we have?
I would like to see a world where nearly all our energy is created by our planet.Its possible.It really is.
Nuclear power is not the answer to our energy problems and to be honest its a "get out" clause I don't think we should ever use.

Sahara desert could help European countries

The natural world can help our modern world.We need energy ,thats a fact of life.Yes we need to switch off our energy when we are not using it but we do need it.
Thus we need to find a way to produce energy that is renewable,safe and clean.
Our answer is glaring at us.It shines at us.Sun,solar energy.
Where is it sunny? In hot places such as deserts and one of the biggest is the Sahara.
This is why EU countries are very keen to use solar power from the Sahara desert as it could power the whole of Europe.Its a brilliant idea.Its so obvious..really.Our planet is our salvation.
Yet Europe must also help Africa and thus it must be a combined effort to provide energy for Europe and Africa.

23 February 2009

Green Schools and Eco Schools

Our children are our future and they are the ones who can help their environment.There are many projects in the UK ,US and around the world that encourage our children to think about how they can improve the environment.Firstly there are Eco-Schools where a school can have its own eco code.This could be a charter that the children ,teachers and parents can follow.It could be reducing water usage,recycling,turning lights off and saving energy.This can be done throughout the school and in turn the school will receive rewards such as bronze,silver and eventually a green flag.
There is also an idea that schools can be built from scratch and thus be green.In the new build plans there can be bigger windows for more natural light.There can be water saving devices ,solar panels and wind turbines.
It is so important to get the children involved in environmental issues from an early age .They can take this knowledge with them and use it for the rest of their lives .
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17 February 2009

17th Century is green with National Trust and Sudbury Hall

When we think of green and the environment we tend to think of the 20th and 21st centuries but what about a 17th century building becoming green.Well the National Trust in the UK have decided to reduce its CO2 emissions by replacing an old inefficent bolier with a new biomass wood pellet boiler.
The National Trust together with npower have decided to combine with a green energy partnership and implement energy saving projects involving National Trust properties around the UK.
The bolier at Sudbury Hall was placed in August 08 and from October 08 the new renewable bolier was turned on.
Two biomass boilers were installed at Sudbury Hall.This was to help prolong life of the boilers as they will be used on a rota system.
The fuel for the boiler is fast growing willow coppicing which is sustainable and grown locally in Nottinghamshire.The willow potash is used in the gardens of the Hall.Co2 usage at the Hall has been reduced from 151 tonnes per year to 10 tonnes per year.Thats pretty amazing stuff!!!!
Thus our historical houses can also be environmentally friendly aswell as giving pleasure to visitors.

10 February 2009

Why not show your planet some love this Valentines day

Valentines is consumer heaven.Think of all the flowers that will be sent,chocolates bought,cards and gifts.
Yet how can we show our planet a bit of love.We can love our beautiful planet by choosing greener options for our Valentines.
We can buy recycled cards.We can buy our flowers locally and think about fair trade chocolates.
If we decide to have a meal,why not cook a romantic meal at home with locally produced goods or walk to a local dining outlet.
There are so many options available.
We could choose a present that could help our environment.We could purchase a tree and make that our gift for our loved one.
Do something different ,special and make our Earth feel loved.
Check out this site www.seltzergoods.com

8 February 2009

Charles Darwin and his thoughts on the environment 200 years after his birth

Charles Darwin was born 200 years ago on February 12th.He wrote a book called the "Origin of Species" that changed the world.I often wonder at what he might have thought about our changing environment and its impact on evolution.
I am sure he would be an eco warrior but would he have suggested that mans involvement in the climate was a force of natural selection? Mans damage to the planet would affect what animals would survive...would this be survival of the fittest? ,or would this be a step too far?
How could we prove we were the highest of evolution, if infact we were destroying our home?
There are many questions that Charles Darwin would ponder and a real debate for evolutionary theories.

26 January 2009

Do you want to live longer? Well cut back on pollution.

Its common sense to believe that if you live in an environment where the air is clean...you'll be healthier.
Its not surprising that a report has been done on a study of major cities from the 80s till now that shows that if you live in a place that has less air pollution you will live an average five years longer.
I remember as a child that pollution was a huge issue for the environment before we ever became interested in green issues.
Pollution used to disgust me then.
Yet there are many countries around the world that would rather see the coppers in their pockets than live a healthy life.
I'm sure that in this day and age we can use clean manufacturing.We haven't got the excuse of ignorance that they had a hundred years ago.
Its the cost...isn't it...yet what cost to our planet and our health ...can we put a value on it in Pounds,Dollars or Yen.

22 January 2009

"Green industrial revolution"-Anaerobic digestion

Have you ever wondered what happened to all the food waste from the Supermarkets? Well it normally gets thrown in landfills and is therefore an environmental threat.It is also costing the retail industry millions.
Wait...couldn't we recycle the food? This seemed an impossible dream..until now.
By using a combination of innovative technologies,bio mass combustion and anaerobic digestion we can create energy from food waste and in turn save the landfills of huge amounts of waste and in turn save costs.
Sainsburys in the UK are using this technology at their Scottish shops and will then roll it out to all their other shops in the UK.

Antarctica and solar power

It has been discovered that part of the Antarctica is melting and over the last fifty years the temperatures have increased.Now scientists are not sure if that is due to the Greenhouse effect or it is a natural cycle.We haven't been on the planet long enough to know what sort of cycles the Earth goes through.
Yet on thing is certain..."we are not helping".
Yet the Antarctica can also help with renewable energy.In the summer months it can produce a huge amount of energy because of the suns reflection on the snow.This has been used by the bases that are situated on the Antarctica.They are using solar panels to generate energy for their bases and also wind power can be used as Antarctica is one of the windiest places on the planet.

17 January 2009

Thinking of a white wedding? Why not try a green one

Now that the Christmas rush has finished and New Year celebrations are complete,we now think of Spring.
You may have noticed the Wedding outfits arriving in the shops and people are thinking of Spring and Summer Weddings.
I think it may be time to think of a way to make your wedding eco friendly.
This can be done in various ways.
You can buy a vintage wedding dress.If that doesn't take your fancy than maybe a dress made from organic cotton,hemp,bamboo and even soy.
Instead of sending out invites.Why not send invites via the net or evite.com
You don't have to invite everybody and you can have your food locally produced.Your Honeymoon can be local aswell.
A wedding doesn't have to produce a huge carbon footprint and it may save you money at the same time.
Instead of presents,you could have your guests donate to a good cause.
This is a good blog to visit http://www.everythinggreenweddings.blogspot.com/

13 January 2009

Televisions and the environment

If you are thinking of buying a new TV this year.Think about the impact that the TV will have on the environment.Plasma TVs can consume four times as much energy as traditional TVs.LCD flat screens are a better choice.
In an age where we use more gadgets than ever..we need to pick the most energy efficient and the ones that do the least harm.
In the US legisation comes into affect from 2011 that all TVs must be "green".

Eco-friendly cars-Blue is the future.

1: Seat Ibiza, 1.4 TDI 80PS Ecomotive, diesel

CO2 (g/km): 99

Price: £11,000

Seat's probably not the first name you think of when it comes to green cars, but this three-door supermini's both cheap to buy and cheap to run.

2: Volkswagen Polo Bluemotion, 1.4 TDI 80PS

CO2: 99

Price: £11,995

This little diesel has all the solid German build quality you'd expect, plus an incredibly economic engine that'll make the man at the garage a distant stranger.

3: Honda Civic Hybrid 1.4 IMA ES

CO2: 109

Price: £16,300

As the cheapest hybrid in the UK, the Honda Civic Hybrid is a good, small family alternative to the Prius -- so long as you can stomach automatic transmission.

4: Renault Megane Sport Hatch 1.5 dCi 86 Expression 3 door

CO2: 117

Price: £13,000

Like Citroen, Renault's one of the unsung French brands which has been doing a huge amount to cut emissions across its range. This small family car is a particularly economic example.

5: Citroen C3 1.6HDi

CO2: 118

Price: £13,000

The Citroen C3 is an efficient, straightforward car with a big boot and not quite enough legroom at the back.

6: Ford Focus ECOnetic 1.6 TDCi

CO2: 115

Price: £15,800

This is a brand new version of Britain's most popular car. It's incredibly fuel-efficient and, if it's similar to the Ford bioethanol Focus we reviewed, will make for a good reliable drive.

7: Renault New Laguna Hatch dCi 110

CO2: 130

Price: £17,100

As it emits 130g of CO2 per kilometre the Laguna is just on the borderline of being a greener option, and it's also on the pricey side. But it has some of the best green creds you'll get for a car of this size.

8: Skoda Fabia Estate1.4 TDI PD 80PS

CO2: 109

Price: £13,100

No more funny jokes about Skodas. This one is big and clever -- not to mention as cheap and green as estate cars come.

9: Peugot 207 SW, 1.6 HDi

CO2: 119-123

Price: £13,900

Another big but green option. According to Autoexpress it's a little dear, but it has everything you could want in an estate.

10: SMART Fortwo Cabrio

CO2: 113

Price: £10,500

With their heavier frames for safety and structure, it's surprising any open-top cars made this list. But we can fully recommend this Smart, since it emits so little CO2 and only costs mite over £10K.

You can see more low CO2 cars by class on the Government's Best on CO2 site .

8 January 2009

Fuji batteries are green

Do you fancy a battery thats eco friendly? Why not try Fuji.
The Fuji EnviroMAX Alkaline Battery, an eco-friendly battery that eliminates harmful chemicals found in standard alkalines.
The Fuji EnviroMAX Digital Alkaline and Super Alkaline batteries are free of Mercury, Cadmium and PVC, manufactured without the release of ozone depleting compounds, and feature packaging made with recycled paper.

Additionally, the battery claims to offer full alkaline battery power and a long shelf life.

The Super Alkaline batteries will be available in AA, AAA, C, and D. Digital Alkaline batteries will be available in AA and AAA.

Batteries will are available for purchase direct from the Fuji EnviroMAX website, www.greenfuji.com.

7 January 2009

Greenhouse Nightclub NYC-How green is it!

We've moved into an era of green thinking and thus its only logical to think that our leisure time should be filled with green.
Hopefully there will come a time when to be green will be "just the norm" and accepted.Green Nightclubs,well what are they? It might be a joke in the future as all places will become environmetally friendly.
I guess this is the concept of Jon B the owner of the Greenhouse nightclub in New York City.
Jon says the idea for a green club came to him while sitting on a beach in Miami. "I was trying to think of a good club concept for the next generation," he says. "I think green is cool. And if it's not cool yet, it's going to be cool."
Greenhouse apparently runs on 100% wind power.You might ask yourself...are their wind turbines at the club.No,it runs on a reward scheme.The toilets are low flow and use less water.The floors are made of bamboo and the club is covered in leaves.There is organic 360 Vodka.
Yet we might consider that bamboo has been shipped from China,oh dear not good for the carbon footprint.The beverages are not made locally,oh dear another blow for the carbon footprint and the leaves have been sprayed with a not so environmental fire resistant coating.
Yet its trying to do its bit to make us aware that there are alternatives.I guess it can be difficult to get it totally right.
It might be an idea to consider local options in future and using locally produced resources.
I guess this could be a new beginning of a revoultion in nightclubs.

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Why not try out an environmental diet for the New Year

Are you thinking of a new diet for 2009.Have you considered cutting back on beef and dairy.This is a great way to help the environment.Also choose foods that are fresh and local and have not been processed or have travelled across the globe in airplanes or trucks.
Farmshops are a great way to get local produce.Also when you shop think about the way it is packaged.Try to go for less packaging and recycled materials.
When thinking about your health...you can also think about the health of the planet.
Try http://www.eatlowcarbon.org/