Friday, 30 July 2010
Solar powered panels are ideal for religious buildings because they are most commonly positioned to the south, this means that they get optimum amount of sunlight during the day.
Religious buildings are ideal because most of them are south-facing; meaning that they get the optimum amount of sunlight during the day and with the recession hitting churches, mosques and synagogues harder than ever it would be an ideal scenario for them to get on board with energy saving measures such as this as soon as possible.
In May this year a church in north London finished covering its south-facing roof with solar panels known as PV tiles and is now using them to generate energy.
Fr Shaun Richards, the parish priest of St Silas Church in Pentonville, said: “Even though not all UK churches could adopt this model due to planning and architectural conservation laws, there may be thousands of Church of England buildings out there that could help create a greener future by generating clean energy as well as some much needed income.”
In Birmingham, the Masjid-e-Hamza Mosque will soon be making as much as £6,400 a year from Feed-In Tariffs, having installed solar panels as part of the Sustainable Mosley project.
The scheme is likely to appeal to churches as their Sunday collections have been hit by the recession, and because many clergy are committed to caring for the environment.
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
The deadline to register with the Environment Agency under the CRC scheme is 30th September 2010. All public and private sector organisations that have at least one half-hourly electricity meter during 2008 are encouraged to participate. Failure to register before the deadline could result in fines of up to £5,000 plus an additional £500 per day for each working day that they fail to register up to a maximum of 80 days.
A spokesperson for The Environment Agency said: “Participants successful in reducing energy consumption will not only save money on energy bills, they will also receive financial incentives and boost their reputation as an environmentally-conscious organisation. These savings should be well in excess of the costs of participating in the scheme.”
Make sure you are prepared for the CRC and avoid hefty fines. Saving energy can be a positive, cost-effective and rewarding project. If you’d like to reduce energy for your business or organisation, contact Powermaster today who will discuss the possibilities of significantly reducing energy for your business and buildings.
For information on how to register with The Environment Agency, click here
The successful trial has been a breakthrough for energy saving technologies and could well set the stage for future renewable energy projects for the aviation industry. Although it has been said already that this technology is not intended to replace traditional aircraft fuel sources in the immediate future, with the flight instead focusing on trialling and promoting energy-saving technology.
The solar cells are stored within the wings of the plane which has a wingspan as wide as a Boeing 747’s and has four electric motors powered by 12,000 solar cells.
The Solar Impulse HB-SIA reached an altitude of 8,600 metres and approximately two hours before sunset on Tuesday July 6th started a slow descent eventually reaching an altitude of 1,500 metres where it carried on flying, using only the energy stored in its batteries until the next sunrise and landing in the early hours of Wednesday.
The plane, which was controlled by chief executive and co-founder of the Solar Impulse Project, André Borscherg, landed safely at the Payerne airbase in Switzerland. Borscherg said: “For seven years now, the whole team has been passionately working to achieve this first decisive step of the project”.
Project co-founder Bertrand Piccard said: "When you took off it was another era. You land in a new era where people understand that with renewable energy you can do impossible things."
To read more about the Solar Impulse Project, click here: http://www.solarimpulse.com
Thursday, 10 June 2010
Well done 10:10, you have Powermaster’s full support!
Read more about the 10:10 campaign on their website here: http://www.1010global.org/uk
The initiatives are supported and funded fully by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), UNEP and the South African Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), which altogether are contributing $10 million to support these initiatives. The 2010 FIFA World Cup to be hosted this year in South Africa is said to have about eight times the size of the carbon footprint of the World Cup hosted in Germany, mainly due to significant increase in international air travel as well as domestic air travel. This equates to an estimated 2.7 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
The Greener Lighting Initiative was introduced to bring in solar-powered lighting to busy areas of the city, including billboards, street lights and traffic lights. Not only does this have potential for greater energy & cost savings, (not only environmentally and economically), but it also reduces the stress on the electric grid of the neighbouring cities.
The Green Passport is an initiative set to help people understand the importance of offsetting their carbon emissions while attending the World Cup 2010, the 32-page booklet will be distributed to 100,000 football spectators, as well as people emerging from the busy airports and hotels. The idea is to raise awareness of travelling responsibly with a carbon-friendly attitude whilst in the country. Inside the booklet contains information about host city green goal plans and achievements, restaurants, activities, green accommodation, specific guidelines for sustainable tourism and a carbon footprint calculator to calculate how to reduce ones personal footprint.
The Offsetting Team’s emissions initiative was introduced in order to reduce the carbon footprint of the teams participating, so far only 11 teams that are participating in the World Cup will be offsetting their emissions, but UNEP hopes this will rise while the tournament starts to get underway. The teams participating so far are: Algeria, Cameroon, England, Argentina, Italy, Ghana, Cote d’lvoire, Uruguay, Switzerland, Serbia and the Republic of Korea. The teams’ carbon footprint will include travelling internationally as well as domestically, coach trips to and from matches and accommodation in hotels (totals to around 6,050 tons of greenhouse gas emissions when you start including the officials as well as the team players).
In addition to these initiatives, an SMS campaign has been initiated in partnership with Foneworx and KPMG, to generate funds towards offsetting the 2010 carbon footprint. By texting SMS "GOGREEN" to 34066, a small donation would be made, which would then be put towards carbon offset projects.
We can only commend the efforts that has been put into this event to try and make it as carbon-friendly and as an enjoyable an experience as possible and we hope that if you are travelling to South Africa this year, you help to reduce your own carbon footprint too, for our environment.
Wednesday, 9 June 2010
I was reading an interesting article yesterday by Mike Berners-Lee of the Guardian Newspaper. Across a range of his articles, Mike looks at how cycling and using mobile telephones, for example, can have a significant impact on our carbon footprint. I found it interesting to know that if we use our mobile for an hour once a day for the year it would be the equivalent of flying one way to London to New York in Economy Class! It isn’t necessarily the usage alone that is causing such an impact, it’s the energy required to transmit calls across networks. In 2009, 2.7 billion mobile phones were in use, which means mobile calls account for about 125 million tonnes CO2e, which is just over one-quarter of a per cent of global emissions.
We’re not suggesting you stop using your mobile phone, nor are we trying to make you feel guilty for doing so! But there are a few lower-carbon options instead you could put into practice instead such as text messaging or using a land line, because it takes about one-third of the power to transmit a call when you have a fixed landline network than it does when both callers are using a mobile.
As for cycling, Mike highlights the positive things about cycling to work every day instead of driving:
Ø Healthier lifestyle
Ø Lower your carbon footprint
Ø No need for petrol money
Ø Burn some carbs!
Ø No queuing in traffic reduces carbon emissions. (Mike says: “It's a little-known fact that a car on a congested road can produce as much as three times the amount of CO2 as the same car travelling at a steady speed.”)
And he also goes on to explain how cycling is a low-carbon way to travel – but it depends on what you eat.
To read the full article about cycling and measuring your carbon footprint in the process click here.
To read about the carbon footprint of your mobile phone, click here.