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Greener UK Coalition, get yourselves a twitter account, get people to follow/sunbscribe and see how many followers you can reach, lets see if we can get several million followers.
The Mayor is setting an example to the rest of the Politicians, however there is a need to get the issues in the right order. Hardly right to penalise consumer/motorists who bought a vehicle in good faith that the emissions were low. It is far more important to invest in Zero emissions Hydrogen cars, vans and trucks. It is equally important for the Politicians and Government Offices to actually search out new innovation and get it to Proof of Concept. It is perfectly clear that when there are millions of EVs running around London there will need to be a major increase in generating capacity or there needs to be Hydrogen Production On board the vehicle. Is Hydrogen production on board the EV possible, of course it is, however it means that everything changes. Team HyPulJet Hydrogen Rotary Engine-generator.
@Philip - of course we have to look at the big picture but we also have to look at the little wallet as well. If I can make more of a saving per year insulating under my floor (and pay that investment back in 4 years) than by installing a solar system on my roof that may never pay me back unless I keep my house until I am 100 then I know where I am going to invest my hard earned. I am certain that there are locations throughout the UK where rooftop solar is a viable option and should be encouraged (London and the Home Counties being the obvious) so that we don''t end up destroying the natural wildernesses of Scotland with wind turbines just to power one corner of the country. And as this last week has shown even in winter we can not rely on wind turbines. For several days we have been maxing out the coal fired power stations to meet the demand as there has been next to no wind generation. It is quite common to get periods of very cold, calm weather during which time wind will generate zero % of the demand. There is no denying that fact of our weather.
There is an enormous difference between the term "climate denier", which presumably means "climate change denier", and what is probably meant "a questioner of the degree to which man-made CO2 is responsible for a change in terrestrial climate". That degree is probably less than that stated by enthusiasts. To suppose that the 0.04% of CO2 in the atmosphere has a vastly disproportionate effect than the average water vapour content of about 2.5%, some 60 times greater, is not demonstrable, nor does mathematical modelling yield results in agreement with the reality of temperature records. But a lot of money is being made by promoting fear, and enabling the renewables industry to thrive, only marginally useful as it is. Richard Phillips Newbury
Alex, This is a wilful misrepresentation of my position. The purpose behind the amendment was clear: to exclude offshore installations from the cost associated with the electricity generation needed to power the rig, since this generation is part of a closed system and not for onward distribution. The purpose of the ETS system is to reduce carbon emissions. You appear to be conflating a dislike of oil and gas with an exclusion related to micro electricity generation. It''s tough enough steering reform through the parliament without this ''patchy'' approach to the work done by MEPs. Dr Ian Duncan MEP
Looking at the posts & answers you''ve received &/or given, I must agree with those saying there''s need to look at solar PV in the o/a sustainability inc energy use & insulation context - of course in the uk, we know that the 4 darkest months of least daylight hours co-incide with major energy demand for warmth & light - but too we have e.g. Emeritus Prof Barnham''s publication which points to the practicability of running a modern society on Renewable Energy i.e. Wind, Solar & bio Gas - the last being non fossil & how to get energy for use in the Solar winter trough (albeit Wind''s still around then!) The Burning Answer: a User''s Guide to the Solar Revolution by Keith ... https://www.theguardian.com Arts Books Science and nature 22 May 2014 - The Burning Answer: a User''s Guide to the Solar Revolution by Keith ... Fortunately, Keith Barnham does have something new to say: he cuts ...
Lovely initiative! Disposable packaging is one of the steps we need to take in terms of preserving the environment...
Thanks to Philip and Steven for their links to various modern Stirling Engine heating systems. Perhaps this technology will come back to the fore in time but it is still good to see someone is tinkering with it anyway.
@Roger - the site I used to do the basic calculations stated 4kw as the limit for the FIT so that''s where I got that number from, needs updating obviously. I agree that in the event of a major roof rebuild then it might be worth looking into again. @Paul - I agree it would be extremely valuable to have a database of actual, real world figures for towns and cities around the country so people can actually see how much power can be generated for their local area but doubt it will ever happen. @Derrick - I''m sure in the sunnier areas of the country, such as East Anglia and SE England domestic solar installations can (and do) pay for themselves quite quickly. Given the number of houses down there perhaps the Government should be encouraging installations instead of subsidising the vast number of wind turbines we have up in Scotland. Part of the problem with any calculations I have done is where the house is located. We are in the wettest part of the country so trying to determine exactly how many sunshine hours we get a years is nigh on impossible. As Solar PV loses a dramatic % of capacity as soon as it is cloudy we''d get virtually nothing on the regularly wet days and even less when it is snowing (although the cold would help on the rare sunny winter days). Mind you in midwinter we get about 6hrs of sunlight so any generation would be hampered by the lack of hours and the low angle of the sun. @Philip - I''ll look back through my posts and get back to you, sorry about that. I think the figures are based on average energy usage and would hope that this assumes you use any appliances during the day as most of us do. Our house does have Economy10 electricity so we try to use the washing machine during the cheaper hours. I agree that with modern A+ or A++ appliances and careful use of them it should be possible to save more but when the sun isn''t shining it makes very little difference.
Kieron, I''ve not yet received any answer to what I wrote earlier ref another piece by you, but: as to your figures here, you''ve missed out any reference to your savings by matching your energy use on things like washing machine & dishwashing useage in daylight/sunlight hours
Are we? https://www.thealternativewatercompany.co.uk/blog/alternative-water-company-innovative-water-industry/
It is over year since the abandonment of the code for sustainable homes and waste has gone up, should we be surprised, I don''t think so. Standards should never be totally abandoned they were there for a reason not just a whim, the industry has been let off and let loose and this is perhaps just one of the unintended consequences.
You may find the WhisperGen CHP unit interesting: http://www.microchap.info/stirling_engine.htm
If you get rid of the regulations for Site Waste Management Plans what do you expect?
I am and I''m sure you''re not surprised to find that Solar PV provides no net benefit in-fact if you discount the expensive FIT from the calculation you and the Government should concluded that Solar PV only works successfully in more sunny climates and the public funds could and should have been used to reduce the countries power demand, which is certainly more beneficial to the sustainability agenda and more importantly the public purse, that''s you, me and everyone that pays a utility bill
For water to be used for drinking , we need cleaner air
Can the farm not use bare land which could have other uses and place the farm above car-parks , roads , on roofs of commercial building etc , That is what ant incentives should now b be used for. The future car-parks especially will have to supply electrical charging points soon anyway!
About Time , some individuals have done this already just using conventional panals and using a gutter system to direct water under the joins . The building industry is so slow in adapting standard panels which are cheap into roofs , Reinventing into solar tiles and similar, is so expensive and wasteful
Don''t forget Metaphor. If you want to bring your stories to life you really want to start employing superlatives and metaphors. Business language is notoriously dry. Make it interesting. Frame it with excitement. And in doing so get solid engagement and uptake. Storytelling is a skill. And if that''s too "arty" for you... Metaphors help us in the construction of mental models and meaning making. So give them a go and watch your stories come to life!
Surely this highlights the desperate need to pay for the pollution and ecosystem damage of the planet up front by taxing all natural resources at source, based on their actual and potential damage their use causes, This tax should replace all other existing taxes.
My refuse collector in Tendring only accepts hard plastics for recycle , the thin film plastics used in bags and over-wraps are to be put into landfill, This we are told is they want the lightweight to go to landfill while the heavy waste like food etc is recycled, Is this due to the governments incentive schemes to keep heavy waste from landfill due to fines and incentives?
It''s about time someone did the numbers and published them widely. I agree that one of the best forms of energy efficiency is to manage the way we consume. The lazy way to claim that you are being energy responsible is by just putting PV on the roof. Have you done the numbers for solar thermal by any chance?
Hmmm, I don''t want to denigrate their ambition, but I suspect that they have some way to go. A 95kWp solar array doesn''t quite make it in 2016 and the carbon reduction target is in line with other cities. I''m old enough, too, to remember that Bournemouth had a fine electric transit system (trolleybuses, powered by their own power station in Mallard Road, I believe) which was scrapped relatively late by UK standards. On the plus side, they do have some cycle paths, although from the level of traffic congestion have a long way to go in this area. Philip is right, too, to draw attention to Bournemouth being just pone part of a wider conurbation including Poole & Christchurch.