DAS FEST pick up their Greener Festival Award

AGF_Award_GENERIC_outlines-ver3At Green Events Europe in Bonn, Claire O’Neill and Livvy Drake from A Greener Festival handed over the much sought after Greener Festival Award to a delighted Holger Jan Schmidt and   Isaac-Fütterer from Germany’s DAS FEST who were confirmed in the HIGHLY COMMENDED category.

Das Fest collect their Greener Festival Award 2014

Das Fest collect their Greener Festival Award 2014

Previously at the Festival Congress in Cardiff, Wood, Shambala Festival and Nozstock hasd picked up their winners certificates from our Assessors Livvy Drake and Penny Mellor, Bev Hewes from our sponsor Robertson Taylor W&P Longreach and our very own Helen Innes whilst at the Amsterdam Dance Event Paul Schurink from Green Events Nederlands were on hand to pass on our congratulations and certificates to four Dutch festivals, Extrema Outdoor, DGTL Festival, Mysteryland and Welcome to the Future.

Robin from Wood collects their Award

Robin from Wood collects their Award

Well done Nozstock!

Well done Nozstock!

Shambala pick up their 'outstanding' award

Shambala pick up their ‘outstanding’ award

The presentations at ADE Green

The presentations at ADE Green

 

 

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2000Trees / ArcTanGent / Beat-Herder Festival / Barn On The Farm / Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival / Bestival / Blissfields / Bournemouth 7s / Brecon Jazz / Brownstock Festival / Camp Bestival / Cornbury / Deer-Shed Festival / Eden Sessions / Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru / End Of The Road Festival / Evolution Festival / Festibelly / The Fling Festival / Fire in the Mountain / Glastonbudget / Greenbelt Festival / Hebridean Celtic Festival / In The Woods Festival / Isle of Wight Festival / Kendal Calling / Larmer Tree Festival / LeeFest / London Remixed / Loud Sound / Meltdown No Tomorrow / Nozstock the Hidden Valley Festival / Pangaea / Rhythm & Vines / The Secret Garden Party / Shambala Festival / Sonisphere / Starry Skies /Stockton Weekender / SWN Festival / Tramlines / Truck / Village Green Festival / Wakestock / We Are FSTVL / Y-Not Festival /

 

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van-gogh-starry-night-glowing-bike-path-daan-roosengaarde-1Dutch artist and designer Daan Roosegaarde has created a beautiful and innovative glowing bike path that, when illuminated at night by glowing pebbles and LEDs, looks like Van Gogh’s famous Starry Night painting.http://www.boredpanda.com/van-gogh-starry-night-glowing-bike-path-daan-roosegaarde/

And in related news, the bike path that connects the Amsterdam suburbs of Krommenie and Wormerveer is popular with both school children and commuters: around 2,000 cyclists ride its two lanes on an average day. But Krommenie’s cycle path has now become even more useful: a 70-metre stretch will become the world’s first public road with embedded solar panels. Costing around €3m (£2.4m) and funded mostly by the local authority, the road is made up of rows of crystalline silicon solar cells, encased within concrete and covered with a translucent layer of tempered glass. But will produce power for just three homes, something Lloyd Alter on Treehugger was less than impressed by.

The United States and China  deal to reduce their greenhouse gas output, hailed as a ‘historic milestone in the global fight against climate change’ which adds to the already agreed EU targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, makes the five UK conservative MPs who rebelled against the UK’s Climate Change Act and the requirement for the UK to cut is greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 look  somewhat silly. The quintet said the UK’s 2008 law should be revoked. Noting that there has been no binding global agreements on reducing Carbon dioxide emissions, in a statement Christopher Chop, Ann Widdecombe, Philip Davies, Andrew Tyrie and Peter Lilley call the Act a ‘profound mistake’ and says the Act needs to be revoked to protect British households. Shame on them.  where oce we led – now we are led by donkeys. The United States has pledged to cut its emissions to 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025. China, the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world, has agreed to cap its output by 2030 or earlier if possible. The European Union has already endorsed a binding 40% greenhouse gas emissions reduction target by 2030.

And …. every branch of the United States Military is worried about climate change. They have been since well before it became controversial. In the wake of an historic climate change agreement between President Obama and President Xi Jinping in China the military’s perspective is significant in how it views climate effects on emerging military conflicts. As Forbes says – this is not a group normally considered to be liberal activists and fear-mongers.

Food waste recycling specialist ReFood has unveiled the industry’s first dedicated scholarship programme to inspire the next generation of sustainable students.  From agriculture and logistics, to manufacture, retail and hospitality, the project will see hundreds of students competing in order to win a £5,000 bursary to progress their studies, according to ReFood. Organisations such as Sheffield Hallam University, Moulton Agricultural College and Leith’s School of Food & Wine have joined as partners and have offered to support the project.

?????B&Q scored a hat-trick and Sainsbury’s, AkzoNobel and Cap Gemini were among the other big winners at the 2014 Sustainability Leaders Awards.  The great and the good of the sustainability sector descended upon the Grand Connaught Rooms in London  for the eighth year of edie’s Awards which celebrate the very best in sustainable business. The Energy Efficiency awards went to the University of Reading, Sustainable Packaging was won by B&Q, and Waste & Resource Management award went to DHL Supply Chain & JD Wetherspoon. The full list of winners can be found here.

First vacuum cleaners ……  now the amount of energy that big screen TVs can use will be capped under an EU energy efficiency drive which the European commission expects will cut consumers’ energy bills by around €8bn a year.  The energy-saving rules for vacuum cleaners provoked a storm of criticism from UK newspapers last autumn, the planned TV rules may be a test case for new ‘ecodesign’ formulas for kettles, toasters and hairdryers, due to be announced next year. The new TV standards, which could come into effect as early as June 2016, would set more challenging energy use requirements for larger TV screens, which currently benefit from a ranking methodology that only measures internal components for energy efficiency.

Edie.net reports that global electrical powerhouses including Panasonic, Samsung and LG Electronics are among 50 major players in the electricals sector who have signed up to a new green commitment that focuses on reducing the environmental impact of the products they manufacture. The new commitment, called Electrical and Electronic Sustainability Action Plan (ESAP), was launched at WRAP’s Resources Limited conference in London.

Surrey hast beaten recognised areas of forests in the UK for having the most squares per square mile. With modern agriculture blamed for extensive tree clearance of the once wooded British Isles the most densely wooded areas are now these where gardens and parks are home to trees – with aerial mapping showing that seven of the country’s top ten wooded areas being in Surrey, including the verdant spaces of Mole Valley. Surrey Heath and Waverley.  Bracknell Forest in Berkshire and the New Forest are the only forests to feature in the National Tree Map top ten that plots our 280 million trees. Two heavily farmed Lincolnshire districts, Boston and South Holland have only 2% tree coverage – the nations lowest.

wcA new bus service has been launched that runs on sewerage and food waste – and says that the annual waste produced by 5 humans can send a bus off with a full tank – some 186 miles of travel. The fuel is generated by Geneco and the bio-bus will be used by the Bath Bus company for its A4 shuttle service later this month which is expected to have up to 10,000 passengers a mont travelling from Bat to Bristol airport. Bristol is European Green Capital in 2015.

A new European Court of Justice ruling should speed up curbs on diesel cars in the UK as courts must now ensure that the UK government complies with EU limits on air pollution. Tbe case. nrpought by a team of environmental lawyers called ClientEarth,  highlights dangers from air pollution from Nitrogen Dioxide in cities such as London, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Sheffield, Bristol, Southampton, Birmingham and Leeds and the need for the UK to meet the EU air quality directive which has been repeatedly breached. London mayor Boris Johnson plans to impose a levy of £12.50 on polluting diesel cars fro 2020. Johnson said he now accepts scientific evidence from Britain’s leading air research group that Oxford Street has some of the world’s highest recorded levels of nitrogen dioxide, the majority of which comes from diesel fumes. ECJ  ruled that Member States must use all measures available to meet air pollution targets within an agreed date, regardless of economic or other considerations. The decision was welcomed by the British Heart Foundation. The World Health Organisation had previously said that almost anyone living in a European city was exposed to unsafe pollution levels.

unepMore than six million square kilometres of land has been ‘protected’ in the past four years, but a new UNEP report has argued that better funding and management would help these areas boost local economies and mitigate the impact of climate change.  Protected areas reduce climate risks by providing carbon sinks and reducing the danger from natural hazards such as floods droughts and avalanches. Maintaining such areas has been given added significance by the recent IPPC Synthesis report which confirmed that climate change – caused unequivocally by humans – will have a palpable degenerative effect on the planet.

Generating electricity from solar PV could be cheaper than burning gas as early as 2018, as long as the Government provides stable policy support. That’s according to a new report from the Solar Trade Association (STA) – Cost reduction potential of large-scale solar PV – which suggests that solar will be cheaper than the wholesale price of electricity sometime between 2025 and 2028, while the cost of generating electricity from gas will increase.

The Royal Household – which operates at Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace, Kensington Palace, Windsor Castle, The Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Queen’s Galleries – has become the latest organisation to sign up to the not-for-profit network, Fit for the Future. Fit for the Future Network celebrates its one-year anniversary this month, having been launched by the National Trust and sustainable energy charity Ashden in November 2013. The network now has an international membership of 85 land-owning, charitable and sustainability organisations which include the Church of England, RSPB, Oxfam, YHA (England and Wales), Northern Rail, the University of Oxford and Trinity College, University of Cambridge.

The UK’s first straw-powered renewable energy plant is set to to open in Lincolnshire later this month.  The 38MW Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant, which could provide enough electricity to power 65,000 homes, creates energy through the clean and efficient combustion of straw – the by-product of wheat production, taken mainly from farms within a 50-mile radius of Sleaford. Ash produced by the plant will be recycled as crop fertiliser, effectively creating a local circular economy.

Barack Obama will make a substantial pledge to a fund to help poor countries fight climate change, only days after his historic carbon pollution deal with China. In a one-two punch, the US plans to pledge a maximum of $3bn over the next four years to help poor countries invest in clean energy and cope with rising seas and extreme weather, according to those briefed by administration officials.

Lloyd Alter also has a bit of a rant on Treehugger against America Recycles Day (which was on November 15th) which he criticises as a “bit of corporate greenwashing”. The sponsors of this grand event have a new campaign, “I want to be recycled” in which a plastic bottle cries out “I want to be a bench” with Lloyd saying “the campaign is brought to you by the usual gang, Alcoa and the American Chemistry Council who make the containers that get thrown away; Anheuser-Busch and Nestle Waters who sell them, among others who are patting you on the head for picking up their crap and and sorting it into neat little piles so that you can then pay your city or town to take away and ship across the country so somebody can melt it and make another bench. But only a little more than a quarter of those bottles do make it that far, because the economics aren’t there and many towns find it cheaper to just dump it in a hole in the ground. And that’s exactly what happens to 30 million tons of the stuff every year, which is the real story behind America Recycles Day.”

Flavio Briatore, the ex Formula 1 boss and ex owner of Queens Park Rangers football club is like;y to be forced to remove a gigantic 100m long wall he constructed to protext his beachfront guests at his Billionaire’s Reort in Kenya. Officials from the Kenya Wildlife Service and National Environment Agency say the wall robbed the rare sea turtle from reaching nesting sites at the Malindi Marine National Park , increased erosion and spoilt the beach. The wall was meant to be constructed to allow the turtles to scale it.

One of Kenya’s largest bull elephants has been treated for a spear would after it was seen limping. The tusker, Tim, was speared in the rump possibly by a poacher ot a farmer trying to protect their crops. 33,000 elephants were killed for invory last year according to the charity Save The Elephants.

Peru, the host for December’s UN climate change summit, stores nearly seven billion metric tons of carbon stocks, mostly in its Amazon rainforest. That’s more than US annual carbon emissions for 2013 which were calculated at 5.38 billion tons, new research by the Carnegie Institute for Science  shows.

Rich countries are subsidising oil, gas and coal companies by about $88bn (£55.4bn) a year to explore for new reserves, despite evidence that most fossil fuels must be left in the ground if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change. The most detailed breakdown yet of global fossil fuel subsidies has found that the US government provided companies with $5.2bn for fossil fuel exploration in 2013, Australia spent $3.5bn, Russia $2.4bn and the UK $1.2bn. Most of the support was in the form of tax breaks for exploration in deep offshore fields. The public money went to major multinationals as well as smaller ones who specialise in exploratory work, according to British thinktank the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and Washington-based analysts Oil Change International. More on the Guardian website here.

orcaTwo orcas, a 7-year-old female named Narnia and an unnamed 5-year-old male, have been held captive in tiny covered tanks for the past 10 months, according to Russian animal rights group Vita. The orcas’ cries can be heard outside their concrete prison cells at the VDNKh exhibition centre in Moscow, Vita says. The animals are apparently being held in these temporary facilities pending the opening of a new aquarium under construction, which has been delayed until 2015. Experts warn that the whales could go deaf or insane in the meantime from the intense solitary confinement. Wild orcas live in close-knit social groups and swim up to 150 kilometres a day. Vita says that these captive orcas are being kept in individual holding tanks in a facility that is just 65 metres long. Ask Russia to Release Two Wild Orcas Captured for New Moscow Aquarium

France’s constitutional court has upheld a ban on hydraulic fracturing, ruling that the law against the energy exploration technique known as “fracking” is a valid means of protecting the environment.The court in Paris said on its website on Friday that the 2011 law “conforms to the constitution” and is not “disproportionate”. France banned fracking in 2011 and cancelled exploration licences held by companies including Schuepbach and Total SA, the country’s biggest oil company, after protests by environmental groups.

 

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ctdlogoIt’s cold and wet and there is a serious energy squeeze on the UK, but plenty of shop doors are wide open and blasting out heat on to the street again !!! We all pay for this pure waste in the price of goods. Why are we letting it happen? Close those doors and speak (politely!) to shop staff. You will not be alone. You can make all the difference. Remember – the customer is always right. www.closethedoor.org.uk

FESTIVAL NEWS

boniverAIF reports that Justin Vernon, founder and frontman of the critically acclaimed Americana band Bon Iver, has announced that he has received the necessary permits to launch the first Eaux Claire Music and Arts Festival in his hometown of the same name. 25,000 punters are expected to attend the primarily indie rock festival, and the event could bring “eight or nine million dollars” of tourism money into the area according to Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce President Bob McCoy. According to a permit application, which passed through its final round of approvals on Tuesday night, the Eaux Claire Festival will take place July 17th and 18th at Foster Farm in Eau Claire. The plan calls for three performances spaces — two stages and one 6,000-person capacity tent, featuring artists personally curated by Vernon. Taking place “in a vast, remote, wooded setting,” the festival will also offer attendees on-site camping. A native of Eau Claire, Vernon expects the festival to have a positive impact on his hometown. The line-up of the event has yet to revealed. 

deadmau5riderGlastonbury, Africa Express, Arcadia Spectacular and Yourope lawyer Ben Challis has written an article on the Live Music Exchange about the changing face of contracts in the live music industry focussing on how artistes are engaged for concerts, tours and festivals – and the ever contentious topic of artist ‘riders’ and which explores the topics covered by ben in his recent talk at the AIF Fesival Congress in Cardiff. You can find it here http://livemusicexchange.org/blog/changing-horses-on-track-with-the-riderless-contract-ben-challis/

canopy generator eventTemporary power supplier Aggreko has announced the acquisition of Golden Triangle Generators (GTG). GTG provides rental power solutions to customers throughout Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales. Aggreko UK managing director Dan Ibbetson said “During 26 years of operations, GTG has developed a loyal customer base throughout the northwest oF England and North Wales,” adding “Their reputation for delivering a high-quality product via an experienced and professional team makes GTG a natural fit with Aggreko.”

coachella15AEG has announced details about US festival coverage that will be aired on AXS TV, the channel in which it has a stake during 2015 and which shares its brand with AEG’s ticketing platform, AXS TV broadcast from the second weekend of Coachella earlier this year, and will do so again next April. AXS TV will also be filming content at the Stagecoach, Jazzfest, Rock On The Range and Firefly festivals next year too, amounting to about 70 hours of coverage. AXS TV Founder Mark Cuban said in a statement: “AXS TV is committed to delivering the best in live music, and we’re proud to continue that legacy with this groundbreaking line up. Nothing compares to a live music event, and now our audience will get a front-row seat to five incredible festivals, as we bring the ultimate concert experience to our viewers”.

endless summerEndless Summer Festival event founder and director Mario Kalpou has confirmed that the 2014 Endless Summer Festival, set to be staged from December 26 – 28 in Gunnamatta Park in Cronulla will not go ahead due to a last minute decision by Sutherland Shire Council to cut funding. Mario Kalpou said. “It’s with regret that I confirm we’re unable to proceed with staging the 2014 Endless Summer Festival. Without warning, the Sutherland Shire Council has pulled $50,000 in sponsorship funds, and as a direct result we are unable to proceed with staging the event. The event is a free community event, not ticketed, and there is no way this close to the event launching that we can hope to make up a $50,000 budget shortfall. It is devastating.” Last years’ inaugural Endless Summer Festival attracted crowds in excess of 50,000 across three days.

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DRAX POWERThe Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has published its Synthesis Report – the work of thousands of scientists which has been agreed after negotiations with the world’s governments. The key points are these:

- Limiting the impacts of climate change will involve phasing out fossil fuels by 2100 and growing the use of renewables from its current 30% share to 80% of the power sector by 2050.

- Warming of the climate system is “unequivocal”, and the human influence on changing it is now “clear”.

- The period from 1983 to 2012 was likely the warmest 30-year period of the last 1,400 years in the Northern Hemisphere.

- Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide are “unprecedented in at least the last 800,000 years”.

- Delaying action will “substantially increase the challenges” to limit global warming below two degrees, relative to pre-industrial levels.

- If temperatures were to rise above four degrees, risks include “substantial species extinction” as well as global and regional food insecurity.

- Emissions can be “substantially reduced” through changes in consumption patterns and adoption of energy savings measures. 

Martin Kaiser, head of international climate politics at Greenpeace said “For scientists, there is nothing vague about how to deal with climate change. Governments need to pay attention and phase out coal and oil now or end up doing it later at a much higher cost. However, those who seize the potential of renewable energy will leap ahead to a sustainable future.”

The United States and China have unveiled a secretly negotiated deal to reduce their greenhouse gas output, with China agreeing to cap emissions for the first time and the US committing to deep reductions of between 25-28% by 2025. The pledges in an agreement struck between President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jingping, provide an important boost to international efforts to reach a global deal on reducing emissions beyond 2020 at a United Nations meeting in Paris next year.  China, the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world, has agreed to cap its output by 2030 or earlier if possible. Previously China had only ever pledged to reduce the rapid rate of growth in its emissions. Now it has also promised to increase its use of energy from zero-emission sources to 20% by 2030. The European Union has already endorsed a binding 40% greenhouse gas emissions reduction target by 2030. However the IPCC recommendation to phase out fossil fuels by end of century to avoid dangerous global warming is categorically rejected by Poland and other eastern European countries who have categorically rejected the target put forward by the world’s top climate scientists to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2100 to avoid dangerous global warming according to leaked documents show.

A new report from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and Oil Change International (OCI) says that an estimated $88bn per year is being spent by G20 governments on locating oil, gas and coal reserves, despite evidence that most existing reserves must be left alone to avoid dangerous climate change – and parallel to these findings, the cost of renewables is falling and the returns are better with every $1 in renewable energy subsidies attracting a $2.5 investment, while $1 in fossil fuels subsidies only draws $1.3 of investment.

solarOn a similar theme – investment in renewables and energy efficiency can create up to 10 times as many jobs per unit of electricity as investment in fossil fuels according to a new report from the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) who analysed data from fifty studies published since 2000 on the relationship between green energy investment and job creation in the USA, Europe and China. It found that electricity from renewable projects created about one job per gigawatt-hour generated compared with 0.1 for electricity from coal or gas.

Edie.net reports that the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has announced a £200m lending programme for community-scale renewable energy projects in the UK. GIB will partner with global investment firm KKR – each will provide £100m – and specialist investment manager Temporis Capital LLP, which will manage the lending programme. And Climate Change Minister Amber Rudd has published a letter to local authorities highlighting the potential benefits of solar PV for schools. Rudd said: “One of the ambitions in the Government’s strategy for the sector is to maximise the potential of deployment on the country’s buildings, in particular the as yet little tapped sector of mid-sized rooftops, including those of our schools.”

Power from human waste is ‘the ultimate in green energy’ that would cut the UK’s dependence on fossil fuels and dramatically reduce CO2 emissions. That’s according to British waste management and recycling firm Business Waste which has called for more power to be generated from the 20,000 tonnes of human excrement produced in the UK every day.

is it wasteThe Environment Agency (EA) has launched the IsItWaste assessment tool to help businesses in England identify whether a waste material is a by-product or holds ‘end-of-waste’ status.  And the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) and WRAP will team up to deliver a programme helping London local authorities reach the Mayor of London’s 50% recycling target by 2020. Reaching this target in London would make a major contribution towards the UK as a whole achieving its 50% household waste recycling target by the same date.

A group of European Union (EU) Member States – including the UK, Romania, Greece, Croatia and Poland – is blocking a European Parliament proposal to reduce plastic bag use by 80% by 2019, despite 92% of Europeans agreeing that measures should be taken to reduce single plastic bag use.   The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) argues that European Parliament proposals including rules to charge customers for plastic bags would mean savings and profits amounting to €650m per year between 2015 and 2020 for public authorities, manufacturers and retailers. More on edie.net here

The UK Government has rejected calls, made by the Environmental Audit Committee, to require new products to be recyclable and to ban food waste going to landfill to help stimulate the circular economy.  In its report entitled ‘Ending the Throwaway Society: Growing a Circular Economy‘, published in July, the cross-party Environmental Audit Committee called for lower VAT on recycled products, a phased-in requirement for new products to be recyclable and greater standardisation of waste collection services, including a ban on food waste being sent to landfill. In its response the Government said it agreed that it had “a role to play in developing [a circular economy]” but rejected recommendations made by the Committee to introduce greater standardisation in collection systems, to compel councils to adopt household food waste collections and to require new products to be recyclable.

The US Senate’s top environmental job is set to fall to Jim Inhofe, one of the biggest names in US climate denial, but campaigners say Barack Obama will fight to protect his global warming agenda. Oklahoma Republican Inhofe has been denying the science behind climate change for 20 years – long before it became a cause for the conservative tea party wing. Following the midterm elections which saw the Republicans take control of the Senate (along with Congress) he is now expected to become the chairman of the senate environment and public works committee.

bee-300x150Climate change is disrupting flower pollination new research shows - revealing that rising temperatures are causing bees to fly before flowers have bloomed, making pollination less likely. The work used museum records stretching back to 1848 to show that the early spider orchid and the miner bee on which it depends for reproduction have become increasingly out of sync as spring temperatures rise due to global warming. But while rising temperatures cause both the orchid and the bee to flower or fly earlier in the spring, the bees are affected much more, which leads to a mismatch. More here

The Guardian reports that China has strongly dismissed claims suggesting that a Chinese delegation accompanying Xi Jinping to Tanzania last year purchased so much illegal elephant ivory that prices spiked. According to a scathing report on the country’s illegal wildlife trade by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), business boomed when Xi’s delegation was in the capital city, Dar es Salaam, last March, doubling the market price of ivory to $700 a kilogram.

The green credentials of the UK and US economies are vastly overrated when compared to their actual performance, a recent report has found  The Global Green Economy Index (GGEI) from Dual Citizen measures how well countries perform in four key areas: leadership & climate change, efficiency sectors, markets & investment and environment & natural capital.

On that note – in the run up to the next elections in 2015, the UK Government has announced a multi million pound ‘roads revolution’ including significant improvements to roads such as the A1 and a tunnel on the A303 at Stonehenge. £15 billion will be spent up to 2020.

Sir Simon Jenkins, the departing president of the National Trust has attacked UK Prime Minister David Cameron for breaking pledges to protect the countryside – and poured scorn on Tory planning policies arguing tat a grading system is needed to protect rural sites – the highest grades would cover National Parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty.

An overwhelming majority of businesses want an independent body to be put in charge of UK infrastructure to encourage stable investment and a more sustainable future.  A survey from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) of 430 senior business leaders found that respondents see the UK’s infrastructure as internationally weak, lagging behind Australasia, North America and the EU. Specifically, 96% thought political uncertainty is discouraging investment and as a result 89% favoured an independent infrastructure body.

Edie.net reports that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Justice has announced a settlement with carmakers Hyundai and Kia which will see them pay $100m civil penalty to resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations.  The two car companies allegedly sold 1.2 million cars from model years 2012 and 2013 whose design specifications did not conform to those certified to EPA, leading to misstatements of greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, they gave consumers inaccurate information – overstating the fuel economy by one to six miles per gallon and understating the greenhouse gas emissions of their fleets.

WRAP Cymru and the Carbon Trust have announced that they are to work in partnership to help Welsh businesses and public sector organisations to become more resource efficient. The collaboration will deliver client manager services to businesses (including third sector businesses) and public sector organisations as part of the Welsh Government’s Resource Efficient Wales service (a new resource efficiency advice service). Participating organisations will receive support to reduce their energy, water, resource use and waste, helping them take advantage of the opportunities of resource efficiency, according to WRAP Cymru. They will also be able to learn about additional sources of support from the Welsh Government.

Zero Waste Scotland has unveiled a new £90,000 capital grant fund for materials recovery facility (MRF) operators to purchase standardised testing equipment enabling them to effectively test, monitor and record their material quality. The funding comes ahead of the Scottish Government’s MRF Code of Practice which will be introduced in 2015 and will aim to improve the quality of materials processed through qualifying facilities by developing standardised testing processes and reporting mechanisms for all input materials. The funding is open to any MRF located in Scotland and processing at least 1,000 tonnes of dry mixed recyclables a year. More here.

The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has given its financial backing to a new waste treatment facility and anaerobic digestion (AD) plant North Yorkshire, which will process up to 320,000 tonnes of waste per year. The £320m Allerton Park plant will divert more than seven million tonnes of household, commercial and industrial waste from landfill during its lifetime and will recover value from almost every aspect North Yorkshire and City of York waste. It represents the first joint investment between GIB, which is putting in £33.1m, and the European Investment Bank, which is investing £150m.

drought2An incendiary report from a NASA scientist which warns that the world’s water supplies are rapidly dwindling has set alarm bells ringing around the globe.  Writing in the Nature Climate Change journal, Professor J.S Famiglietti warned that a global ‘free-for-all’ on underground water sources could cause mass starvation and international conflict. Groundwater – stored beneath the Earth’s surface in soil and porous rock aquifers – accounts for one third of global water use. Over two billion people rely on groundwater as their primary water source, while at least half of the irrigation water used to grow the world’s food comes from underground sources. However rapid population growth and rising quality of life, along with increasing demand for food and energy has led to far greater levels of stress on limited groundwater resources with Famiglietti writing “Groundwater is being pumped at far greater rates than it can be naturally replenished, so that many of the largest aquifers on most continents are being mined, their precious contents never to be returned. More here on edie.net.

University of Strathclyde was the 100th winner of a Green Gown Award. The institution won the award for Continuous Improvement: Institutional Change for its ‘Sustainable Strathclyde’ strategy which includes a plan to be carbon neutral by 2030. Other winners this year included   Social Responsibility (Hull College); and Student Engagement (Manchester Metropolitan University and Redbridge Institute of Adult Education and the University of the Arts London picked up the Technical Innovation for Sustainability. Individual awards went to Professor Patrick Bailey, Keele University (Leadership Award ) and Roisin Lyle-Collins, University of Glasgow (Sustainability Champion Award).

 

European Festival Awards final shortlists announced!

EFA_2014_Date_webThe votes have been counted and we can now reveal the finalists in this year’s European Festival Awards, as decided by Europe’s festival-goers. This year – the 6th edition – saw a new record set with over 1.2 million votes cast by fans for their favourite festivals and artists, an astonishing 100% increase on last year’s figures. Some of the more specialists categories are decided by panels of industry professionals, including Artists’ Favourite Festival, Green Operations Award and Promoter Of The year, and this panel also exercises a 25% say in the final outcome of the public-voted selection. The winners will be announced on-stage at the European Festival Awards gala ceremony which returns to crown the opening night of Eurosonic Noorderslag in Groningen, The Netherlands on Wednesday 14th January 2015 hosted by Ben Challis.

Best Major European Festival
in association with PlugGo
 
• Colours of Ostrava (Czech Republic)
• Electric Picnic (Ireland)
• EXIT Festival (Serbia)
• Hurricane & Southside (Germany)
• NOS Alive (former Optimus Alive) (Portugal)
• Rock am Ring/ Rock Im Park (Germany)
• Rock Werchter (Belgium)
• Roskilde Festival (Denmark)
• Sziget Festival (Hungary)
• Tomorrowland (Belgium)
• Wacken Open Air (Germany)
• Woodstock Festival (Poland)
 
Best Medium-Sized European Festival
 
• Audioriver (Poland)
• Berlin Festival (Germany)
• Best Kept Secret (The Netherlands)
• Electric Castle Festival (Romania)
• Hideout Festival (Croatia)
• Lovefest (Serbia)
• MasterCard Balaton Sound (Hungary)
• OFF Festival Katowice (Poland)
• Pohoda Festival (Slovakia)
• Sea Dance Festival (Montenegro)
• Volt Festival (Hungary)
• Way Out West (Sweden)
 
Best Small European Festival
 
• B.my.Lake (Hungary)
• Feest in het Park (Belgium)
• Festival Tauron Nowa Muzyka (Poland)
• Grape Festival (Slovakia)
• Happiness Festival (Germany)
• Indiependence (Ireland)
• Into The Great Wide Open (The Netherlands)
• Jazz in the Park (Romania)
• PLAI (Romania)
• The Garden Festival (Croatia)
Best New European Festival
 
• Bergfestival (Austria)
• Down The Rabbit Hole (The Netherlands)
• Festival The Brave (Holland)
• Imaginarium Festival (France)
• MS Artville (Germany)
• Sea Dance Festival (Montenegro)
• Serbia Wonderland Festival (Serbia)
• Signal Festival (Czech republic)
• Sunscape Festival (Malta)
• Your’in (Belgium)
Best Indoor Festival
 
• Blues in Hell (Norway)
• I Love Techno (Belgium)
• I Love Techno (France)
• Metal Hammer Paradise (Germany)
• Reeperbahn Festival (Germany)
• Rolling Stone Weekender (Germany)
• Sensation (The Netherlands)
• Sonar (Spain)
• TiMAF (Romania)
• Waves (Austria & Slovakia)
Newcomer Of The Year
in association with Eurosonic Noorderslag
 
• Birth of Joy
• George Ezra
• Hozier
• Jungle
• London Grammar
• Mighty Oaks
• Milky Chance
• Mo
• Royal Blood
• Stromae
 
 
Best Headliner
 
• Arcade Fire
• Arctic Monkeys
• Imagine Dragons
• Jack White
• Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
• Outkast
• Pearl Jam
• QOTSA
• Stromae
• The Black Keys
 
Festival Anthem of the Year
 
• Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine
• Atomic Bomb! – The Atomic Bomb! Band and Special Guests 
• Black Keys – Lonely Boy
• Calvin Harris – Summer
• Ellie Goulding – Burn
• George Ezra – Budapest
• Outkast – Hey Ya
• Pharell Williams- Happy
• Royal Blood – Come on Over
• Stromae – Papaoutai
 
 
The following awards are decided purely by our jury of industry experts:
 
Best European Festival Line-Up
 
• Best Kept Secret (The Netherlands)
• Glastonbury (United Kingdom)
• Open’er Festival (Poland)
• Hurricane/Southside (Germany)
• Oya Festival (Norway)
• Pinkpop (The Netherlands)
• Primavera (Spain)
• Rock am Ring / Rock im Park (Germany)
• Rock Werchter (Belgium)
• Sziget (Hungary)
Artist’s Favourite European Festival 
 
• Glastonbury (United Kingdom)
• Hove (Norway)
• Oya Festivalen (Norway)
• Primavera Sound (Spain)
• Pukkelpop (Belgium)
• Rock en Seine (France)
• Rock Werchter (Belgium)
• Slottsfjell (Norway)
• Sziget (Hungary)
• Way Out West (Sweden)
 
 
Promoter Of The Year
 
• FKP Scorpio (Germany)
• Friendly Fire (The Netherlands)
• Live Nation (Belgium)
• Metropolis (United Kingdom)
• ID&T (Belgium)
 
The Green Operations Award
 
• Boom (Portugal)
• Cabaret Vert (France)
• Cambridge Folk Festival (United Kingdom)
• Fusion (Germany)
• Ilosaarirock (Finland)
• Isle Of Wight (United Kingdom)
• Maifeld Derby (Germany)
• Melt! (Germany)
• Mysteryland (The Netherlands)
• Northside (Denmark)
• Øya Festival (Norway)
• Rock Am Ring (Germany)
• Roskilde (Denmark)
• Shambala (United Kingdom)
• We Love Green (France)
• Welcome to the Future (The Netherlands)
 
 
The following categories do not have shortlists. The winners will be announced at the gala ceremony in Groningen on 14th January.
 
YES Group H&S Innovation Award In association with the YES Group and ICM&SS
 
Award For Excellence And Passion
 
Lifetime Achievement Award in association with Yourope

Blencathra Field Study Centre’s biomass boiler a big winner!

fsc blencathraThe Blencathra Field Study Centre’s biomass boiler has already produced an annual fuel saving of £58,000. The Centre, set in an idyllic location in Cumbria Accommodates more than 18,000 overnight guests annually as well as day visitors and conference delegates. The leading education and environmental centre near Keswick required a new, sustainable and efficient heating and hot water system to achieve true sustainability and accomplish major cost efficiencies. Barden Energy was appointed to the task by the Field Studies Council, which owns the Lake District site, following the submission of its innovative tender proposal.

The brief was: To design and build a discreet boiler house and fuel store on the periphery of the property to minimise disruption during construction as well as future fuel deliveries. To install and commission a biomass boiler with the capability of meeting all heating and hot water needs for the busy centre.

The solution: Utilising years of technical know-how and expertise, the team at Barden Energy installed a cutting edge 300Kw Hertz Firematic biomass boiler along with 80 meters of district heat pipe. We were able to use the clients preferred location for the boiler house and store which was on the peripheral of the site on an area of steeply banked ground near to a narrow entrance road by using a reinforced concrete structure to maintain stability of the road above

Tim Foster Head FSC, Blencathra Field Study Centre SAID “The Renewable Energy Project has created an opportunity for us to lead the way in multiple renewable technologies, reducing the carbon  footprint of the Centre and to become a low  carbon exemplar within the Lake District National Park. A key part of this is our excellent biomass  boiler and district heating system.”

The Field Studies Council, FSC, is the only environmental education charity dedicated solely to providing informative and enjoyable opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to discover, explore, be inspired by, and understand the natural environment.  Established in 1943, FSC has become internationally respected for its national network of learning locations, international outreach training projects, research programmes, information and publication services, and wide range of professional training and leisure courses

DATA

Previous system: Oil, electric and LPG
Biomass boiler installed Hertz Firematic 300 kw
Payback 5 Years
Annual savings
Annual carbon saving 200 tonnes
Yearly fuel saving £18,000
RHI payment £40,000
Total annual saving £58,000

The Centre also takes sustainable electricity from a local hydro-electric source

http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/blencathra.aspx