Environment

There is not much time. The challenges are enormous and urgent and the sooner drastic cuts in our carbon emissions are made the better.

 

Note that implementing the policies listed below will very quickly save all of us a lot of money, and the more fuel costs rise the more we will save. These savings can be applied to drive down our carbon footprint still further, to compensate poor countries for the damage our wasteful lifestyle has inflicted on them, see section 11 of submission-re-energy-policy-green-paper-2007 and to fund proper social policies.

 

POLICIES

“carbon savings scheme.”

Main policy is to set up a “carbon savings scheme.” see section 10 of  energy policy submission A charge on each unit of carbon at point of entry into the island is put into a “carbon savings fund” which would  provide the working capital for funding energy saving schemes, in buildings at all scales from industrial to individual dwelling and in transport also, by encouraging all environmentally-friendly and energy-saving modes. It could also invest in renewables of benefit to Jersey.

 

In detail I propose that we

  • Carry out an across-the-board  buildings’ insulation programme
  • Scrap the incinerator and develop with all stakeholders ways of reducing, re-using and recycling all waste. Imagine being able to say: “in Jersey we have no such thing as waste”. Wouldn’t that be a fantastic demonstration of our care for the planet and our responsible use of resources?
  • Treat ourselves to a cheap and frequent all-aboard bus service
  • Develop a “Safe Routes to Schools” programme (see link to Sustrans)
  • Promote travel by bus, walking and bicycle, especially for the journey to work and to school
  • Improve the environment of our urban areas: St. Aubin, Gorey, St. Helier, Red Houses . . .
  1. For an insight into how to go about tackling waste reduction, the first of the 3 “R’s” see here
  2. For a brilliant animation on the way we live now, our wastefulness, and why we must change, see here. Be warned, you may find the American accent trying, but it is brilliant, so keep on looking!
  3. For a slide show on carbon calculating and policy in the field of transport, which shows the kind of thinking we must engage in see here
  4. For how to do “fair shares” in a world where there is less and less carbon to go round, see the-pm-on-dtqs1
  5. For a pot shot on transport reference the car parking land reclamation scheme at St. Aubin, see here (letter to JEP 2006)
  6. For a very detailed run through of my thinking on transport, see DW submission to transport-planconsultation 2007

Responses

  1. I’m not so sure about scrapping the incinerator completely. With the best will in the world we will never be ‘waste free’. An efficient waste management system has to be in place alongside reduce, re-use & re-cycle.

  2. Hello Linda

    You are quite right that we need an “efficient waste management system”.

    To get that we do NOT build the biggest incinerator we can think of, we build small, modular, in Nick Palmer’s words “future-proof” See his quote below:

    As Nick Palmer has said: “If TTS were truly worried about breakdowns before a replacement was ready, they would choose technology such as pyrolysis or plasma gasification which could be in place far earlier, would be much smaller, much more flexible, more future proof, half the cost and far better for any sustainable waste/resources strategy”

    To see what real waste reduction would look like, please go to the Environment page where I have added (will shortly add) a link to an article i read recently

    Daniel


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