City council awards first certificates for lowering carbon footprint

Hampshire Chronicle: Left to right: Catherine Turness from Winchester BID, Cllr Rob Humby, Myra and Malcolm Neal with a selection of their environmentally friendly cleaning products, and Mat Jane. Left to right: Catherine Turness from Winchester BID, Cllr Rob Humby, Myra and Malcolm Neal with a selection of their environmentally friendly cleaning products, and Mat Jane.

WINCHESTER City Council has revealed the first recipients of its new certification aimed at improving environmental performance.

The Carbon Smart Winchester certificate has been awarded to the University of Winchester and Dairy Cottage, who offer self-catering holiday accommodation at Cowgrove Farm at Ropley, near Alresford.

Rob Humby, deputy leader of the city council, said: “The university and Dairy Cottage are just the first two of a whole stream of businesses whom we expect to be accredited for their green credentials. We are helping our local businesses to take their environmental responsibilities seriously, and reap the financial rewards at the same time.”

Launched in October 2012, more than 30 businesses are taking part, with the Carbon Smart team on hand to explain how organisations can evaluate their carbon footprint and identify measures to reduce their impact on the environment.

The University of Winchester was singled out for a gold award on account of their carbon reduction plan which has seen savings of 22 per cent carbon since 2006.

Mathew Jane, the university's energy and environment manager, said: “The University of Winchester has taken its responsibility towards its environment seriously for some time now. We are constantly looking for new ways to further reduce our carbon footprint, and make efforts to improve our environmental performance wherever possible. Our new Learning and Teaching building, St Alphege, is a very sustainable building.”

Dairy Cottage at Cowgrove Farm and the owners have taken the right steps to minimise its carbon footprint. Measures include providing recycling bins, the use of ecological cleaning products and regular monitoring and minimising of electricity use.

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8:43pm Wed 9 Jan 13

huckit P says...

Carbon footprints and all that goes before them appears to be another jobs for the boys issue. It's certainly big business with big money to be had, but just what exactly does it mean to the average man or woman in the street? Is anything about global warming and carbon footprints actually proven, irrefutably and beyond doubt?
People are more worried about house warming than global warming and muddy footprints on the carpet, not carbon footprints (that can't be seen).
Carbon footprints and all that goes before them appears to be another jobs for the boys issue. It's certainly big business with big money to be had, but just what exactly does it mean to the average man or woman in the street? Is anything about global warming and carbon footprints actually proven, irrefutably and beyond doubt? People are more worried about house warming than global warming and muddy footprints on the carpet, not carbon footprints (that can't be seen). huckit P
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9:48pm Wed 9 Jan 13

cardinalfang says...

Funny that, I always thought that CO2 was pretty much essential for plants to grow. Perhaps they ought to focus on the more damaging greenhouse gases? Mind you, carbon footprints are just another way to waste taxpayers money and invent more jobs at the council
Funny that, I always thought that CO2 was pretty much essential for plants to grow. Perhaps they ought to focus on the more damaging greenhouse gases? Mind you, carbon footprints are just another way to waste taxpayers money and invent more jobs at the council cardinalfang
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10:19pm Wed 9 Jan 13

cardinalfang says...

The Met Office reported that global warming has stalled on Christmas Eve and if the status quo persists, there will have been no significant warming in 20 years by 2017. Nice of them to release the news without PR and when no-one would notice. Perhaps that's because it was an admission that they had been incorrectly predicting rising temperatures for so long? Still, why spoil a nice gravy train for politicians and councils by reporting facts?
The Met Office reported that global warming has stalled on Christmas Eve and if the status quo persists, there will have been no significant warming in 20 years by 2017. Nice of them to release the news without PR and when no-one would notice. Perhaps that's because it was an admission that they had been incorrectly predicting rising temperatures for so long? Still, why spoil a nice gravy train for politicians and councils by reporting facts? cardinalfang
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6:20pm Thu 10 Jan 13

800Jimbo says...

cardinalfang wrote:
The Met Office reported that global warming has stalled on Christmas Eve and if the status quo persists, there will have been no significant warming in 20 years by 2017. Nice of them to release the news without PR and when no-one would notice. Perhaps that's because it was an admission that they had been incorrectly predicting rising temperatures for so long? Still, why spoil a nice gravy train for politicians and councils by reporting facts?
You are confusing what they said about actual temperatures, natural fluctuation and man-made impact. Actual average temperatures may not have changed significantly last year but they should have gone down slightly; human influence is increasing temperatures above whatever 'natural' level they should be at - I thought that was quite clear in what the Met Office said? The estimate is NOT that there will no longer be temperature cycles but that those cycles will be at higher temperatures.
[quote][p][bold]cardinalfang[/bold] wrote: The Met Office reported that global warming has stalled on Christmas Eve and if the status quo persists, there will have been no significant warming in 20 years by 2017. Nice of them to release the news without PR and when no-one would notice. Perhaps that's because it was an admission that they had been incorrectly predicting rising temperatures for so long? Still, why spoil a nice gravy train for politicians and councils by reporting facts?[/p][/quote]You are confusing what they said about actual temperatures, natural fluctuation and man-made impact. Actual average temperatures may not have changed significantly last year but they should have gone down slightly; human influence is increasing temperatures above whatever 'natural' level they should be at - I thought that was quite clear in what the Met Office said? The estimate is NOT that there will no longer be temperature cycles but that those cycles will be at higher temperatures. 800Jimbo
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2:52pm Mon 14 Jan 13

cardinalfang says...

800Jimbo wrote:
cardinalfang wrote:
The Met Office reported that global warming has stalled on Christmas Eve and if the status quo persists, there will have been no significant warming in 20 years by 2017. Nice of them to release the news without PR and when no-one would notice. Perhaps that's because it was an admission that they had been incorrectly predicting rising temperatures for so long? Still, why spoil a nice gravy train for politicians and councils by reporting facts?
You are confusing what they said about actual temperatures, natural fluctuation and man-made impact. Actual average temperatures may not have changed significantly last year but they should have gone down slightly; human influence is increasing temperatures above whatever 'natural' level they should be at - I thought that was quite clear in what the Met Office said? The estimate is NOT that there will no longer be temperature cycles but that those cycles will be at higher temperatures.
The Met Office get things spectacularly wrong all the time, but always seem to think they have it right on climate change. Search YouTube for Vicky Pope and Harsh Realities to show how they have scare mongered in the past. The Met office are continually revising down as they predictions turn out to be wrong. I'm all for not damaging the planet, but the reality is that it is almost impossible to find real science amongst the politically motivated statements coming out of supposedly independent bodies who crave further funding.
[quote][p][bold]800Jimbo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cardinalfang[/bold] wrote: The Met Office reported that global warming has stalled on Christmas Eve and if the status quo persists, there will have been no significant warming in 20 years by 2017. Nice of them to release the news without PR and when no-one would notice. Perhaps that's because it was an admission that they had been incorrectly predicting rising temperatures for so long? Still, why spoil a nice gravy train for politicians and councils by reporting facts?[/p][/quote]You are confusing what they said about actual temperatures, natural fluctuation and man-made impact. Actual average temperatures may not have changed significantly last year but they should have gone down slightly; human influence is increasing temperatures above whatever 'natural' level they should be at - I thought that was quite clear in what the Met Office said? The estimate is NOT that there will no longer be temperature cycles but that those cycles will be at higher temperatures.[/p][/quote]The Met Office get things spectacularly wrong all the time, but always seem to think they have it right on climate change. Search YouTube for Vicky Pope and Harsh Realities to show how they have scare mongered in the past. The Met office are continually revising down as they predictions turn out to be wrong. I'm all for not damaging the planet, but the reality is that it is almost impossible to find real science amongst the politically motivated statements coming out of supposedly independent bodies who crave further funding. cardinalfang
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