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Park is charging to the future with green initiative

A car powers up at a Tesla Supercharger

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 24th January 2018

 

LANGSTONE Technology Park is looking to a greener future with its recent installation of car charging facilities.

Eight Tesla Superchargers are now in place and ready for use at the park, which is managed by Fasset Ltd.

These Superchargers will allow drivers to charge their vehicle to 80 per cent in just 30 minutes.

It also makes Langstone the only Supercharger station within a 40-mile radius.

The team behind the business site are working to reduce the carbon footprint of both the park and the surrounding area, offering the chargers to both employees and the public for use, 24/7.

Other environmentally friendly initiatives in place at the park include a ‘Greenzone’ car share and electric car scheme.

The scheme was set up as an incentive to encourage employees to choose a more economical way of travelling to work. A representative at the site said that Langstone recycles as much as possible including WEEE waste, dry mixed, wood, metal, batteries and canteen food waste.

Any general waste produced by the park that cannot be recycled is sent to the Veolia plant in Portsmouth where it is burnt to create energy.

Fasset’s Client and Facilities manager Suzanne Watson said:

‘The new Tesla Superchargers are a great addition to Langstone Technology Park.

‘They support many other ‘green’ initiatives that we carry out onsite, and demonstrate our commitment to taking care of the environment whilst also encouraging employees at LTP to consider ‘going green’.

‘We are very fortunate to have these Superchargers which help us to promote a greener way of commuting for our tenants and visitors.’

Conservatives' 25-year green plan: main points at a glance

Moves to cut plastic, create a new environmental watchdog and boost wildlife habitats are among the new measures

Plastic and other litter lines the shore of the Thames Estuary in Cliffe, Kent. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Published on The Guardian website on the 11th January 2018

 

Closing the plastic bag charge loophole

One of the most heavily trailed announcements is the end of an exemption for small shops from England’s 5p plastic bag charge. The loophole was an anomaly compared with similar schemes in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It was also imposed against the wishes of corner shop owners at the time, with three small business trade associations opposing being exempted on the grounds it would be confusing for customers. “Its abolition is long overdue,” said Mary Creagh, chair of the environmental audit committee of MPs. The change will affect 3.4bn bags handed out at about 200,000 stores each year.

Encouraging plastic-free supermarket aisles

Continue reading Conservatives’ 25-year green plan: main points at a glance

Hampshire wildlife trust welcomes government plan to protect environment

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 12th January 2018

 

THE organisation looking after the county’s wildlife has welcomed plans to protect the environment.

Debbie Tann, chief executive of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, said she was pleased with some of the proposals in the government’s 25 Year Environment Plan.

The plan was published yesterday following an announcement by prime minister Theresa May.

Ms Tann said: ‘The PM set out an ambitious vision and it’s encouraging to hear the government naming some of the environmental challenges facing us locally, nationally and indeed globally.

‘This includes plastic pollution, wildlife declines, climate change and increasing developments.

‘I’m particularly pleased to hear mention of embedding “environmental net gain” in new developments, which echoes what we at the Wildlife Trusts have set out in our nature-friendly housing vision.

‘If we are to have any hope of reversing wildlife declines this needs to become the new norm along with the creation of a nature recovery network of bigger, better and connected spaces for wildlife.’

The government’s plan aims to achieve long-term goals in six areas.

They include clean air, clean and plentiful water, thriving plants and wildlife, a reduced risk of harm from environmental hazards, using resources from nature more sustainably and efficiently and enhanced beauty, heritage and engagement with the environment.