14 October 2010
The Jersey Energy Trust has announced the expansion of the assistance it will provide to the States of Jersey Energy Efficiency Service in 2011.
As a signatory to the Kyoto Protocol, Jersey has affirmed its intention to reduce its emissions of greenhouse gases and the Energy Efficiency Service has a key role to play in helping Islanders take action to tackle climate change.
Following last winter's very cold weather, the Energy Efficiency Service is encouraging Islanders to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and is providing more tools to help them.
Minister for Environment, Senator Freddie Cohen, said “Islanders want to save energy. In 2011 the Energy Efficiency Service will provide Islanders with the information they need to take action and improve the energy efficiency of their homes and work places and save money at the same time.”
The ‘greener house’ effect
The Energy Efficiency Service already runs 2 very successful programmes to fund and organise energy efficiency improvements for vulnerable Islanders and community buildings. The services will now be expanded to include:
- an energy efficiency advice line to help Islanders identify what measures can be carried out on their properties to improve energy efficiency and guidance as to how to go about making those improvements happen
- an aerial thermal imaging map of the Island, in partnership with the Jersey Climate Action Network (J-CAN), to provide a visual assessment of how well heat is retained by individual properties
- an online home energy assessment tool
- support for the Eco-Active Sustainable Schools Framework through a package of activities to help schools monitor and reduce their energy consumption and to support curriculum based activities on energy efficiency
- support for Eco-Active Businesses to help them understand, monitor and reduce their energy consumption
The Jersey Energy Trust will be launching their future plans at their Autumn Reception taking place this afternoon (14 October). The event is being hosted by Ogier at their new premises. As the first BREEAM* ‘very good’ building in Jersey, Ogier House provides a great example of what can be achieved in reducing the environmental impact of buildings. Ogier will be detailing the environmental technologies adopted in the new building and providing attendees with the opportunity to tour the building and see these initiatives in action.
Chair of the Jersey Energy Trust, Sir Nigel Broomfield, said “The Jersey Energy Trust is delighted to be holding this event at Ogier House and hopes that their achievement in reducing the environmental impact of their office building can provide inspiration for us all to think about what action we can take at home and at work to reduce our energy consumption.”
Chairman of Ogier, Clive Chaplin, said "Ogier are delighted to be involved with the Jersey Energy Trust’s event. We have been an Eco-Active business for a number of years and when we were looking to build new office premises we knew that we wanted to embrace green best practice and to have as low an environmental impact as possible. Ogier House is the greenest commercial building in the Channel Islands and we have balanced our commercial requirements with green initiatives to provide world class facilities for staff and clients."
*Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method