There are already a number of projects, schemes and initiatives throughout the Solent area that demonstrate sustainable practice and meet Future Solent's vision, priorities and expected outcomes.
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Marine South East
Marine South East supports a wide range of activities to support the strategic growth of the marine sector through consultancy projects, collaborations, European partnerships and strategic projects. Some of their aims include increasing productivity through innovation, encouraging cluster, networks and joint ventures, develop cross sectoral collaborations to improve innovation, research and development, and develop workforce development, skills, training and apprentice initiatives.
The university is working hard to reduce its carbon emissions by 30% from 2009/10 levels by 2016, with around 1/3 of this to come from ‘good housekeeping’. The University of Portsmouth Environment Network is supporting efforts to improve the environmental performance of the University. The efforts have not gone unrecognised either, with the ISO14001 international standard for an environmental management system being awarded.
EBC coordinates and manage projects to reduce energy use and carbon dioxide emissions, to adapt to a changing climate.
At Flemming Park a CHP gas turbine was installed in 2007, which generates heat used to warm the Leisure Centre and nearby Civic Offices
The Leisure Centre is one of ten sites within the Borough where solar panels have been installed. It has 288 solar panels, which are on target to generate over 62,000 kWh per year.
At Itchen Country Park a biomass boiler has been installed to heat the shop and café building, which uses locally sourced wood pellets. A 6kW Proven wind turbine is visible in the field, which provides some of the electricity to the Visitor’s Centre, and 4kW of PV panels have been installed on the Kingfisher room roof.
A new housing development on Cheriton Road, Eastleigh meets level 4 Code for Sustainable Homes via green roofs/rainwater harvesting, code level 5 water consumption, high levels of energy efficient insulation, photovoltaic panels and sustainable drainage.
The development and improvements to the Bursledon Community Centre will be completed to the BREEAM environmental standards of Excellence; over and above the Planning Policy requirement of Very Good.
Within the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton research is undertaken in core areas of energy, specifically in the built environment and in renewables such as solar and marine energy. The group aims are to promote and undertake fundamental and applied research alongside pre-industrial development in the areas of renewable energy technologies, alongside research related to the efficient use of energy in the built environment.
Winchester Action on Climate Change is a network of local people, businesses and organisations working together to transform Winchester into a low carbon district, with a target to reduce CO2 emissions by one-third by 2015. This includes a positive vision of low energy bills, healthy lifestyles and strong communities.
The newly funded Business Ethics and Environment Students (BEES) programme will transform business practice in Southampton and provide students the skills to embed sustainability in a business context.
Local businesses are being given the chance to enhance their CSR and transform the sustainability of their company.
Business Ethics & Environmental Students, (aka BEES) is a unique programme, where students will work with businesses to review the sustainability of their actions and create a strategy for improvement. Students and staff will assist Southampton businesses to audit their sustainability practices and make plans for how they can change their practises in the future.
The aim is to create business benefits from cost saving; from better relations with staff and the local community; and from future market opportunities and innovation.
The programme will see the partnerships addressing topical ethical practices such as living wage, investment and supply chain management, as well as resource consumption, carbon emissions and transport.
Innovation Warehouse was launched in Portsmouth on 23rd April, 2013 to ignite growth of entrepreneurship and businesses in the region. The centre helps business owners and managers work alongside academics to develop new products or routes to market. This is a first for the University of Portsmouth, which has never before provided space for businesses. It aims to help fledgling and medium-sized business alongside local businesses that need the support that is on offer here.
GKN is a forum for members with ‘green’ business to work together and promote green issues in the town in Bournemouth, providing a better solution for companies than operating as a single unit. By attending a number of events the business community have the opportunity to engage with the numerous green technologies that exist.
First Wessex is a Hampshire-based housing association providing homes and services to local communities.
In May 2013 First Wessex launched their Sustainability Strategy 2013-15 ‘The Choice’.
First Wessex recognises they have a duty to conduct their business activity in a responsible manner and have chosen to commit themselves to a more sustainable future.
The Choice strategy for 2013-15 sets out the framework for how they will deliver this commitment, effecting their staff, customers and stakeholders. This is the beginning of their journey to sustainability.
Southampton Geothermal Heat schemeis a combined Heat and Power station used as an alternative source of energy and still remains an...
...important and unique exemplar of large scale and sustainable district energy provision. Hot brine from the geothermal aquifer contains water at a temperature of 76⁰C, which decreases by 2⁰C by the time it reaches the surface, this is sufficient to provide heating for over 40 buildings including hotels, shops, housing and offices. A direct wire connection provides electrical power to the neighbouring port operated by ABP.
The well is more than a mile deep with the water rising naturally to within 100m of the surface. The hot brine is pumped to the heat station and passes through a heat exchanger and is transferred to clean water which is circulated around a 14km network. Cooling is also provided to some customers.
Mathematicians aim to cut energy costs. Experts in logistics from the University of Portsmouth, Le Harve and Plymouth are looking at reducing the...
...cost of setting up and maintaining off-shore wind farms as part of a European initiative, which could make green energy more affordable. The
cost of transporting, assembling and maintaining wind turbines makes them overly expensive due to their size and irregular shape compared to normal cargo. A huge challenge for the industry is dealing with the logistics of these parts at the lowest possible cost
IKEA goes renewable. In Southampton the IKEA store has 292kWp of solar panels installed, which will provide approximately 5% of the building's electrical...
... needs. This store has also been designed to incorporate the use of geothermal heating and cooling systems, biomass boilers and improved insulation.
This is all part of a larger programme, which aims to ensure that all IKEA operations across the world use 100% renewable energy. By making their buildings more energy efficient and use more renewable energy will reduce IKEAs CO2 consumption by an average estimate of 662
tonnes per year during the initial 25 years of the installation operation. 31,000m2 of roof space will be covered by the solar panels, which will generate around 1,600,00kWh per year or the equivalent to power 492 homes.
University blackout to reduce energy use. A team of staff and student volunteers at the University of Southampton spent the evening on Friday 26th...
...April, 2013 turning off electrical items which were not needed over the weekend. Thought to be the largest ‘blackout’ of its kind in a UK university it
highlights the impact that small, collective actions can have on energy consumption. The university will use this data to compare energy consumption levels with similar weekends to determine areas that have the highest energy wastage and can then work to reduce this.
The Cadland Estate Solar Farm located on a traditional English Estate and Nature Reserve has reduced emissions, created local jobs and generates...
...energy for the region. The ground mounted PV park spans over 30 acres with an installed capacity of 5MWp and an annual energy output of 4,250,000 kWh. The modules installed by Anesco deliver high power outputs in lowlight conditions, operating silently whilst being invisible to the surrounding area due to the boarder provided by mature hedge rows.
or click hereto see the Cadland Estate information leaflet.
Source: Trinasolar and SEP
Good Practice in Transport
My Journey is a travel awareness campaign delivered by local councils and partners, with funding from the Department of Transport, that seeks to...
...encourage local residents to consider all the different travel choices and options open to them for local journeys.
In the Solent the My Journey campaign has reached Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton with aims to support the economic growth ambitions of the area by helping to improve the health of residents, reduce carbon emissions from transport and ensure a more efficient transport network by helping to tackle congestion. A wide range of sustainable transport initiatives are being delivered to address these issues
Practical support is provided to employers to help encourage car-share, the use of public transport and walking or cycling during the commute to and from work. Businesses can also work in smarter ways, saving time and money, which helps to improve competitiveness through the provision of Travel Plan Networks and Forums by My Journey.
Solar-powered refrigeration unit developed by Southampton’s Sustainable Energy Research Group and Sainsbury's who partnered together to develop...
...the PV lorry. This harnesses power from the sun to help reduce the carbon footprint on our food distribution system by providing a source of
renewable energy to help fresh fruit and vegetables keep cool en route to its stores during the day and night. Improvements to the trailer’s insulation and evaporator design contribute towards the reduced energy used by the solar-powered refrigeration. Therefore, a switch to solar-powered refrigeration units could mean considerable reductions in the emissions that contribute to global warming.
Radian is an innovative and progressive housing and care organisation in the UK, looking at new ways to save energy, reduce waste and conserve water...
They strive to create conditions where their residents, people they
support, communities and staff can flourish. Aiming for excellent affordable housing, care and support and a strategy for low eco footprint living.
In the Solent area Radian has developed a couple of sites:
1. Stoneham Cemetery Road, Southampton: One of the first and largest Code For Sustainable Homes Level 6 Schemes in the South containing 11 code 6 units.
This means each house has a number of renewable credentials including a central biomass boiler, all units have individual PV and mechanical ventilation and heat recovery used throughout.
2. Copnor Green, Portsmouth: This once Bowling Green site now contains 14 cutting edge new homes (6 houses and 8 apartments), designed to reduce environmental impact and running costs for residents. These homes demonstrate the increasing standards needed to meet the improvements in sustainable building; they have been designed to meet Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3, 4 and 5. The low carbon homes provide affordable rented accommodation to local people through their well insulation and high level of airtightness.
or click here to see Radian's Towards Zero Carbon Projects brochure
Elliotts are Hampshire’s Leading Independent Builders Merchants, established in 1842 and still family owned today...
During 2012 they launched their first Sustainable Products Centre in Southampton.
One of the main aims of the centre is to offer products and resources which can help improve the water and energy efficiency of your home. In addition, they are able to offer solutions for commercial premises and can also advise builders on how to construct more sustainable buildings that meet, or even exceed, the current Code for Sustainable homes.
Within the Centre they have working displays showing how you can incorporate Renewables and other energy / water saving products into your premises. They also run regular events and an up to date diary can be found on their website.