25 Mar 2009
Additional data. The BBC are proposing to do a programme on this theme, will post details when known.
Re equipment leasing, this point has been made to the BBC who I hope will include it, meantime see
http://www.sharenergy.coop and http://www.energy4all.co.uk
for good book on Sustainable Energy see http://www.withouthotair.com/download.html
27 Mar 2009
Could not agree more. Somewhere over the past 20 years there has become a confusion between Purpose & Objective. For me the Purpose of business is to deliver something that the customer values. The Objective of the managers is to do so while maimising shareholder returns. Recently, however, it seems that maximising shareholder returns has become both the purose & objective. We need to reclaim business as a force for good. And find a way in which the environment is attributed a "cost" in the same way as Capital and Labour are.
09 Apr 2009
In principle I agree that it makes sense that business should focus on customers (the most successful companies still do) and wealth creation for the nation is the way to go, I'm not convinced that can only come from agriculture, biomass and sustainable energy. From other pieces covered on this website it would seem to me that one key argument is that we should concentrate resources in a few mega-cities as they are much more energy efficient than having people dispersed throughout the country. I don't think going back (pre-1948) to local authorities having their own 'gas works' and local, low efficiency generation is worth consideration.
The most logical (perhaps not acceptable to the lovers of the rural idyll) would be to have 10 mega-cities across the UK and have the rest of the country cultivated by workers who travel to the country for a couple of weeks at a time and live in energy efficient dormitories, or even better have it cultivated by robot machines. Sound atractive so we can be most efficient?
09 Apr 2009
Measurement either wrote his piece on 1 April, or does not seem to be aware that in the near future we shall have to "harvest" energy, be it in town or country. In town the "field" is everyone's roof for solar energy and rainwater. Plus roof over all outside car parks which environmentally speaking is "waste space"
The advantage of "local" energy, again be it town or country, is that it can be generated from local sources quite efficiently, with little transmission loss, and local use of waste products see www.greenfinch.co.uk. CHP heat is transmitted over considerable distances in Sweden, but here Woking has a good an efficient system for this.
See www.grunweb.org.uk and www.herehydro.weebly.com
Finally, milking, cattle and sheep herding, hen [egg] production is not a day or so a week job, it goes on all the time, in lambing for instance literally Only arable can be treated as you suggest, up to a point. But not at harvest time !