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Canary Green – Helping to keep the Canary Islands Green

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Presentation Event on Charging Point for Electric Cars

An informal presentation event for the new charging point for electric cars took place on Monday, 5 August 2013 in Santa Ana, La Gomera. The event was well attended and gave an opportunity for everyone to take a look at the new charging point for electric cars which is expected to be put into operation in the coming months.

Terra Fortunata, in conjunction with the City of Santa Ana are wishing to promote the area free of noise and pollution, reducing CO2 emissions and highlighting the island of La Gomera as an example of sustainability and showing a respect for nature.

There was also a presentation of the new 100% electric Renault ZOE, courtesy of Guacimara Arisa and Mrs. Morales & local company Guader Cars. The event was definitely a success with representation from Endesa Energía, Mr. Jose Manuel del Valle and we look forward to many more events like this to highlight the need for such an innovative concept.

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Cumbria wind farms ready in 2011

After years of discussion, two large offshore wind farms have been given the green light for Cumbria and should be producing enough power to run 445,000 homes by the end of 2011.

The farms will feature 130 of the latest turbines, and are being backed by major players in the alternative energy field, work will start on the sites this summer. The biggest of the two is at Walney, 9.3 miles (15 kms) west of Barrow in Furness, and will contain 100 turbines. This development is being financed jointly by Danish firm, Dong Energy, and Scottish and Southern Energy.Â

The second farm, Ormonde, Â is slightly smaller with just 30 turbines, and is being run by Vattenfall, a leading Swedish company. This will be positioned 6.2 miles (10 kms) off Walney Island.

Carrefour lead Tenerife bag ban

One of the biggest supermarket chains in Tenerife, Carrefour have banned plastic carrier bags, the first store to do so on the island. Saturday 14 November was the last day the old bags were being issued.

Some 75,000Â re-usable bags have been issued to customers for continued use, they can be used up to 15 times and even then, they can be re-cycled after they are worn out. The old style carrier bags can take up to 400 years to bio degrade.

Tenerife Cabildo takes lead in coast clean

Thanks to some 470 volunteers and a strong lead from the Tenerife government, 800 kilos of rubbish was removed from beaches around the island during this summer.

This is the third year of the “La Mar de Limpia” initiative, prompted by the Office of Participation and Voluntary Environmental Work. The teams picked the busiest tourism summer months, when discarded rubbish can be a big problem. The scheme helped to mobilise local groups and to show visitors the damage they can cause.

The main beaches targeted were La Ballenita and Las Arenas in Buenavista del Norte, Puertito de Guimar,San Telmo on Puerto de la Cruz, and Playa de la Arena in Santiago del Teide . The rubbish came in many forms, from paper to heavier iron and metal objects, local diving teams helped to ensure that the sea bed got a  good spring clean too. Hopefully those who witnessed the clean up will be more careful in their daily activities, now they have seen the effect it can have.

Sands Beach Resort hotel, glad to be green

Family holidays are the lifeblood of Sands Beach Resort hotel in Costa Teguise, Lanzarote, and they know how important the health of our planet is for families, looking to their children’s future. Being based on the beachfront gives Sands Beach Resort a regular reminder of the beauty and fragility of nature. These are powerful reasons why Sands Beach Resort is committed to green policies, and were keen to join us as a sponsor of Canary Green.

Developing responsible tourism has already made Sands Beach Resort the proud owners of a Biosphere Hotel certificate from the Institute of Responsible Tourism, for their thoughtful policies towards holiday makers. These include, using recycled water for the gardens, choosing biodegradable cleaning products, using recycled paper and eliminating the wasteful use of electricity. In their brochures, Sands Beach Resort make a point of asking their guests to do their part by not putting unused linen and towels out for maids collection, being economical with water use in showers and cleaning, and taking an interest in the natural attractions of Lanzarote, and respecting them.

Lanzarote has been through a lot and it’s landscape was transformed by the six year eruption of 1730, that left it covered in volcanic lava. Since then the island has been allowed to grow steadily, but within certain limits of height and colour of buildings. Sands Beach Resort is proud of its place in the close knit community that is Costa Teguise, and wants to do all it can to promote green policies, and to reach out to the island, by setting a strong example of how to run a successful and profitable business, without compromising on its values.

Sands Beach Hotel in Lanzarote, Canary Islands.