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    ESG Press Release

    NABU Air Sampling on the Rock

    18th April 2018

     

    The ESG recognises the issues flagged up by NABU members on the Rock on high pollution levels near the port area but is surprised there was no contact made with the group prior to their visit on the Rock. Had they done so they would have realised that we have been campaigning and fighting for a pollution free Bay for close to two decades. The ESG has targeted local and regional sources of pollution with the CEPSA Oil Refinery forming a major part of its work in the early years.

    Shipping emissions are also of concern to the ESG who has for some time now been advocating for onshore power connection for berthed vessels throughout the Port area also calling for best practice in vessels anchoring off Gibraltar to minimise emissions at anchor. We have also called for real-time monitoring to be set up in the NW region of Gibraltar to better understand the impacts from shipping and other activity with appropriate actions to then follow.

    Details on all the groups concerns can be found on its website under List of Objectives. (See extract on Pollution below)

    What is clear however, is that as NABU has been carrying out a Mediterranean wide study on coastal emissions from shipping they should have taken similar snapshot samples at each hotspot throughout the Bay especially the Algeciras Port and CEPSA Terminal and then release pollution data, in order to portray similar impacts from shipping activity of all types in the Bay area.

    The ESG will be contacting NABU scientists and will also share with them its concerns about the serious environmental problems of the area in the hope that they will look at the Bay situation holistically and take all factors into account.

     

    Extract from ESG List of Objectives 2017 available at www.esg-gib.net

    4. POLLUTION – There are many areas we follow regarding air and noise pollution matters in Gibraltar and Bay area. As indicators the following represent most of the areas and issues in question:

    a. Real time air monitor for NW district

    b. Mobile air pollution monitor

    c. Onshore Power Supply (connection and conversion)- coming on stream –ESG following closely especially for Dockyard/Port and Extension Jetty facilities

    d. Ships at anchor – best practice to be applied by all visiting vessels to keep funnel emissions to a minimum

    e. Vapour recovery technology from shipping to eliminate fugitive fumes

    f.  Best practice and available technology

    g. Road idling –rules regarding unnecessary idling of engines by all road vehicles need to be enforce

    h. Airport air and noise impacts

    i. Border issues including traffic

    j. Fuel Stations relocation once runway road open   
                More details on request and in other sections in Document



    ESG Radio Newsletter 12th April 2018


    ESG Radio Newsletter 11th April 2018

    Hi there. Some updates coming up in our key campaigns and we also look at some local and regional environmental issues, of concern to our members and the wider public.

     

    To start with we can report that preparations for this years CUTW are going extremely well especially networking with partners and equipment preparations. We shall be contacting team leaders very soon to brief them on 2018 plans and aims. With early bird planning, preparations for an impacting parade, exhibition and activities leading up to the Clean up should help us achieve more of our goals. This years date for the main event is the 29th September. The media is awash with the blight of plastic in the natural environment – indeed one of the key motivators for our clean ups when we started back in 2005.

     

    Each year we have become less reliant on single use items ourselves and 2018 will see us improve our own impact further. We are aiming for a Zero Waste Campaign applying reusable tools, systems and equipment and eliminating the plastics use as much as we can. Our volunteers are producing hardwearing equipment sacks, which are very impressive. We are calling upon the community to help by donating strong buckets and we shall also be sourcing these second hand as much as possible. However this will be a key component in replacing single use bin bags and so we are also looking for sponsors to ensure we have a good number in place to equip our hundreds of volunteers. Please contact us on 200-48996 or drop in on a Tuesday with your bucket donation to our premises in Wellington Front, Vault number 12! Thanks to all once again.

     

    In other news we are concerned about expansion plans at CEPSA Oil Refinery in the Spanish press given that any increase in production will result in an increase in localised pollution. This particular expansion relates to a section of the plant that lies a mere stone throw away from an already heavily impacted Puente Mayorga area. No doubt residents will be objecting to this proposal despite the, albeit temporary, 250 jobs created in the construction phase. We shall be sharing our concerns over the proposed expansion in Brussels given the need for the company to instead invest in reducing its toxic environmental impacts.

     

    The ESG is monitoring traffic and transport issues, which affect Gibraltar and are currently looking at emissions and idling in private sector vehicle fleets. We shall be releasing more details on this soon. We continue to receive complaints about noise and air pollution affecting south district residents from GibDock and nearby bunkering vessels and are following up on these as usual.

     

    A note for your diary is the Development and Planning Commission will next sit on the 25th April. Be sure to check the agenda items a week before on the Town Planning website for details of what is coming up and you can also check all validated applications that will be seeking approval at some stage on egov.gi.

     

    We would like to finish on a positive note and have seen works going on at New Harbours rooftops. We hear these are in preparation for a large solar project. This is great news and a measure we have been calling for, for some time. Hope Government releases more details soon.               Visit out website esg-gib.net for all our press releases and more.



    ESG CUTW Presentations and Discussions


    In the past few months the ESG has delivered several talks and held certificate presentations at many local educational establishments and clubs. A feature on this was published in the Gibraltar Chronicle on the 17th March edition. You can find a link to a scan of this here:-

    https://www.facebook.com/esg.gibraltar?hc_ref=ARTctZAidJOP9o_-_upISa3S3bD-gI2AXZzxDfrwhYK5Qa7G3sxlXFQqUZlnrlvESL8&fref=nf

    Also find it here:-

    www.yourgibraltartv.com/society/16545-mar-20-esg-delivers-presentation-at-laguna-youth-club

    It highlights the ongoing work by the ESG on focusing on litter issues with the younger generations, not only during the Clean up weekend but during the rest of the year.



    ESG visits Laguna Youth Club 20.03.18


    Last week the ESG delivered a presentation to the Laguna Youth Club on the Clean up the World (CUTW) Campaign. This forms part of an on-going programme running since the 2017 clean up, to promote discussion about litter and its impacts on the environment.

    It was most impressive to see the interest and knowledge expressed by many of the young people present in a lively discussion that lasted the best part of an hour. It was also very positive to see established recycling practices at the Club.

    The ESG was very pleased to present Laguna Youth Club volunteers with certificates for their participation in last years CUTW event and thanks the Youth Leaders for organising the visit.

    The Gibraltar Youth Service is a long-standing supporter of the Clean up the World Campaign having taken part each year since 2005.

    Please visit links to ESG FB page for more on presentations and photographs

     

    www.yourgibraltartv.com/society/16545-mar-20-esg-delivers-presentation-at-laguna-youth-club



    ESG Radio Newsletter 15th March 2018


     

    Hi there – The ESG would like to give heads up on a number of environmental initiatives happening for those of you interested in doing your bit to help the environment.

     

    For example you may want to support an online petition looking at the Bay and the major impact it suffers from chronic air and marine pollution from the large petrochemical installations, like the Refinery and other industry, the coal fired power station, major port reclamation, etc. The petition calls for a stop to pollution and for a plan of restoration and recovery to be produced to re-establish ecosystems and habitats lost over time to industrial development. The ESG believes it is a worthy petition and hopes that many people throughout the Bay will sign it.

    You can find the petition at www.change.org and search for “Por un Plan Integral ….”Alternatively you can also find link on our website and FB page. Details provided a bit later on.

     

    The ESG recently submitted a report on CUTW 2017 to the Litter Committee containing results and outcomes of the last major clean up campaign – There are a number of recommendations in the report on how we can reduce the presence of litter in our open areas and we are hopeful that on-going efforts as well as important changes to the upcoming new cleaning contract for Gibraltar, will help to meet these outstanding issues. Ad hoc clean ups continue – let us know if you want to be notified as these are happening on a regular basis.

     

    The group is already starting CUTW preparations for 2018 with the date now set for the 29th September.

      

    Earth Hour is almost upon us again! Is it really 12 whole months since we last switched off our lights for this symbolic global campaign? The date this year is the 24th March, time is from 8.30 to 9.30pm, local time everywhere! We are asked to switch off unnecessary lights during this hour alongside millions of people doing the same in an awareness raising action reminding ourselves of the importance of looking after our planet. It is quite a remarkable event followed by mainstream media the world over as iconic landmarks are switched off in a show of solidarity – Gibraltar has followed suit in the past and hope will do so again this year. This small action encourages reflection on a personal level and places a spotlight on energy use and climate change on the world stage. Every action helps. Hope you can support it in any way you can too on Saturday the 24th!! Check out Earth Hour on line for lots more information.

     

    As usual a reminder that the next DPC meeting will be held towards the end of March on the 28th as from 9.30am at the John Mackintosh Hall. It is open to the public with the agenda published 7 days earlier and found on the Town Planning Website clicking on DPC and Agendas.

     

     

    Thanks for listening



    Please support Bay petition to help the natural environment 15th March 2018


    PLEASE SIGN PETITION TO SAVE THE BAY OF ALGECIRAS/BAY OF GIBRALTAR FROM INDUSTRIAL POLLUTION AND RECLAMATION AND FOR PLAN OF RECUPERATION AND RESTORATION OF HABITAT AND ECOSYSTEMS:-

     

    https://www.change.org/p/por-un-plan-integral-de-recuperación-de-la-bah%C3%ADa-de-algeciras-bay-of-gibraltar

     

    THANK YOU !!  THE BAY NEEDS OUR HELP!!



    ESG Radio Newsletter February 22nd 2018


    Momentous year for Radio Gibraltar just celebrated its 60th year of existence. Where would we be without it indeed! Here’s to the next 60!! The ESG have ourselves somewhat of a historic link now with Radio Gibraltar carrying out our own Environmental Newsletters fortnightly for the best part of 12 years. It is a great help to us to be to share our views, concerns and actions on local and cross border environmental issues in this way where we can reach so many people, if only briefly, and are grateful to have this opportunity. We have published our newsletters on our website since we started and anyone can access these by visiting esg-gib.net under news and archive sections.

     

    This morning, as we heard on our local radio, Bayside School is holding a stalls event for NGOs as part of an Environmental Week being held for the first time. The ESG is supporting this event which it believes is a great idea and hopefully, the first of many! We will be promoting our core values and aims from climate change to renewable energy, waste, cleanliness, pollution, traffic and many others, information on which you can also find by visiting our home page on our website. There will be a focus on traffic issues given many youngsters opt for motorised transport at the earliest possibility to help engage them on the issues and how we need to change the present status quo for healthier forms of transport and calmer roads etc. We would like to wish Bayside School success in its first Environmental Week. Of course Bayside has been a major partner in the Clean up the World Campaign since we first started addressing litter and waste issues on the Rock. New ideas and projects for this years Clean Up will soon be rolled out and we very much look forward to working closely with Bayside School and all our usual partners.

     

    Last week we raised the issue, once again, of the pollution crossing the fence line at GibDock. While issuing public statements we are also meeting and contacting the authorities urging best technologies to be implemented. It was good to see this discussed in the House of parliament and most importantly that the Gibraltar Government has also publicly pledged to see actions taken to reduce the impact from power use, paint overspray and noise pollution produced by this industry. We avidly look forward to concrete steps taken to ensure these results are achieved as soon as possible and that a time frame will be provided to explain when residents can enjoy a reprieve from current impacts.

     

    DPC met this week and another lengthy session ensued once again. There had been talks some time back of having televised DPC sessions. This could be useful as they could be watched later online by anyone interested in establishing the decision making process behind any one application. This would provide the background behind the summarised reports we see in the media – am sure you would agree that 5 hours of discussion can be very challenging to summarise to say the least!

    The ESG welcomes the publication of the Green Paper on the New Town Act. The group had submitted its concerns and recommendations during the public consultation rounds and will be checking that these have been addressed.

     

    Finally, on car idling. New cars have built in features to stop this unnecessary use of fuel and pollution to cut out the engine as soon as a car is at standstill. Older cars, however, require human intervention to use common sense and switch off the engine when stopped for more than a few minutes. If more of us do this then we can all open our windows. Imagine! At present, and especially near the border area, idling is a huge problem and has to be better managed. Watch out for a campaign on this soon. It would benefit us all.

     

    Tuesdays is becoming a very busy day for us at our new premises and we shall be inviting groups and members of the public to join us at selected workshops focusing on the practical but always on the environmental!!

     

    Thanks for listening – send us an email at esg@gibtelecom.net Call 200-48996 and visit esg-gib.net for more information.

     



    Onshore Power for GibDock 19/02/18


    The ESG notes with interest the statement issued by the Gibraltar Government today clarifying that plans for onshore power supply to vessels are underway.

    Government states its aims are to minimise the use of on-shore generators, to see the reduction of paint overspray and emissions and the restriction of noisy operations to daylight hours.

    The ESG welcomes the efforts being made to reduce pollution in the area and believes this can be achieved with the application of best available technology and practice.

    It therefore hopes to see an onshore power connection and conversion facility installed and up and running as soon as possible with old technologies such as skip mounted generators relegated to the past.

     

     

     



    ESG pay 2nd visit to New Power Station and LNG site 120218


    ESG Press Release

    2nd visit to Power Station site

     At the end of January the ESG team paid another visit to the New Power Station as the project has significantly evolved in the last few months with the arrival of major equipment components.

    The group welcomed the chance to visit all sectors of both the power station and LNG storage facility over a two-hour period accompanied by the GEA and Bouygues top technical team.

    For a place like Gibraltar this major project is certainly impressive on a technical level and seen up close the ESG could fully appreciate the scale of the operation and standards being adopted.

    The group’s long-term interest and concern with the new power station has always been its environmental impact and safety given its location. It was therefore positive to see the various mitigation measures taking shape and the stack monitors and real-time monitoring equipment in place.

    The group welcomes the transparency and time given by all concerned to facilitate these visits, in particular the CEO of the GEA, Michael Caetano and the Minister for the Environment Dr John Cortes. “We look forward to a further visit in the near future when advances regarding monitoring aspects have been completed”, said an ESG spokesperson.

     



    ESG Radio Broadcast 080218


    ESG Radio Newsletter 080218

     Clean up the World has now seen 13 years of campaigning for a cleaner, litter free Gibraltar. Engaging the public, on a community wide basis, has been central to its continued success in helping achieve real change on the ground over time. We are still surprised to come across people who have not heard about the campaign so a quick reminder here:

    Every year we see several schools, clubs and associations, businesses, agencies and many individuals take part in clearing rubbish from nature hotspots throughout Gibraltar. The widespread effort helps to highlight the issues and impacts of social littering, industrial waste and fly tipping in open spaces in Gibraltar. It brings the issues alive to those who take part and makes a strong case for civic pride and how we are each responsible for looking after our homeland.

    This hands-on action has motivated others in the community to launch parallel initiatives, which are gathering pace today. This issue of ever growing waste and litter is a modern world problem, not just ours, but, like many other busy, urbanised communities, we also need to get a grip on our waste issues and improve our record in protecting our natural environment. There are some European countries achieving incredible results on waste management so it clearly can be done.

    The date for this years Clean up has not yet been finalised but will take place in September. Final details will be provided soon. As Gibraltar has grown and changed over the years so too are it’s cleaning and maintenance needs and we therefore hope to see the awarding of the new cleaning contract issued as soon as possible.

     

    Our work is not confined to the clean up weekend though with on-going clean ups, certificate ceremonies, talks and presentations going on since the start of the year. Watch out for more details to be released in the media soon.

     

    Moving on to other issues – the recent gale force winds remind us of our place in the world and how very fortunate we are to live in relative safety and comfort for much of the time. Not so for other parts of the world where flooding, severe artic conditions and general mayhem are now generally accepted to be occurring with greater frequency. All points to the need for communities everywhere to address climate change and green up their economies, services and activities and we in Gibraltar, small though we are, are reminded of this responsibility too, especially as we lick our wounds and carry out what are thankfully minor repairs to damages sustained in recent weeks.

     

    The ESG took up the opportunity of visiting the new Power Station and LNG site recently as more of the infrastructure is in place and real-time monitoring equipment beginning to arrive. It was a most interesting 2 hour visit where the group welcomed being able to ask many questions from the project leaders and would like to thank the Minister for the Environment for making this possible. We continue to monitor and closely follow the projects progress and will be releasing a press release on this latest visit this week.

     

    The issuing of the Sewage Contract is welcomed by the group who has campaigned for this for many years. We also welcome posters going up in bus stops reminding drivers not to idle their engines unnecessarily.

    The Next DPC session is on Tuesday the 20th February and you will be able to obtain details for that agenda a week beforehand on the Town Planning website.

     

    Go to: www.esg-gib.net for details on all our newsletters and press releases. Contact us at esg@gibtelecom.net if you want more information. Thanks for listening.



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