Environmental Issues Facing The Transport Industry


Transport and the environment have always crossed paths in terms of the environmental issues caused by the transport industry.

Transport has always had so many social-economic benefits and has always supported the increase of movement of people to different places.

The increase in the mobility of people has undoubtedly led to an increase in transport infrastructure which has had a negative impact on the environment.Transport has contributed immensely on producing pollutants that damage the environment.

It has impacted the environment in different ways. To start with, transport has had some direct impacts on the environment.


They include noise pollution and CO2 emissions that negatively affect the environment according to moving company movers and packers

Secondly, there are some indirect impacts that transport has on the environment.

For instance, carbon emissions can somehow be linked to respiratory and cardiovascular conditions.

Another impact is where direct and indirect transport effects will cumulative over time and in the long run, these effects will be felt. A case in point is the climate change that is being experienced globally.

Environmental Factors Surrounding The Welsh Construction Industry


The construction industry in Wales is currently recovering after years of downturn, recession and uncertainty.

The industry contributes actively to almost all sectors in one way or the other, and while this is seen as beneficial to the economy, what are the real factors environmentally.

If you take a typical Welsh building firm like builders in Cardiff, who carry out 4 – 5 medium sized jobs per month but still require huge quantities of raw and natural materials.


The nature of the industry impacts the environment tremendously. The soil and water at the site of construction get contaminated with dust, cement and other materials used in the process.

Unplanned construction disturbs the ecology of the area and the biodiversity also suffers because of the high noise levels. Fine sand and cement used in the construction of buildings remains suspended in the air and disrupts the natural water cycle of the area.

A proper land use plan and environment management plan is required before initiating any construction activity so that the impact on the surrounding environment can be mitigated and reduced.


These are the common environmental factors In the Construction Industry and active steps in generating awareness about these concerns can help in reducing the damage to the environment.

Fire Sprinkler Systems Save Lives – Fact!

One of the most innovative pieces of fire safety equipment is the fire sprinkler system.

If all homes, hospitals and senior residential homes were fitted with sprinklers there would be far fewer deaths due to fire and smoke inhalation. Many deaths are due to homes which are not fitted with smoke detectors or fire alarms, not to mention water sprinklers.

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But, it may soon become law for commercial and residential homes to have fire sprinklers installed and in use in the near future.

Considering a small fire can grow large in a very short time, you and your family may not have time to exit the house, never mind stopping to fight the fire. In the room with a fire blazing you have less than 2 minutes to survive.

A fire brigade has to be called and set up which would take up to 20 minutes and the fire may have taken its toll on the entire house. A number of house fires may end up in having to demolish the house.


However, a fire sprinkler head would detect the fire far sooner and would send an alarm to awaken or alert the residents of the house.

It uses far less water than the fire brigade and it would start to spray water on the fire in its initial stages and keep it contained in the one room.

The sprinkler uses up to 60L of water, whereas the fire brigade would use 3000L of water with powerful hoses that could do considerable damage to your house.

The fire sprinkler system is set up by a certified technician and the pipes are installed in each room with its own sprinkler. The pipes can be colour-coded to match your decor and do not resemble those in large department stores or institutions.

When a fire starts in a room, such as a bedroom, only that bedroom sprinkler comes on and sprinkles water. The entire house does not turn on unless the fire cannot be contained. Far less water is used and the room can be cleaned up in no time at all.

There is much less damage in terms of life or property.

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Tips To Make Moving Home Environmentally Friendly

Are you moving home several weeks from now and want to know how you can be environmentally friendly?

Whilst we cannot guarantee that there is an easy way when it comes to moving, with the tips below we can make it environmentally friendly and also stress free

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1. Always Create a Checklist

A checklist does not have to be anything special and you don’t need to make use of any complicated techniques to make one.

2. Secure Lots of Boxes and Bubble Wraps

Bring home as many boxes and wraps as possible. You can buy these at shops easily. Many grocery stores even sell them for a cheap price.

3. Pack Early

This is the one thing you should never procrastinate about. Packing early can save you time and energy.

Always remember to redirect your post. Delivering letters to the wrong address isn’t environmentally friendly as they have to be re-delivered resulting in extra journey miles, change of address usps free takes care of all UPS mail, further information can be found here.

4. Colour-Code your Stuff
When packing, you might want to keep things coordinated. Each room should be assigned a colour and then put this colour on the box so that it is easy to track which stuff belongs to which room.

5. Utilise Luggage

If you have lots of bags, use them. Fill them up so as not to waste any space. You would be surprised at how much space you can save when you use your luggage.

6. Label all boxes precisely so that you can have them delivered home easily where they can be opened as per your convenience.


7. Important Stuff Should be Kept Close to you

There are valuable things you cannot simply include in boxes and luggage. Examples are jewellery, mobile devices, computers, and documents such as contracts and certificates. Do not entrust these things to the movers.

8. Prepare a ‘Priority’ Box

Your priority box should contain the things that you think you would use right away once you settle in the new home. This may contain underwear, slippers, makeup, shirts, phone chargers, and others.

9. If you have pets or small kids then it is best to make arrangements on how they can reach home because they will find the move very stressful

10.Use the right packing material: Packing is the most important part of moving. You need to use the right packaging material to ensure that all your belongings reach the new destination safely.

The Benefits of Split Air Conditioning Systems – Energy & Environmentally Friendly?

As the summer draws closer I wanted to take this opportunity to discuss split air conditioning systems & their environmental impact.

I took the step in getting one of these installed – thanks to Snowman split system services Melbourne and while I wouldn’t class myself as an expert and is a topic I have done plenty of research on over the past few months.

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As the name suggests, split air conditioning systems comprise of two separate but complementary systems to distribute cold air throughout a building. The first system is the cooling tower. This system cools water to about 4-5 degrees Celsius before being passed on through piping.

The cooling tower is often installed externally to the building, in many cases, it is on the roof of an office complex. The second system is the internal distribution network. Once the water is cold, it’s passed through a network of pipes to the air handlers which push the now water-cooled air into the interior of the building.

The most obvious benefit of the split system is the even release of air. Many air conditioning systems may be effective, but only regarding the specific area, they’re in. Due to the nature of the split system, all areas of the building are seen to evenly, creating a constant atmosphere and no walking from cold to warm rooms.

As mentioned before, the main component of the split system, the cooling tower, is located outside the building. This is a major benefit when space is at a premium such as in office buildings where effective use of space is imperative. The second component, while being inside the building, is unobtrusive and takes up no actual floor space. The space saving benefits speak for themselves.

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The split air conditionings system is famous for its efficiency, a benefit that will see you saving money and feeling greener. One large unit servicing the whole building will obviously run cheaper than several smaller, internal air conditioning systems. Imagine the hassle of having to turn on each unit separately. Now imagine the running cost of all of those units cooling at the same time. And unless they were all constantly kept at the same temperature, they would be working against each other.

Maintenance is another major consideration. You’ve got one system to worry about, not dozens. Keeping up with regular maintenance is much simpler and if you keep to a schedule and have your system checked out at least once a year your split system will last that much longer.

During construction or renovation is the best time to install a split system air conditioning. It does take a while to install, so trying to get one put into your building while trying to carry on with normal work may cause problems.

Consider installing a split air conditionings system for maximum efficiency, ease of use and environmental friendliness. Then, the only thing you’ll have to worry about is what temperature to set it to.

Should Holiday Parks In Wales Play A Role In Helping The Welsh Environment

There has always been a huge debate on the role and responsibility of the holiday parks in relation to the natural environment they are located in or near. Wales is a beneficiary of several local, national and international environmental treaties and agreements including:

  • The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act of 2005.
  • Climate Change Act of 2008.
  • Environment Act of 1995.
  • Environmental Protection Act of 1990.
  • Forestry Act of 1990.
  • Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act of 2006

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Among others. These acts commit Wales to conserve the energy and institute and implement laws and policies to protect all the natural resources and regulate and punish all it’s citizens, businesses operating within wales and it’s visitors who in one way or the other violate these laws.

The reason why holiday parks are a favourite destination is simply because they are located within or near a natural environmental attraction. It is therefore the primary responsibility of these parks to self regulate themselves in relation to environment conservation and protection and the role of the government of Wales to make sure that these policies are followed.

The natural resources within Wales are a national heritage and must be protected as such for the sake of the current and future generations. It is clear that globally in places where existing acts, laws and polices regulating the conservation of the environment were flouted and abused, there were short term and long term adverse effects on the environment where in some cases it has been to late to preserve any natural resource.

Wales cannot join this list. Holiday parks must develop an environmental statement with the attached policies and punitive measures to be taken when the policies are violated. And they must be forced and pushed to implement these policies. Otherwise, we may not have any natural attraction or holiday park to go to visit and camp.

Solar Power – Are We Using the Sun in the Most Preferable Ways

Solar power has been offering many people the best energy for a longer period of time. It is regarded as the quality reliable source of energy for the future as it continues to improve the lives of many people while still making them cut low on cost. It is also much easier to install and very highly reliable since it has the best of positive results. This article seeks to analyze on solar power and if we are getting the best out of the sun in our daily use of this industry. We will also look at its impacts and its benefits to a majority of people across the globe and how it has improved lives.

Wales has made greater impacts throughout the world through the use of solar power in the most perfect ways. It has been exploiting the potentials well as enjoying great levels of solar irradiation. This has been happening highly on the coastal zones of this great country and this is also compared to the south-west of England. At the moment, there are great establishments of larger systems that come with electricity outputs and they are usually viewed to be much greater than the domestic scales which have been shifting focus on South Wales and less deployment on the central areas. Lacking capacity to the progress on a national stage has been viewed as a major barrier which also leads less capacity that connects new solar projects with local electricity distributions within Wales.

In 2003, the United Kingdom government came up with a report that indicated that the energy future which creates low carbon economy for nationwide as well as local electricity grids will need major restructuring over a longer 20 year period as a sure way of supporting emergence of renewable as well as other small-scale types of energy. This will easily help in quality electric distribution. The government came up with a policy that played a major role in promoting concept of attributed and decentralized energy which has continually been sourced from different renewable technologies. This is also merged with generating plants that are located closer to points of use.

Research indicates that since 2010, deregulation of energy source generations together with support for all small scale has been excellent making it much easier for other new entrants which came as a result of economic recession period. Through this, solar PV sector has successfully managed to attract high number of business activities as well as other investments which have led to the deployment of solar in countries like Wales. It has, however, been affected by deployment on many private hoisting stocks which have been very limited by greater cut in Feed-Tariff support for solar in the year 2011. This has also affected squeeze household spending

It is also factual that Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) have not been able to view positively the increase in demand of majority of new connections which have made them also not to plan sufficiently on upgrades to all distribution networks that simply accommodated rapid intake of renewable in areas such as South Wales- this has been a key concern that has been representing serious constraints on significant deployments over a period of 3 to 5 years.

Recent emerging issues have led to the accusations of solar sector which has been criticized for impacting developers on the landscape. However, this type of accusation has not made any meaningful facts in Wales where the planning policy seems to be interpreted as more and more supportive of many other renewable energy schemes than many other places within England. The industry simply requires public support and it should be enhanced by effective system of communication that seeks to highlight and focus on the benefits of renewables. This will also touch of decentralized energy generation as well as discussing and understanding inevitability of resulting changes in landscape.

Recent changes to the Welsh planning policy are set to improve prospects from the larger solar sector if facts are to be believed. The Wales Planning Bill of October 2014 helped in giving Welsh Ministers the necessary power and authority to come up with quality ways that local planning authority were operating on and at the same time change the role of government in coming up with decision on some of such applications. The development of this sector has in most cases been run by commercial developers who are all said to end majority of the buyers accepting the relatively modest returns on its of investments which have been ranging from 7% and 10%.

Wales Can Beat Home Energy Efficiency Target and Benefit Tremendously

The Welsh government has set a target of reducing carbon dioxide emissions from households by 3% annually. This may seem hard to achieve in a country where 60% of the energy goes to heating spaces, 20% to heating water, and 14% to powering appliances. However, a report compiled by the Energy Savings Trust says that this can be achieved by doing the same thing that is being emphasized—replacing boilers, heaters, and other appliances with more energy efficient ones.

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The Cost Involved

Achieving the set targets will not only be easy, but also will usher in a host of benefits to the environment, the citizens, and the government. According to the report by EST, taking these measures can see the households reduce carbon dioxide emissions to about 5 million tons annually by 2020.

However, it will require investment from the government to facilitate a smooth transition to use of energy efficient appliances. EST estimates that the Welsh government will be required to spend about £860 million to £1.3 billion in the coming five years. This does not differ much from a report published by Cambridge Econometrics and Verco, which estimates that an investment of about £800 million is necessary from the Welsh government if the country is to achieve the target set by the U.K. to enable every household to achieve home energy efficiency SAP rating of C. The sum may seem huge, but it is not hard to come up with the money.

As a matter of fact, it is in the citizens’ welfare to come up with the money as it is estimated that about 7,000 people will die unnecessarily because of exposure to cold. The Treasury is set to receive about £690 million through VAT and carbon taxes in the coming five years according to the National Energy Action Organization. It is only natural to expect the government to come up with the deficit to reach the £860 million needed to support this change—everyone is pulling their weight, like the Scottish government that is proposing to invest £114 per year to achieve optimal home energy efficiency. Besides, the government is legally obligated to make this investment since the Well-being of Future Generations Act is now in force.


As mentioned earlier, there is a host of benefits to be gained from making Welsh households energy efficient. According to the EST, they will even surpass the cost that the government will incur when funding the transition to home energy efficiency. It is estimated that £3.20 will be realized through increased GDP for every £1 spent by the government to fund the program. Additionally, £43 million in energy bill savings will be realized, and a net amount of £248 million will be realized annually from the same.

The country will also reduce its natural gas imports by 26% by 2030, which will be equivalent to £155 million by then. Many people will also be saved the discomfort, diseases, and even death caused by fuel poverty during the cold season—NHS will also stand to gain 42 pence for every £1 spent on reducing fuel poverty. The country’s workforce also stands to benefit from increased employment. This transition will require that homes be refurbished and that new and better appliances, boilers, and heaters be produced and sold. Hence, it is estimated that about 5,400 jobs in the construction and service sectors will be created each year. Finally, 1.18MtCO2 reductions will be gained yearly by 2030.

The Catch

Everything seems smooth and simple, from transitioning to better home appliances to getting the money to facilitate this transition. However, there is a catch; according to EST, success will be dependent on whether power stations in the country will decrease consistently by the rate set by the U.K. government.

Additionally, despite the fact that Wales makes up only about 5% of the U.K. population, its homes are harder to improve. As such, 6% of the costs estimated by the U.K. government have been assigned to the Welsh government. It, however, it stands to reap 5% of the benefits. Conclusion

It is important for Wales, the U.K., and the world as a whole to ensure optimal home energy efficiency. It will not only contribute to better living and increased economic gains, but also ensure a bright future for the coming generations. Fortunately, it should not be hard to achieve if the government plays its role through funding and if the citizens play their role by transitioning to energy efficient appliances, boilers, and heaters.

Effects Of Climate Change In Wales

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Climate change is an alteration in the arithmetical distribution of a weather pattern which can last for a very long period of time. All realms which exist in our planet usually face various consequences when climate change occurs. This change in weather usually influences or is influenced by global warming and environmental ruin thus posing a threat to communities, places and species that are very important to human beings.

Addressing climate change is vital because failure to do so will endanger not only the lives of people but also that of various species worldwide. Wales as a country has been playing its part in addressing this intense global problem by making constant statements concerning the importance of addressing climate change and the necessity of the country to play its part on the global challenge. The Welsh Government has played a major role in run-up to and after COP21 by demonstrating how the country is working hand in hand with other countries all over the world assigning to fast, fair and serious emission reduction.

The policy of Wales as a country entrusts 40% reduction by the year 2020 shows that and is important to uphold especially in the environmental bill. Our government is involved in a regional government collective nrg4SD whose main agenda is to provide a dais for sub-state Government where they can display their activity and have a united voice at COP21. Although Wales does not have much influence as a centralized nation in the United Kingdom Government negotiations, in matters concerning climate change, we have the ability to inform everyone who is willing to pay attention to us concerning what we are doing with other countries such as Scotland and also other progressive regional Governments.

Our core organizing goal is to ensure the well being of future generations act’s requirement for sustainable development. This will enable us to succeed in including emission reduction in decision making thus countering climate change in Wales. In other words, the next Welsh Government infrastructure should include low carbon development as the greater part of capital splurges i.e. more spending on energy efficiency of homes and public transport.

The environmental bill of the Welsh Government sets up legal climate change aim for Wales which is required in order to come up with a plan of meeting these targets and also reporting on progress. However, the biggest challenge faced by the Welsh Government is the short time span in which they are expected to deliver this strong framework.

Energy production in Wales has highly affected the country’s emissions which the government has partial control over but there is a lot of work the Welsh Government needs to do in order to alleviate this. Wales as a country can no longer keep up with the long wait for full devolved energy powers and therefore requires a more active strategy to counter climate change. It is now up to the Welsh Government to take charge and make an assurance to extensive programs involved in energy efficiency which will aid in driving emissions in Wales down.

The Government of Welsh should also ensure that away from Paris, Wales, together with other countries in the world creates a better globe for the generations to come by addressing climate change issues.