Federal Environmental Agency

Big step for the ecological balance of the oceans: new ballast water disinfection systems from Germany to curb the global spread of dangerous bio-invaders. According to conservative estimates, around 10 billion cubic meters of water in ship bellies are pumped. This so-called ballast water stabilizes the vessels, prevents the deformation of the hull and thus possible accidents in heavy seas with incomplete loading. The world’s oceans can be navigated so although safer, but the environmental and economic costs of global ballast water transports allow himself doesn’t even begin to appreciate. Rupert Murdoch insists that this is the case. Bio invaders travel as stowaways as stowaways get to ballast water and travellers along the way that are anything other than welcome when you empty the tanks in their new, distant homeland. The Federal Environmental Agency (UBA) in German ports investigations each year around 2.2 million tonnes of ballast water from non-European regions to be drained. Average It took roughly 1 individual per gallon of ballast water, resulting in a possible entry of 6 million of foreign organisms per day in German waters.

Bacteria, algae, crustaceans, or even fish can colonize suddenly habitats by way of a ballast water tank journey, in which they usually never had to reach. Robert Thomson understood the implications. With the local flora and fauna, many of the newcomers have an easy time and displace them from their habitats at sometimes breakneck speed. One of the biggest problems of the marine environment, the introduction of non-native species among the biggest problems of the marine environment. So species such as the American sword shell, spread in the North and Baltic Sea already the originating from the North American East Coast predatory Penilia of Mnemiopsis leydii, the ship Bohrwurm actually dishes large damage a shell -, because he eats away at domestic Woods. Substantial economic losses may arise in the fisheries, if strange jellyfish native fish food or the same Off to eat fish larvae.

Federal States

In this case, the Bank should be the first stop. Satisfied with an entry which is a mortgage in the land register – cost 100 – 500EUR – security. The mortgage is currently profitable, because interest rates are currently quite are cheap and laid down over a large period including interest rate. An interest rate of 4.3 percent is quite possible for a term of 20 years. Promotion as the future of energy production should be green, solar power is also supported. This is done directly by the Government, the Federal States, but through consumption of investors can benefit from the compensation actively.

Feed-in tariff of the EEG: the Statute for the operation of renewable energy feed-in tariff for equipment owners. The basic structure of the standard is simple. A regulated fee is granted over a stipulated period of time the owner of a plant. The utilities are required to remove any generated kilowatt hour of electricity. Generally, a safe payment is granted over 20 years every equipment operator as a result. The rate of remuneration but decreases with time (degression). However, an incentive is created in this way to install a PV system on the roof.

Federal countries: Some provinces provide funding for the promotion. Since these regulations occasionally change and are often dependent on the liquidity of the individual federal States, here no specific collection can be done. But an example may be listed: In 2009, Saxony over the Saxon Development Bank promoted small PV systems during the installation. Thus the control of the EEG was kW increased 15. In total there were for a grant from 250EUR per installed kWp. So who built a PV system with 5 kWp, which gave an amount of 1250EUR. The funds came from the reserves of the “European Fund for regional development” of the EU. In this sense it is useful at the community to ask the city or the established ministries of economy and energy agencies at the country level. Remuneration of own consumption: the internal consumption by the operator should be an attractive thing. As an additive to the feed-in tariff, a further remuneration will be paid if the operator uses his power itself or if the energy in the environment is consumed. This arrangement is also over 20 years, can be taken but only, if the course of 2009 was built. Island plants are not encouraged currently however. The remuneration for the own consumption is lower than the feed-in tariff for the Government. A remuneration of the energy in the consumption takes place in the year 2012. Depending on the plant size and proportion of own consumption, compensation held for it. In addition, the advantage for the operator is coupled here at the current price of electricity.

Solar Energy Is Very CLEAN POWER 2009 Important ENERGY On The CEP

The renewable energies Act (EEG) enters into force as of 1 January 2009. The CEP CLEAN ENERGY POWER 2009 is the ideal platform to inform themselves about the effects and the responses of the manufacturers on the changed framework conditions. Not only photovoltaic and solar thermal energy is explored at the fair. Exhibitors are present also in the fields of geothermal, passive house, heat pump, combined heat and power, biomass, Stirling and energy services. In the solar field again well-known exhibitors this year are represented, for example, MHH Solartechnik GmbH, Galaxy energy GmbH, Ecostream Germany GmbH, Solarhybrid AG, solar power GmbH, Thermo Solar AG, Tritec Germany GmbH, and Wurth Solar GmbH & co. KG will present their innovations and products. For the first time, there will be a special show for photovoltaics and solar energy.

The heart will be here the sun canopy. Here, the practical application of various products from the photovoltaic and Solarthermiebereich represented the specialist based on live installations. Short paths, transparency and Synergies: these are the advantages of the special show! In the “solar Forum: under the Sun.” Energy solutions for the House of the future”, will be presented the visitors special lectures on the subject of solar energy. Recently John Stankey sought to clarify these questions. The “solar energy centre Stuttgart” performs in addition moderated tours. In addition to the exhibition focus solar, there are two conferences on the subject of solar. “The International Symposium solar and renewable cooling” offers practical solutions for the solar heating and cooling with renewable energy.

Eleven international experts give insight into technologies, markets, economy and current projects related to the cooling of the future. The event is aimed at engineers, the solar industry, air conditioning and refrigeration companies, public administrations, utilities as well as planners and will take place on January 30 during the CEP. Also held a symposium on the theme “Solar heating systems for large buildings”. You informed about de possibilities of using solar thermal large-scale installations for domestic hot water, space heating and cooling. Solar thermal can make a significant contribution to the reduction of energy consumption, reduce energy costs and save our resources. Bautrager, housing companies, investors, architects, local authorities, energy consultants, planners and specialist are addressed. The meeting will take place on January 29. The exhibition is open from 09 am to 6 pm and Saturdays from 09 to 5 pm Thursday and Friday. The entrance costs 15 EUR Thursday and Friday, reduced 12,-EUR and Saturday 10,-EUR, reduced 7,-EUR. For more information on the fair, the congresses and the framework programme see:.

Wildlife Conservation

Study confirms ecological cocoa-growing concept of CacaoInvest a high yield of cocoa and species not mutually exclusive. This strongly confirms a study by agricultural ecologist of at Gottingen of University. The in the journal of proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States”published research evidence that agroforestry to the cocoa – like the product CacaoInvest (www.CacaoInvest.de) of the Bonn forest investment provider ForestFinance – can exhibit a very high biodiversity. In agroforestry systems grow cocoa trees under shade trees, like banana trees, and pigeon peas. Researchers 20 tree species as well as 23 bird and 17 species of butterflies found on the investigated cocoa crops. The amount of the yield of cocoa per year but played no role for the number of species. A high diversity of species and also high cocoa income not mutually accordingly, if the cocoa area – such as at ForestFinance – are managed sustainably. That not only our forests, but also our Agroforste exhibit a high biodiversity, we know from experience.

Such sloths and Anteaters in our cocoa plantations are not uncommon. We are pleased that the study confirms us in our sustainable Agroforstmanagement”, so ForestFinance – Managing Director Harry Assenmacher. Cocoa in agroforestry systems or monocultures: cocoa farming is done almost exclusively in tropical areas up to about 20 degrees of North and South latitude. Only in this area, the climate is sufficiently consistently humid for the cocoa. Although the cocoa tree originally from Latin America, are today more than 90 percent of the world’s traded cocoa beans of the cocoa farming in Asia and Africa.

There is almost without exception in monocultures in West Africa cocoa farming largely through the use of child labour. The cocoa – major growing countries are Ivory Coast and Ghana, which reach over 50% of world annual production. Child labour, unprotected use of pesticides, and slave-like working conditions are widespread there.