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Acorn dairy farm produce first wind powered pint of milk

An organic dairy farm in Darlington has managed to produce its first pint of milk powered entirely by the wind turbine they recently installed on their land. Friends of the Earth hailed them as a prime example of a green company; making a difference to the environment through small-scale, local renewable generation, as well as helping to boost Britain’s job market.

Acorn Dairy produces 6 million bottles of milk every year for the surrounding area, employing 34 members of staff. The 67 metre high turbine now provides power for the entire farm and helps them save over 1,000 litres of diesel every week. They are even looking into replacing their diesel powered delivery vans with electric ones, also powered by the turbine.

With the move to renewable energy generation, Acorn Dairy have committed to reducing carbon pollution as well as saving themselves a great deal of money.

Conservation group set to generate significant renewable energy by 2020

The National Trust has released a plan to generate 50% of their power from renewable sources by 2020. The trust plans to integrate modern renewable energy generation into their traditional landscapes. Although they currently have over 150 renewable schemes in action, the new plan aims to reduce the use of fossil fuels in many of its properties.

By 2020, the renewables used will include 27% hydro power and 21% biomass, which will further be enhanced by 1% heat pumps and 0.5% solar power. Currently, the major carbon source and cost for the trust is oil, which will be reduced to just 3%, as well as plans to cut overall energy consumption by 20%.

In addition to helping in the bid towards a low-carbon economy, the move to renewables will save the National Trust money, forecasting a return on capital of 10%.

However, the new plans have not been met with an entirely positive attitude. Wind power is considered as the renewable source with the most potential and the trust has been criticised in the past for its chairman’s campaign against turbines. Simon Jenkins has fuelled opposition to wind energy with his influential newspaper columns, although the trust is keen to state that it is not anti-wind, but simply anti-wind in the wrong place.

Despite only generating a fraction of the UK’s renewable energy, the efforts of the National Trust have been applauded as they are acting as a true example for other organisations.

US Corporates Act on Climate Change

A group of US corporate giants has called upon the US Congress to improve and accelerate their attempts to attack climate change and the movement towards a low-carbon economy.

The group, formed by the Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP), understand that by acting on climate change now, their businesses will benefit economically in the future. As a collection of 33 high profile companies, including Nike, IKEA and Ben and Jerry’s, the group have created the ‘Climate Declaration’ and are angling for Congress to promote clean energy and place limits on carbon emissions, which Congress currently employs within its own operations.

These companies have a combined turnover of $450b, together creating over 475,000 jobs within the US and so have a fairly powerful following. Over the next few months, they will be encouraging other companies to sign the declaration to urge action from the government.

Anne Kelly, the director of BICEP has said that the message is clear; we need to act on climate change because “the cost of inaction is too high”. She continues by saying “policymakers should see climate change policy for what it is: an economic opportunity”. In order for businesses to act and for the country to grow their economy and protect the planet, the support of climate legislation is crucial.