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Corporate CEOs, politicians, transport officials and many others from around the world came together in December to focus on the future of electric vehicles (EVs). Greenrock’s Michael Burke attended the conference in Washington, DC, held by the Electric Drive Transportation Association, and learned more in three days than he had in months of internet research. Here he summarises some of the information and ideas from the symposium.

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An independent energy authority is the best way forward for the Island, according to sustainable development group Greenrock.

As the Department of Energy finalises its Green Paper on a National Energy Policy to submit to Cabinet, Greenrock believes an independent authority is the best option.

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The Government will build a new hospital for half the estimated price and will do it without building on the Botanical Gardens. That according to the Throne Speech yesterday, though a Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) spokesperson refused to reveal further information until a press conference on Wednesday ...

Yesterday a spokesperson for environmental watchdog Greenrock said the group welcomed the Government's announcement but worried about transparency as plans went forward.

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In 2007, Greenrock introduced biodegradable picnic ware to Bermuda. Since then, we have been strongly encouraging other local businesses to offer eco-friendly alternatives to conventional products in order to give consumers more sustainable choices.

Now ImportBda is introducing a more eco-friendly, sustainable product choice to the local food services industry. Their aim is to help reduce the amount of waste that will not decompose, waste which is harmful to our environment and whose production contributes to global climate change.

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Electric vehicles (EVs) are nothing new. The first electric carriage was invented back in the 1830s, and by the 1900s commercial EVs like platform trucks and the British milk float were common. Fast forward to the present, and EVs are becoming mainstream – all the major car manufacturers are developing new models. 

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A conversation at schools about ‘going green’ and why Bermuda’s youth should care

Greenrock’s School Roadshow hit local schools this fall with a strong message about our collective social responsibility – to become more aware about the choices we can make in order for all of us to ensure that we maintain a sustainable state of balance in our community.


The goal of Greenrock is about changing the mindset when it comes to our lifestyle choices. Through this School Roadshow project, we are hoping to show our middle and senior school students that they are the ones who are able to help make meaningful and long-term changes when it comes to Bermuda’s future growth.

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A Speech to the Hamilton Rotary Club, September 9, 2008

On September 9, 2008, Greenrock President Andrew Vaucrosson delivered a speech to the members of the Hamilton Rotary Club and the local press. In it, he outlined the principles and importance of sustainable development in Bermuda, and discussed some of Greenrock's current and future initiatives. He also encouraged those attending to get involved in helping to develop Government's policies and to make changes of their own for a sustainable future ...

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One local runner has found a novel way of using her favourite pastime to help preserve Bermuda’s environment. Here, Ashley Couper Estwanik describes her love of running and how she came to support Greenrock while logging miles the pollution-free way.

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With hydrogen such a long way off and pure electric vehicles still having some significant limitations, biofuels are increasingly being seen as an environmentally friendly alternative to fossil fuels that can be introduced now and remain through the short to long term.

Biodiesel is the only alternative fuel to have fully completed the health effects testing requirements of the Clean Air Act. The use of biodiesel in a conventional diesel engine results in substantial reduction of unburned hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and particulate matter when compared to emissions from petroleum diesel fuel. In addition, the exhaust emissions of sulfur oxides and sulfates (major components of acid rain) from biodiesel are essentially eliminated compared to diesel. (Source: www.biodiesel.org)

With the ability of all diesel cars to run on biodiesel mixed at 5 per cent with standard diesel without any modification or warranty problems there is a clear benefit of using biodiesel in low percentage blends.

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Solar outdoor lights look like regular outdoor lights, but they are anything but ordinary. 

PV panels collect energy and store it in a deep-cycle, maintenance-free, gel-cell battery. This battery powers the lights at night and can store enough energy to run the lights for five to seven consecutive days without sun.

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During this public consultation period of the 2008 Bermuda (Development) Plan Draft, Greenrock encourages all Bermudians to review the document. Greenrock will collect these public opinions so that they can be presented to the Department of Planning.

About Greenrock

According to The Footprint Network, which measures the ability of the planet to produce resources and absorb waste, our resource use and waste production is 60% more than the earth can produce or absorb annually.

This overshoot is the result of decisions that we each make every day. We seek to generate debate and to influence people to change their behaviour.We strive to be catalysts: Success for us is when we can Change the Mindset so that sustainable use of resources is included in decision-making for individuals, government or businesses. ... read more


Where to find Us

Suite 324, 48 Par-La-Ville Rd,
Hamilton HM11, Bermuda

Telephone: 1-441-747-ROCK (7625)
Email: info@greenrock.org
Website: www.greenrock.org