Isle of Wight Council

Energy Management

Frequently Asked Questions for this Service

Question: What is Agenda 21?

Answer: Agenda 21 promotes sustainable development. This means enabling people throughout the world to satisfy their basic needs and enjoy a better quality of life without compromising the quality of life of future generations.

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Question: What are the environmental issues of greatest concern?

Answer: Agenda 21 looks at ways of protecting the natural environment, reducing pollution and conserving resources so that future generations have the same opportunities that we have today.

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Question: What are the priorities for Local Agenda 21 at the moment?

Answer: On the Island Agenda 21 is looking at renewable energy and secured a grant for the photovoltaic (solar electric) roof at Medina High School. It is also promoting sustainable building practices and is promoting the Pan Urban Extension as a flagship sustainable development. It is working with the Primary Care Trust to promote healthy homes, public transport and local food networks. Agenda 21 is also seeking to reduce the Council’s environmental impact through reducing its use of natural resources. The Agenda 21 Strategy can be found at - Related Link

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Question: What is the Council doing to improve the environment?

Answer: The Council’s Countryside Section maintains habitats to allow the Island’s biodiversity (flora and fauna) to flourish. The Council also supports the AONB Partnership, which aims to conserve the beauty of the Island’s most precious landscapes.

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Question: How can I be more environmentally friendly?

Answer: Try to reduce your energy and water consumption. Leave the car at home and walk, cycle or use public transport wherever possible. Reduce your household waste and recycle as much as possible. These websites will provide good advice:
Energy & Transport – www.est.org.uk
Water – www.southernwater.co.uk
Waste – www.islandwaste.co.uk


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Question: What are you doing to reduce the environmental impact of tourism?

Answer: Agenda 21 has set up the Green Island Awards to accredit businesses in the tourist sector who are environmentally friendly. Eco-tourism is a growing market and the project hopes to make the Isle of Wight the destination of choice for green tourism. - Related Link

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Question: Where can I recycle in Isle of Wight?

Answer: The Island has one of the highest rates for recycling of domestic waste in the country. For full details of recycling facilities contact Island Waste on 821234, or visit the weblink below. - Related Link

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Question: What if I have a question that isn't answered here or I have information and tips I want to share?

Answer: Please contact Jim Fawcett, Agenda 21 Officer on 823204 or jim.Fawcett@iow.gov.uk who will be pleased to hear from you.

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Question: I own a business, can I still be sustainable?

Answer: More and more businesses are finding that being sustainable makes good business sense and appeals to their customers. Small and medium sized businesses on the Island can get a free environmental audit from a local project, ecoBIZ, which can be contacted on 527333. Businesses in the tourist sector should first contact Green Island Awards on 823646.

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Question: How can I get more involved with environmental issues?

Answer: Various groups on the Island have opportunities for people who want to get involved with environmental projects. These include The Footprint Trust on 822282 www.footprint-trust.co.uk. A local Friends of the Earth group also exists and can be contacted on 07971 320322 (www.iwfoe.co.uk). Alternatively you can contact Jim Fawcett, Agenda 21 Officer tel 823204, who will try to point you in the right direction.


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