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Formentera introduces recycle-a-bike service at Deixalleria

foto 2020 bici deixalleriaThe Formentera Department of Environment announces the start of a service that lets islanders recycle bikes at the local household waste disposal point.

Environment councillor Antonio J. Sanz said the idea “came from seeing the vast numbers of cast-off bikes recovered by local upkeep crews”. “It’s a great way to cut waste and promote reuse. What the Consell has tried to do is clean up the materials and help islanders imagine a second life for them. Reducing waste and supporting a circular economy are our firm commitment”. Sanz highlighted celebration this week of European Waste Prevention Week, and asserted, “It’s an issue where building social awareness is fundamental”.

2019 saw the start of another educational push at the Deixalleria: a pilot project to rethink the costly process of chipping used pallets at the transfer station and shipping them to Eivissa. Five-hundred seventy pallets have been recycled, amounting to a total savings of €2,722 since the programme’s launch.

Roughly twenty bikes and fifteen pallets are are available for free delivery to anyone who registers at the Deixalleria’s drop-off point and agrees to certain terms: items may not be resold, they must be used sensibly and in keeping with local environmental regulations. It is expressly forbidden to burn pallets that are painted or treated with varnish. The Consell de Formentera reserves the right to take bikes or pallets back if terms are violated.

The Deixalleria is open 9.00am to 1.30pm Monday to Saturday and 3.30pm to 5.30pm Monday to Friday.

28 November 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera hopes coastal moorage regulation scheme gets fresh impulse

foot 2020 fondejosConsell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer and environment councillor Antonio J. Sanz attended a presentation of findings from the first of several capacity studies piloted by Ports IB and the Balearic Islands’ Coastal Observation and Predictions System (SOCIB). The presentation was led by regional mobility minister Marc Pons and Ports IB director Cristina Barahona and saw the video participation of SOCIB director Joaquín Tintoré and SOCIB researcher Aina García.

SOCIB and Ports IB are required to carry out such a study as part of the public agencies’ drafting of their overarching strategy, which Mr Pons described as a “balanced, sustainability-based” plan forswearing expansions and growth of Balearic harbours.

“Formentera has done much to protect our coastlines”, asserted President Ferrer, highlighting consensus around the decision to eschew expansion of La Savina port, as well as the importance of finding a place for regular islanders, tourism and the environment. “We want residents to enjoy the harbour too”, she said, stressing the primacy of “quality” and of “avoiding the kind of massive projects our visitors have historically deplored”, not to mention the environment: “The strategy must also offer safeguards for posidonia in particular and our entire coastline in general.”

Mooring on Formentera
Efforts to establish a system of controlled moorage along local shores dates back to 2008. Ferrer described hopes that the management plan for Ses Salines nature reserve would provide “an impulse to approval of the regulated moorage plan”. The plan, which envisioned space for 883 watercraft, was first presented to the Govern balear in 2017.

Ferrer described the capacity study presented by the Govern today as “similar to our initial proposal, but with capacity for 925 boats”. She pointed out that the Balearic study was based exclusively on physical space, while Formentera’s initial study sought to measure the island’s “physical, environmental and scenic capacity”.

“We’re aware of just how unique our current situation is”, said Ferrer, insisting, “We want to make it clear to the Balearic government, as we have in the past, that what Formentera won’t support is economic recovery in the name of destruction and large-scale projects”. “Economic recovery must include protection of our natural resources, because they are our main economic asset”, she concluded.

13 November 2020
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Solar panels to supply renewable energy to municipal football pitch

foto 2020 fotovoltaiques futbolThe Formentera Department of Environment reports that crews have completed installation of the solar panels that will supply the municipal football pitch with renewable energy starting next year. The pitch will receive 36,603kw/h, or 84% of the energy generated by the panels — a quantity which accounts for 88.383 kw/h, or 41% of the sporting facility’s total energy consumption.

Environment councillor Antonio J. Sanz billed it as “the latest in a host of Consell initiatives seeking to promote and educate around renewable options as we begin the energy transition”. The idea, he said, “isn’t just to reduce consumption, but to add to the grid’s supply too”. Sanz also highlighted Formentera’s joining earlier this month of VPP4Island, a pioneer EU project to promote renewable systems integration and drive the transition towards smart and green energy.

Forty-three per cent of financing for the €48,000 installation (VAT included) came from the LEADER 2014-2020 Operational Programme of the Balearic Islands.

5 November 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Formentera joins pilot EU project for renewable energy

foto 2020 VPP4The Formentera Department of Environment reports that this October the island began participation in VPP4Islands, an EU-funded consortium aimed at developing renewable energy. The aim of the project is to support the integration of renewable systems, accelerate the transition to smart and green energy and help islands in Europe leverage potential for energy efficiency.

Participation in the consortium will see Formentera working together with 19 member entities in eight countries to develop a four-year, 7.2-million-euro project, with the Consell receiving €358,000 in funding to promote related actions.

Environment chief Antonio J. Sanz described involvement in the project as “one more step toward the transition to zero emissions and a 100% sustainable island”. “VPP4Islands is on the same path as us”, asserted the conseller, who described current work on a plan to implement renewable energies — a scheme he anticipated would be operational in the coming months.

Self-supply and smart energy management
At the core of the VPP4Islands initiative are small interconnected renewable energy installations that store energy virtually. The project additionally promotes people’s active involvement in energy production, the ultimate goal being energy self-sufficiency. Sanz framed the project in terms of “promoting self-sufficiency and smart management of distributed energy resources”, “amplifying the yield of energy systems” and “creating new local business niches”.

Formentera helms the project together with the Turkish island of Bozcaada in the Aegean Sea. Gökçeada (Turkey), Bornholm (Denmark) and Grado (Italy) will participate as well, supporting work to collectively lauch sustainable smart energy plans.

29 October 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

New campaign encourages islanders to show support for breast cancer research by recycling glass

foto 2020 recicla per elles ecovidrioAlejandra Ferrer, Ana Juan and Antonio J. Sanz (the Consell de Formentera premiere, deputy premiere and environment chief, respectively) were joined today by Pepita Gabaldar, chair of the Formentera chapter of Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer, and Ecovidrio spokesman Iván Tolsà in unveiling “Recicla vidrio por ellas” (Recycle glass for them)—a campaign by the Spanish body in charge of glass recycling underscoring this week’s World Breast Cancer Day.

This week passersby in Sant Francesc’s Plaça de la Constitució have encountered two pink igloos which double as recycling bins for discarded glass. Money raised from donated glass will go to benefit the Sandra Ibarra Foundation for Cancer Solidarity — a non-profit which Mr Tolsà said works to fight cancer and promote breast cancer research.

Formentera’s environment chief shared his pleasure at being able to take part in the campaign, whose two-part objective he described as “collaborating on research and shaping awareness about the importance of recycling”. Sanz said one bottle recycled was equivalent to 300g in reduced C02 emissions — “a small gesture of support for the environment”, he declared.

Glass recycling on Formentera
Formentera recycled 971 tonnes of glass in 2019, or an average of 80.2kg per person. Scattered across the island are 82 recycling igloos — one for every 148 islanders.

As a symbol of awareness building and solidarity around breast cancer, “mini-gloos”, specially designed for the occasion by Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, are emblazoned with the Sandra Ibarra Foundation’s motto, “Full of life”. The mini-gloos can be purchased at Miniglú.es, and proceeds will benefit the foundation’s support of breast cancer prevention and research.

“Recycle glass for them”, including more than 370 of the campaign’s trademark pink bins, is present in over 140 cities across Spain.

21 October 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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