When talking about the chopping down of the Amazon rainforest back in the day it always used to be ... "an area the size of Wales is cleared each year." Now, as all things green has subsequently risen as a mainstream topic, Environment Times regularly receives a variety of analogies and equivalents to explain the often complex issue of sustainability across all topics. Often it involves analogies of cups of tea or Olympic swimming pools, but recently my inbox included other examples too:
On Monday I received news that at the former stadium site of Manchester City football club Jacob Eco-Energy has installed one of the biggest solar photovoltaic systems in the city at the Maine Place residential development in Moss Side - and that the 207 panels will generate 952,000 kWh of renewable electricity over the next 25 years:
* enough to make 9.52 million cups of tea (almost four cups for every resident of Greater Manchester).
* The green power will be generated even on cloudy days, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 500 tonnes over a 25 year period. This equates to the environmental benefit of a 107 acre pine forest (about the size of 70 football pitches), or taking 1500 cars off the road.
Please keep those analogies coming!
Jacob Eco-Energy www.jacobecoenergy.co.uk
The Maine Place, Prospect Homes http://prospecthomes
Posted on Environment Times Online on 25th April 2012.