November and December 2018 news headlines

Post fire recovery of Granadella completed

Dec 10th
Work on the recovery of the Granadella zone after the devastating fire of September 2016 has concluded, a project that has been funded by a grant from the Diputación de Alicante worth some 170,000 euros. Actions have been carried not only for the environmental and landscape restoration of the area but also to prevent a repeat of the destruction caused by one of the worst blazes in living memory. The project has involved the clearing of trees on municipal lands as part of the forest fire prevention initiative, the cutting and treatment of burnt trees in the Umbría de Les Cansalades zone and the planting of new species more resistant to fire such as carob and wild olive. Terrace walls have also been restored and special retaining structures built from the trunks of burned trees which had to be removed to stop erosion in the case of heavy rains. For full story see: Javeamigos

"Sun Tax" abolition - some guidelines

Dec 9th
Although we still have to be cautious about the abolition of the sun tax that was recently approved by the Spanish Government through Royal Decree-Law 2018 of October 5th, Silvasol has published some guidelines to explain the main benefits for consumers and producers of this type of renewable energy. See: Javeamigos for full details.

Mediterranean heritage of Xàbia explored through two guided tours

Dec 9th
Two special guided routes for all the family have been organised by the 'Fundación Oceanogràfic' through the campaign 'Projecte Xàbia' that aims to enhance the knowledge and understanding of the natural and cultural marine environment of the area and the importance of conserving it. The first explores the world of fishing in the area whilst the second will be exploring the impact of different cultures on the coast, such as the Romans. For full details see: Javeamigos

Estrella Damm beer company commits to the environment and reduces Co2 emissions

Dec 9th
Damm is committed to improving the efficiency of its factories and reducing the environmental impact of its processes. The company generates more than 7 million kWh of renewable electric energy annually, which has enabled it to reduce its CO2 emissions by more than 2,600 tons in its production and packaging plants. In 2017 alone, Damm invested more than six million euros in environmental improvement activities, such as the implementation of a circular economy model and the installation of a programming system to calculate the water footprint in all the plants. The company is currently generating 7,700,000 kWh of electric power through renewable energy generation in its factories in El Prat de Llobregat ( Barcelona ), El Puig ( Valencia ) and Murcia. From: Economia Digital

Water Observatory to discuss sustainable Mediterranean gardens

Dec 9th.
There will be a meeting of the Water Observatory on Wednesday, December 12th at 6.00 pm in the Desalination plant on promoting awareness about sustainable, low water consumption gardens. Examples will include the Albarda Gardens in Pedreguer, and the success stories of the local company Jardín Sostenible. Everyone welcome.

International Mountain Day December 11th

Dec 9th
The United Nations International Mountain Day - December 11th - was inaugurated in 2003 'to highlight the importance of sustainable mountain development since these zones provide freshwater, energy and food, all resources that will become increasingly scarce in the coming decades'. To mark this year's event in the Marina Alta, the 'We Love Mountains' group has arranged a series of events in Xàbia. for details see: Javeamigos

Water Observatory (OAX) to develop campaigns on Tap water, Wet wipes and Mediterranean Gardens

Nov 4th
There will be a meeting of the Xàbia Water Observatory on Monday 5th November at 7.30 in the desalination plant. The meeting will be discussing campaigns for:
1 Promoting tap water as a quality product, attempting to reduce the use of bottled water
2. Figuring out a way of getting people to dispose of wet wipes properly (i.e. not flushing them down the toilet!)
3. Promoting a Mediterranean garden - i.e. one that does not require irrigation.
For a rough translation of the working papers see:
Observatorio de Agua - Meeting Nov 5th - working papers

Calpe rejects proposal to expand fish farm to 500,000m2

17th October
Calpe has rejected the latest proposal from the company running the sea fish farm off its coast after unfavourable reports from the Department of the Environment. The municipality believes that the project is not able to guarantee that pollution will not occur, that there are more suitable places for the farm, and that the effect of future installations on wild fish populations has not been studied. The Town Hall has previously rejected the first expansion project by the same company in 2014. From: La Marina Plaza

Xàbia street lights switch to LED technology

Oct 11th
Xàbia has begun work on replacing more than one hundred street lamps with energy-saving LED technology which provides less pollution and will reduce electricity consumption by a quarter. The project will cost 46,510 euros and has been entirely funded by the Diputación de Alicante. More than 100 street lights will be modernised in the Rafalet zone in addition to 30 in Calle Lepanto in the port. The project will also improve the wiring and technological system. There will be an estimated annual saving of €13,315 in the Town Hall's electricity bill. For full story see: Javeamigos

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