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World Responsible Tourism Awards 2015 winners



Founded in 2004 by Responsible Travel, the World Responsible Tourism Awards are open to any organisation anywhere in the world. The vision is to surprise and inspire tourists and the tourism industry by what it is possible to achieve with Responsible Tourism, and to shine a light on the best of the best.

Read all the winners’ stories here.

Best for Poverty Reduction – Sponsored by Tobago House of Assembly. One gold winner and three silver winners awarded.

Gold award: Agri Tourism Development Company Pvt Ltd
Silver award: Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
Silver award: OneSeed Expeditions
Silver award: Uakari Floating Lodge

Best Animal Welfare Initiative – Supported by Born Free Foundation. Two gold winners and two silver winners awarded.

Gold award: Campaign Against Canned Hunting (CACH)
Gold award: Hetta Huskies
Silver award: Lotus Travel
Silver award: The Donkey Sanctuary

Best innovation for carbon reduction – Sponsored by Visit Gozo. One gold winner and two silver winners awarded.

Gold award: TUI UK and Ireland
Silver award: Airport Authority, Hong Kong
Silver award: North Sailing

Best for beach tourism – Sponsored by Jersey Tourism. Two gold winners and two silver winners awarded.

Gold award: Loola Adventure Resort
Gold award: Soneva Fushi, Maldives
Silver award: & Beyond
Silver award: Turtle Bay Beach Club

Best hotel for local sourcing – Sponsored by Colorado Tourism Office. One gold winner and two silver winners awarded.

Gold award: Atlas Kasbah Ecolodge
Silver award: Matava, Fiji
Silver award: Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa

Best cultural heritage attraction – Sponsored by Wightlink. One gold winner and two silver winners awarded.

Gold award: Loop Head Peninsula Heritage Trail
Silver award: Bushmans Kloof
Silver award: Cnoc Suain

Best for engaging people & culture – Sponsored by Audley Travel. One gold winner and two silver winners awarded.

Gold award: Urban Adventures
Silver award: Connemara Wild Escapes
Silver award: Felin Talgarth Mill

Best accommodation for disability access –  Sponsored by Enable Holidays. Two gold winners and one silver winner awarded.

Gold award: Endeavour Safaris
Gold award: Scandic Hotels
Silver award: RuralSuite Hotel Apartamentos****

Best destination for responsible tourism – Sponsored by Visit Norway. One gold winner and two silver winners awarded.

Gold award: Gansbaai
Silver award: Aruba
Silver award: Cyprus

Best for wildlife conservation – Sponsored by Florida Keys & Key West Tourism Development Council. One gold winner and three silver winners awarded.

Gold award: Honko Mangrove Conservation & Education
Silver award: Coral Cay Conservation
Silver award: North Island Seychelles
Silver award: Tiger Trails Jungle Lodge

Best sea or river cruise – One gold winner awarded.

Gold award: Ullswater Steamers

Best responsible tourism blog –  Sponsored by Fair Trade Tourism. One gold winner and one silver winner awarded.

Gold award: Uncornered Market
Silver award: Travel for Wildlife

People’s choice in responsible tourism – Sponsored by Catalan Tourist Board, and in association with National Geographic Traveller (UK) Magazine.

Winner: World Animal Protection


A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon




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Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.

There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.

1. The Rise Of Smart Windows

When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.

If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.

2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs

If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.

Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.

3. Low-E Windows Taking Over

It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.

They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.

4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges

Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.

The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.

5. Improving Our Current LEDs

Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.

That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.

Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too

Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.

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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”



IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.

Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.

Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.

Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:

“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.

We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.

There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.

We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”

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