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Information session on Formentera about funding for solar and small wind-power-generating technologies

Thursday January 24 the Govern's director general of energy, Ferran Rosa, together with CiF environment councillor Daisee Aguilera, will talk about the newest round of assistance for everything from solar, photovoltaic and small-scale wind turbine technologies through to electric mobility. Geared towards islanders and specialised businesses alike, the gathering is scheduled to take place at 7.30pm in the conference space of the island's dependent care facility (Centre de Dia).

The initiative is aimed at promoting clean energy and “self-consumption” (when the person or entity using the energy is the same one that produced it) and is coordinated by the Govern balear's directorate general of energy and climate change, an offshoot of the regional ministry of land, energy and mobility.

Details about the assistance can be found in Catalan at the following links:

1) Installations of solar panel- and “micro” wind turbine-based technologies for self-consumption at homes and businesses

2) Purchases by taxi and ride-hailing service drivers of new vehicles harnessing special electric, plug-in hybrid electric, liquid petroleum gas (LPG), compressed natural gas (CNG) or reduced emission technologies

3) Installation of public fast charging stations for electric vehicles (group packages)

4) Installation of public fast (and “semi” fast) charging stations for electric vehicles (for individuals)

5) Installation of private charging stations

Councillor Aguilera said islanders who come to Thursday's session will “know how to benefit from funding to keep promoting renewable energies on the island”. She highlighted an array of funding options, including money so private businesses can install charging stations to further sustainable mobility.

A total of €1.8 million in funding is available for the four islands of the archipelago, a portion of which is put up by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Applicants are eligible for reimbursement of 40 to 50 per cent (applications must be received by March 29 and work must be complete by September 20, 2019).

Who is eligible for the funding:
a) Small and medium-sized businesses.

b) Non-profit organisations and business associations which operate and are headquartered in the Balearic Islands.

c) Individual homeowners and homeowners' associations who oversee installations in dwellings or other facilities in the Balearic Islands.

How much funding is available:
a) Businesses, business associations and non-profit associations can receive 40 per cent back on installations of photovoltaic- and small-scale wind turbine-based technology.

b) Individual homeowners and homeowners' associations can receive 50 per cent back on installations of photovoltaic- and small-scale wind turbine-based technology.

c) Fifty per cent reimbursement for installation of photovoltaic or small-scale wind turbine equipment that incorporate lithium-ion systems.

Islanders can swap recycling points for prizes at environment office in Sant Ferran

foto-be-blue-premisThe environmental arm of the Formentera Council announces islanders that binned their recyclables using stations installed by Trasmapi at five locations across the island can now cash in “eco-punts” they've earned for prizes at the environment office, carrer Mallorca, 15, from 9.00am to 2.00pm.


- Be Blue Formentera bracelet, 30 eco-punts
- Key chain, 40 eco-punts
- Hat, 60 eco-punts
- Tote bag, 60 eco-punts
- Be Blue cap (children's), 80 eco-punts
- Be Blue cap (adult's), 100 eco-punts
- “Posi” children's book, 90 eco-punts
- “Posi” children's books, four-item collection, 360 eco-punts
- Majoral bracelet, 300 eco-punts
- Polarised, wood-framed sunglasses, 400 eco-punts
- Peterdiving session at Vellmarí dive centre, 550 eco-punts

In a pilot programme launched in September, Trasmapi put in five drop-off stations for plastics and cans at distinct locations across Formentera. All but one were shipped back earlier in the week, explained environment councillor Daisee Aguilera, but islanders can still visit the port location to ditch their recyclable tins and plastics. The transport company reports they will look at other possible actions based on review of the initiative's results. Fifteen thousand eight-hundred eighteen recyclables were collected during the effort.

Council rolls out push to remove nests laid by pine processionary caterpillar

Processionaria redux1On Monday January 7 the Formentera Council's environment office rolled out a new initiative to control infestation on the island of the invasive caterpillar known as the pine processionary. The administration is bringing in a pair of professional forest service workers to administer a treatment strategy based on the manual and mechanical removal —and subsequent controlled burning— of the processionary's nests, or “tents”. In 2019 the expected cost of the programme is €5,500 (VAT included).

Locals lending a hand

Islanders wishing to report newly-detected nests to Council personnel have three ways to do it: sending GPS info via smart-phone app Línea Verde; phoning the CiF environment office at 971.32.12.10 or writing the office an email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

The push is coordinated in tandem with the regional ministry of environment and is part of a strategy to control the pine processionary's spread that was requested by the Formentera Council following the passage of related measures by Formentera's Consell d'Entitats and a subsequent vote by the island's plenary assembly. Two other groups, the Balearic healthy forests' division (Ibanat) and environmental service agents (whose title is abbreviated to “AMA”), are also participating in the initiative.

The Govern balear is concurrently overseeing air dustings by helicopter with a pest-control agent called Bacillus thuringiensis. The next is scheduled for October.

Department head Daisee Aguilera pointed out that drops in pine processionary tents have been registered in areas receiving treatment while, on the stretch of land 50 metres inland from the island's coastline where aeral dusting is prohibited, new tents have been reported. Aguilera said the data gave weight to the “argument in favour of aereal spraying and of the need for continued manual and mechanical clearing of the pests' tents”.

5 clothing drop-off points installed across island

foto presentacio contenidorEnvironment secretary Daisee Aguilera was joined by Joan Marí, the head of the Eivissa-Formentera branch of charitable group Cáritas Diocesana, and the group's local delegate, Miguel Àngel Riera, in introducing used clothing reception points at an array of urban spots across the island.

The event took place at 12.30pm at one of the containers on avinguda Joan Castelló i Guasch near the Sant Ferran school. The others are located in la Savina (on carrer Polígon de La Marina adjacent torre des Triturador), at Sa Senieta car park in Sant Francesc, next to the indoor football pitch in es Cap de Barbaria and near the school in la Mola.

Partnership agreement
The secretary pointed out that the initiative, part of the Council's four-year partnership with Cáritas Diocesana d'Eivissa i Formentera, seeks to “introduce fabric waste collection locally, given islanders the option to recycle their used clothing”.

The Council oversaw transport and installation of the recipients and will be responsible for maintaining proper conditions on adjacent roads and walkways. Cáritas, for their part, will see to the containers' upkeep and picking up clothing donated for reuse. Miquel Àngel Riera said that Formentera residents in need will have first choice, with surplus material shipped to Eivissa.

Usable clothing will be sold at Cáritas locations around Eivissa or forwarded on to international cooperation efforts. Apparel that can't be made use of will be recycled. Donations, which must be small enough to fit in the one-metre cubed mouth of the container, should be left in a closed bag.

The new service, said Aguilera, “benefits the environment because it improves our strategy on reusing fabrics”. She also applauded the “record of work and dedication” of the veteran local volunteers of Formenterers Solidaris, who will continue taking second-hand clothing donations at the Sant Ferran school from 5.00pm to 7.00pm.

Formentera schools applauded as pupils envision 'plastic-free nature'

foto sense plastic 2Prizes were dispatched today to the Formentera schools taking part in a contest, Per a una natura sense plàstic, that reflects a dream of seeing a world in which nature is “plastic free”. The contest, which grows out of a partnership between the Formentera Council and Trasmapi, was open to first and second year students of the island's three public schools.

The contest seeks to promote, under the banner “You are an important part of change” (Tu ets important per al canvi), earth-smart recycling practices among young islanders to impact future generations' sense of urgency behind sustainable plastics use and wholesale reduction in everyday life.

Classroom clinics served as pupils' chance to learn about the environment and recycling. They drew in a special workbook and played Kahoot, a game which, to win, participants had to respond correctly to a series of ten questions about plastics.

Three collection bins installed across the island several months ago were relocated to the schools creating the possibility for school children to learn the ropes by using them for themselves.

The end of the contest dovetailed with the bins' rollout across the island and the swappable “eco-points” programme. In the months since it began, our wonder kids have recycled 15,818 plastic bottles and cans.

Quantity recycled (per bin):

• Sant Ferran (Carrer de Sant Jaume) – 4,274 recyclable containers (3,522 bottles/752 cans)
• El Pilar de la Mola – 2,780 recyclable containers (2,315 bottles/465 cans)
• Es Pujols (info stand) – 777 recyclable containers (608 bottles/169 cans)
• Sant Francesc (Eroski supermarket) – 2,270 recyclable containers (1,998 bottles/272 cans)
• Sant Francesc (CEIP Mestre Lluís Andreu) – 5,717 recyclable containers (5,014 bottles/703 cans)

Schools were awarded the following prizes:

Most Recycled Material – Mestre Lluís Andreu (1ºB)
First Prize, Kahoot – La Mola
Second Prize, Kahoot – Mestre Lluís Andreu (2ºA)
Most Original Drawing – Sant Ferran (1ºA)
Most Be Blue Drawing – Mestre Lluís Andreu (2ºB)
Motivational Prize – Sant Ferran (1ºB)

The award for most recyclables collected overall went to Mestre Lluís Andreu.

Classes received prizes based on an array of environment-related and green awareness activities, like classes held aboard Trasmapi boats, a day dedicated to “recycling motivators”, a parent-child outing at sea and visits to the recycling plants of Formentera and Eivissa.

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