Interview: Terry Tamminen
Terry Tamminen is recalling the day after Arnold Schwarzenegger swept to victory in California's 2003 gubernatorial elections.
Give offsetting some credit
Carbon offsetting has come under fire lately. The immaturity of the offset market has led to increased scepticism. But Emily Tyler, a project developer with experience in developing countries argues that this market does have an important role to play
Green route to developing Africa
Many assume that multinationals investing in developing countries abandon their environmental principals in the quest for a fast buck. But, on a recent trip to East Africa, Tom Idle was surprised to find cement giant Lafarge is going to extraordinary lengths to apply green principals in this dynamic emerging market
AFM prove effective alternative to sand
Research shows active filter media (AFM) provide a more effective barrier to the spread of disease than sand. Howard Dryden of Dryden Aqua explains
How to get the most from waste-to-energy
Generating energy from waste is attracting increasing attention. But incineration causes concerns. Andrew Hamilton says his company has a technology that bypasses the issue
Land Rover hits the road to sustainability
Land Rover's Fran Leedham has a balancing act to perform. The company is driving for a greener image, which is embodied in a new concept car. But it also has to cater to its customers' needs. Tom Idle talks to the head of environment and sustainability about her challenging role
Investment in a growing market
Deforestation accounts for a huge 25% of global CO2 emissions. But this is set to change, as forestry in the developing world is becoming a lucrative investment
Edie Environmental Legislation Summary, April 2007
Recent changes to legislation which will impact on the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally come under the spotlight in this Semple Fraser and Edie News monthly round-up of new law and policy. This month we see new regulations giving financial incentives for energy saving devices and a law obliging producers to recover and recycle packaging waste, while English and Welsh water undertakers are told in more detail how to prepare and publish water resources management plans.
Edie Environmental Legislation Summary, March 2007
Recent changes to legislation which will impact on the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally come under the spotlight in this Semple Fraser and Edie News monthly round-up of new law and policy. Among the developments this month we see new regulations in Britain's green energy and bio-fuel sectors, as rules on co-generation plants guaranteeing the origin of the green electricity they produce enter into force.
The green housing effect
Tim Pollard says the construction industry should stop navel-gazing and start taking action to appease the nation's fear of climate change
Ecobuild: Bigger than ever
Dubbed as Britain's biggest green building information programme, Ecobuild will showcase truly sustainable construction in action. John Haven reports
Burning dust: The hazards
With organic matter being banned from landfills, and high-quality solids required for agriculture, heat drying is an attractive option. Frank Rogalla of Black & Veatch reviews the hazards of drying, and presents ways of reducing safety incidents in design and operation of drying systems
Edie Environmental Legislation Summary (January 2007)
Changes to legislation which will impact on the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally come under the spotlight in this Semple Fraser and Edie News monthly round-up of new laws and policies. The publication of the REACH chemicals regulation in the EU's official journal tops this month's legislative highlights, with the commission setting out the next steps for the regulation. REACH is to apply directly to European states from 1st June 2008 and will replace over 40 chemical laws, making it the biggest piece of legislation ever produced by the Union.
Joining forces against ammonia
Ammonia pollution into the environment is causing increasing concern because of its threat to sensitive habitats. Stan Cheshire looks at ways WwTWs can play a key role in minimising the impact.
Aerobic granular system wins award for Croatia
Croatian company EcoEngineering was winner of the 2006 Eureka Lynx Award for outstanding technological achievement in May. Vice Soljan, director, and Veljko Matic, senior project manager, of EcoEngineering, and Professor Margareta Glancer from the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology at the University of Zagreb describe a new system which uses specially designed mixtures of different bacteria, in granular form, to break down even the most toxic wastes.
Aqua Enviro Technology Transfer has recently held a conference on anaerobic digestion. Here we describe some of the topics up for discussion
France extends Europe's largest WWTP
Europe's largest and oldest wastewater treatment plant, the Seine Aval near Paris, was failing to meet new European discharge standards. Natasha Wiseman reports on the construction of a new nitrification-denitrification unit, using Biostyr technology from French engineering group OTV France (Veolia Water), which will remove the nitrogen contained in the effluent passing through the plant and improve the quality of water returned to the river Seine
Ikea begins bag revolution
When Tom Idle visited Ikea to ask UK environment manager Charlie Browne why it decided to charge for its carrier bags, he met a company constantly striving to be the best
Croydon council has found partnership working invaluable in developing the UK's first TreeStations - where tree surgery waste is processed into fuel, providing heating for the community. Tom Idle reports
Italy ignores EIA obligations
Italy has come under fire from the EC for failing to carry out an in-depth environmental impact assessment for a major incinerator.
Thermal dried sludge meets EU standards
Efficient sludge management is facing the twin challenges of more stringent land disposal regulations and an increase in the quanity of wastewater. Doris Thamer, senior sales manager, and Werner Jenewein, senior process manager, of Austrian sludge specialist Andritz claim that drying technologies can meet both these demands.
Dealing with pharmaceutical effluent at Avonmouth
A new effluent treatment plant for pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is protecting coastal waters in Avonmouth
Edie Environmental Legislation Summary (March 06)
Recent changes to legislation whichth will impact on the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally come under the spotlight in this Semple Fraser and Edie News monthly round-up of new law and policy. Among the developments this month we see EU legislation on public access to pollution information and on the marketing and use of dangerous substances, while in the UK orders on offshore installations and the renewables obligation come into force.
Innovative belt drier for fermented residues
Belt drying is a well-known, established process for biomass. However, as Armin Vonplon and Werner Jenewein of the Austrian manufacturer Andritz report, the challenge was to find ways of developing proven sludge drying components in a newly adapted belt drying system.
Local knowledge could help Indian irrigation
In recent years, the erosion of local knowledge about the natural environment and micro-climate has hindered agricultural production in western Rajasthan, claims freelance irrigation and drainage engineer Bhanwar Dan Bithu
Phosphate monitor cuts costs
United Utilities operates a number of WwTWs with high-phosphate influent that arises as a result of specific local industries. Discharge consents reflect this and the water company is obliged to remove a large proportion of the phosphate from the discharge.
Modular MBR settles sludge
Zenon's modular, Z-MOD MBR, consists of a suspended growth biological reactor coupled to an ultrafiltration (UF) membrane filtration system.
Will high oil price see the return of coal as a mainstream fuel?
Nuclear power is currently the hot topic, but the continuing high oil price could bring clean coal into contention as a mainstream fuel. Eric Russell reports
Comparing nitrogen removal techniques
Black & Veatch process expert Frank Rogalla discusses the latest technology for removing nitrogen from wastewater
With the ever spiralling cost of waste disposal, finding real alternatives has become a top priority, as Tim Reed explains
Alternative energy has to move from being an interesting technical sideshow into the mainstream of the heating industry. John Haven reports
Fuel of the future
Camilla Anderson talks to James Beal of Renewables East, a company at the forefront of the drive to convert motorists to the cause of biodiesels
BEIS compromises on renewable heat support, announces new heat network funding
The UK Government is seemingly beginning to take heed of advice to focus on delivering low-carbon heating systems, with two new announcements which could effectively reduce emissions from heating demand in towns and cities and begin to restore investor confidence in the neglected sector.
Britain's biomass generation carries big emissions risk, report claims
The UK's renewable energy industry has hit back at new economic analysis which finds that biomass power could be causing more carbon pollution than burning coal or natural gas, claiming it is "distorting the facts".
University of Northampton goes green with new Waterside campus
Students at the University of Northampton will soon have their heating and hot water generated by a CO2-saving on-site energy centre, incorporating woodchip biomass boilers and a combined heat and power (CHP) system.
Drax: Biomass needed to balance 'unreliable' wind and solar
Biomass will have an important role to play in the UK's future energy mix thanks to its ability to balance supply from more unreliable technologies such as wind and solar.
Solar subsidies to end as Government seeks to control costs
The Department for Energy and Climate Change has dealt another series of blows to the renewable energy industry with fresh proposals to cease financial support for solar and biomass conversion plants and amend the feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme for smaller projects.
Green Investment Bank seals future of Sheffield biomass plant
Developers of a new biomass plant in Sheffield have secured £30m funding from the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) and fund managers Equitix.
Inside the Budget's 'climate-shaped hole'
It is 24 hours since the emergency budget, and the renewable energy sector is in a state of dismay following the new Government's decision to remove the exemption for renewables under the Climate Change Levy (CCL).
Yorkshire Water to halve carbon emissions at new sites by 2020
Yorkshire Water has set out a series of six new carbon reduction commitments today as part of a commitment to the Infrastructure Carbon Review.
National Trust announces £30m for renewable energy at historic sites
The National Trust is to invest £30m in renewable energy for its historic sites, the charity announced today (6 July).
CBI: Onsite generation can cut bills, reduce carbon
Decentralised energy could produce nearly a third of the UK's power by 2030, according to the CBI, which has released a report designed to encourage more businesses to start producing their own energy.
UK and France 'may miss EU renewable energy target'
Britain, France, Netherlands, Malta and Luxembourg are projected to miss binding goal of getting 20% of energy from renewable sources by 2020
Thames Water goes 100% renewable
Thames Water will soon be 100% powered by renewable energy, after inking a five-year, £520m supply deal with Drax-subsidiary Haven Power.
World's smallest biomass power plant arrives in UK
The world's first mass-produced, fully automated biomass micro power plant has be brought to the UK market, with the developer claiming SMEs could save up to 30% on their energy bills by using the system.
Prep school swaps fossil fuels for wood pellets
A Warwickshire preparatory school has taken 'a huge step towards zero-carbon' by swapping its old oil-boilers for biomass systems.
Green energy jobs grow 7 times faster than national average
Employment in renewable energy increased by 9% across all sectors last year, with biomass heating emerging as the best-performing sector in terms of recruitment.
EU agrees to burst biofuels bubble after 2020
After more than 10 years of debate, the European Parliament has today (28 April) agreed new laws to limit the use of crop-based biofuels across the continent.
Manifesto watch: Which party has the best green policies?
The race for Number 10 heated up this week as the five main political parties released their manifestos ahead of next month's General Election. So, who's now leading the pack when it comes to energy and climate change?
L'Oreal: Sustainability commitment was worth it
Cosmetics giant L'Oreal has reported significant gains on emissions, water use and waste, 18 months after launching a broad sustainable development plan.
Edinburgh Uni expected to dump coal and tar sands stocks
The University of Edinburgh is expected to approve plans to divest from companies involved in coal and tar sands extraction, but campaigners said the action did not go far enough.
Carbon capture: Planet saver or dangerous distraction?
A flurry of carbon capture and storage (CCS)-related announcements was capped on Monday with news that the UK Government will spend £4m to investigate the feasibility of building the UK's first CCS plant. But is this the right avenue to go down?
St Andrews targets carbon neutrality with £25m biomass facility
St Andrews University has secured funding for a new £25 million biomass plant and heat distribution network in Guardbridge, Fife.
Golf clubs go green with biomass installations
The biomass boom is sweeping into the world of golf with two UK clubs investing in wood pellet boiler systems to reduce energy costs and enhance their sustainability credentials.
Government goes global with GIB
The Government has given the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) £200m to expand its investment portfolio into India and Africa.
Biomass ETS 'loophole' report slammed by renewables industry
A new study which claims the biomass industry is avoiding up to €1bn in carbon taxes due a "loophole" in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) has been branded "intentionally misleading" by the renewable energy sector.
ETI: biomass and CCS vital for UK's low-carbon future
Biomass combined with Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) remains the only credible route to deliver negative emissions to help meet the UK's 2050 climate change targets, the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has reiterated.
Drax warms to renewable heat with wood pellet deal
Energy giant Drax is moving further into the renewable heat market with the acquisition of the UK's second-largest wood pellet distributor, Billington Bioenergy (BBE).
CfD auction: What it really means for renewables...
The first wave of the Governments new Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme was announced today, with 27 projects receiving more than £315m.
Biomass breakthrough creates solar cells from shrimp shells
Researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have successfully created electricity-generating solar-cells with chemicals found the shells of shrimps and other crustaceans for the first time.
Bioenergy and CCS crucial for UK's low-carbon transition, says ETI
The UK must include bioenergy and Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technologies in its low-carbon plans to avoid wasting investment and ensure 2050 targets remain achievable, according to a new report from the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI).
Edie explains: Renewable Heat Incentive
This week's edie explains looks at the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) - a Government environmental programme that provides financial incentives suppliers of of renewable heat.
Report: Renewable energy now price-competitive with fossil fuels
New research has found that renewable energy systems can now compete with fossil fuels on price, thanks to falling installation costs and maturing technology.
Solar is energy of choice for businesses going 100% renewable
Solar PV is the most popular form of renewable energy among businesses while biomass generation offers the best return on investment, according to a new report from The Carbon Group and CDP.
'Green' biomass boilers may waste billions in public money
Billions of pounds of public money is to be spent supporting 'green' boilers, despite evidence from the government's own experts and industry that they will do little to help the UK meet its clean energy targets.
Full scale of plastic in the world's oceans revealed for first time
More than five trillion pieces of plastic, collectively weighing nearly 269,000 tonnes, are floating in the world's oceans, causing damage throughout the food chain, new research has found.
Poultry giant bags biomass nest egg
The UK's largest producer of free-range chickens has secured new investments to install 86 biomass boilers at its England farm-base by the end of 2015.
UK data centre cuts energy use with £5.2m funding
The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) will be investing £5.2m in a project to deliver efficient electricity and cooling in a UK data centre in Lewisham owned by global bank Citi.
Global biopower capacity 'will double by 2025'
Global biopower installed capacity is set to increase from 87.6 Gigawatts (GW) in 2013 to 165.1GW by 2025 thanks to government support and environmental concerns.
Hydropower keeps National Trust on track to meet renewable energy goals
The National Trust has switched on a 100kW capacity hydro turbine in Snowdonia as part of the £3.5m pilot phase of its Renewable Energy Investment project.
Co-op hints at biomass rollout following pilot
The Co-operative has become the latest major retailer to make the switch to biomass with the adoption of the renewable heat system at one of its supermarkets in the Scottish Highlands.
UK energy policy 'vital' to circular economy success, report argues
A new report which warns that current energy policies are stifling the UK's transition to a circular economy has been welcomed by the renewables industry, with calls for the Government to do more to realise the green potential of waste.
DuPont and Procter & Gamble use agricultural waste in laundry detergent
DuPont and Procter & Gamble (P&G) have teamed up on a new initiative to use renewable agricultural biomass in the production of Tide-branded laundry detergent.
US energy review results clash with Obama's Climate Summit speech
Despite an increase of 4% in the production of renewable energy over the past 18 months, new figures have revealed a marked increase in fossil fuel consumption across the US.
Bioenergy makes record contributions to UK energy mix
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) has released its latest quarterly energy trends publication, highlighting the growing contribution made to the UK's electricity production by biomass power and biofuels as well as the vital role they play in the reduction of CO2 emissions.
First commercial-scale biofuel plant opens in US
The USA's first commercial-scale biofuel plant is now open and will eventually produce more than 110 million litres of fuel a year from corn waste.
Macallan whisky distillery set to benefit from £74m green energy project
A £74m biomass combined heat and power plant will help fuel a well known whisky distillery and power more than 20,000 Speyside homes, in Scotland, thanks to backing from the Green Investment Bank (GIB).
Will shale gas ever find its place in today's broad energy mix?
Many decades ago, Albert Einstein said that 'Everything is Energy and Energy is everything". This claim is still very true as we look at the impact of energy as a source on our modern society today.
Waste wood to power 3.4MW biomass power station
A new Bedfordshire Biomass power station will divert 40,000 tonnes of waste wood from landfill per annum and deliver more than 27,000MWh of electricity.
Businesses warm to wood heat as installed capacity passes 1GW milestone
Almost 5,000 wood heating installations have been accredited under the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) as total installed capacity passed the 1GW capacity milestone last week.
Another Scottish distillery goes green with GIB funding
The environmental credentials of the Scottish drinks industry have been given a further uplift with financial support being given to help another large distillery reduce its carbon emissions.
Wind and other renewables generated a fifth of Britain's electricity in early 2014
New windfarms, strong winds and a good winter for hydropower plants sent renewable energy generation surging to 19.4% of all electricity from January to March.
GIB backs £2m investment in SME energy savings fund
The Green Investment Bank has today (25 June) announced a £2m investment to help SMEs make improvements in energy efficiency.
BIS minister Michael Fallon tasked with championing 'waste-led bioeconomy'
Michael Fallon, Minister of State for Business and Energy, is to take the lead on developing a high value waste-based bioeconomy under new plans announced by the Government.
Making the Pledge: SC Johnson charts sustainability over time
On the 50th anniversary of SC Johnson's Europlant factory, the group's senior director for manufacturing in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Clint Filipowicz, discusses how sustainable business practices have developed to now underpin the company.
Resource use 'must be separated from economic growth', says UNEP
The unsustainable use of natural resources will continue to have a 'crippling' impact on price volatility and the environment unless economic growth is decoupled from resource consumption, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Renewable energy industry dismisses calls for EU-wide changes
The renewables sector has hit back at comments made earlier this week by Energy UK that it has an 'emotion-driven and expensive' agenda.
Green heat technologies more affordable with RHI upgrade
Businesses across the country are being offered 'greater choice than ever before' on how to sustainably meet their heating requirements as long-awaited improvements to the world's first Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme come into force today (28 May).
Wood Heat Association boosts representation of low-carbon wood heating
The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has launched an affiliate trade body to represent the UK's ever-growing wood heat industry.
Scottish distilleries in good spirits with new energy efficiency fund
A Bacardi distillery in Scotland is set to reduce its carbon footprint by up to 90% with an energy efficiency project it is able to bring to life with new funding from the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB).
National Trust puts renewable energy in the spotlight
Less than a month after announcing the launch of its own renewable energy trading company, the National Trust has slashed its environmental footprint by today (22 May) switching on the UK's largest marine-source heat pump at a country house in North Wales.
John Lewis adds biomass to sustainability credentials
The John Lewis Partnership has upped its commitment to wood heating with the installation of a Euroheat biomass boiler at a new-build spa and wellness centre for its staff.
Scottish universities share £20m carbon reduction fund
Three Scottish universities will receive a total of £20m from the Scottish government as part of an investment programme to accelerate carbon reduction projects.
Government backs eight new renewable energy projects
The UK government has announced that it will financially support eight renewable energy projects that could generate enough electricity to power more than three million homes.
National Trust launches green energy trading company
The National Trust has announced today that it will sell renewable energy generated from its estate through a new trading company, National Trust Renewable Energy Ltd.
British Airways gives green light to use waste for jet fuel
British Airways has announced that it will start producing jet fuel made from waste destined for landfill in order to reduce its carbon emissions.
Renewable heat incentive offers homeowners money to switch from oil
Financial incentives for homeowners off the gas grid to switch to technologies such as biomass boilers
Biochar development offers environmental 'triple-win'
The development of 'biochar', a process of turning biomass into a form of charcoal, is set to help tackle carbon emissions, generate environmentally-friendly energy and enhance soil fertility, says the European Commission.
London firm turns waste coffee grounds into biofuels
Bio-bean, a new London-based company, has announced that it plans to recycle waste coffee grounds and convert them into biofuels.
AD processing unit Blue Conrad to return to Germany
An anaerobic digestion processing unit called Blue Conrad will be opening its doors for the last time at the end of February in Wales and returning to its home in Germany.