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Recommendations listed in the report would provide crucial stepping stones to allow the NHS to achieve the £22bn energy efficiency savings target outlined in the Five Year Forward View

NHS revamp offers £400m windfall and vast emissions reductions

A new online tool could save the NHS more than £400m while simultaneously reducing carbon emissions by one million tonnes each year by 2020 and providing health benefits to patients, research from a new report has suggested.

Molson Coors brews up big efficiency savings with new energy centre

A new UK energy centre installed at Molson Coors' Burton Brewery has reduced the firm's operational carbon emissions by 6.5% - amounting to cost savings of more than £750,000 - in its first year of operation.

Ovens produce 35-45% of total site carbon emissions of a bakery, with 20% of gas use wasted by hot air exiting the flues

Carbon Trust slices 5% from oven energy use

Simple improvements to the ventilation systems of commercial ovens could significantly reduce the bakery industry's carbon footprint and save bakers thousands of pounds, a new trial from The Carbon Trust has found.

Courtauld 2025 will be implemented in 2016 to replace the current Courtauld 3 Commitment

Courtauld 2025 set to ensure resilient supply chains

WRAP has proposed an agreement - Courtauld 2025 - for collaborative action between retailers and suppliers across the UK food and drink sector to help companies become more resilient to future changes in supply and demand.

10 things you need to know about ESOS

ESOS is the new government policy which calls for mandatory energy audits in the UK. Here are the 10 things you need to know.

The practical guide helps businesses adopt a circular economy approach when it comes to advancing resource efficiency

Green skills 'vital' to make circular economy profitable, says IEMA

Employing skilled sustainability professionals is essential if companies want to align better resource management with profitability, the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA) has said.

In the wake of the Ukraine crisis, energy experts are worried that this over-dependence on Russia could expose European business and citizens to threats from the Kremlin and higher prices

Shale and non-Russian gas imports at heart of new EU energy strategy

Ukraine crisis forces bloc to seek diverse sources of gas, but green groups complain ignoring renewables is a mistake.

As of April 2017, over one million English businesses will have a choice over their water supplier

Water Bill passing set to bring competition to England's £2bn water market

Businesses across the country will be able to choose their supplier of water and waste water services for the first time, with the long-awaited Water Bill granted Royal Assent last night (14 May).

Ian Hewson is head of water and wastewater solutions at Business Stream

Big changes ahead: how the Water Bill can make businesses more sustainable

Water forms an important part of business sustainability. Or at least it should, says Ian Hewson. But the reality is that most businesses in England are used to being presented with a bill at the end of every month or quarter for the amount of water they have consumed, with little visibility of how they can reduce consumption and cut costs.

Local authorities are literally burning money by failing to use DECs to reduce energy consumption

Energy non-compliance costs local authorities £65m per year

New research has found that more than half of local authorities are failing in their obligation to display up-to-date Display Energy Certificates (DECs) in public buildings - and potentially wasting £65m a year as a result.

Solar powered bins in central London

Solar-powered texting bins launched in London

Westminster City Council has unveiled a small number of solar-powered auto-compacting bins in central London that text refuse collectors when they are 80% full.

NHS launches sustainability strategy to help save £1bn

A new sustainable development strategy has been launched to help towards the £1bn of savings needed across the NHS supply chain by 2016.

Intelligent efficiency: turning data and energy efficiency into valuable assets

In the past, it has been all too easy to think of energy efficiency as a chore, a marginal 'upgrade' to existing infrastructure or processes that may save a bit on utility bills in the long run - and a few tons of CO2 or gallons of water for the environment too, says Craig Anderson

By improving the efficiency of its refrigeration system, Case & Son's has cut energy consumption by 42% and is saving 320 tonnes of carbon emissions

Case & Sons cuts energy use by 42% with modified refrigeration system

One of the UK's largest pork processors, Case and Sons, has reduced its energy consumption by 42% through efficiency measures applied to the business's refrigeration system.

Businesses offered environmental qualifications to drive greener workforce

Businesses are being offered three new training courses aimed at helping them reduce the environmental impact of their company and develop a 'greener' workforce.

Environment Agency survives Defra review but must reform

The Environment Agency and Natural England are to be retained as two separate public bodies, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has announced.

B&Q's flagship eco-store in New Malden

B&Q 'well on way' to 90% carbon slash by 2023

B&Q has reduced its CO2 emissions by 29% against a 2006/7 baseline, despite a 10% increase in total square footage of its stores, according to the company's annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report released today.

Employee overtime adds 'significant' costs to SMEs energy bills

Employees working overtime for small-to-medium sized businesses (SMEs) are adding significantly to their company's energy bills, according to new research.

Businesses could make 'substantial' savings by upgrading tyres

British businesses could save £500m a year in fuel costs if they fitted more fuel efficient tyres on their company vehicles, according to new research by the Energy Saving trust (EST).

Social value of waste set to rocket as third sector moves in

The social value of future resource management could be worth £600m by 2020 as the waste industry moves towards a circular economy.

Doubts raised over CBI '£190m waste savings' claim

Outsourcing more waste management services could save local authorities up to £190m according to the CBI, although some have questioned whether the figures stack up.

Thames Water could save 2,500 tonnes of CO2 a year by switching from oil to a synthetic lubricant at its 250 works

Reduced water equipment friction gives an energy bonus

Thames Water says it can make energy-efficiency savings of £375,000 a year by switching from oil to a grease-like synthetic product when lubricating aeration machinery at its 250 sewage works.

The study on workplace habits reported that only one in ten workers acknowledged energy efficiency as their role

Lack of responsibility from staff is costing SMEs energy savings

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) are missing out on crucial savings because owners and staff are not taking responsibility for energy efficiency in the workplace, according to new research from energy company E.ON.

An estimated 40,000 job losses could be avoided in each five-year cycle if investment was decoupled from the AMP model

Government urges water sector to smooth out investment cycles

Water companies could save more than £1bn if the problem of cyclical investment in the sector was properly addressed according to the latest government findings.

Carbon champions: The William Tracey Group

First recycling firm achieves Carbon Trust accreditation

William Tracey Group has become the first recycling business in the UK to be awarded with a Carbon Trust accreditation.

Cold Move switches to solar to reduce carbon footprint

Temperature controlled storage and distribution company Cold Move has installed, what it claims, is the North of England's largest solar energy project.

Green Party leader steps aside in strategic move

Green Party leader Caroline Lucas has revealed she will step down from leadership at the end of her second term, as part of a strategic move to raise the profile of other party members and target Lib Dem seats.

Soft drinks sector braced for sustainability drive

Plans to develop a sustainability roadmap to improve resource efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of the soft drinks industry have been unveiled.

Sutton Council saves £1m in waste collection costs

New working patterns in Sutton Council's waste and recycling collections were introduced yesterday (April 16), helping to save £1m from its waste collection budget.

Shared watercourse called for right jet-mixing system

Tony Price of ITT Flygt explains how the sludge-treatment needs of a sewage treatment works, which nestles next to a trout fishery in rural Wales, were met

Regulatory cycle is out of step

The five year regulatory cycle is failing the water industry and its customers, writes Chris Hoggart, chair of the EIC's Water Pollution Control Group - which is lobbying the government for change

The boom and bust effect

The five-year regulatory cycle does not work, writes Chris Hoggart of the EIC. Why not simply have staggered investment programmes so that water companies are not all running to the same cycle?

Stand up and be counted

An inefficient, boom and bust culture exists in the UK water industry's supply chain, according to initial findings from research by UKWIR. Dean Stiles reports on why suppliers need to influence the regulatory cycles' poiicy makers.

Cleaning up the smart way

As legislation forces water companies to provide more comprehensive wastewater treatment to more of the country, the industry will need the best control and instrumentation technologies to manage it all, writes Jim Plumley.

How long is long enough?

AMP5 is already making its presence felt but by the time it starts, 20 years will have passed since the industry in England and Wales was privatised. Major efficiency savings have been made since then but Paul Mullord says these could lessen.

The price of success

The south-east is a popular place to live and work, but with popularity come problems, not least with regard to water availability. Louise Every of the Institute for Public Policy Research assesses the issues

Paul Conroy and Ross Crosbie of WRc Utilities explore some of the key technical challenges involved in delivering Ofwat's final determination as well as the implications for meeting efficiency targets.

The dust is settling on Ofwat's final determination and water companies are focussing on the twin challenge of delivering the investment programme within the price limits and being ready for the next periodic review. In setting the price limits, Philip Fletcher has established something of a reputation as a performer - he combines the skills of the juggler and tightrope walker and even describes his own approach as "a balancing act".

John Batty of the Society of British Water and Wastewater Industries (SBWWI) identifies some market opportunities in the AMP4 determinations.

SBWWI's membership is made up of contractors, manufacturers and consultants from the water sector. SBWWI members, working in partnership with the water companies, will have the task of delivering the AMP4 capital maintenance and investment programmes authorised by Ofwat in the final price determinations.

Determination prepares for challenges

What are the implications of the final determinations? To gauge reaction across the industry WWT invited MWH, Water UK, SBWWI and WRc to present their views of the settlement

Determination prepares for challenges

What are the implications of the final determinations? To gauge reaction across the industry WWT invited MWH, Water UK, SBWWI and WRc to present their views of the settlement

Strategic energy options

Ewan Group considers efficiency savings through pump optimisation

Efficiency is the name of the game

Jim Plumley of ABB Instrumentation explains how the latest control and monitoring technology can help realise improvements in network efficiency and achieve savings

EMS in the dock

Experts have found there is no link between EMS and improved environmental performance. Peter McCrum finds out more

Sorting out CS2

Richard Thurgood of CEL International and Philip Morgan of ESI describe the investigation and remediation of a carbon disulphide contaminated site

Labour's failure

Shadow environment minister Richard Ottaway sets out what he says is a catalogue of failures by the Labour government

Completing the data jigsaw

With reference to work undertaken with Scottish Water, RPS Water Services discusses tools to transform existing corporate data into valuable integrated asset management information

Thales Group is unified over EMS

Many companies are getting a grip of their environmental responsibilities. Chris Hope, Michael Evans and Russell Hobbs explain how Thales gained ISO 14001.

Signed, sealed and delivering

Insulation product manufacturer, Rockwool, is demonstrating environmental innovation at every stage of the manufacturing process, with tangible results.

Wastewater Treatment: The Challenges and Opportunities

By Pamela Taylor, Chief Executive, Water UK
We are moving into a new phase in our quest to improve water quality and the environment to an extent perhaps deemed unthinkable by our predecessors. The Water Industry supports the principles enshrined in the Water Framework Directive which seek to manage and improve water quality and the environment in a sustainable way by challenging the need for remedial measures from diffuse pollution sources and also recognising that end-of-pipe solution is only part of the answer. In defining solutions to waste waters all industries should continue to consider and review the impacts of the key facets of sustainability: environment, economic and social.

Regulations test industry's mettle

The surface treatment sector is scheduled to come under the PPC regulations next year. Envirowise is working with the regulators, trade bodies and consultants in gearing up to provide the answers.

Supply and demand

Secretary of State, Margaret Beckett, explains why retailers should get involved with greening their supply chain

MLG’s message stressed AMP3 projects were slow to start-up

Strengthening water relations

British Water’s Municipal Liaison Group aims to encourage open dialogue between water companies and the supply chain. Biwater’s Tony Williams reports on his year as chairman

Optimism over SW challenge

Chief executive of Scottish Water Jon Hargreaves gives WWT's Norrie Hunter an exclusive interview to discuss the company's planning and investment strategies for the next ten years

Paradise Street bus station in Merseyside where PM10 monitoring is being carried out for the Merseyside Transport Futures project.

Targeting the long term effects

While Meacher talks tough about government air pollution targets, a project in Merseyside has researched and developed methods to measure particle emissions from engine exhausts and certain industrial processes.

A determination to end stop/go

To get a picture of the problems facing the industry's suppliers and contractors, and how the situation can be eased, WWT spoke to Paul Mullord, commercial manager with British Water

WWT on the impact of the proposed single Scottish water authority: Size is important for Scots

As WWT reported last month, it is likely Scotland's water authorities Ð West of Scotland Water (WoSW), East of Scotland Water (EoSW) and North of Scotland Water (NoSW) Ð will be merged to form Scottish Water (SW), a single publicly-accountable entity to handle the country's water and wastewater services.

DTA downstream

In September last year the Direct Toxicity Assessment (DTA) Steering Group presented the recommendations from its three-year demonstration programme to the regulators, identifying "how DTA could be used to help drive environmental improvements in a cost-effective and practical manner". Kevin Long, Brixham Environmental Laboratory, on what it all means.

Management by measurement

"Achieving optimum efficiency has always pre-supposed the ability to measure existing consumption and then to set realistic targets for the future," states Stephen England of Datum Solutions Ltd. "If you can't measure it, you can't manage it", is the well-known saying. Manufacturing plants will meter most processes for raw material consumption. However, electricity, gas and steam often fall outside this strict monitoring process, being regarded as 'operational overheads' rather than separate ingredients. Even where they are considered, the metering may only be application specific, with total consumption and costings being factored in from the bills received from suppliers.

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UK business faces extra £400m annual water bill

UK business is facing the prospect of an extra £400 million water bill per annum from next April, warns Utility Buyers' Forum, the UK's leading representative organisation for utility purchasers and energy managers.

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