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Veolia's head of circular economy Forbes McDougall says companies will need to focus on the way energy and heat is generated and consumed, in order to complete the circular economy jigsaw

Veolia: energy and heat are the missing pieces of the circular economy jigsaw

EXCLUSIVE: Businesses are missing out on the benefits of taking a closed-loop approach to energy and heat consumption due to being too "hung-up" on waste-driven models, the head of circular economy at Veolia has claimed.

Peterborough's new Energy Recovery Facility has started receiving deliveries from Peterborough City Council

Peterborough opens £72m energy recovery plant

A new state-of-the-art Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) in Peterborough is expected to help the city divert 95% of its waste from landfill.

A floor tile collection facility. Image courtesy: Interface

Record 125,000 tonnes of carpet diverted from UK landfill

More than 125,000 tonnes of carpet was reused, recycled or recovered for energy in 2015 by industry recycling group Carpet Recycling UK (CRUK) - an 11% increase on 2014.

In the near future Volvo predicts that these trucks will be able to book their own services and workshop administrations

LowCVP calls for collaboration to develop 'trucks of the future'

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) is calling on Britain's fleet operators and local authorities to band together to create a new low-carbon market for heavy goods vehicles.

The new energy-from-waste plant will remove recyclable waste from black bins and recover energy from what is left over. Image: Veolia

Veolia puts Leeds at heart of circular economy ambition

Waste and water giant Veolia wants Leeds to become "a hub for circular economy innovation", induced by a flagship energy-from-waste (EfW) plant that the firm says will provide a multiple boost for the city.

Road haulage accounts for more than a fifth of the EU's total CO2 emissions

Formula 1-style energy recovery system could reduce lorry emissions by 25%

A French start-up claims to have developed the world's first Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) for road freight vehicles.

Inder Poonaji will join Viridor on 1 September

Viridor snaps up Nestle's Inder Poonaji to drive sustainability strategy

Waste management firm Viridor has recruited Nestle's former head of sustainability, Inder Poonaji, to direct its own sustainability, safety, health environment and quality divisions.

Representatives from WRAP, Viridor and the Environmental Industries Commission took part in a Parliamentary seminar on the circular economy

Circular economy package: Policy priorities for the UK

The European Commission's long-awaited circular economy package must take into consideration renewable and decentralised energy, economic growth and voluntary agreements as a means to minimise waste across the continent.

The building blocks created via Carbon8's unique recycling process

Viridor on track for zero-waste-to-landfill at EfW plants

Waste disposal firm Viridor has taken a major step towards becoming zero-waste to landfill in its Energy Recovery Facilities (ERFs) thanks to a new recycling deal with a carbon-negative aggregate specialist.

The project would use waste left over after recycling as a fuel to generate electricity and heat for local homes and businesses

North London eyes new energy recovery project to hit 50% recycling target

The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) has unveiled bold plans to develop a new £500m energy recovery facility that will generate electricity from non-recyclable waste to power local homes and businesses.

Sustainability Live has been the hub of energy and sustainability solutions for the UK business community since its inception in 2007

Sustainability Live 2015 preview: 10 reasons to visit

The UK's leading hub for energy and sustainability solutions returns to the NEC Birmingham next week (21-23 April) with a host of exciting features, a brand new high-level conference, and a special secret we are about to reveal...

After 35 years of service, Ardley landfill site in Oxfordshire will no longer be accepting non-hazardous waste

Landfill closures promote waste as resource

Waste management firm Viridor has hailed the closure of two landfill sites as the "end of an era" as non-recyclable waste is instead being transformed into energy.

More than 120 speakers will share their expertise across the three CPD-accredited theatres

Packed seminar programme answers 'how to' for energy and sustainability managers

A programme of 36 CPD-accredited seminars, three workshops and more than 120 speakers will answer the practical 'how-to' questions posed by energy and sustainability managers from organisations of all sizes and from all sectors at Sustainability Live 2015.

The Environment & Energy Awards give companies and organisations the opportunity to be recognised for their efforts and achievements in sustainability

Environment & Energy Awards 2015: Finalists revealed

Entries have been assessed and the shortlist has been drawn up for the 16th annual Environment & Energy Awards, which celebrate advancements in green technologies; excellence in energy and water management and outstanding business sustainability performances.

Sustainability Live has been the hub of energy and sustainability solutions for the UK business community since its inception in 2007

edie launches Sustainability Live conference for 2015

The speaker programme has been confirmed and registration is now live for a brand new, high-level conference at the UK's leading hub for energy and sustainability solutions for the business community.

Sustainability Live 2015 will return to the NEC Birmingham on April 21-23

Sustainability Live partners with edie for revamped 2015 event

The UK's leading hub of energy and sustainability solutions for the UK business community is back for another year - and this time, edie is taking centre stage with a host of new features, networking events and a high-level conference.

MPs call for Defra to show leadership on waste policy to help England meet its 2020 recycling target

Defra slammed for 'stepping back' from waste

Defra has been slammed for "stepping back" from waste and needs to show strong leadership in order to improve England's recycling rate, a cross-party committee of MPs has said.

855,000 Mwh of electricity was generated from energy recovery schemes.

SITA remains carbon-neutral with circular economy approach

The circular economy model adopted by recycling and waste management company SITA kept the firm carbon-neutral in 2013, despite emitting 578,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

The Amager Bakke EfW plant will have a man-made ski slope on its roof. It will be accessible to the public and is due to open in the summer of 2017

Designing energy-from-waste plants for communities off-piste

Imagine going up an 85-metre climbing wall and then imagine viewing an artificial ski slope when you reach the top. Now imagine skiing down that ski slope which happens to rest on top of the roof of a €500m energy-from-waste (EfW) plant. Your imagination is not running wild - this is about to become reality in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2017. Liz Gyekye reports.

Peel Environmental's £200m Energy Centre will produce enough electricity to power around 63,000 homes

New brownfield renewable energy projects to power 63,000 homes

Two former collieries are being given a renewable energy makeover with the construction of a new solar farm and a £200m energy centre together set to generate up to 43.5MW of electricity.

When it comes to food waste, is the thinking rounded or do too many people still picture only a linear model?

Is the food chain missing a closed-loop link?

The benefits of a circular model are clear when it comes to most waste streams, but how many people consider closing the loop when it comes to food waste? Can food go circular?

Microsoft is among 10 founding partners of the newly launched R2 Leader programme

Microsoft, Sony and Panasonic commit to more responsible recycling

Microsoft, Panasonic, Xerox and Sony America have teamed up to back a new programme to encourage more reuse and responsible recycling of used consumer electronics goods.

Is design-led incineration the answer? This artistic energy recovery plant in Wien in Vienna is a popular tourist attraction (photo credit: Igor Plotnikov /

Circular economy 'failing' to place value on energy recovery

EXCLUSIVE: The emerging circular economy agenda is overlooking the valuable role energy-from-waste (EfW) can play, a leading industry academic has warned.

Unilever: 200 sites now achieving zero non-hazardous waste to landfill

More than three-quarters of Unilever's global factory network no longer sends non-hazardous waste to landfill, up from 20% three years ago.

Peers urge supermarkets to to prioritise redistribution  over energy recovery

Supermarkets should pick food banks over AD, say peers

Supermarkets should redistribute unsold food to food banks rather than sending it to be recycled via anaerobic digestion (AD), a House of Lords committee has said.

The Willows Power & Recycling Centre will process 170,000 tonnes of black bag waste from households across the county into 170 GWh of electricity per annum

UK Green Investment Bank invests £51m in energy-from-waste project

The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) is investing £51m in a proposed new energy-from-waste plant in Kings Lynn, Norfolk.

Veolia UK and Northern Europe executive vice president Estelle Brachlianoff

Veolia calls on Government to back UK waste projects

The Government must support recycling and waste projects to encourage inward investment, according to Veolia Environnement UK and Northern Europe executive vice president Estelle Brachlianoff.

Defra calls for evidence on RDF market

Defra has issued a call for evidence on the refuse derived fuel (RDF) market in England in order to "fill the gaps" in its evidence base.

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Viridor switches on Runcorn energy recovery plant

Waste management and recycling firm Viridor has confirmed that it has switched on its Runcorn energy recovery plant.

UK is heading for residual waste treatment 'capacity shortfall'

UK residual waste treatment infrastructure facing troubled future, report suggests

Residual waste treatment infrastructure will be unable to cope with waste volumes over the next ten years, according to a new report published by recycling and waste management firm SITA UK.

Piezoelectric fibres can generate electricity by harnessing the energy created by an impact or movement

Carpets and clothing that harness energy may soon be a reality say researchers

Energy harnessing carpets, mobile devices that can be charged on the move and wearable energy harvesting structures could soon be a reality, according to a new study.

The new energy-from-waste facility will convert more than 420,000 tonnes of residual waste into energy each year, which would have otherwise gone to landfill

UK GIB invests £20m in new energy-from-waste centre

UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) is investing in a new £250m energy recovery centre to be built in Teesside.

EU countries exceed plastic packaging recycling goals

Europe's recycling rate for plastic packaging in 2012 hit 34.7%, according to new research.

House of Lords evidence session targets economic value of waste

A House of Lords committee is meeting today to explore the opportunities of creating a multi-million pound economy from waste products across agriculture, industry and households.

England left trailing in UK circular economy race

England is a poor circular economy contender compared with Scotland and Wales due to its focus on the bottom of the waste hierarchy, new research claims.

London Underground heat recovery scheme will provide warmth for local homes

London Underground heat to be pumped into homes

Waste heat from London Underground tunnels and an electrical substation is to be piped into homes in a groundbreaking scheme announced today (November 15).

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