Interview: Terry Tamminen
Terry Tamminen is recalling the day after Arnold Schwarzenegger swept to victory in California's 2003 gubernatorial elections.
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
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.
Edie Environmental Legislation Summary
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 more stringent requirements for oil exploration in UK waters enter into force, and revised air quality standards setting new limits on benzene and other pollutants in England. Transport fuel suppliers in England and Wales will have to reduce the amount of sulphur in liquid fuels under the new Sulphur Content of Liquid Fuels Regulations 2007; while in Northern Ireland asbestos rules are tightened with a lower control limit and revised measurement requirements, consistent with 1997 WHO guidelines.
Giving a **it
David Birkett takes a serious view when it comes to waste management, making it his mission to fight the illegal dumping of waste. And his down-to-earth dedication to the cause is earning him continued success in business.
Edie Environmental Legislation Summary, October 06
This month sees the EU get tough on battery disposal, setting targets for member states in a Directive on battery and accumulator recycling, as well as increasing its efforts to involve citizens in environmental policy making and tightening up freshwater quality regulations.
The grass is greener...
Yorkshire Water treats around 350M m3 waste water per year, resulting in the production of 150,000-plus tonnes of dry solids. By 2010 this production will have increased by at least 15% due to improvements made at many of the company's 600 wastewater treatment works to meet the Freshwater Fish Directive requirements. Tom explains.
Effluent: Waste or resource?
Changes in rainfall and increasing demand mean that water has now become too valuable a resource to be used only once. Here Martin Hind of Biwater Treatment looks at some alternatives
Mekong modelling project benefits SE Asia
Finnish environmental experts have teamed up with the Mekong River Commission's Water Utilisation Programme in a project that combines modelling technology with social research and training to improve knowledge and management of one of the world's largest river basins. As Ilona Suojanen of WUP-FIN explains, this knowledge can be used in future projects in the region.
Treat less, treat faster - a Seine decision
The Seine Aval wastewater treatment works near Paris is claimed to be the world's second largest. With the help of OTV France (VeoliaWater) and to improve the quality of water returned to the River Seine, the plant is adding a new nitrification-denitrification facility to remove nitrogen from effluent.
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
Managing projects the Mono way
Having the right design expertise can help improve performance and costings for customers. Ian Campbell looks at some of the projects tackled by his M&E team, and the issues involved.
Aral Sea Project I reaching completion
Images of fishing boats stranded on the desertified, salt-encrusted bed of what was formerly the Aral Sea, the world's fourth largest inland lake, caused widespread shock when they came to public attention in 1997. Michael Haigh, divisional director in Mott MacDonald's Water and Environmental Management division, reports exclusively for World Water on the first phase of the Aral Sea Basin Project, which is designed to secure the existence of the North Aral Sea, sustain and increase agriculture and fishing, and improve human health.
Estuary reservoir will boost Singapore supplies
A 300m long tidal barrier is under construction in the estuary of Singapore's main river. When completed, the Marina Barrage will create a unique freshwater reservoir in downtown Singapore, as Yap Kheng Guan of PUB explains.
Design deviations to blame at Tampa
The operational difficulties encountered with the pretreatment system for the Tampa Bay Desalination Plant, following its completion in January 2003, threw doubt into the minds of many who were about to embark on seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO). However, as since shown by SWRO successes elsewhere, Tampa's pretreatment was a unique case. Brett Boyd and Dominic Janssen of Parkson Corporation explain why.
Sensor protects Cheddar Gorge
Sensors from a UK instrumentation specialist, Gems Sensors, are helping to protect the ecology of the River Yeo as it flows from the historic Cheddar Gorge in south-west England. Colin Lussenden, product manager at Gems explains the importance of accuracy and reliability in this environmentally sensitive region.
Groundbreaking trials show that recycled glass is not only a highly effective filtration medium but also better for the environment
Leakage-driven mains renewal
Frank Rogalla of Black & Veatch, Caroline Scruggs and Gary Hunter discuss endochrine-disrupting chemicals, and methods of their removal
Is your business taking its environmental impact seriously
With the Environment Agency's A Better Place? report still in mind, Brian Millsom looks at environmental and procurement interactions
Worms turn most sludges into soil
A new environmental research centre at the University of Hull in England was launched by the UK Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Alan Johnson, on 16 September. Natasha Wiseman took the opportunity to find out more about a pilot project investigating into the use of worms for sludge sewage treatment.
Dutch dive into Eastern European monitoring
Consulting and engineering company, Arcadis Euroconsult of The Netherlands has led three major projects monitoring waterways in Hungary, Poland and Romania this year.
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.
Award-winning river restoration in Shanghai
The Shanghai Suzhou Creek Rehabilitation Project was presented with an International Energy Globe Award at the World Exposition in Aichi, Japan on 27 April 2005. Natasha Wiseman reports on a multi-million dollar project that has brought life back to Shanghai's main waterway, brought quality of life to the city's residents and a restored habitat for wildlife.
Indonesian government takes on mining giant
The world waits with baited breath as Indonesian authorities challenge a megacorp's mining practices in a legal first
Retailers and restaurants stepping up to the plate on sustainable seafood
Fisheries, supermarkets and foodservice businesses are together driving up demand for traceable, sustainable seafood as a new report from the Marine Stewardship council (MSC) reveals that the volume of MSC-certified catch increased by a further 6% last year.
Salmon farmer signs 'fish waste to protein supplement' deal
Salmon waste is set to be turned into a dietary product, providing an alternative source of protein that will help combat malnutrition.
Asda lands world's first sustainable seafood report
Fresh from reporting on the wide-ranging impacts of climate change on its supply chain, Asda has achieved a 'global first' by giving a full disclosure on how and where it sources its fish.
Coca-Cola tackles water scarcity with Danube restoration project
Coca-Cola Enterprises has reinforced its global water stewardship efforts in a ground-breaking collaboration with WWF to restore vital wetlands and floodplains along the Danube River.
Sainsbury's sells UK's first sustainable tuna sandwich
Sainsbury's has become the first UK retailer to launch a certified sustainable tuna sandwich as part of the supermarket giant's on-going efforts to deliver more sustainable seafood.
McDonald's unveils ambitious global sustainability strategy
McDonald's has launched its first ever international sustainability framework, containing an array of environmental targets, as part of the fast food firm's annual sustainability report, released today (1 May).
EU puts first-ever seafood trade ban on illegal fishing nations
The EU Fisheries Council has announced that it is placing trade restrictions on Belize, Cambodia, and Guinea for failing to cooperate in fighting Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing.
Fishing industry casts doubt over offshore wind support
The fishing industry has raised concerns over the Government's decision to shift wind farm renewable subsidies from onshore to offshore, fearing the move will put greater constraints on where fishermen can fish.
Interface joins cross-sector marine waste recycling initiative
Carpet tile manufacturer Interface has joined a cross-sector initiative to recover and recycle abandoned fishing nets into textile products.
Food waste needs celebrity touch to create public appetite
Action to tackle food waste could depend on whether the issue can attract the same profile as campaigns such as Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's on fish discards.
New London restaurant crowned most sustainable in the country
London restaurant Grain Store has been named Sustainable Restaurant of the Year 2013, by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA).
UKIP's Nigel Farage on wind farms, global warming and Charles Darwin
His political views have been criticised for being 'offensive' and controversial, so it comes as little surprise that Nigel Farage's environmental ideologies are equally unorthodox. Leigh Stringer talks to the UKIP leader about the Government's environmental strategy and his connection to Charles Darwin.
Water improvement will drive Scotland's 'economic prosperity'
The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on how to maximise opportunities related to improving Scotland's rivers, lochs and coastal waters.
Global leaders call for major investment to enhance water efficiency
Global leaders have called for substantial increases in private and public sector investment to enhance water efficiency in agriculture and reduce food waste.
Extra research needed into Severn barrage - green lobbyists
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has called for further research into a £30bn tidal barrage plan on the River Severn after it emerged that the Government are reconsidering the scheme.
Environment Agency carries out biological survey after 3000 fish found dead
The Environment Agency has carried out a biological survey after almost 3000 fish were found dead in Scarborough.
World leaders must react faster to climate change, says task force
A high-level climate change task force has warned that world leaders must do more to react to climate change, and calls for the Rio+ 20 conference to take threat seriously.
Marine adaptation plan to address climate change concerns
The Government pledged today to develop a National Adaptation Plan (NAP) dealing with climate change impacts on the marine environment.
Carluccio's ups ante with fish sourcing policy
Carluccio's has improved its fish sourcing and waste management. But challenges remain on the path to sustainability
Water users urged to use 'wisely' to protect wildlife
Businesses, farmers and households are being urged to reduce their water usage in a bid to protect wildlife from the damaging impact of drought.
M&S lends weight to beach litter clean-up campaign
Marks & Spencer is instigating what is set to the UK's biggest ever beach clean-up in a bid to stop marine pollution of seas and shorelines.
Queen awards research linking water pollution to low sperm counts
The Queen has awarded a team of researchers from Brunel University for their pioneering work linking chemical pollutants in rivers with declining sperm counts and cancer.
Environmental training college fined for water course pollution
A college which specialises in training and education for land-based and animal care industries has been fined for polluting a water-course.
VIDEO: Recycled Christmas trees used for flood defences
The Environment Agency (EA) is using discarded Christmas trees in a bid to build 'greener' flood defences along river banks.
AECOM secures Yorkshire Water contract
Yorkshire Water has awarded technical and management support service AECOM with an £18m contract to upgrade its wastewater treatment works in Sheffield.
Yorkshire airport lands £45,000 fine over water pollution
Leeds Bradford International airport has landed a £45,000 fine after it admitted releasing potentially harmful surface-water into a watercourse.
Thames Water fined over sewage spill
Thames Water has been hit with a huge fine after it allowed sewage to leak and kill up to 22,000 fish.
Thames Water launches water saving campaign ahead of potential drought
Thames Water has launched a local river protection campaign in a bid to encourage people to save water - as it prepares for a possible drought next summer.
£10k fine for company leaking acid into river
Streamline Environmental Services has been successfully prosecuted by the Environment Agency (EA) for causing hydrochloric acid to leak into the River Quaggy in Lewisham which "devastated wildlife".
3,000 fish killed in River Thames sewage spill
The Environment Agency (EA) has launched a full investigation into a raw sewage spill along a seven mile stretch of a tributary of the River Thames.
Scottish marine sediment chemical levels low
Research published yesterday (October 19) by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) suggests levels of chemicals from forestry agriculture and fish farming are actually low in marine sediment off Scotland.
John West launches full supply chain transparency application
UK canned seafood manufacturer John West has unveiled plans to bring "full transparency" to its supply chain.
Scottish Water completes £34.5m wastewater upgrade works
Scottish Water has finished £34.5m upgrade works on two of its wastewater sites and is set to start work on the final stage of improvements at a third site.
Improvement to River Thames water quality entices seahorses
Water quality improvements in the River Thames could encourage seahorses to its shores after evidence of a colony was discovered.
Scottish Water fined again
Scottish Water has been fined for the second time in a week for discharging raw sewage into a waterway.
Makers of The Famous Grouse fined for watercourse pollution
Highland Distillers was fined £15,000 after pleading guilty to failing to comply with the conditions of its water use licence following a diesel spill into a nearby watercourse.
Scottish Water fined £6,000 over Perthshire pollution
Scottish Water was fined a total of £6,000 earlier today, after pleading guilty to two charges of failing to comply with the terms of its water licence following the discharge of sewage into Methven Burn.
VIDEO UPDATE: mine water 'likely' cause of River Neath pollution
The Environment Agency Wales (EAW) has now confirmed that water from an old iron ore mine is the most likely cause of pollution in the River Neath, Wales after a 10km stretch of the river was turned bright orange.
Foam on River Wandle caused by waste plant fire
A serious fire at a waste tyre processing facility on the Purley Way, Croydon, resulted in a large quantity of foam, used to fight the fire, collecting on the River Wandle.
Water companies help Environment Agency improve river standards
The Environment Agency (EA) has today (30 August) published a list of the 10 most improved rivers in the UK, with the list including one river than was officially declared a 'sewer' in the 1960s.
Ambitious plans for canned fish
Seafood company John West is determined to continue putting sustainable fishing practices at the heart of its business
International Water Association hosts water conference to discover cause of off-flavours
The International Water Association (IWA) is hosting an international conference for drinking water and aquatic experts to debate sustainable water solutions in Scotland this week.
Heineken owned drinks firm fined £36,000 for river pollution
Universal Beverages, a subsidiary of Heineken UK, has been fined for polluting a river and breaching the conditions of its environmental permit.
Wind farms good for sea life - but not birds
Wind farms are good for almost all sea life living around them, according to new research backed by the industry.
Google makes waves with new sustainable fishing data platform
Google has unveiled a new beta technology platform that utilises enhanced data collection and transparency to promote and improve policies and provide the "world's first global view" of sustainable fishing practices.
Birds Eye focuses on green future
Birds Eye's Forever Food programme commits it to sustainable sourcing, waste reduction and energy efficiency
Eating lamb worst for environment
US environmental lobby group, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), has released a study measuring the environmental impact of meat and dairy products.
Current policy 'disastrous' for rivers says think tank
A new report published today (July 4) warns that the over-abstraction of rivers is causing unsustainable pressure on the UK's water resources and is damaging the environment.
Yorkshire Water invests half a billion in water improvement programme
Yorkshire Water has announced that it will be spending Â£400 million over the next year in the second phase of its five year plan to deliver Â£1.9 billion worth of improvements to its water and sewer infrastructure.
Wrong seal found at nuclear plant
Workers at a nuclear power station found the wrong kind of seal had made its way into the plant.
Jamie Oliver helps Sainsbury's offer free fish
Sainsbury's has launched a campaign to highlight sustainable fishing and will be offering free fish to customers who switch to a more sustainable variety.
Monitoring the chemicals
How effective are current treatment processes in dealing with the removal of some priority substances? The Chemical Investigations Programme aims to find out.
BP 'wasting' compensation money
An oyster fisherman whose family business was ruined by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill told BP's AGM its compensation funds were being 'wasted'.
Llamas carry endangered fish to safety
In a relocation project to protect a rare and vulnerable species of fish, llamas were used to transport 25,000 fish up a Cumbrian Tarn.
Fish farmer fined
A former fish farm owner has been fined for failing to clear up waste on his fish farm.
WRAP investigates alternative uses for anaerobic digestate
WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) has launched a series of trials looking at the potential for using anaerobic digestion (AD) as a cost effective alternative to expensive commercial fertilisers used in landscaping and regeneration projects in England and Scotland.
Football club run by green energy chief 'bans' red meat
The man behind green energy business ecotricity has begun the greening of his football club by banning red meat from its half time meals.
Islington residents encouraged to turn leftovers into compost
Islington Council has launched a new campaign to encourage residents to recycle more food waste.
Supermarkets misleading consumers on fish labelling
Environmental law organisation, ClientEarth, says major retailers in the UK are misleading customers over the labelling of fish.
GLA to adopt sustainable food plans for 2012
The Greater London Authority has announced a drive to make food provision at the organisation sustainable.
Hull barrier back in action after £10 million overhaul
Following an intensive refurbishment - the UK's second largest flood barrier is back in operation - and has already been pitted against the elements.
Ocean acidification could destroy Antarctic life
Increasing levels of acidification could wipe out sea life in the Antarctic by destroying the reproduction of krill.
Illegal eel net kills dog
A pet dog was killed after getting trapped in an illegal set up to catch endangered eels.
Water use threatens 21% of African freshwater species
At least 21% of freshwater species in continental Africa are threatened with extinction putting the livelihoods of millions of people at risk, according to the ICUN Red List of Threatened Species.
Shanks' £6M site close to completion
A new £6M MRF being built by Shanks at its Blochairn site in Glasgow is now nearing completion.
Fishy delight for Scottish scientists
Scientists have voiced delight in the results of a survey of fish in Scottish estuaries which found more than 20 species.
pH water – the silent polluter
Concrete washwater is highly toxic to fish and other wildlife. With the construction industry promoting environmental improvements, the issue can no longer be ignored, says Dr Richard Coulton.
Galliford Try to upgrade Long Reach sewage site
Galliford Try has been awarded a contract worth more than £28M by Thames Water to upgrade Long Reach sewage works in Dartford. The contract will be carried out in joint venture with Biwater and Mott MacDonald. The project includes constructing aeration lanes, a final settlement tank, electricity substation, sludge storage building and blower house as well as modifications to existing facilities.
Lining up a top solution
A culvert rehabilitation and strengthening project in Ireland proved just how effective cured-in-place pipe technology can be - even in the most challenging of circumstances.
Fine for sewage leak which devastated water course
Anglian Water has been hit with a huge fine after letting sewage pour into an internationally protected water course.
New dam slows devastating China floods
China's newest dam appears to have slowed high waters which have killed more than 700 people across the country this year alone.
City of York continues rollout
City of York Council is planning to roll out fortnightly recycling collections to more than 16,000 additional households between September and December this year.
UK facing drought and heat-wave warning
Warnings over droughts and a heat-wave were issued this morning (July 9) as hot weather continues across the UK.
Investigation into hundreds of fish deaths to get underway
Investigators from the Environment Agency are to electrify fish to discover if the population has recovered from a devastating pollution leak two years ago.
Steel plant decontamination work sees 20-year high for cockle numbers
A combination of an industrial clean up and limits on cockle harvesting has seen one of Wales' most successful fishing years.
Navigating the Complexities of the Consenting Process
Michael Starling, principal consultant at BMT Renewables, a subsidiary of BMT Group, explains Offshore Renewable Energy Installations (OREIs).