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Heading Earthwards: Johnson & Johnson dives deep to green up healthcare

It's widely recognised that the healthcare sector has a large and costly environmental footprint. Hospitals in particular account for some of the most energy-intensive facilities, yet many traditionally have been slow to embrace resource efficiency. A study by the University of Chicago found that the industry stands to save up to $15bn over 10 years by adopting more sustainable practices - it's an opportunity that hasn't gone unnoticed by Johnson & Johnson (J&J), the world's sixth-largest consumer health company.

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Audi unveils first all-electric SUV concept car

Audi has unveiled concept designs for its first all-electric SUV, with a full reveal expected at the International Motor Show 2015 in Frankfurt next month.

Hospital furniture refurbishment and reuse waste could drive significant savings in disposal costs and avoided procurement costs

Circular thinking - a miracle cure for NHS waste management?

Britain's healthcare system has historically had a poor track-record in waste management and recycling. But things are beginning to change, with several NHS Trusts now adopting more circular business models, as Maxine Perella finds out.

Addenbrooke's is a world-renowned teaching hospital with strong connections to the University of Cambridge

Hospital set for £80m saving with decentralised energy

One of the UK's largest NHS hospitals is set to save more than £80m over the next 25 years with the opening of a new decentralised energy centre.

Government commits to buying locally-sourced food to help cut waste

Government unveils food buying standard to help public sector cut waste

Central Government will commit to buying locally-sourced food through a new food and drink buying standard, from 2017, which will aim to cut waste, according to newly-appointed Environment Secretary Liz Truss.

NHS sites across England, including hospitals, spent more than £630m on energy in 2012-13

UK GIB to launch new NHS energy efficiency financing programme in April

The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) will be launching a new NHS energy efficiency financing programme next month, which aims to help Trusts and Health Boards bolster their budgets by implementing energy efficiency measures.

New report on helping hospitals to manage food waste

Scottish hospitals to benefit from food waste collaboration, report suggests

Scottish hospitals could benefit from increased co-operation in how they manage food waste, according to a new report produced by Resource Efficient Scotland.

At Arrowe Park Hospital, a 1710kW CHP system will displace up to 70% of the site's electrical and thermal demands

NHS Trust uses funding to modernise energy infrastructure

Two NHS Trust hospitals are receiving a "green makeover" that will see both of the sites energy infrastructures modernised through a number of efficiency initiatives and technologies.

In conversation with Bupa's Andrew Smith

Taking note of the health impacts of climate change and environmental destruction, this week edie talks to Bupa's head of sustainability strategy Andrew Smith, who explains that the current economic situation is offering businesses a great opportunity to provide solutions that deliver resource and monetary savings.

NHS staff want hospitals to engage and educate on recycling

NHS employees want more clearly signposted recycling facilities within their place of work and better communication on how to responsibly dispose of waste materials, new research has shown.

Bupa picks up global Carbon Trust Standard on journey to reduce CO2 by 20%

Bupa has become the first healthcare company in the private sector to be awarded global Carbon Trust Standard certification, for its work on measuring, managing and reducing its carbon footprint.

Building design of Addenbrooke's energy innovation centre

Energy innovation centre to save Cambridge University Hospitals £30m

A new energy innovation centre which will deliver significant carbon and cost savings for Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) has received planning permission from the Council.

PHS builds on clinical waste portfolio with NHS win

PHS Wastemanagement has secured a five-year contract with NHS trusts in Lincolnshire to provide clinical waste services, significantly expanding its reach within the healthcare sector.

New innovation centre to save NHS £20m in energy costs

Funding has been secured for a new energy innovation centre for Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which will save £20m in energy costs and 25,000 tonnes of CO2.

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Boris Johnson bids to boost market for London's small energy producers

Boris Johnson is bidding to enable the capital's small electricity producers to sell power to the market at a better rate.

Hospitals will have the option to opt-out of the EU ETS

Smaller businesses to be exempt from EU ETS

Small emitters and hospitals will be able to opt-out of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) from 2013, the Government has announced.

Sister Karen Wall and SITA UK General Manager Steve Wake

Newcastle hospitals and SITA UK double recycling rate

Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust saw its year- on-year recycling totals increase from 326 tonnes in 2010-11 to 710 tonnes in 2011-12 following a new partnership with recycling and resource management company SITA UK.

NHS sitting on waste-to-energy 'gold mine'

Hospitals could make significant savings in the future by tapping into the waste they produce to power their sites as part of a decentralised energy strategy.

Hospital trust opts for integrated waste solution

East Cheshire NHS Trust has outsourced all of its waste management to one provider in a bid to double recycling rates.

NHS trust waste manager calls for radical change

The NHS must reduce its reliance on incineration and focus on better prevention techniques if it wants to get a tighter grip on waste management, a leading acute trust manager has said.

NHS and schools could save £228m a year on water and energy

The NHS and schools in England could reduce the amount of money spent on utilities by £228m a year by implementing energy and water saving measures.

SCRL is working in partnership with the NHS trust to hike up recovery levels

NHS trust opts for staff buy-in to reach 40% recycling rate

A major NHS trust is undertaking a massive staff engagement programme in a bid to recycle 40% of all its clinical and domestic waste by the end of 2012.

Clinical waste being managed at the NHS trust

Hospital outsourcing model generates healthy waste savings

A major NHS trust has increased its recycling levels by 34% over the past year with the help of a dedicated waste team involving private sector partners

EU energy rules could cost NHS more than £70m a year

Plans for a European Union directive designed to encourage countries to reduce energy consumption are 'too rigid and top-heavy' and could cost the NHS millions of pounds.

Professor Tim Leighton and Dr Pete Birkin with the ultrasonic nozzle device

Ultrasonic tap attachment saves water and energy

An award-winning ultrasonic tap attachment, which uses less water and less power than existing technologies, has been developed by the University of Southampton.

The initiative will stop up to £2.7m going down the drain over the next three years

Water meter initiative to save Scottish public sector £2.7m

Business Stream has won a contract to implement the UK's largest ever non-domestic smart water meter roll out, saving an estimated £2.7m over the next three years.

Hospitals could double recycling rates by source-segregating more

NHS trusts and other healthcare providers need to start source-segregating their waste better if they are maximise recycling outputs, a clinical waste expert has warned.

Boris launches £100M energy efficiency fund

London mayor, Boris Johnson has unveiled a £100M energy efficiency fund to help hundreds of public building across the capital get a green makeover.

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Coca-Cola set to fuel biomethane fleet for the London Olympics

Coca-Cola Enterprises will be delivering its branded soft drinks to the London 2012 Olympic Games on trucks fuelled by biomethane as part of a drive to cut carbon emissions within its fleet operations.

Taking the heat out

Wastewater is now the largest source of heat leakage in new buildings that are well insulated, but the heat can be recycled, says Frank Rogalla of Aqualia

Main replacement slashes leakage

Over 2,000km of failing Victorian mains have been restored across London, cutting leakage by nearly a quarter. J Murphy & Sons' programme delivery manager for North London, Kieran Starr, reports

Clouds of uncertainty

What does the future hold for the troubled utility Northern Ireland Water after the catastrophic water shortages of last year? Dean Stiles reports.

A new dawn for the industry?

The Government’s review of Ofwat is set to bring fundamental reforms. Dean Stiles hears how the regulator needs to change – and why that should be good news for both the companies and contractors alike.

Over 90% of FDF members' food and packaging waste is now recycled or recovered

Food and drink industry on course to hit 2015 target

Over 90% of the food and packaging waste produced by factories run by members of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is being recycled or recovered, a new survey by the FDF and Defra has revealed.

NHS Trust fined for radioactivity leak

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust has been ordered to pay almost £20,000 in fines and costs after exposing staff and properties in two countries to radioactive material.

US rewrites toxic chemical rules

US environmental watchdogs are tightening rules to cover dangerous toxic chemicals used in consumer goods and industrial processes.

Water recycling increase carbon emissions, study says

Rainwater harvesting and greywater recycling systems may cut water use but they come at the cost of greater carbon emissions, a study reveals.

Champions of food waste recycling: Simon Heaps (left) and Andy Jones

Sports champs score with food waste service

Two former international sportsmen have launched a new commercial food waste collection service in Dorset.

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Hospital prepares for greener operation

A hospital packed with green technology could become the most environmentally friendly in Britain, according to the primary care trust building it.

Health the key ground in climate change battle

The danger and cost of climate change to the health of Europeans is at the forefront of the debate at the fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health.

Air pollution contributes to heart attacks say reseachers

Study links road pollution and heart disease for first time

European and American scientists have for the first proved a link between pollution and heart disease.

Thistle Water is ScotWat's preferred bidder

Scottish Water said Thistle Water is the preferred bidder in its negotiations to select a joint venture partner for delivering a substantial proportion of its Capital Investment Programme for 2010 onwards.

Analysis: Conservative Party report: The Low Carbon Economy

The Conservatives have unveiled their latest environmental policy document. Tom Idle analyses the party's plans - which centre around a 'blueprint for a better energy future', and a call for an 'electricity internet'

Why bother with an EMS?

Managing your environmental footprint is a step in the right direction but, by taking the next step to certification, companies are able to fully realise the benefits of implementing an environmental management system.

Prepare for rule by regulation

The planet is hotting up. And so is regulation aimed at getting companies to cut carbon emissions. But, Mike Scott discovers, many of the new rules can also lead to intriguing business opportunities

Material gains

The 2016 carbon-neutral challenge set by the government is a significant one for business. But, with the public becoming increasingly aware of sustainability issues, it is also a financial opportunity for construction firms, merchants and manufacturers, writes Kevin Stanley

What about this lot?

While the new-build sector gears up for the 2016 zero-carbon challenge, it is the other 95% of buildings that already exist that will prove a much tougher nut to crack. Tom Idle met with Land Securities Trillium, the UK's largest property manager, to find out what can be done. "There's nothing complicated in managing buildings properly," he is told

Competition comes to Scotland

The starting date may be April 1 but it is no joke - water deregulation is coming to Scotland. Claire Smith reports

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

Medical equipment gets thorough physical

Designers of electrical medical equipment now must adhere to a new standard, ensuring eco-design principles are maintained. Where did it come from and what will it demand of the medical industry?
Dr Aidan Turnbull

Smaller steps to a daintier footprint

Iema's Acorn scheme lets companies gain environmental credentials in bite-sized chunks. It is a logical system with benefits for small and large firms, says Catherine Golds

Licensed to swill

The Environment Agency has found that many small or packaged WwTWs are inadequately maintained or serviced, and present an unacceptable risk of pollution. A new training course aims to address the problem. John Aldridge explains.

Court 'shoots down EPA' on Clean Air Act ruling

A US Federal Court has denied appeals by the US Environmental Protection Agency and industry to overturn the same court's December, 2006 ruling that struck down the agency's rule attempting to weaken protections against harmful smog-forming pollution.

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

Clay: A tough choice

Edward Naylor reports on how his Yorkshire-based company has developed high-performance clay jacking pipes that are resistant to chemical and thermal shock

Public reality check

Despite a wealth of opportunity - and business benefits to be had - large public-sector building projects are failing in their energy efficiency, argues Merlin Hyman

SWAT technicians licensed to swill

British Water is launching an accreditation scheme for service engineers on package WwTWs. We look at the reasons behind the two-day residential course, which will cover the regulations governing the plants, treatment processes involved, engineering issues, fault finding, health and safety, and sampling and testing.

Reporting made easy

Atkins' pollution-reporting software has been adopted by water-service companies across the UK

Parents can sue for toxic dump defects

The parents of 30 children born with birth defects have been given permission to sue the Midlands council they believe is responsible for allowing the toxic contamination of the area.

Edie environmental legislation summary (July 2005)

In this month's Semple Fraser and Edie News round-up of new policies and recent changes to legislation that will impact the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally: EU bans phthalates in toys, 13 alien invaders added to list of plants banned from Scottish wilds, Northern Ireland gets new powers to designate and protect environmentally sensitive areas, UK public sector document to become more public and much more.

Meeting our energy needs for the 21st Century

Roger Higman, Environmental Limits Co-ordinator, Friends of the Earth, argues that nuclear is not the answer.

Thirst quenching

As consumers we take quality water for granted. Barrie Clarke, director of communication at Water UK, details why we should protect this most vital contributor to wellbeing

Edie environmental legislation summary (May 2005)

In this month's Semple Fraser round-up of new policies and recent changes to legislation that will impact the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally: POPs, EU membership, greenhouse gas emissions trading, clean neighbourhoods, hazardous waste regulations, and much more.

John, a local member of Oxfam's staff, tightens a tap stand fitting in a Banda Aceh camp

UNICEF and Clinton launch Tsunami Water and Sanitation Fund

Former US president Bill Clinton and UNICEF executive director Carol Bellamy announced a joint initiative to bring safe drinking water and sanitation to families affected by the Indian Ocean tsunami that hit countries around the Indian Ocean on 26 December 2004.

Erratic water supply in Zimbabwe

Economic downturn has eroded the capacity of communities in Zimbabwe to run and maintain their water supply systems, says UNICEF spokeswoman Shantha Bloeman. Millennium Development Goal (MDG) assessments, estimate that 50% of systems are non-functional.

After the gates closed

Dr Graham Holtom, UK general manager of remediation specialist Biogenie, insists that the Landfill Directive has not damaged the development sector

Capturing data

Peter McCrum talks to Corporate Benchmarking Services about the performance of its innovative management system Trilogy

Regenesis Oxygen Release Compound (ORC®)

Silent genius - the world beneath our feet

An exploration of in situ remediation, by Dr. Jeremy Birnstingl, of Regenesis.

Capital conflict

Michael Benge analyses the environmental policies of the main contenders in the London Mayoral election

Nerves of stainless steel

Consultant Carol Powell reports on tackling corrossion in stainles steel

Sterilising and sorting municipal waste

Sterecycle has developed a system for sterilising and recycling unsorted domestic waste so that 90% of the waste stream can be diverted from landfill without separated kerbside collection.

A quick cure for lining large diameter mains

A major capital project in the UK is saving time and money using new material for relining crumbling pipelines

Sustainability: spotlight on construction

Last month, IEM presented an ongoing project to relocate the Princess Margaret Hospital in Swindon according to the sustainability principles of The Natural Step. Since walls, floors and ceilings are integral to all buildings, they provide three obvious places to explore how more sustainable decisions were put into effect. By Jas Dhami, a building economist with Carillion Building, and Dr Mark Everard, The Natural Step.

One simple way for companies to save energy is to switch off computer monitors at the end of the day, according to the DETR

Climate Change Levy: are you ready for lift-off?

Average global temperatures are rising, as are sea levels; habitats are changing, and vulnerable species are being lost, and it’s all due to a group of gases that are turning Planet Earth into a greenhouse. In the UK, where climate change is causing warmer winters, and a wetter climate throughout the year, a new consequence of global warming will come into effect on 1st April: the Climate Change Levy.

Embalming was first mastered by the ancient Egyptians

Technically speaking

WWT's technical editor, Peter Minting asks the industry a difficult question

The shape of things to come

As part of WWT's 50th birthday edition, we invited people from some of the industry's key organisations and companies to assess the present and future state of the water world

Schematic of Physiologically Based Extraction Test (PBET) experimental system, designed around paediatric gastrointestinal tract parameters for a child 2-3 years old.

Heavy Metals

Heavy metals have in the past been amenable to traditional 'wet chemistry' analytical techniques. Unfortunately they tend to suffer from a relatively poor detection limit, and as we know, 'the dose makes the poison'. Paul Board, Robertson Laboratories, on modern metal analysis.

How to meet EU lead standards by 2003

Neil Tarbet from WRc takes a look at the problem of lead pipes and how to choose an appropriate technique, such as trenchless pipe pulling or lining.

New Tyco Electronics AMP NETCONNECT EtherSeal Connectivity System Protects Critical Data in Harsh Environments

News release: London, UK - June 07, 2004 - Tyco Electronics announces the introduction of the AMP NETCONNECT EtherSeal Connectivity System, which is designed to protect critical data communication in harsh environments.

Environmental management: carrots or sticks?

How can the environmental management of industry be improved? Carrots should stay in the kitchen, and sticks should be larger, according to Stephen Tindale, Executive Director of Greenpeace UK. Industry representatives, however, called for a mix of the two, with carrots for the good environmental performers and sticks for the rest.

Environmental management: carrots or sticks?

How can the environmental management of industry be improved? Carrots should stay in the kitchen, and sticks should be larger, according to Stephen Tindale, Executive Director of Greenpeace UK. Industry representatives, however, called for a mix of the two, with carrots for the good environmental performers and sticks for the rest.

Pure water from Kinetico at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital

NEWS RELEASE: The recently opened Worcestershire Royal Hospital, is using a Kinetico water treatment system to supply pure hot water to its theatre areas and to washer disinfector units used for cleaning and disinfecting medical devices.

The Grant SQ1600 helps Hospitals meet 'NHS' tests

The Grant SQ1600 helps Hospitals in achieving NHS tests

Grant Instruments SQ1600 universal Squirrel data logger reliably and accurately measures inputs from a wide range of sensors making it suitable for many different applications in Industry, Research, Science and Environmental monitoring.

Clarke Energy Make Heat and Power Work

Clarke Energy, the Liverpool based green energy solutions company have successfully completed another Combined Heat and Power (CHP) installation at the Ordnance Survey Headquarters in Southampton.

Environment Minister offers £5 million for CHP

Environment Minister Michael Meacher has announced an initial ‘pathfinder’ round of funding for capital grant for the refurbishment or installation of combined heat and power (CHP) facilities.

Industrialised and developing countries are under threat from asbestos dangers

Despite increasingly strict exposure standards, which have contributed to a fall in asbestos-related pulmonary fibroses, and a cessation of production or prohibitions on use in several countries, there is an alarming increase in asbestos-related cancers, delegates at the annual congress of the European Respiratory Society (ERS) heard.

General Motors unveils two revolutionary fuel cell technologies

The US automobile giant has demonstrated fuel cell technology which can be used to power homes and the world’s first gasoline-run fuel cell vehicle.

One million people in Europe die of waterborne diseases every year

Approximately one million people in Europe are dying from waterborne diseases every year, with over 120 million in the region lacking safe drinking water, says the World Health Organisation (WHO).

First national guidelines for company greenhouse gas reporting

The UK Government has published guidelines to make it easier for business to respond to national commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Largest US IV products manufacturer to phase out vinyl IV bags

The largest US producer of intravenous (IV) bags, Baxter International, announced on April 6 that it is to develop alternatives to PVC for their products, including IV bags.

New water charging regime announced

A new regime for water charging has been announced by Environment Minister Michael Meacher. Speaking at a press briefing this week he outlined three key themes - increased choice for customers, the protection of vulnerable groups and increasing customer protection in general.

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