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Icy solution to a sticky problem

When Anglian Water needed a solution to tackle a water discolouration problem it decided to try an alternative cleaning method which promised to keep disruption to customers to the absolute minimum.

Slovak steel company loses NAP battle

A steel company which sought to scrap plans to restrict national carbon emissions has had its mettle tested by the European courts.

Mobile reed bed benefits Heathrow

A new mobile reed bed system - the first of its kind in the UK - is playing a key role in treating effluent water. Mark Clayton, managing director of environmental practice Aardvark, which designed the system, reports on its development and various installations, including one at Heathrow Airport

Hot property

The concept of sustainability is here to stay, writes Peter Maude. And, with rising energy and materials costs, it's now at the top of the property agenda

Visible benefit from zoo's conditioning system

A fully automatic water conditioning system recently installed at the polar bear enclosure at Nuremburg Zoo in Germany has improved visibility for visitors, and safety for staff. Thilo Sporbert of German technology group Siemens' Automation and Drives division, explains how this complex system is likely to be extended.

Thames bats for nature

A nitrate removal project has earned Thames Water an award because of its choice of building materials and its consideration of local habitats, including a colony of bats. Shan Kelly reports

Delivering global water

One of the Millenium Development goals was to halve the number of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water. At present, we are woefully short of the target - by about 300 million people. Here we look at some of the issues.

MCerts: The fuller picture

The introduction of MCerts for self-monitoring of discharge flows focused attention on areas of flow measurement that had been long overlooked. But the story is far from complete. WRc's Andy Godley reports

Winter weather threatens London's leakage targets

The prospect of a colder than average winter has fuelled Thames Water's research into understanding the effects of cold water on its water distribution network in south-east England. Andrew Boyd of RWE Thames Water reports on the range of strategies under consideration.

Tackling the water skills drought

The UK leads the world in water technology and yet we're facing a skills shortage that could cause irrevocable damage to the long-term future of our industry. The dearth of qualified engineers is affecting construction as a whole, but within the water sector the successes in AMP4 Frameworks and the rising need for contracting and consultancy services have compounded the issue and means there's an increasing need for engineering skills at all levels.

Flood study could save Vistula delta

Flooding due to ice blockages would be catastrophic for the low-lying Vistula river delta region in Poland. As part of an EU project to prevent flooding, a study has been undertaken by BMT Cordah, a subsidiary of British Maritime Technology. Andrzej Kozakiewicz, managing director of BMT Cordah (Poland) and Marek Szmytkiewicz of the Institute of Hydro-Engineering of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Gdansk reveal their results.

Western horizons

South West Water's Martin Ross talks to Tom Idle about his vision of the future and how to wrestle with a limit budget

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Ben & Jerry's turns to 'carbon insetting' to reduce emissions

Values-led ice cream brand Ben & Jerry's is stepping up its efforts to reduce CO2 emissions with a move towards 'carbon insetting' to improve supply chain resilience and resource efficiency.

Making scoops, closing loops: Edie visited the Ben & Jerry's factory in the Netherlands

GALLERY: Behind the scenes at Ben & Jerry's new biodigester

Ben & Jerry's has become the first ice cream company in the world to power its factory using its own ice cream. Edie took a trip to the company's European factory in the Netherlands to take a closer look at 'The Chunkinator'.

A new 'Water Shares' option would incentivise the trading of water during times of scarcity says ICE

'Water Shares' will create mutual responsibility to preserve water, say experts

Introducing a new 'Water Shares' system which would see all water abstractors own a share in their local water catchment, could create a sense of "mutual responsibility" to preserve water supply, according to the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

The global green and sustainable building industry is forecast to grow at an annual rate of 22.8% between now and 2017

A constructive look at tackling building emissions

With awareness being raised this week around embodied carbon in the built environment, Leigh Stringer looks at how the construction industry could potentially become a leader in low-carbon innovation.

Government must improve UK's flood resilience say leading engineers

A group of the UK's leading engineers have called on the Government to help businesses and communities become more flood resilient following the recent severe weather.

Benefits of the new freezers include a decrease in energy consumption by more than a third, in comparison with existing systems.

Nestlé introduces natural refrigerant freezers to cut emissions

Nestlé is introducing natural refrigerant ice cream freezers across Europe in an effort to phase out the use of potent greenhouse gases, such as hydrofluorocarbons (HFC).

Engineers to be equipped with the right tools for sustainability

Civil engineers are set to benefit from a new toolkit which will help them identify and tackle ethical issues and establish a culture of sustainability in their organisations.

IPCC report: human influence 'dominant' cause of global warming

Human influence on the climate system is "clear" and has been the dominant cause of global warming since the mid-20th century, according to the new assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Industry unites to urge government action on waste investment

The Government has been warned that it risks "sleep walking" into a waste infrastructure shortfall unless it conducts an urgent review of its waste data and revises the investment decisions made on the back of it.

Unilever takes to rail logistics for supply chain carbon gains

Unilever has launched Green Express, a sustainable logistics initiative that aims to slash carbon emissions across its supply chain.

Multi-purpose reservoirs key to long-term water security

Multi-purpose reservoirs can harmonise society and the environment but most are not being used to their full potential and could be waiting decades for major droughts or floods, says Black & Veatch's Alex Hamilton.

London council sees surge in mixed plastics recycling at kerbside

The Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames has seen a 43% increase in the amount of plastic recycled after the council widened the range of materials that could be collected at the kerbside last October.

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Lessons must be learnt from catastrophic 1953 floods

Investment in infrastructure must be in line with the threat of rising waters in the face of climate change and increased rainfall, experts have said on the 60th anniversary of the 1953 North Sea floods.

Boris Johnson: left out in the cold

Boris Johnson frozen out on twitter for 'debunking' global warming

London Mayor Boris Johnson has sparked outrage on twitter over his comments on climate change which appear to question reputable scientific evidence by suggesting Britain might be entering a "mini ice age".

Diesel emissions are a major source of soot

Influence of soot on climate change greatly underestimated

The effect of soot on global warming could be about twice as much as previous estimates have suggested, a study has found.

UK Government should create 'water security task force'

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is calling for greater cooperation and planning to manage flooding and drought conditions after it was announced yesterday that 2012 was the second wettest year on record.

Tidal technology is developing fast

Siemens to develop world's first community tidal development

The world's first community tidal power project is being developed by Siemens and Nova Innovation in the Bluemull Sound in Shetland.

'Smart roads' could include charging lanes for electric vehicles

Dutch light up with greener roads

Sustainable roads that illuminate during the night and recharge during the day are set to hit Europe's highways in 2013, according to Dutch designers.

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.

UK water security at crisis point, warns ICE

The UK's water security is at a critical point and decisive action must be taken to safeguard water resources, according to the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

Pressure mounts on Government to suspend landfill tax hikes

Waste firms have called for recent changes to landfill tax to be suspended by six months to enable a proper consultation to take place.

Water companies consider water trading proposals

The UK must take a "more strategic overview of water management" if it is to avoid the "spectre" of drought becoming an annual event.

London must prioritise sustainable infrastructure investment, says ICE

London mayor candidates must prioritise sustainable infrastructure investment and continue to invest in the capital's energy, waste, water and transport systems in order to remain globally competitive.

Spelman urges UK to 'save water' as South East is declared in drought

The UK must "find a way to save water" in order to ease the strain on water supplies and reduce the effects of drought, according to environment secretary Caroline Spelman.

Ben & Jerry's competition encourages sustainability

Amercian ice-cream giants Ben & Jerry's have launched a new competition in a bid to encourage socially responsible entrepreneurs to give back to the environment and community.

A Scottish brewery is one of three businesses to benefit from biomass

Scottish businesses look to invest in biomass power

A Scottish brewery, dairy farm and ice cream manufacturer are all set to benefit from anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities that will provide heat and power for their operations.

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Scotland plans to make 2012 the year of wind power

Businesses in Scotland have called for the country to seize the opportunity to make 2012 the year of wind power it was announced today (January 3).

Energy industry mitigation for climate change plans published

Security measures aimed at protecting the UK's energy infrastructure from the effects of climate changes were published over the weekend.

CIPP relining success in Essex

A pipe relining project for Anglian Water involved cured-in-place technology, explains Philip Woodcock, Aarsleff Pipe Technologies' general manager

Water catchment management not a 'silver bullet'

Water catchment management (CM) shouldn't be seen as a "silver bullet" to solve water stress and water companies "must be part of the wider picture" by working in partnership with agriculture to support CM initiatives.

Local community involvement 'key' to water resource management and security

Water resource management and water security could be "dramatically improved" through local community involvement, according to a new report.

UK's gadget obsession hitting 2020 energy saving target

New research from the Energy Saving Trust claims the UK will miss targets to cut domestic electricity use by 34% by 2020.

A greener and cheaper revolutionary solution

For many years the safe disposal of drinking water sludge has been regarded as a costly and controversial issue. John O'Regan, the chief executive of the Irish firm SCFI, explains a sustainable alternative

Second NIP must be £200bn energy opportunity says ICE

Government must try to boost the economy by stimulating £200bn worth of investment in energy and transport, according to a civil engineering charity.

Latest 3D technology demonstrates icebergs can be moved

New computer technology has revealed plans to tow freshwater icebergs from the polar ice-caps to drought ridden third-world countries could work.

Unilever is looking to tackle the challenging waste stream of mixed plastics

Unilever seeks local authority partner to boost mixed plastics recycling

Unilever is looking to enter into a partnership arrangement with a local authority by offering financial support for mixed plastics recycling collections.

Kevin Surace: a big thinker who is intent on shaking up the building materials industry

'We're going to try to be disruptive in everything we do'

Erik Jaques meets Kevin Surace, founder, Serious Materials

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The Lost Deal

The Copenhagen summit failed to achieve anything substantial - and sent out the wrong message to businesses around the world. Danny Stevens looks at what went wrong at COP15 - and the economic consequences of failure

Government warned on 'over simplifying' planning rules

In what is being hailed as the biggest shake up of the planning system since the Town and Country Planning Act of 1947 the Government is set to transform the British system.

Morrison Utility awarded mains replacement scheme

Morrison Utility Services has been awarded a 14 million pound water mains replacement contract for Southern Water.

Dairy farm uses AD to power up clotted cream production

A Devonshire dairy has opened an anaerobic digestion facility today (1 July) to help fuel the production of its clotted cream, ice cream crème fraiche and yoghurt products.

Small scale protests could carry more weight under localism agenda

Localism Bill revisions could jeopardise delivery of waste infrastructure

Revisions to the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) in the Localism Bill could undermine waste facilities being built in the future at a local level.

Dig for Victory

A year into the post, Natasha Wiseman finds Thames Water chief executive Martin Baggs fascinated with the company - and passionate about the issues

A report will be published in the autumn, setting out a vision for UK infrastructure up to 2050

Business leaders call for fresh green infrastructure insight

Green Alliance and National Grid are among a clutch of business and environmental groups that have launched a national consultation asking for insights on the UK's future infrastructure needs and how they could be met.

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.

Water company clears pipes with ice

United Utilities is using ice in its battle to clean pipes and improve drinking water quality in the north-west of England.

UK sustainable civil engineering scheme to go global

A scheme assessing the sustainability of the UK's civil engineering is planning to launch an international version later this year.

Counting the cost of cutting

The Coalition’s spending plans have now been revealed. But what, asks Dean Stiles, will the cuts mean for the water industry?

Cllr Lee: partnership gives an opportunity to improve range and quality of services provided

Peterborough names new front-line services partner

Peterborough City Council has agreed a 23-year strategic partnership deal with Enterprise Managed Services to deliver front-line services including household waste and recycling collection.

Davies: onus is on the Government to encourage private investment

ICE calls for an overhaul of the waste sector

The quality of recycled materials is likely to decline if pressure continues to increase on local authorities to recycle more and avoid exceeding their landfill allowance, according to a new report by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

The New Earth fund enables delivery of infrastructure while reducing reliance on bank debt

New Earth investment fund continues to grow

New Earth Solutions has reported that its investment fund has achieved cumulative subscriptions exceeding £50M and cumulative share price growth of 27.8%.

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.

Ofwat goes under Defra microscope

Ofwat faces a major shake-up following Defra’s decision to review the water industry regulator’s role and remit to ensure it can meet the challenges facing the sector. It is the first time since the water sector was privatised more than 20 years ago that Ofwat has come under scrutiny, and a final report is expected early next year.

Ofwat: major shake-up promised

Water regulator Ofwat will be reviewed to make sure it can cope with 'future challenges', according to the Government. The industry has welcomed the news, announced by Defra on 27 August, saying the two-decade-old water regulator needs a shake-up.

Designer liner proves perfect solution for pump station

The Danish infrastructure firm Per Aarsleff's new pipe division has carried out a cost-effective - and environmentally friendly - lining project in Suffolk. UK managing director, Terry Bolsher, explains the process

‘Put theory into practice’

Engineers must learn from the revolutionary engineers of the past and take urgent action if a low carbon society is to be achieved, said Keith Clarke, chief executive of engineering design consultancy at Atkins.

Overhaul regulatory roles, says water firm

Severn Trent is calling for an immediate overhaul of Ofwat and the EA's regulatory roles that make long-term planning difficult.

A whiff of success

Odour control schemes have come a long way in the past two decades. But, as John Hobson says, there are still challenges ahead.

A whiff of success

Odour control schemes have come a long way in the past two decades. But, as John Hobson says, there are still challenges ahead.

How green was the budget? What the trade bodies say

Organisations that represent the environmental sector and other concerned businesses have not embraced yesterday's budget with open arms, though there is some enthusiasm for the idea of a Green Investment Bank.

Arctic sea acid levels monitored

Arctic explorers have began studying the potential impact of ocean acidification after bad weather slowed the start of the project.

Underground resilience

A new approach to capturing, storing and sharing data on underground infrastructure is under way. Marc Hobell, head of public sector and utilities at Ordnance Survey, reveals the progress made so far

A tweet a day can keep public complaints at bay: Tim Hobbs

How Twitter is breaking the ice

Social networking tools like Twitter can play a powerful role in keeping councils in touch with their communities, especially in these frozen times, says Tim Hobbs

Fears for gas shortage as National Grid issues two balancing orders

The Government needs to take tough decisions to maintain the country's gas supplies according to a leading energy consultancy.

Sustainable Business - review of the year 2009

The tricky thing about Sustainable Business in 2009 was the old problem of convincing young people into the sector and making sure they had opportunities to progress.

Leading bodies want proactive approach to tackle flooding

Seven leading industry bodies, including CIWEM and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), are calling for a more joined up approach to tackling urban flood risk.

Arctic to be ice free within a decade

Findings from an Arctic expedition have claimed the area will be almost 'ice-free' during the summer within the next decade.

Anglian Water clicks on to total visibility

Anglian Water's "turf" stretches from the Humber in the North to the Thames in the South, from Daventry in the West across to the East Coast. Its aim is to provide high quality drinking water and wastewater services with sustainable development.

Why carrots beat sticks

It's all very well threatening countries with legislative sticks, writes BT's Chris Tuppen. But carrots can prove more effective at encouraging countries to achieve emissions targets. And, for countries to do this, big businesses need to change their polluting ways - something BT has been incentivised to do for years

U Mole trains utility operatives on site

A trenchless main replacement project in Great Yarmouth gave Essex & Suffolk Water the opportunity to train its workers on the job. On behalf of specialist hire company U Mole, Ian Clarke gives the low down

Unburden water companies to combat flooding

Reducing red tape and "other burdens on water and sewerage companies is one of the proposals in the government's draft Flood and Water Management Bill, published last month, which aims to help deal with flood emergencies.

Leakage innovations dominate awards shortlist

A range of solutions for leakage management and pipe repair dominate the Water Industry Achievement Awards' innovation categories. Natasha Wiseman rounds up the finalists

Closing the flood gates with SUDS

Though the government's water and flood bill is being developed, Alex Stephenson, director of Hydro International UK and chair of the British Water SUDS Group, is concerned the measures will not go far enough

Water investors seek clarity

Water UK's 2009 survey of investors has revealed that there is still a positive view of the water sector and its regulatory regime despite the current economic downturn.

Utility took on leakage - and won

In the financial year 2007 to 2008 Scottish Water failed to meet its leakage reduction target for the second year running. Natasha Wiseman spoke to the utility on how they turned things around and are meeting new targets

The Econic chassis proves a winner in Essex

Mercedes Econics clean up in Essex

Redbridge Council has opted for Mercedes Econics to form the backbone of its refuse collection fleet.

Imtech bids in the big time

Imtech Process has achieved a lot in the past three years, and is now bidding for some prime contracts in the water industry. WET News spoke to Duncan Wildgoose, the firm's business development manager, about the secret of Imtech's success.

Edie Environmental Legislation Summary, August 2008

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 changes this month are updates to European regulations on shipping waste, amendments to vehicle emissions legislation and developments in the way the European Emissions Trading Scheme is administered.

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Robot planes take to Antarctic skies

A team of scientists have successfully flown robotic aeroplanes across the Antarctic wastes for the first time.

Ice is becoming more vulnerable to melting in the summer, NASA says

Arctic still on thin ice

The amount of ice in the Arctic is continuing to decrease and become thinner, according to a new study by NASA scientists.

Antarctic ice is disappearing at an ever increasing rate

Antarctic ice loss speeds up

NASA has charted a worrying trend in Antarctic ice levels, showing it is disappearing at an ever increasing rate that now rivals the loss of the Greenland ice sheet.

Over 40,000 in Lancaster alone lost power due to the effects of Storm Desmond

Government offers financial aid for flood-hit areas

Communities Secretary Greg Clark has announced that financial assistance will be made available to areas of the UK affected by flooding in the wake of Storm Desmond.

Halting the march of Legionnaire's

Legionnaire's disease is deadly and more commonplace than you might think. Plenty of guidance can be found on the disease, but people still seem to be ignoring it

Worldwide power consumption for air conditioning is forecast to surge 33-fold by 2100

World set to use more energy for cooling than heating

The world faces a looming and potentially calamitous "cold crunch", with demand for air conditioning and refrigeration growing so fast that it threatens to smash pledges and targets for global warming.

Melting ice is unlikely to switch off the Gulf Stream, say scientists

IPCC warns against climate panic

The threat of climate change is serious and must be addressed but we should avoid exaggerating the problem, according to a non-partisan gathering of international scientists.

Sustainability stats: This week in numbers

As we edge closer to the climate conference in Paris, this week saw a clash of horns over the energy we use. But that hasn't stopped some truly innovative green developments popping up across the globe, from Delhi to... Barnsley.

Cold storage could improve carbon capture

Storing captured carbon under higher pressures in cooler conditions could be more efficient than conventional methods of sequestration, according to researchers.

Barack Obama in Alaska: global fight against climate change starts here

Shrinking Alaskan glaciers served as a vivid backdrop for Barack Obama's latest push for action on climate change in Anchorage on Monday night as he warned that the equivalent of 75 blocks of ice the size of the national mall in Washington were melting from the state every year.

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