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Maintenance prevents business from spinning out of control

Fans are vital in ensuring wastewater treatment plants comply with odour regulations. Regular servicing limits down time, extends life expectancy and a fully trained engineer can even advise on energy efficiency measures, writes Richard Wilson.

Is bio-methane the greenest?

In the ongoing debate about the suitability and sustainability of biofuels for vehicle transport in the UK, the potential of bio-methane is often forgotten

Rules 'must change' on energy from sludge

Water UK's Steve Ntifo, environment and science adviser, and Bruce Horton, policy development adviser, discuss the role of energy from sludge in cutting carbon emissions

Taking energy from waste without the carbon

It sounds impossible, but it's not. Bill Butterworth reports on a technology which turns waste into compost, and uses it to grow biofuels

Anaerobic energy

Anaerobic digestion is nothing new. But the time has come for a re-evaluation of its application to industrial waste streams

'Every industry should be an environmental one'

He's been environment minister for less than a year, but David Miliband has a clear vision for the environmental performance of business

Locking out the danger

Safety interlocking of valves has long been regarded as a absolute necessity with oil, gas or chemicals. And it is now becoming increasingly important in the water and wastewater industries, writes Mike D'Anzieri.

The natural solution

With the waste industry facing stricter landfill regulations, increasing numbers of local authorities are turning to in-vessel composting. Alexander Maddan reports

Making degrade

Millions of tonnes of household waste is landfilled in the UK every year, much of which is packaging. Degradable and biodegradable materials are increasingly used but still, among the public, general confusion abounds. Becky Toal reports

Driving forces

Disposal route protection, bioenergy production and increased volatile matter conversion are the new market drivers for sludge treatment in the UK. Aidan Cumiskey and Dorian Harrison of Monsal explore some of the issues when considering investment in the new generation of technologies

Keeping it simple

Pneumatics are a more simple alternative to electric drives. Martin Hunt of Festo looks at the case for pneumatics, and analyses some example applications

Award nomination for thermal treatment

An innovative gasification process from German manufacturer, Kopf, has won a nomination for the European Environmental Press (EEP) Awards for technology at Pollutec in Paris in November. Kopf executive Eberhard Kipp describes how sewage sludge is converted into energy, pollutants are eliminated and a reusable by-product produced at a pilot plant at Balingen, Germany.

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

Some like it hot

Adapting temperature-phased anaerobic digestion is being seen as a way to upgrade plant to achieve a Class A sludge product. Frank Rogalla reports

Hard talk

When it comes to saving the planet, says CIWEM executive director Nick Reeves, tough decisions need not always be bad ones.

Hard talk

When it comes to saving the planet, says CIWEM executive director Nick Reeves, tough decisions need not always be bad ones.

Builder beware

Richard Pawlyn looks at the potential environmental and financial pitfalls of Brownfield development, as well as an increasing interest in land-use history data

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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.

Sainsbury's achieved its zero-waste-to-landfill target within three years

Closing the loop: Sainsbury's powers supermarket entirely by food waste

Sainsbury's in Cannock has today (21 July) become the UK's first supermarket to run on electricity generated solely from food waste.

One major issue for public debate is the future of agriculture, which causes 9% of the UK's greenhouse gas emissions

UK chief scientist calls for urgent debate on climate change mitigation

It's time to move on from the basics of whether global warming is happening to how best to respond, says chief science adviser

Dell aims to use AirCarbon for its laptop packaging

Dell unveils new packaging made from greenhouse gas-based plastic

Computer giant Dell has announced that it will be using packaging made from greenhouse gas-based plastic to protect its products.

(L-R): Winston Reed from Greener for Life Energy with Chris Long from FLI Energy

New biogas AD plant breaks ground in Cornwall

Construction work has today (12 May) begun on the Fraddon Biogas Plant - a new biomethane-to-grid anaerobic digestion (AD) site in Cornwall.

Santa's 'shocking' carbon footprint dampens Christmas spirit

Concerns have been raised by the scientific community over Santa's emissions in the lead up to Christmas.

Urban mining aims to redefine waste as an asset

We need to recognise urban wastes as assets and resources to be reused, recycled and recovered - and this requires some mental digging, argues Chris Coggins

The CO2 refrigerated unit trial is part of the retailer's review of its transport refrigeration gas and work to reduce its carbon footprint,

Sainsbury's speeds up HFC committment with world's first naturally refrigerated trailer

Sainsbury's is trialling the world's first naturally refrigerated trailer to transport chilled and frozen goods which could accelerate its commitment to phasing out Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

Sewage pilot moves step closer to scaling up algae crops for biofuel

An EU-backed algae biofuel demonstration project which aims to produce commercial- scale energy from sewage has grown its first crop of biomass in a major breakthrough.

With biomethane arguably the only alternative fuel for the transport sector, DECC's decision to use it for electricity generation is

EXCLUSIVE: DECC's plans for biomethane 'anti-competitive' says UPS

Internal conflicts in Government are restricting the use of biomethane in the transport and logistics sector, which could potentially decarbonise heavy truck fleets, says UPS' director of sustainability for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Peter Harris.

The next site to come on line - Widnes - will have 50% more capacity than its Doncaster predecessor

PDM announces £90m investment in food waste facilities

UK food waste recycling company PDM has announced investment of more than £90m before the end of 2014, including two new large-scale anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities.

Rise in plastics bans forcing firms to consider sustainable alternatives

A growing number of countries are banning unsustainable plastics, meaning UK plastics firms will need to adopt oxo-biodegradable technology quickly if they want to retain their export markets.

IEA plan could stop emissions growth by 2020 at no net economic cost

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has urged governments to adopt four policies that it claims will stop growth in energy-related emissions by 2020 at no net economic cost.

AD feasibility funding looks to forge national biogas networks

Funding to assess the feasibility of developing UK biogas networks has been awarded by WRAP, in a bid to overcome barriers to development.

Population growth is a major consideration in developing the 'smart city'

Resource efficiency is key to the evolution of the 'smart city'

The evolution of the 'smart city' will require a new way of providing infrastructure and utilities to a growing population as well as a major uptake in resource efficiency, finds Leigh Stringer.

'Breakthrough' technology to deliver clean fuel from sunlight and CO2

Funding has been granted to develop a new reactor that can produce fuel using sunlight and carbon dioxide, potentially transforming global energy production and reducing the effects of climate change.

ENER-G gets to work on landfill gas generation

In brief: Energy-from-waste contract news

Energy recovery infrastructure has received a boost with several significant infrastructure developments in the pipeline following contract wins.

EXCLUSIVE: CCS to remain costly despite potential rise in investment

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) could help cut 20% of global emissions required by 2050 but will need vast investment and the support of regulatory and energy efficiency measures, says Tore Amundsen.

Global coalition pledges to cut emissions in oil and gas sector

More than a dozen Ministers from countries around the world have released a statement calling for faster action in reducing venting, leakage, and flaring of natural gas from oil and gas operations.

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.

Cameron urges Britain to join the shale gas revolution

Prime Minister David Cameron has confirmed his intentions to pursue the potential of shale gas in the UK claiming the technology could be "transformative".

Prince of Wales at the opening of the AD plant in Dorset

Prince of Wales opens UK's first commercial scale gas-to-grid AD plant

The Prince of Wales has opened the UK's first fully operational commercial scale anaerobic digester and biomethane-to-grid plant in Dorset today.

Fracking could hinder renewable energy targets warns CIWEM

Shale gas from fracking should not be encouraged in the UK until there is evidence that operations can be delivered safely and robust regulatory controls are implemented, according to the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).

Brian Cox: Earth's resources are rare and must be protected

Professor Brian Cox puts price on launching waste into outer space

Particle physicist Professor Brian Cox has calculated the cost of sending waste into space based on current space technology capabilities.

Is shale gas the way forward?

Shale Gas is bad news for renewables says leading think tank

Any focus on shale gas in the UK could have a negative impact on investment in renewables, according to a report published this week from UK think tank, Chatham House.

EU earmarks funding for British waste trailblazers

The Environment Agency and Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority are among the beneficiaries of EU funding for eight UK pathfinder environmental projects.

Bill Clinton urges greater collaboration in the fight against resource scarcity

World must rethink resource efficiency - Bill Clinton

Global cooperation is the only way to solve the world's future resource challenges such as energy, water and waste, former US President Bill Clinton has warned.

Landfill gas guidance set to boost energy production

A new code of practice to help increase gas capture and maximise renewable electricity generation at landfill sites has been issued.

Wasteful habits are not helping the industry's image

The eating disorder around food waste

Battling negative perceptions of 'slop buckets', Nicola Peake explains why more service providers need to do more to capture this waste stream

WRG slapped with fine for 'rotten egg' landfill odour

WRG Waste Services has been fined £10,500 for failing to contain offensive odours emanating from its Greengairs landfill site in North Lanarkshire.

If the plant is built, Mackie's of Scotland should be able to power all operations from 100% renewable energy

AD plant would make ice cream firm 100% renewable

A planned anaerobic digestion (AD) plant at Scottish ice cream manufacturer Mackie's could save the firm up to £300k a year in energy costs, bolstering it's already impressive renewable energy credentials.

Wales on target to reduce waste emissions

Wales is driving down emissions from waste management as it reports on early outcomes from its climate change strategy.

Shale gas: Between a rock and a hard place

Could shale gas production make an important contribution to the future UK power supply? The prospect of hydrofracking alarms environmentalists. But, says Rob Bell, politicians will find it difficult to resist

Natural gas: a viable low-carbon solution?

According to the gas industry, natural gas is the perfect bridge fuel to civilisation's sustainable future - solving peak oil and helping the battle against climate change. David Strahan weighs up the evidence

UK greenhouse emissions increase by more than 3% in 2010

UK's greenhouse gases emissions were revealed to have increased in 2010 for the first time since 2003, with CO2 emissions rising by nearly 4%.

Richard Lochhead and Avondale MD Colin Cooper inside the new MRF

Scottish landfill operator unveils cutting edge MRF/RDF facility

A £20m recycling and refuse-derived fuel facility is one step closer to going live in Scotland for the treatment of residual waste.

Local residents hit back at Cuadrilla fracking plans

Oil and gas company Cuadrilla felt the wrath of furious local residents at a public meeting to discuss its proposed plans to drill test for shale gas in the Home Counties.

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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).

The best of the crop

Maize grown on contaminated land is being used to successfully power an AD plant for Severn Trent and reduce carbon output. Natasha Wiseman reports

The wastewater recovery

After 10 dedicated years, Frank Rogalla of Aqualia hangs up his hat on Technically Speaking and looks to the future potential of energy and nutrient recovery in wastewater.

The French connection

Measurement of greenhouse gas emissions from processes in five wastewater treatment plants, by researchers in France, has shown interesting results, says Frank Rogalla of Aqualia

Carbon footprinting: the proof is in the pipeline

Measuring a carbon footprint is a complex business, says Stuart Crisp of the Concrete Pipeline Systems Association (CPSA), especially when it comes to pipes

Ditching coal for natural gas could boost climate change

Moving away from coal and onto natural gas could boost climate change, according to new research.

VIDEO: Google backs pig poo carbon offset project

A Energy from Waste (EfW) plant transforming pig waste into power has been backed by the financial muscle of Google.

Wales hits its biodegradable waste targets

Every local authority in Wales has hit its 2010- 2011 target for diverting biodegradable waste from landfill, the Environment Agency Wales (EAW) has announced.

European landfill ban could slash greenhouse gases by 78 million tonnes

A European-wide landfill ban could cut 78 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, according to a new report from the European Environment Agency.

The Adnams Bio Energy plant will produce enough renewable gas to power the brewery

Putting the AD into Adnams

A new anaerobic digestion plant built by the Suffolk brewer Adnams will benefit the company - and the community too

Green wonder

Algae is proving itself as one of the most productive sources of biofuel. Frank Rogalla of Aqualia reveals EU demonstration projects being undertaken to enhance efficiencies in the process

Welsh Water turns sludge to power

Welsh Water has commissioned three Advanced Digestion plants which will create electricity from treated sewage sludge.

Effective landfill monitoring is essential

Land-full of opportunity

The pressure to recover more materials is greater than ever. But with waste already dumped in landfills, Ivor Parry looks at what enitial is doing to make sure these sites are successfully monitored and maintained

Ireland's industrial pollutant output falls

Ireland has found itself amongst Europe's winners as the European Union revealed a fall in industrial pollutants over the weekend.

The heating part of the AquaCritox process

Waste plant to use sustainable sludge destruction

Irish waste treatment and recycling company Eras Eco is to install a new process for the treatment of organic wet waste.

United Utilities process controller Phil Smith

Poo power comes to north Lancashire

Human sewage is being used to generate all the electricity for Lancaster's wastewater treatment works.

Farmers must act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

The government has said that the farming industry must live up to its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Study demonstrates carbon reductions through animal feed

Using different feed for livestock could dramatically reduce emissions from farming, according to new research.

AAD (South West)'s proposal would divert up to 75,000 tpa of waste from landfill

AAD (South West) proposes alternative waste treatment facility for South Devon

AAD (South West), the partnership between AeroThermal Group and 4Recycling, is planning to develop a sustainable waste and resource treatment facility at the site of Imerys Minerals, at Lee Moor in South Devon.

L to R: Nigel Christian, Cumbria County Council; Huw Lewis Shanks Waste Management; Cllr Dave Roberts, Cumbria County Council; John Hodder, development manager; Phil Redmond, managing director, Hanson

Work underway on second Cumbria MBT plant

Work has commenced on the second of Cumbria's new mechanical biological treatment (MBT) plants.

Mexico City to host methane reduction talks

Dozens of nations will descend on Mexico City next month, as part of talks aimed at tackling global methane emission rates.

(L to R): Paul Smith, director, PDM; Andy Smith, ceo, PDM; Franz-Bernard Their, director SARIA & PDM; Philip Simpson, director, PDM

PDM starts work on new AD plant

Work is now underway on PDM's new anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Doncaster.

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.

WRAP's Chris Mills: food and waste sectors need to work together

CO2Sense Yorkshire appeals to collection services

CO2Sense Yorkshire, a subsidiary of Yorkshire Forward, is calling for the region's waste collection services to help businesses turn food waste into energy.

Carol Critchley, Ian Critchley and Paul Jones of NatWest, which helped fund the project

Strawberry farmers launch bioenergy business

Lower Reule Bioenergy, in Staffordshire, has invested in an anaerobic digester, which will divert more than 15,000tpa of food waste from landfill. This will reduce methane emissions and generate enough renewable electricity to supply more than 1,300 homes.

Doug Parr, chief scientist, Greenpeace (second from right) presents the Rushlight Award to senior BiogenGreenfinch staff

BiogenGreenfinch scores awards hat-trick

BiogenGreenfinch walked away with three wins at the Rushlight Awards this year - Waste Composting, Waste Innovation and, the top accolade, the Rushlight Award, for "a substantial contribution to addressing environmental issues."

Hewlett-Packard: 'Use cow poo to run servers'

Researchers from computer manufacturer Hewlett-Packard have announced the findings of work into alternative sources of power for data centres.

Tweak planning laws for more green power

Head of corporate at environmental consultancy ADAS, Ray Williams, thinks the only way to break through the barriers to developing on-shore renewable energy infrastructure is to 'tweak' planning guidelines for officials

Thames burns its sludge

Burning sewage sludge or the methane derived from it helped Thames Water cut its electricity bill by £15M in 2008/09. The process enabled the company to generate 14% of its power needs.

The biogas site where SLR is undertaking due diligence

SLR wins due diligence deal for Chinese biogas project

SLR Consulting has undertaken due diligence for a proposed biogas project in Guangxi Province, China. The company was asked to undertake the work by Société de Promotion et de Participation pour la Coopération Economique (PROPARCO), a finance development institution.


Organic waste has huge potential to produce sustainable energy for the UK's household and transport needs. But despite its climate credentials - and government support - Britain is in danger of missing out on the full benefit of biogas for a generation. David Strahan reports

Working digestion wonders

Anglian Water Services had processing problems at its Basildon sewage treatment works - until a Vaughan Rotamix system was installed.

Sentinel keeps tabs on methane

The advance of methane recovery monitoring equipment technology is helping industry to safely capture methane for energy conversion and generate new revenue. Phil McLean at gas sensing specialist Trolex highlights the opportunities.

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.

Warming ocean releasing more methane

Methane that was once frozen beneath the Arctic seabed is being released at an ever-increasing rate as the waters warm.

Answer to a difficult problem: Blackhawk down the well

Mike Deed from Geoquip Water Solutions explains how the top-head-drive piston pump could make a real difference to landfill management practices.

Using bacteria to clean up the sewerage system

Biosol is promising to revolutionise the wastewater industry with a technology based on cell signalling - using microbial control to slow down or speed up the metabolism and production of bacteria.

Waste recycling fuels Severn Trent works

Severn Trent Water has achieved a significant increase in electricity generation and reduced waste for landfill at Minworth sewage works. Peter Craven of CDE Ireland explains how

Missing links - footprinting along the supply chain

Ignoring the supply chain when calculating a product's carbon footprint is tempting for some but, ultimately, unhelpful in the race to alleviate climate change. Tom Idle reports

Top Ten Tips for Footprinting - by Hyder Consulting

Turning your footprinting information into carbon-cutting action is no mean feat. John Mayhew gives advice on the key points, and discusses how to strike a balance between cost and accuracy

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'

Biogas supplies green power

Nick Chesters, May Gurney's regional M&E manager and general framework manager for Severn Trent Water, examines a biogas-harvesting project that is used to fuel combined heat and power units at three plants

Packaged for a safer option

Traditional submersible sewage pumping stations can be dirty and dangerous to work in. Ian Hallows takes a look at packaged systems, which, as they are mounted on the surface, successfully avoid a whole raft of health and safety issues.

Severn Trent builds on its renewable credentials

Despite some common misconceptions, anaerobic digestion is not new. And Severn Trent for one has been using the technology for decades. Here we look at some of the water company's latest projects that are producing biogas for CHP.

The Vile Sky Club - a sector profile of the aviation industry

Aviation features high on the environmental most-wanted list. And, as the airline industry is predicted to treble by 2030, this is not wholly unreasonable. But differences remain over how best to curb its emissions, writes Mike Scott

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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