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(L-R): Sue Armstrong-Brown joins the Circular Economy Task Force as Julie Hill moves on to WRAP

Key appointments at Circular Economy Task Force and WRAP

Sue Armstrong-Brown has been appointed as the new chair of the Circular Economy Task Force; taking over from Julie Hill who has become the new chair of WRAP.

Gemma Lacey joins Southern Co-operative after five years as head of corporate social responsibility at the John Lewis Partnership

Southern Co-op appoints John Lewis CSR head as new sustainability lead

The Southern Co-operative has appointed Gemma Lacey as head of sustainability, with a specific remit to reduce the business' environmental footprint.

Osborne announces loyalty to energy policy

George Osborne has proclaimed his allegiance to the Government's energy policy today following accusations that the Chancellor is against renewable energy plans.

Peter Ainsworth will feed into leadership strategy at the Environment Agency

Lottery chair among new faces at Environment Agency

Big Lottery Fund UK chairman Peter Ainsworth has been appointed to the board of the Environment Agency along with two other new members, Karen Burrows and Richard Leafe.

European Smart Grids forum chair David Smith

European Smart Grid forum appoints chair

The European Smart Grids forum has appointed Energy Networks Association chief executive David Smith as chair.

SEAI CEO Brian Motherway

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland appoints new chief executive

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has appointed Dr Brian Motherway as chief executive officer.

Forum for the Future head of energy Giles Bristow

Forum for the Future appoints head of energy

Sustainability charity Forum for the Future has appointed Giles Bristow as its first head of energy.

AMEC project management and engineering product group director Gavin Stonard

AMEC appoints new group director

International engineering and project management company AMEC has appointed Gavin Stonard as project management and engineering product group director.

Ofwat appoints new board members

Water regulator Ofwat has appointed two new members to its board and a new senior director of markets.

Institute of Water awards trio of water professionals

The Institute of Water (IOW) has awarded a trio of water industry professionals with the Chartered Environmentalist qualification.

Olivier Bret

New chief exec at Veolia Water

Frederic Devos has today stepped down from his position as Veolia Water chief executive to pursue a 'new challenge'.

Investigation into hacked emails underway

An investigation into allegations in hacked emails appearing to show scientists destroying data against climate change has got underway.

Is competition healthy?

The government believes competition could spur water companies to greater efficiency and improved performance, and provide customers with lower prices and new and improved services. But, asks Sally Nash, is competition in the sector viable?

Environmental experts wanted to advise on Olympics

News in Brief

Targeting efficiency

Everyone agrees that both the environment and water customers would benefit from greater water efficiency. But views differ on setting policy targets to achieve this. Barrie Clarke reports

Bridging the regional GAP

Working with Trinity Horne, Yorkshire Water has implemented a programme of change within its Waste Water Asset Management team, leading to savings of £1M-plus. The programme has been highly successful and is being extended

Past tense, future imperatives

Four process contractors assess the progress of AMP3 and consider what AMP4 has in store

Past tense, future imperatives

Four process contractors assess the progress of AMP3 and consider what AMP4 has in store

Looking to the future

Norrie Hunter considers what may be in store for Scottish Water

Interview with the equaliser

SW's director of customer services talks to WWT about business rates

South West Water will use MPC to deliver its business plan for AMP4

Ways to get ahead in business

Comshare's Michael Coveney explains why water companies should rethink their business strategies and utilise management planning and control systems to hone their performance

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

Adaptation the key after Byatt determination

Despite Ofwat's draft determination, there is as much opportunity for companies with proactive strategies - particularly those able to offer a 'one-stop shop' and to take advantage of partnering and the framework approach - in the next five years as the last. Lis Stedman reports.

The AMR system. CCU: Cell Control Unit. GMM:Genesis Meter Module. GMM/Repeater. IHP: Itron Host Processor.

The future of AMR in France

Robert Frati, VP, European Operations at Itron examines the prospects for automatic meter reading in the French water industry.

New appointments to sustainable development panel

The drive to promote sustainable development within UK companies has been boosted by the appointment of two business experts to a key Government advisory group.

Environment Agency chairman steps down

Lord De Ramsey is to retire as Chairman of the UK Environment Agency with effect from 1 January 2000, seven months before his five-year term is up.

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