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RWE is effectively splitting the company in two as two thirds of its current 60,000 strong staff will now operate the new renewables entity

German energy giant unveils $42bn renewables branch

Germany's second largest utility company RWE has announced plans to separate its growing renewable energy initiatives from its conventional energy business in a drive that is expected to deliver $42bn in annual revenues.

Utilities and retailers not getting to grips with paperless strategies

Utility firms and retailers are performing poorly on paper efficiency, with many slow to take up the challenge of creating paperless environments within their operations.

Glass demonstrates 'safe' disposal for nuclear waste

Turning nuclear waste into glass could offer a cheaper and more viable disposal solution for this toxic material, researchers have found.

Construction giants hail zero waste 'game-changer'

Tarmac has joined forces with Morgan Sindall to develop trench recycling technology that claims to eliminate waste sent to landfill and cut reinstatement costs by almost a third.

A new dawn: the works at Drax power station will reduce emissions by a million tonnes of CO2 per year

Drax turbine upgrade will deliver 40% efficiency gain

Drax power station is a month away from the completion of a £100m steam turbine upgrade which it claims will cut the plant's CO2 emissions by one million tonnes a year.

Tarmac signs national recycling agreement with Biffa

The UK's largest road surfacing and maintenance company Tarmac has signed a deal with Biffa to manage its waste and recycling services across the country.

Rio Tinto is exploring new ways to tap into sustainable mineral extraction

Rio Tinto poised to ramp up mineral recovery from waste rock

Global mining giant Rio Tinto is embarking on a pioneering minerals recovery programme that will separate valuable ore from waste rock during underground tunnelling operations.

UK energy sector 'most vulnerable' to extreme weather

The UK's energy sector is 'most vulnerable' to the affects of extreme weather events, the first comprehensive risk assessment into climate change has warned.

Balfour Beatty develops closed loop process for plastic waste

Balfour Beatty is recycling waste plastic from its sites into cable protection covers for use during utility maintenance work in what is thought to be an industry first.

Large-scale oil recovery operation up for an award

A project to safely remove and recycle 6.4 million litres of gas oil at Derwent Power Station has been nominated for an environmental award.

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