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Large-scale water recycling technology could provide a solution where there are water constraints in areas of new urban development. However, the English water industry would need to adopt a more flexible approach to its structure and standards first, says Bob Sargent.

WPL adds to range – and gains LABC nod

Big society, less water use

The Government needs to understand the importance of water management, says Michael Farnsworth. And local authorities, organisations and citizens can play a critical role in reducing the impacts of mains water overuse.

Richard Howson said 2013 was 'a good year in terms of sustainability' for the support services company

Carillion CEO hails 2013 as 'a good year for sustainability'

Carillion chief executive Richard Howson has stressed that sustainability is a vital ingredient for business success in today's markets and can make a clear contribution to the bottom line.

Royal Mail posts strong water reductions following privatisation

Royal Mail Group reduced its water consumption by 12.6% in 2012-2013, compared to 2011-2012, through a combination of efficiency measures and a reduction of its workforce.

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Work begins on £20m green bus depot in Glasgow

International infrastructure group, Balfour Beatty, has started work on what will be one of the "greenest bus depots in the UK".

Sainsbury's to open first carbon, waste and water neutral store

Sainsbury's will be opening its most environmentally friendly store in Leicester which will emit zero carbon from all operational energy used, send zero waste to landfill and will have zero impact on the water usage of the local catchment area.

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Sainsbury's stores go 'water neutral'

Sainsbury's has moved to reset the bar in terms of water efficiency with its first 'water neutral' store in Weymouth Gateway. Next month, a new site opening in Leicester will also achieve the same status.

Efficient operation at M&S' Cheshire Oaks store has resulted in 21% less electricity and 60% less heating fuel consumption than the designer's predicted

M&S' Cheshire Oaks store exceeds energy and carbon expectations

Marks & Spencer's (M&S) Cheshire Oaks store has achieved a 42% reduction in energy use compared to an equivalent store - against a target of 30% - in its first year in operation.

A rainwater harvesting system provides water for the 300 goats at Broughgammon's farm

Irish goat farm achieves 'water champion' status

Family-run Broughgammon Farm in Ballycastle has become the second farm to receive the Consumer Council's 'Water Champion's' Award for reducing usage and saving money through the implementation of efficiency measures.

Calls mount to design water sensitivity into urban landscapes

More must be done to drive water sensitive urban design where water cycle management is integrated with the built environment, according to a construction think tank.

AkzoNobel achieves water standard for cutting consumption

AkzoNobel's UK Decorative Paints business has become the first company in the DIY and construction industry to achieve the Carbon Trust's Water Standard award for cutting water use.

Sainsburys cuts water consumption by 50%

Sainsbury's has reduced its water consumption across its estate by 50% since 2005, largely due to recycling and utilising rainwater throughout its operations.

VW's solar PV array is the largest of any car manufacturer in the US

Why being green means thinking blue for Volkswagen

Waterless technology, rainwater harvesting, Platinum LEED certification and the largest solar PV array of any car manufacturer in the US, Rob Bell finds out what's driving VW's 'Think Blue.Factory' strategy at its Chattanooga facility stateside

Businesses encouraged to embrace sustainable water management

Businesses are being urged to consider a fresh approach to managing their water usage and disposal, through a new sustainable management concept, which aims to underpin business resilience and generate cost savings.

M&S green leasing policy to improve environmental performance of stores

Marks & Spencer (M&S) stores will now have 'green' clauses enabling landlords and tenants to better manage a building's environmental performance.

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.

London Bridge Station scores highest for sustainability

London Bridge Station has achieved the highest ever CEEQUAL rating for sustainability in civil engineering following a major redevelopment of the site.

Gary Neville has submitted new 'greener' proposals for his eco-home

Residents tackle Gary Neville's wind turbine plans

Ex-Manchester United player Gary Neville has decided not to install a wind turbine at his 'eco-home' after local residents contested the plans.

Drought boosts popularity of rainwater harvesting

Drain Center has seen sales of its rainwater harvesting kits rocket by 40% compared to last year, as a result of UK drought.

The full report will be launched on June 19th at the Rio+20 Conference

In-depth report on global water management progress

Water efficiency progress is "lagging behind other water management reforms", according to the preliminary results of the latest UN-Water survey.

Olympics legacy unveils zero waste and carbon vision

The London 2012 Olympic Games legacy will set a benchmark for sustainable living with the creation of a park complex built to zero carbon and waste standards.

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M&S set to launch flagship eco-store

Marks & Spencer has unveiled plans for its largest sustainable store yet as part of its Plan A commitment in Cheshire Oaks near Ellesmere Port.

Diageo's brands include Guinness and Johnnie Walker. The company plans to cut emissions and increase water efficiency

Diageo invest in green production plants

By investing in environmentally sustainable production, Diageo has shown its commitment to a green vision of the future

UPDATED: Water restrictions expected next month

In light of today's (March 12) announcement that water restrictions are set to come into force next month, edie asks water intensive industry how it will be affected.

ANALYSIS: British soft drink sector tackles water wastage

Reducing water use by 20% by 2020, compared with a 2007 baseline, in the production chain is the second key area flagged up in the British Soft Drinks Association's (BSDA) Sustainability Progress report.

Grand designs on water

Water sensitive urban design has a big role to play in creating an economical and resilient water infrastructure for the UK, argues Paul Shaffer, associate of the construction industry association, CIRIA

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Dogs Trust kennel gets £5M of environmental imporvements

Abandoned dogs are to be kept warmer through a more environmental way after a wood pellet heating system was built at their kennel.

Wales' Millennium Stadium claims green first

The iconic Millennium Stadium has announced it is the first stadia in the UK to achieve BS 8901.

Scouts extend good deeds to water sustainability

The Scouts are learning about sustainable water use with a new rainwater system at a Scout Activity Centre in the New Forest.

WHO releases new drinking-water guidelines

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released new revised drinking-water guidelines to prevent waterborne disease.

Rainwater harvesting solves flooding problems

Wessex Water is using rainwater harvesting as part of its flood alleviation measures in Dorset.

A big drop of ingenuity

Rainwater harvesting is the perfect answer to the new standards for water consumption in sustainable homes, says Steff Wright, chairman of the Gusto Group and a member of the Rainwater Harvesting Association

Protecting water quality in premises and mains

Is the enforcement of the Water Fittings Regulations a bureaucratic burden or essential to protect and save?
Definitely the latter, says Steve Tuckwell, managing director of the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme

How precast CSOs save time and cut labour costs

Kijlstra has pioneered the use of precast CSOs in the Dutch water industry – and is now promoting the use of precast in the UK.

IHG will work with the Water Footprint Network to develop a water stewardship programme

World Water Week sees hotel giant announce water stewardship programme

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the appointment of global water-use experts, the Water Footprint Network, to develop a worldwide water stewardship programme for the hotel group.

Melbourne's Rectangle Stadium features a rainwater collection system that saves up to 500,000 gallons of water every year

Greening the game: The world's most sustainable stadiums

Sports stadiums and pitches often require vast amounts of energy, water and raw materials to maintain them, with little prior thought given to sustainability. But the vast amounts of money involved in professional sport lends itself to exciting innovations, and the stadiums are no different.

Hartlepool Innovation Centre

Rainwater harvesting for innovation centre

The Tata Steel Innovation Centre in Hartlepool is to be enhanced by a new rainwater harvesting system.

Nikwax produces performance solutions for outdoor clothing and equipment that are environmentally safe

Nikwax: Using green chemistry to stand out from the crowd

Winning the Queen's Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development is no easy task. But for Nikwax, it was deserved recognition. From harvesting rainwater to adopting a stringent restricted chemicals policy, the waterproofing and aftercare manufacturer is leading the way as a truly 'sustainable' business.

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Supermarket giant unveils UK's largest modular build eco-store

The largest modular build in the UK was unveiled today (January 28) as a new green build superstore in Warwickshire.

Olympian effort flows through

The site for the London Olympics 2012 includes a brand new deep water pumping station - and the UK's biggest municipal water recycling project ever. But, as Claire Smith reports, the capital's impressive engineering history is not being forgotten

MasterCard HQ goes green

MasterCard's main technology centre has been recognised for its green credentials after winning LEED Gold certification.

A bit of a damp squib?

Rainwater harvesting is a good idea, but potential users need to consider all the implications, says Steve Cupples.

Air of optimism reigned at IWEX 2010

IWEX 2010 took place last month at the NEC in Birmingham. Visitors and exhibitors agree the show that this year's exhibition was a place to do business.

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Excellent report for Welsh eco-schools

Primary schools in Wales are showing the way on the sustainability front as a growing number of authorities embrace green building techniques as new facilities are needed.

Getting sustainable water supply into the mindset

The Environment Agency (EA) has been building on its Water Resource Strategy to embed sustainability into the water supply and infrastructure of England and Wales. Natasha Wiseman asked head of water resources, Ian Barker, what a more sustainable future might look like.

Home Retail Group breaks its silence on sustainability

Home Retail Group - owners of Argos and Homebase - has spoken to edie.net about their sustainability agenda.

Hospitality chain announces first low-carbon restaurant

Leisure chain Whitbread has announced details of a second green hotel and its first low-carbon restaurant.

Water must not become a reason for war

Making sure water does not become a reason for war is a main part of the agenda for Britain at Copenhagen, according to Hilary Benn MP.

End of term report: Could we do better for the WFD?

The WFD's deadline for achieving its water management objectives is getting closer. But, says Chris Williams, Chief Operating Officer of Hydro International, recent flood activity has made us lose sight of the underlying concerns

Government seeks opinions on renewables obligation worth over £1 billion by 2010

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is looking for feedback on its new renewable energy plan requiring electricity suppliers to source a proportion of their energy from renewables, a scheme which, the DTI says, will be worth more than £1 billion by 2010, and even more in the following years.

Flood control needs a collaborative approach

Dr Jason Shingleton is marketing and development director at Polypipe Water Management Solutions (WMS). We caught up with him to discuss the latest sustainable drainage and water management issues.

Rain - a valuable resource

With water conservation high on the agenda, Andy Thompson looks at the latest developments in rainwater harvesting.

Costs must rise to £1B mark to protect against flood risk

Investment in flood defences needs to double by 2035 to cope with global warming. As a result, contractors will see plenty of opportunities to maintain and build flood defences. Dean Stiles reports.

Water stress must be high on MEP agenda, say focus groups

Newly-elected members of European Parliament should put water stress at the top of their agenda, British Water has urged in response to forecasters predicting a hot, dry summer for Britain, which could lead to hosepipe bans for tens of millions of people.

Rainwater or greywater?

In the second in a series of articles, Stormsaver's Michael Farnsworth discusses the relative benefits of rainwater harvesting and greywater recycling, and explains the advantages and disadvantages of each method.

Burkert valves offer top-up facility to existing systems

Rainwater harvesting systems have many benefits, not only to the environment but also to the average householder as well as business. The collection systems are helping to address the ever-increasing demand for drinking water.

Total cost solutions the trend for tanks

Suppliers of tanks must meet regulatory and industry standards without compromising on the quality and reliability of products. David Cox explains.

In search of the one-litre drop

Regulators are putting pressure on water companies to save more and more water, which means consumers will be asked to play a big role as well. Jonathan Reed maintains technology will only get us so far - it is a behavioural shift that is needed.

Products of the times

Technology is really stepping up to the plate in the drive to make homes more sustainable - from the foundations up to the roof. Kevin Stanley takes us on a tour of cutting-edge products, available in the UK right now, that do their bit to mitigate climate change

Fresh take on an old idea

There is nothing new about rainwater harvesting - it has been with us for centuries. Dr Ian Pallett looks at the need to take this old concept into the future - for the sake of sustainability - and at the regulations and technologies involved.

Self-cleaning filtration cuts bills and saves environment

Merseyside-based Industrial Purification Systems has brought a technology to market that, it says, bridges the gap between conventional water filter systems and the more advanced membrane technology

Weathering the storm

Polypipe Civils is investing heavily in advanced stormwater management systems. Natasha Wiseman spoke to marketing and development director Jason Shingleton to find out what is happening in the sector

A way for filtration to clean up its act

Steve Cupples gives the lowdown on a filtration system that, he says, will extend membrane lifespan and, because it uses less chemicals in the process, is kinder to the environment.

Catching up with Swede success

They did it first, they did it flat-pack - Ikea doesn't need to jump on the green bandwagon because they've been sitting up front and driving it since the mid-1980s. Tom Idle spoke to environment manager Charlie Browne

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

Ready, steady BUILD

The UK housing sector faces unprecedented change, and the most ambitious sustainability targets in the world. Mike Scott reports on the challenges ahead

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

How to get ahead in property

The buildings sector accounts for 40% of CO2 emissions. But laws and customer demands are changing, and businesses that adapt early will come out on top

Tomorrow's home today

The government's proposal that all new homes should be zero-carbon rated by
2016 has set a tough target for housebuilders in terms of design, delivery and affordability. Gary Mills reports on a new development which addresses these issues

The green team

Civil-engineering supplier Burdens has streamlined its water and environmental products and services into a new division, Burdens Environmental. WWT's acting editor, Natasha Wiseman, reports

Lessons on drought from down under

Singapore and Australia are each battling their own water resource problems. A British Water global mission visited both countries to see how they are dealing with the issue. Dr Ian Pallett reports.

The sky's the limit

Rainwater harvesting is at the forefront of the sustainability debate. Dean Stiles reports on what is said to be a market which is doubling every year for domestic and commercial uses

Overlooking the obvious

Rainwater harvesting can drastically cut water demand - yet it is being grossly underestimated, writes Chris Williams.

Bridging the brownfield

The Bridge is a £400M scheme that aims to turn a 107 hectare brownfield site into a "culturally vibrant" new community. John Haven describes the ambitious Dartford development

Self-help improves supplies in rural Uganda

A recently completed study into rural water self-help initiatives in Uganda has identified considerable household- and community-level improvements to rural water supplies, and significant potential for encouraging further implementation of self-supply initiatives. Professor Richard Carter of the UK's Cranfield University, team leader for the project, and Aaron Kabirizi, the Ugandan government's assistant commissioner for rural water, outline the study team's findings.

Saudis test RWH and storage techniques

A two-part project to test and implement rainwater harvesting (RWH) and storage techniques in Saudi Arabia was motivated by the need to maximise the retention of resources in this dry environment. Abdul Malek A Al Sheikh of the Prince Sultan Research Center for Environment, Water and Desert (PSRCEWD) at King Saud University in Saudi Arabia explains the project's design and execution.

Ikea begins bag revolution

When Tom Idle visited Ikea to ask UK environment manager Charlie Browne why it decided to charge for its carrier bags, he met a company constantly striving to be the best

Sedum plants covering the youth hostel roof provide insulation and a home to wildlife

First British tourist accomodation eco-labelled

Two Yorkshire youth hostels were the first British tourist accommodation to be awarded the EU eco-label, joining a long list of energy and resource-efficient products and services.

Education counters contamination in Bangladesh

Rainwater harvesting projects in Bangladesh, combined with education programmes, may be key to addressing the critical water supply issues facing the country. Freelance journalist Rachel King recently toured numerous projects with Mohammed Azahar Ali, executive director and founder of the non-governmental Society for People's Actions in Change and Equity (SPACE). In an exclusive for World Water, she reports on the progress being made.

Local knowledge could help Indian irrigation

In recent years, the erosion of local knowledge about the natural environment and micro-climate has hindered agricultural production in western Rajasthan, claims freelance irrigation and drainage engineer Bhanwar Dan Bithu

Establishing the sustainability of water efficiency measures

Mike Pocock, of Veolia Water, describes the latest developments in UKWIR's water-efficiency programme

Intergration or inundation

Barrie Clarke of Water UK says the fear of flooding is putting pressure on planners and policy-makers to work together

After rooftop collection, rainwater will be piped to the tank.

Education spin-off from Indian RWH

As Delhi hosts national Mass Awareness Week on Rainwater Harvesting for India (see News), Dr Rolf Leutert, president of the philanthropic Bicentenary Foundation at Georg Fischer AG, explains how RWH projects are not only improving clean water provision in some villages but improving literacy rates among women and children.

Introduction of the Rota-sludge to a micro well-drilling project in Nicaragua has cut the time taken to create a well from 20 days to three. Similar schemes might help developing countries achieve Water Decade goals.  Photo: <a href=practicafoundation">

Micro options can help bottom-up approach

As industry experts warn that the world is failing to achieve the MDG targets for water and sanitation provision, Allerd Stikker of the Ecological Management Foundation calls for a fresh approach.

Political drive needed to reach goals - Rouse

Out-going President Michael Rouse shares his views on global water issues with Natasha Wiseman

Feel free to try Gusto's system

The supply and disposal of water is becoming increasingly important for developers. Award winner Gusto Construction divulges the secrets surrounding its successful Freerain system

Green by name, green by nature

The greenwater treatment plant is designed to capture and cope with all wastewater treatment and recycling on-site. Consultant David Triggs explores the world of BedZed

Improved efficiency requires cultural change

For Britain to achieve significant improvements in water efficiency, there must be a cultural shift to accept the importance of saving water, not only at a corporate level, but also on behalf of the individual. RAJ Arthur reports.

Stop Pouring Your Money Away

In a world where the use of limited resources is being reassessed, and in an economic environment where the cost of mains water is expensive, sometimes unreliable and poised to become more so, building owners must take into account water conservation.

Government seeks opinions on renewables obligation worth over £1 billion by 2010

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is looking for feedback on its new renewable energy plan requiring electricity suppliers to source a proportion of their energy from renewables, a scheme which, the DTI says, will be worth more than £1 billion by 2010, and even more in the following years.

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