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Medical equipment gets thorough physical

Designers of electrical medical equipment now must adhere to a new standard, ensuring eco-design principles are maintained. Where did it come from and what will it demand of the medical industry?
Dr Aidan Turnbull

It's never too late to innovate

Pneumatic actuators have many advantages over their electrical counterparts for the water and wastewater process industries. These components are used extensively by the industry worldwide, except in the UK. Festo's Martin Hunt tries to pinpoint why, and sees an encouraging shift in attitudes.

Kent coast standards soar in £66M cleanup project

The first flows for the Margate & Broadstairs Urban Wastewater Treatment Scheme were pumped along 11km of new pipeline to a new wastewater works at Weatherlees, Kent, in March. Natasha Wiseman visited the site.

Eurotunnel and Hach Lange tackle groundwater monitoring

The groundwater which collects around the Channel Tunnel transport system needs to be monitored before being discharged to the sea. Clive Murren, project manager for Hach Lange, describes how systems were developed to safeguard against contamination

Bottles, cans, unwanted presents - we're running out of room

Did you know that following our festive celebrations, around 3 million tonnes of unwanted Christmas presents were dumped in the bin. That's a hell of a lot of cardigans, socks and jumpers rudely disregarded as rubbish - and plenty of aunties and grannies left none-the-wiser.

Singapore SingSpring

The new desalination plant in Singapore is a first in many ways. Frank Rogalla and Black & Veatch colleagues William Young and Don Ratnayaka discuss the plant

Edie Environmental Legislation Summary (October 2005)

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 developments this month we see the final proposal of the EC's thematic air strategy, plans to bring the aviation industry into pan-European carbon trading schemes, more changes to UK law on GMOs, safety zones banning shipping from getting close to oil rigs and a welcome effort to eliminate Euro POPs.

Making cents

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Louis Perroy argues that financial institutions are ignoring at their peril the risks posed by climate change

The Huaneng Yuhuan Power Plant in Zhejiang Province will draw seawater from the East China Sea.

Power to seawater RO in China

The growth of industry and rising cost of water in China has led one energy company to opt for desalination for boiler feed water and drinking water at its power plant in the coastal province of Zhejiang. Technical specialist Angela Amalfitano and Kenneth Lam, managing director for China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, at Canadian membrane manufacturer Zenon Environmental, explain the plan.

Virgin Trains achieves environmental management certification

Virgin Trains has achieved ISO 14001, the internationally recognised Environmental Management System standard.

Businesses join forces for meaningful dialogue on sustainable development

Costain and Arriva Trains Wales are due to hold talks with the Welsh Government later today on how to advance the sustainable development agenda.

Southern Railway sets out platform for smarter resource efficiency

One of the UK's leading train operators is looking to forge stronger networks in its sustainable ambitions, to leave a lasting legacy both on and off the tracks. Maxine Perella reports

Clapham Junction station will automatically be able to dim the lights down to a minimum value when the station is not in operation

Clapham Junction to cut energy consumption with 'intelligent' lighting

The UK's busiest train station, Clapham Junction, is cutting energy consumption through the implementation of lighting efficiencies.

Global Action Plan to put smarter business travel on the agenda

Companies that cut down on business travel and adopt smarter working practices can reduce costs, carbon emissions and increase productivity, according to environmental charity Global Action Plan (GAP).

Abu Dhabi - a city with growing demand for better water infrastructure

GE contracted for world's largest wastewater treatment plant

General Electric's (GE) Power Conversion business has won a contract worth more than $10m (£6.2m) to help with the construction of the world's largest wastewater treatment plant in Abu Dhabi.

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.

The report's authors state that CO2 emissions savings could be four times Government predictions if the system is made as 'green as possible'

High-speed rail could offer carbon savings of over 70%

High-speed rail networks have the potential to deliver massive carbon benefits but only if backed by bold Government policy initiatives and the right development choices, concludes a report commissioned by three UK environmental bodies.

The five-year sustainability targets are set to be achieved by April 2014

Stagecoach re-certified for carbon savings

Transport group Stagecoach has announced a 5.6% reduction in carbon emissions over the past two years, earning it the Carbon Trust Standard for the second time.

Barging into the future

Could freight by water be the way forward for waste? As British industry seeks cost-effective alternatives to road-based transport, Malcolm Chilton makes the case

Work starts on world's largest solar PV bridge in London

More than 4,400 panels could make Blackfriars in central London the world's largest solar bridge, according to Network Rail.

Potentially Australia's largest new power scheme ready to go

Energy giant Chevron Corporation has given final financial approval to start work on its $29bn gas refining facility in Australia.

Senior management now has a responsibility for carbon reduction targets

Go-Ahead takes the greener route

As a leading public transport company Go-Ahead has a big carbon footprint. But the firm is taking positive steps to reduce it.

Burst water main leads to travel chaos

Trains services between London and Brighton have been suspended after a burst water main flooded railway lines.

Eurostar expands Tread Lightly goals

Eurostar is building on its original Tread Lightly target, to reduce emissions by 35% per traveller journey by 2012.

Peter Bragg, Eurostar

Energy manager profile: Eurostar's Peter Bragg

The first thing I notice on entering Eurostar's corporate offices at King's Cross, is the Tread Lightly recycling bins.

Protest groups plan action against HS2

The government is beginning its consultation on plans for a high-speed rail link between London and Birmingham today (February 28).

Council bus cuts to hit environment

Two-thirds of British local authorities are looking to cut public transport use, according to a report released this morning (February 3).

Eurostar encourages customers to 'tread lightly'

Most businesses are getting to grips with the need to drive forward a sustainable agenda. The financial benefits are clear: using less energy costs less.

Green transport enters the fast lane with leading awards scheme

Edie's Awards for Environmental Excellence is to expand this year with the addition of new category looking to find the best projects in sustainable transport.

'White elephant' green spending should be ploughed into road and rail infrastructure

A right-leaning think tank has published a report arguing that the billions spent on subsidising the green agenda would be better spent on the UK's basic infrastructure.

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'

So, which is it: Saint or sinner?

Biofuels are a bit like the little girl in the nursery rhyme, they're either very, very good, or very, very bad - it just depends on who you talk to. Erik Jaques referees a heated and well-fuelled debate

Public transport use increase in Northern Ireland

More and more people are using public transport in Northern Ireland and helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the country, a new study has shown.

The project – named Mission Zero Corridor - takes its name from Interface’s Mission Zero initiative

Driving change: What will the planet's roads look like in 2050?

From algae refuelling stations to wildlife bridges, the roads of the future will not just be inanimate slugs of concrete, but an important part of an emissions-free planet. How will we get there? Brad Allen finds out.

Greener trains roll out across Ireland

The trains used in Ireland are being updated and the new fleet will be the greenest diesel train fleet in Europe, it has been claimed.

The study found that 16% of all food that reached consumers was thrown away

UK wastes the most food in Europe

The UK is the worst-performing country in Europe when it comes to food waste, throwing away almost 6kg of food per household every week.

Network Rail could save £30m on electricity costs by installing solar panels on unused trackside land

National Rail land 'could produce 2.4GW of solar power'

Network Rail could save £30m on electricity costs by installing solar panels on unused trackside land, as well as cutting nearly 900 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year, according to a new report.

Network Rail has highlighted the potential for battery-powered trains to bridge gaps between electrified parts of the network

VIDEO: Network Rail trials Britain's first battery-powered train

The first battery-powered train to run on Britain's rail network in more than 50 years will carry its first passengers this week.

Virgin trains to trial biodiesel mix

Train operator Virgin is to trial a fuel which contains 20% biodiesel in one of its engines, with the intention of upping the biofuel in the mix and rolling the scheme out across its fleet.

Chinese railways pledge to cut pollution

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Keen to be green: Eurostar is heading down the CSR track

Eurostar to build on green track record

Cross Channel train company Eurostar has announced plans to cut its carbon emissions and make rail an even more environmentally attractive means of travel.

Dodge the crowds: Come in late or work from home - advice that will be music to commuters' ears

More carriages no solution to train overcrowding

Commuters who find themselves squeezed like sardines into the trains which carry them to work every morning may feel they have won a victory this week, with the Government pledging that it will pay for more carriages, but according to a respected campaign group, they'd be better off staying at home.

Train emissions, as well as those from ships, are being shunted up the political agenda

America targets ship and train pollution

New standards to tackle emissions from the heavy diesel engines of ships and trains have been put forward by the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Battery manufacturers charged with task of making product safer

With less than a year to go until the new EU Batteries Directive becomes national law, UK battery producers must take practical steps now to ensure that their products and practices confirm to the stringent requirements of the directive. Here Karine Dalleau, consultant at WSP Environmental, outlines the changes.

Travel agents urged to offer greener holidays

The British travel industry must change its irresponsible ways when it comes to the environment and do more to minimise impacts, especially on climate, environmental campaigners have said.

Clockwise from top left: Geoff Stiles, Leila Gassmann, Saqeb Mueem, Brian Storey, Edward Armitage and Ros

The environment is key issue for voters

In what might be remembered as the year the political debate over the environment heated up, edie news trotted down to polling stations in two very different parts of London to quiz the voters on whether the planet mattered.

Six new gas engines will deliver cheaper low-carbon electricity for the Tube network

Boris brings Underground into 21st century with low-carbon investment

London's infamous Tube network will become more energy efficient under new plans to transform Greenwich Power Station into a combined heat and power plant with new gas engines that are cleaner, quieter and up to 90% more efficient.

Nicky Gavron receives the award from Steve Howard

London leaders lauded

Leaders of London have received an award for their efforts to ensure the city takes responsibility for its own impact on the climate and address its emissions.

Magnetic Levitation (Maglev) trains can reach speeds in excess of 300mph while also reducing CO2 emissions

Planes, trains and automobiles: Six sustainable transport systems

It is bizarre that in the year 2015, we still rely on a series of controlled explosions to move around, especially when those small explosions produce emissions that are gradually cooking the earth.

The prototype is a retrofitted Abellio Greater Anglia Class 379 train and could, if trials prove successful, be used in non-electrified parts of the rail network

Network Rail trials battery-powered trains

On-track trials have begun with a prototype battery-powered train, the UK's first, at a test track in Derby. If successful, a roll out could mean a significant carbon reduction compared with diesel-powered trains.

Tesco wants to become a zero-carbon business by 2050

Tesco turns to sea and rail travel to cut transport emissions

Tesco has slashed its freight transport emissions by 14 per cent over the past two years, off the back of a 50% reduction achieved between 2006 and 2012.

Hornby, which dispatches a wide range of model trains, cars and aircraft from its warehouse in Thanet, Kent, found that its

Hornby Hobbies cuts energy use by 61% at Kent dispatch site

British model railway manufacturer, Hornby Hobbies, is reducing carbon emissions by 38 tonnes per year at its Kent warehouse by upgrading the sites lighting system.

Advances in membrane systems

Jack Noble, managing director of Zenon Environmental, discusses the developments in the application of membrane technology for iron and manganese removal from potable water

Technically speaking

Black & Veatch's Frank Rogalla looks at the quality of desalination processes

Technically Speaking

Black & Veatch's Frank Rogalla looks at the resurgence of ceramic membranes

Potable water production - new advances

In a second exclusive for World Water, Anthony Bennett of Specialist Technical Solutions Ltd evaluates the use of ultrafiltration and micro-filtration technologies at a number of plants worldwide.

Neat solution gives high quality effluent

Hollow-Fibre Membrane Bioreactors are helping to raise the standard of wastewater treatment in UK. Jack Noble, Managing Director, ZENON Environmental (UK) looks at two rural, and highly sensitive case studies.

Realising the potential of zeta

Bruce Jefferson and Simon Parsons from the School of Water Sciences at Cranfield University explore the physical processes involved in the treatment of water and wastewater flows

Channelling chemical resources

Statiflo believes improvements in static mixer design means much inlet works chemical dosing can be undertaken without using flash mixers. Sales director Gary Richards, reports.

Product water quality at the new desalination plant conforms to EEC drinking water standards and WHO recommendations for potable water.

SWRO makes its debut in Cyprus

A new sea water reverse osmosis plant has been unveiled which could provide the solution for all coastal communities facing water shortage problems.

El Paso sets example for water reclamation

In the early 1980's, the residents of El Paso, Texas, watched water levels in their aquifer decline year after year. The city depended upon the Hueco Bolson aquifer, shared with a city double the size of El Paso, for about 60% of its water. The El Paso Public Service Board devised a plan to maintain adequate levels of fresh drinking water through a wastewater reuse programme, leading to the building of the Fred Hervey Water Reclamation Plant.

Optimising burner/ boiler operation

Customers of Hamworthy Combustion Engineers, one of the world's largest dedicated manufacturers of burners and associated equipment, receive thorough training to operate equipment in order to gain maximum benefit.

Pollution problem prevented at rail station

Honeywell BA298 RPZ valves (Reduced Pressure Zone ­ back flow preventers) are being used to prevent a pollution problem at Leeds City Station as part of the Leeds 2000 Development Project. The valves stop non-potable water from flowing back into the mains when water is supplied to the carriages of the high-speed trains that run between Leeds and London writes Andrew Stokes-Roberts of Honeywell Control Systems.

Dexter's WwTP is divided into two FAST treatment trains, complete with Kraus-Fall Clarifiers

NY town chooses the FAST option

After receiving four state discharge violation notices following rainstorms, the town of Dexter decided to incorporate Smith & Loveless' FAST® system into its WwTP writes James A.Bell, Vice President of Technical Services for Smith and Loveless.

Deal on EU diesel machine emission curbs

EU governments and the European parliament have reached outline agreement on new emissions standards for diesel engines in heavy machinery, trains and inland waterway vessels under a directive on non-road mobile machinery. The compromise requires formal ratification by both sides.

EU could curb emissions from trains and barges

The EU environment committee has approved proposals to reduce emissions from rail stock and canal boats, adding to current legislation on emissions from tractors, cranes and bulldozers.

EU proposes to cut non-road vehicle emissions

The EU is proposing new legislation to curb pollution from tractors, construction equipment and other non-road machinery, including inland boats and diesel trains.

UK Government’s transport policy struggling

Transport Secretary Alistair Darling has admitted that the Government cannot meet its targets on congestion. The Government’s latest figures indicate that road congestion could increase by 11-20% by 2010, but at the same time trains are becoming more unreliable.

Railway use increasing at faster rate than car use

New figures released from the government have revealed an increase in car use of 7% over the last five years, while in that time the number of rail journeys has increased by a substantial 25%. Use of light railways has increased by an even greater 36%, while the number of bus journeys being made nationally remains unchanged compared to 1997.

Greens take on the private car, and Plaid Cymru integrates sustainable development, while a number of parties fail to mention the environment

Having tackled the Liberal Democrats (see related story), Conservatives (see related story) and Labour party (see related story), in the final week before the 2001 general election, edie looks at what other political parties are offering in the way of environmental policies.

Brown’s pre-budget gets thumbs down from environmentalists

Frozen fuel duty and lower prices for low-sulphur fuels are heavily criticised by environmental groups

A bus-filled vision for the future

Environmentalists express concern over cash injection for road building

The Government’s 10 year plan for transport was both welcomed and slammed by environmentalists, who say that it will mean that an election promise to cut journeys by car will be broken.

University patents environmentally-friendly aluminium producing electrode

An electrode which could halve greenhouse gas emissions in the heavily-polluting aluminium smelting process has been patented at Ohio University.

GERMANY: Shell trains builders in solar installation and offers exclusive contracts

Shell aims to achieve 30% share of Germany's growing solar energy market by 2005. To that end, it is training electricians and roofers and offering them exclusive contracts to install Shell solar systems.

£9 million for research to solve UK transport mess

A funding programme aimed at promoting integrated transport solutions has been announced by UK Transport Minister Lord Whitty.

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