Day: 1 March 2002
Policy makers step on the gas with plans to charge road users on congested highways
The imperatives driving transport policy are set to change, both in the short term, with London Mayor Ken Livingstone's decision to impose a congestion tax on central London, and in the long term, with the proposals by the Commission for Integrated Transport to price many vehicles off the road. Both moves have significant implications for the environment - in terms of achieving a significant lowering of traffic generated pollution - and for all forms of transport and vehicles used in waste management. The options of sending waste by rail or by water, reviewed on page 8 of this latest LAWE Tracking Trends series, should come much more into the picture, backed by Best Value policies.
Hazardous waste banished to the salt mines
Enviros, which specialises in environmental consultancy and software products, has been advising Minosus since 1999 on the development of its proposed hazardous waste disposal facility. Minosus is a joint venture between Salt Union and Sarp Industries (part of the Vivendi Environnement Group). The proposal is to dispose of drummed or bagged wastes in the deep, dry salt mine at Winsford, Cheshire - the first such proposal in the UK, although similar facilities have been operated in Germany and France for many years.
Blue sky research
A number of projects within the Natural Environment Research Council's URGENT programme are concerned with the chemical reactions that occur between pollutants and the natural components of urban air, and with developing models that will enable better management of air quality. Mike Welch, University of Birmingham, explains how.
SEA and easy
Site Energy Assessments (SEAs), part of the government's Action Energy Programme, are completely free initial reports on how well or badly your organisation is using energy. Vilnis Vesma introduces a valuable, if little known, source of grants for companies wishing to cut their energy bills.
Air on a shoe string
Estimated to account for more than 80 Tera (1012) Watt hours of electricity consumption, and 55 million tonnes of CO2 per year across the EU, compressed air is equivalent to around ten per cent of total industrial electricity consumption. PNEUROP, the European Committee of Compressors, Vaccum Pumps and Pneumatic Tools, surveyed its members on the relevance of energy efficiency to them. Dave Welch, Ingersoll-Rand, on the results.
Light cast on energy savings
The EU Management of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive will require producers to take back end of life products and either recycle or reuse them or their constituent materials. The scope of this directive includes the majority of electrical and electronic equipment used in households and commercial and industrial premises, including lamps (bulbs and tubes), luminaires (light fittings) and lighting controls (or ballasts - the devices that control current through discharge tubes, or fluorescent lights).
Rubber stamp for Zeon effluent upgrade
ACWa Services Ltd has been awarded a £1.2m turnkey design and build contract from latex manufacturer Zeon Chemicals Europe Ltd to extend the company's effluent treatment system at Sully, South Wales. ACWa's site treatability study demonstrated that a 50-60 per cent reduction in the Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) of the latex was possible, with the installation of an activated sludge system, modifications to the existing feed supply equipment and dissolved air flotation (DAF) system.
Specialists target waste management operations
The Commercial Vehicle Show 2000, being held from 30 April - 2 May, 2002, at the NEC, Birmingham, offers visitors the change to see the latest in vehicle technology. This selective LAWE Focus feature previews exhibitors with products employed in the waste management and environmental markets
Landfill operators get in shape to meet deadline for site Conditioning plans
By July 2002 operators of landfill sites will have to submit a Site Conditioning Plan to the Environment Agency to meet the requirements of the Landfill Directive and to avoid the risk of committing a criminal offence. The Agency is assisting landfill operators through a Conditioning Plan Pack and a series of workshops around the country
Study will predict the impact of changing landfill practice on leachate quality
The Environment Agency has commissioned the second phase of a consultancy project to predict the impact of changing landfill practice on leachate quality in the UK, as progressive implementation of the Landfill Directive (1999/31/EC) changes the nature of waste inputs. The Agency will require data to use as a source term to help it assess applications for new landfills and extensions to existing landfill sites
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