Day: 1 July 2002
‘Best Value’ partnership map out the road ahead
The new regime imposed under the 'Best Value' concept is proving a catalyst in promoting partnerships between local authorities and their suppliers on the municipal vehicles front, involving also the fast growing hire, rental and contract leasing sector. These service providers offer a major market for RCVs and suppliers of bodies, lifting and ancillary equipment
Competitive market shapes vehicle development
In the highly active RCV market the big prizes offered by public and private sectors buyers to chassis and body builders, plus lifting equipment and accessory suppliers, continue to stimulate innovation and improvements across the board as LAWE reports in the latest of the Tracking Trends series. Change is also the name of the game on the manufacturing front with major companies coming under new ownership or relocating production in response to increasing competition.
Probing technology minimises land risks
The recent use by the BBC Timeteam Series of Ground Probing Radar (GPR) for their archaeological investigations and historical sub-surface ground examinations has increased public awareness of the benefits of using GPR to locate non-metallic and metallic objects prior to any ground remediation or top soil removal for contaminated land disposal.
The A-Z of environmental legislation
The NetRegs Development Project was launched last year to provide comprehensive and clear web-based guidelines to businesses (SMEs in particular), on how to comply with the environmental legislation which affects them. IEM spoke to NetRegs programme co-ordinator, Tim Fanshawe, about the need for and the ongoing development of this valuable resource.
The grand Scheme of things
The Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) Scheme provides a tax incentive for the general business sector to engage in good environmental practice, but does it address the wider issues of environmental impact which affect companies large and small? Jason Rayfield spoke to managing director of Haden Drysys, Paul Farrington, about ways in which the scheme could be improved by looking long term and applying it to the environmental industry as a whole.
Eager to be legal
An intended attribute of a risk-based environmental management system (EMS) that
meets ISO 14001:1996 (the EMS standard) is compliance with the appropriate legal
David Powley, of DNV Certification, provides basic advice on how the management system can be used to full effect with a view to it withstanding an independent certification audit.
Integration eases the stake holder burden
How do you prove to regulators, customers, government, the public and the stock market that you are complying with their demands and expectations on corporate performance? Principal consultant at AIG Consultants, Stephen McKay asserts that environmental control measures need to be integrated into core business and assurance processes.
Putting decommissioning on the map
Reactors and robots, paratroopers and planes - the Harwell site in Oxfordshire has seen it all. Soon to be hailed as an international business centre, the area is currently undergoing a thorough liability review. In the second part of the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) series, Beverly La Ferla learns how a new computer mapping tool has facilitated a site assessment for chemical and nuclear ground contamination.
Cementing a new path for remediation
Changing UK contaminated land policy, dwindling landfill capacity and new EU legislation on landfill will have a major impact on the way contaminated land is remediated. Castle Cement claims to have an answer in the form of its stabilisation solidification technology, which after some success in the USA and Europe, is about to be unleashed onto the UK remediation market.
Remediation: it’s all in the technique
Using specialists in the field of geology, hydrogeology, chemistry, biotechnology and engineering, INEX Ground Remediation specialises in the treatment of contaminated land, using multiple remediation techniques to unlock valuable land for development. One project which illustrates the company's abilities is Oakfield in Ryde on the Isle of Wight. The site had seen several sorts of usage over the past century, ranging from a scrap yard, through landfill to a metal works. More recently, in the 1980s and 1990s, it was a brownfield site.
Composting plays growing role in waste strategy
Composting, which is a key link within the Waste Strategy in the drive to reduce the volume of waste going to landfill in the UK, should be given a boost by initiatives and policy decisions announced this year, including a national Composting Awareness event and a risk assessment by DEFRA on the composting of catering waste containing meat.
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