Day: 8 March 2005
‘Green’ labels flag up fuel efficient vehicles
A substantial reduction in traffic emissions is seen as a key element in tackling global warming. Government and industry are combining forces to promote more environmentally sustainable vehicles and fuels, with a Cleaner Vehicle Labelling Scheme the latest joint initiative. In this months Tracking Trends feature LAWE focuses on new technology and continuing development of specialised RCVs and recycling vehicles. A complementary preview of this year's CV Show takes a selective look at exhibits relevant to the waste management and environmental sectors. Editor Alexander Catto reports.
Bio-diesel fuels environmentally positive transport route
As more and more leading organisations recognise the increased importance of sound ethical and environmental practices, Green Routes, based in Winnington, Cheshire, lays claim to be the first company in the country to offer a dedicated bio-fuelled transport solution.
Hounslow keys in to fuel management and depot security
Fuel management is a key operation for all local authorities, and the London Borough of Hounslow, a major consumer of diesel fuel, is no exception. Deliveries to Environmental Direct Services Bridge Road depot are currently running at 20,000 litres every two weeks.
Onyx Group opts for BMI ejector trailers
Waste management contractor, Onyx Group, has taken delivery of its first trailers from BMI of Dungannon, Co Tyrone. The 15 ejector trailers, designed for enhanced on-site and on-road safety, are in use on a high-profile contract with the London Borough of Bromley, while a further two are on order to service the group's contracts with Tysley Waste Disposal in Birmingham and Onyx South Downs at Eastbourne.
Portable MBR technology extends leachate treatment options
Tony Robinson, Operations Manager of Wehrle Environmental, puts forward the case that new regulations and the mounting costs of landfill may prompt operators to take a fresh look at current practices. Wehrle has over 15 years of experience of working with European and Asian landfill companies. The company's plants have been installed on over 58 landfill sites throughout the world and treat over 10,000 m3/day of leachate. Wehrle designs and builds leachate treatment plants and also operates them on behalf of its customers.
Affordable remote monitoring set for take off
Remote monitoring is an idea that has been long talked about - but according to Chris Dakin, founder and Managing Director of Gas Data, the waiting is over. He claims that the technology has finally arrived - at the right cost. Gas Data is already providing remote monitoring for a European company which has invested in the management of a major landfill site in South America. This provides data that is environmentally, technically and commercially beneficial as "Carbon Credits" are eagerly sought under the Kyoto Protocol.
High performance standards boost accreditation
Achieving high standards of management is a priority across the environmental and waste management sectors, in both the public and private arenas. Local authorities and commercial businesses keep a wary eye on their perceived image, often reflected in how they rate in terms of attaining ISO certification, EMS and EMAS, and, more particularly in LAs, by how many stars they gain under inspection by the Audit Commission.
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