Interview: Terry Tamminen
Terry Tamminen is recalling the day after Arnold Schwarzenegger swept to victory in California's 2003 gubernatorial elections.
Give offsetting some credit
Carbon offsetting has come under fire lately. The immaturity of the offset market has led to increased scepticism. But Emily Tyler, a project developer with experience in developing countries argues that this market does have an important role to play
Green route to developing Africa
Many assume that multinationals investing in developing countries abandon their environmental principals in the quest for a fast buck. But, on a recent trip to East Africa, Tom Idle was surprised to find cement giant Lafarge is going to extraordinary lengths to apply green principals in this dynamic emerging market
AFM prove effective alternative to sand
Research shows active filter media (AFM) provide a more effective barrier to the spread of disease than sand. Howard Dryden of Dryden Aqua explains
How to get the most from waste-to-energy
Generating energy from waste is attracting increasing attention. But incineration causes concerns. Andrew Hamilton says his company has a technology that bypasses the issue
Land Rover hits the road to sustainability
Land Rover's Fran Leedham has a balancing act to perform. The company is driving for a greener image, which is embodied in a new concept car. But it also has to cater to its customers' needs. Tom Idle talks to the head of environment and sustainability about her challenging role
Investment in a growing market
Deforestation accounts for a huge 25% of global CO2 emissions. But this is set to change, as forestry in the developing world is becoming a lucrative investment
Edie Environmental Legislation Summary, April 2007
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. This month we see new regulations giving financial incentives for energy saving devices and a law obliging producers to recover and recycle packaging waste, while English and Welsh water undertakers are told in more detail how to prepare and publish water resources management plans.
Edie Environmental Legislation Summary, March 2007
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 new regulations in Britain's green energy and bio-fuel sectors, as rules on co-generation plants guaranteeing the origin of the green electricity they produce enter into force.
The green housing effect
Tim Pollard says the construction industry should stop navel-gazing and start taking action to appease the nation's fear of climate change
Ecobuild: Bigger than ever
Dubbed as Britain's biggest green building information programme, Ecobuild will showcase truly sustainable construction in action. John Haven reports
Burning dust: The hazards
With organic matter being banned from landfills, and high-quality solids required for agriculture, heat drying is an attractive option. Frank Rogalla of Black & Veatch reviews the hazards of drying, and presents ways of reducing safety incidents in design and operation of drying systems
Edie Environmental Legislation Summary (January 2007)
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 laws and policies. The publication of the REACH chemicals regulation in the EU's official journal tops this month's legislative highlights, with the commission setting out the next steps for the regulation. REACH is to apply directly to European states from 1st June 2008 and will replace over 40 chemical laws, making it the biggest piece of legislation ever produced by the Union.
Joining forces against ammonia
Ammonia pollution into the environment is causing increasing concern because of its threat to sensitive habitats. Stan Cheshire looks at ways WwTWs can play a key role in minimising the impact.
Aerobic granular system wins award for Croatia
Croatian company EcoEngineering was winner of the 2006 Eureka Lynx Award for outstanding technological achievement in May. Vice Soljan, director, and Veljko Matic, senior project manager, of EcoEngineering, and Professor Margareta Glancer from the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology at the University of Zagreb describe a new system which uses specially designed mixtures of different bacteria, in granular form, to break down even the most toxic wastes.
Aqua Enviro Technology Transfer has recently held a conference on anaerobic digestion. Here we describe some of the topics up for discussion
France extends Europe's largest WWTP
Europe's largest and oldest wastewater treatment plant, the Seine Aval near Paris, was failing to meet new European discharge standards. Natasha Wiseman reports on the construction of a new nitrification-denitrification unit, using Biostyr technology from French engineering group OTV France (Veolia Water), which will remove the nitrogen contained in the effluent passing through the plant and improve the quality of water returned to the river Seine
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
Croydon council has found partnership working invaluable in developing the UK's first TreeStations - where tree surgery waste is processed into fuel, providing heating for the community. Tom Idle reports
Italy ignores EIA obligations
Italy has come under fire from the EC for failing to carry out an in-depth environmental impact assessment for a major incinerator.
Thermal dried sludge meets EU standards
Efficient sludge management is facing the twin challenges of more stringent land disposal regulations and an increase in the quanity of wastewater. Doris Thamer, senior sales manager, and Werner Jenewein, senior process manager, of Austrian sludge specialist Andritz claim that drying technologies can meet both these demands.
Dealing with pharmaceutical effluent at Avonmouth
A new effluent treatment plant for pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is protecting coastal waters in Avonmouth
Edie Environmental Legislation Summary (March 06)
Recent changes to legislation whichth 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 EU legislation on public access to pollution information and on the marketing and use of dangerous substances, while in the UK orders on offshore installations and the renewables obligation come into force.
Innovative belt drier for fermented residues
Belt drying is a well-known, established process for biomass. However, as Armin Vonplon and Werner Jenewein of the Austrian manufacturer Andritz report, the challenge was to find ways of developing proven sludge drying components in a newly adapted belt drying system.
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
Phosphate monitor cuts costs
United Utilities operates a number of WwTWs with high-phosphate influent that arises as a result of specific local industries. Discharge consents reflect this and the water company is obliged to remove a large proportion of the phosphate from the discharge.
Modular MBR settles sludge
Zenon's modular, Z-MOD MBR, consists of a suspended growth biological reactor coupled to an ultrafiltration (UF) membrane filtration system.
Will high oil price see the return of coal as a mainstream fuel?
Nuclear power is currently the hot topic, but the continuing high oil price could bring clean coal into contention as a mainstream fuel. Eric Russell reports
Comparing nitrogen removal techniques
Black & Veatch process expert Frank Rogalla discusses the latest technology for removing nitrogen from wastewater
With the ever spiralling cost of waste disposal, finding real alternatives has become a top priority, as Tim Reed explains
Alternative energy has to move from being an interesting technical sideshow into the mainstream of the heating industry. John Haven reports
Fuel of the future
Camilla Anderson talks to James Beal of Renewables East, a company at the forefront of the drive to convert motorists to the cause of biodiesels
Windy weather brings new renewable energy record
Windy weather brought with it a new renewable record on Wednesday lunchtime as output from wind, solar, biomass and hydro peaked at 19.3GW - more than half of all demand.
Coffee grounds and poultry litter proving a viable biomass option in the UK
As innovative waste coffee recycling firm bio-beans expands its collection service across the University of Birmingham, the UK Government has revealed that Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plants using poultry litter will receive the highest tariffs under the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).
Biomass 'carbon neutrality' debate continues to divide opinion
Using biomass, specifically energy derived from burning wood, as a crux in the UK's effort to transition towards a low-carbon economy has come under scrutiny again, after the former secretary for energy and climate change and his ex-special advisor clashed over its use.
National Trust champions on-site solutions in renewables revolution
EXCLUSIVE: The National Trust is continuing its march towards self-sufficient energy generation, having produced 12% of its heat from on-site renewable energy sources in 2016 – four years ahead of Britain's national renewable heat targets.
Caffé Nero reports coffee-waste-to-biofuel success, plans expansion
Italian-style coffee shop chain Caffé Nero is looking to extend an innovative coffee-to-biofuel recycling scheme beyond greater London after a successful partnership with recycling company First Mile and technology firm Bio-Bean.
UK businesses to accelerate bioenergy opportunities through EU grant
A European Union (EU) funded project is set to support firms across the West Midlands to reap the economic and environmental benefits from bioenergy and thermal technologies.
Sweet success? How the sugar tax will impact Britain's low-carbon commitments
Many of us will have made a healthy New Year's resolution, often tailored to running off a Christmas dinner or two and reducing the amount of sugar in our diets. In light of the UK's upcoming sugar tax, what impact could a sugar-reduced diet have on the environment and the sustainability of big food retailers?
Costa partners with Bio-bean to convert 3,000 tonnes of coffee waste to biofuel
The UK's largest coffee chain Costa has entered into a partnership with biomass recycling firm Bio-bean, which will see 3,000 tonnes of Costa's waste coffee grounds used as biofuel.
Solar thermal remains part of renewable heat reforms
The Government has today (14 December) set out new proposals for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). All four currently-supported technologies will remain part of the scheme.
Alaska Airlines flies first commercial jet powered by forest biomass
Alaska Airline passengers have taken to the skies in a "world-first" commercial flight running on sustainable alternative jet fuel made from forest residuals from the Pacific Northwest.
BEIS compromises on renewable heat support, announces new heat network funding
The UK Government is seemingly beginning to take heed of advice to focus on delivering low-carbon heating systems, with two new announcements which could effectively reduce emissions from heating demand in towns and cities and begin to restore investor confidence in the neglected sector.
Britain's biomass generation carries big emissions risk, report claims
The UK's renewable energy industry has hit back at new economic analysis which finds that biomass power could be causing more carbon pollution than burning coal or natural gas, claiming it is "distorting the facts".
University of Northampton goes green with new Waterside campus
Students at the University of Northampton will soon have their heating and hot water generated by a CO2-saving on-site energy centre, incorporating woodchip biomass boilers and a combined heat and power (CHP) system.
What next for the UK as coal hits all time low but renewables falter?
On Thursday (29 September) the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) released UK energy statistics for the second quarter of 2016, but with coal and renewables generation both falling, does the Government need to adjust its energy policy?
Gatwick to build world's first airport energy-from-waste facility
Gatwick will become the first airport in the world to generate energy from Category 1 waste, when it launches an onsite processing plant in November.
BEIS under fire for sudden withdrawal of renewable heat support
The newly-formed Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is being urged to reverse a cut to renewable energy subsidy support which was initiated by its governmental predecessor the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).
Ford turns to tequila to explore new bio-materials
Automotive giant Ford Motor Company has announced a new collaborative research approach with the world's biggest tequila producer Jose Cuervo, that will explore the potential of bio-materials made from the by-products of tequila production.
UK's first True Zero Carbon student campus given green light
The UK's first True Zero Carbon accredited student accommodation sites looks set to open later this year, after the University of Hertfordshire secured a BREEAM Outstanding rating for a new £120m campus building.
Meet the E&E Award-winner: Energy Manager of the Year - Jude Hughes, NIBSC
Over the past seven years in her role as energy manager at NIBSC, Jude Hughes has achieved the following headline figures for this large and energy-intensive government research centre: a 17% reduction in carbon footprint, a 12% reduction in electricity consumption, a 20% reduction in gas consumption, and utilities cost savings amounting to £746,000. Meet the Energy Manager of the Year...
Biomass sector urges Decc to 'quickly re-examine' RHI reforms
The biomass industry has called on the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to re-examine its proposed reforms to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) set out last month.
Coca-Cola calls on policymakers to take circular economy 'leap of faith'
Soft drinks giant Coca-Cola has called on global governments and regulators to ignite a 'cultural shift' towards closed-loop business models - a transition that will only be possible if policymakers take a 'leap of faith' to back the circular economy.
Biomass boost for Hull as sector enters period of RHI uncertainty
A £35m biomass plant is set to provide clean energy to more than 11,000 homes in Hull when it becomes operational next year, using 'best available technology' (BAT).
Government proposes major RHI reform with removal of support for solar thermal
Another day, another shock green policy proposal from the UK Government, this time in the form of a consultation to reform the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) which would see a 98% reduction in the deployment of non-domestic biomass boilers and an end to support for solar water heating systems.
GIB delivers boost to Scottish district heating scheme as it goes up for sale
The Green Investment Bank (GIB) has announced plans to upgrade a district heating scheme in the north of Scotland, providing a major renewables boost to the region of Caithness.
How a cow's digestive system could revolutionise renewable energy
A group of scientists believe that the key to effective biomass conversion lies in the stomachs of cows and elephants, with new research revealing that mimicking the digestive systems of these animals could create a streamlined and cost-effective biomass generator.
Opening up CfDs 'could save £2bn'
Opening up future contracts for difference (CfD) to a wider array of technologies and reforming the auction process to better reflect their true costs, could save consumers around £2bn, according to research commissioned by Drax.
Former home of oil tycoon given green makeover by National Trust
A country house in Warwickshire that was once powered by 25,000 litres of oil every year is now fuelled by two wood-pellet boilers, saving £6,000 a year on energy bills and 55 tonnes of carbon emissions.
World's largest wood pellet producer embarks on sustainable forestry project
US firm Enviva - the world's largest producer of wood pellets - has announced the establishment of a new $5m, 10-year forest conservation project in North Carolina and Virginia.
UK failing on renewable heat targets
The UK is on track to miss legally binding targets on low-carbon heat, according to a report released Wednesday by the Policy Connect think-tank.
VIDEO: Sky raises £9m through Rainforest Rescue initiative
Sky has raised more than £9m to help keep a billion trees standing in the Amazon, thanks to a six-year partnership with WWF which concluded last week.
Half of Africa could be powered by renewables by 2030, says IRENA
Africa could generate 50% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030 if they were to follow guidelines laid out in a new report from the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA).
Government advocates CCS despite Drax dropout
The UK Government has reiterated its support for carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, after energy giant Drax pulled out the UK's flagship project.
Scotland to retain 'grandfathering' subsidy guarantee for solar
The Scottish Government has acted swiftly to ensure that solar investors receive 'clarity and certainty' by denouncing UK Government proposals to end 'grandfathering' subsidy guarantees.
Green jobs boost for Wales with clean energy hub
Plans to build a Centre of Renewable Energy Excellence in Pembrokeshire have been unveiled in Wales, in a bid to make the area an international standard-bearing for green energy.
Wales welcomes UK's first solar-powered theme park
GreenWood Forest Park in North Wales is set to save over £1m on its energy bills thanks to a newly installed ground-mounted solar array system.
Scotland begins national drive to tackle fuel poverty
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has today (15 September) announced the launch of a £224m energy efficiency scheme to tackle the growing issue of fuel poverty across the country.
AkzoNobel goes full steam ahead to slash CO2 emissions
Chemical giant AkzoNobel has announced a new deal to purchase sustainably-generated steam that will reduce its carbon emissions by more than 100,000 tonnes a year.
Is it perfect policy timing for waste?
The United Nations, European Commission and UK Government have all recently announced key policy themes around waste and resources. The question is, will they complement each other?
EU's five biggest energy markets add 8GW to wind and solar capacity
Europe's five biggest energy markets have added 8GW of wind and solar capacity in the first half of 2015, a new report has found.
Renewable energy becomes second largest source of global electricity
Renewable electricity generation outpaced natural gas this month to become the second largest source of electricity worldwide, according to the International Energy Agency.
Sustainability stats: This week in numbers
This week edie reported plenty of tech news from Silicon Valley, UK food waste figures and developments from our very own foreign correspondent in Indonesia.
Teesside set for world's largest combined heat and power biomass plant
Teesside is to be the site of the world's largest new power and steam biomass plant as part of a new £424m project.
Ikea lights the way with switch to full LED range
Ikea has become the first major global retailer to offer only LED lights, by phasing out traditional halogen bulbs in its new lighting range.
Only 8% oppose onshore wind, finds new Good Energy poll
A new survey has found overwhelming support for renewable energy coming just days after a Government poll suggested a fall in support for shale gas.
GALLERY: Top 10 sustainability stories in July 2015
The story of July has been cuts and lots off them.
Drax: Biomass needed to balance 'unreliable' wind and solar
Biomass will have an important role to play in the UK's future energy mix thanks to its ability to balance supply from more unreliable technologies such as wind and solar.
Solar subsidies to end as Government seeks to control costs
The Department for Energy and Climate Change has dealt another series of blows to the renewable energy industry with fresh proposals to cease financial support for solar and biomass conversion plants and amend the feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme for smaller projects.
Green Investment Bank seals future of Sheffield biomass plant
Developers of a new biomass plant in Sheffield have secured £30m funding from the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) and fund managers Equitix.
Inside the Budget's 'climate-shaped hole'
It is 24 hours since the emergency budget, and the renewable energy sector is in a state of dismay following the new Government's decision to remove the exemption for renewables under the Climate Change Levy (CCL).
Yorkshire Water to halve carbon emissions at new sites by 2020
Yorkshire Water has set out a series of six new carbon reduction commitments today as part of a commitment to the Infrastructure Carbon Review.
National Trust announces £30m for renewable energy at historic sites
The National Trust is to invest £30m in renewable energy for its historic sites, the charity announced today (6 July).
CBI: Onsite generation can cut bills, reduce carbon
Decentralised energy could produce nearly a third of the UK's power by 2030, according to the CBI, which has released a report designed to encourage more businesses to start producing their own energy.
UK and France 'may miss EU renewable energy target'
Britain, France, Netherlands, Malta and Luxembourg are projected to miss binding goal of getting 20% of energy from renewable sources by 2020
Thames Water goes 100% renewable
Thames Water will soon be 100% powered by renewable energy, after inking a five-year, £520m supply deal with Drax-subsidiary Haven Power.
World's smallest biomass power plant arrives in UK
The world's first mass-produced, fully automated biomass micro power plant has be brought to the UK market, with the developer claiming SMEs could save up to 30% on their energy bills by using the system.
Prep school swaps fossil fuels for wood pellets
A Warwickshire preparatory school has taken 'a huge step towards zero-carbon' by swapping its old oil-boilers for biomass systems.
Green energy jobs grow 7 times faster than national average
Employment in renewable energy increased by 9% across all sectors last year, with biomass heating emerging as the best-performing sector in terms of recruitment.
EU agrees to burst biofuels bubble after 2020
After more than 10 years of debate, the European Parliament has today (28 April) agreed new laws to limit the use of crop-based biofuels across the continent.
Manifesto watch: Which party has the best green policies?
The race for Number 10 heated up this week as the five main political parties released their manifestos ahead of next month's General Election. So, who's now leading the pack when it comes to energy and climate change?
L'Oreal: Sustainability commitment was worth it
Cosmetics giant L'Oreal has reported significant gains on emissions, water use and waste, 18 months after launching a broad sustainable development plan.
Edinburgh Uni expected to dump coal and tar sands stocks
The University of Edinburgh is expected to approve plans to divest from companies involved in coal and tar sands extraction, but campaigners said the action did not go far enough.
Carbon capture: Planet saver or dangerous distraction?
A flurry of carbon capture and storage (CCS)-related announcements was capped on Monday with news that the UK Government will spend £4m to investigate the feasibility of building the UK's first CCS plant. But is this the right avenue to go down?
St Andrews targets carbon neutrality with £25m biomass facility
St Andrews University has secured funding for a new £25 million biomass plant and heat distribution network in Guardbridge, Fife.
Golf clubs go green with biomass installations
The biomass boom is sweeping into the world of golf with two UK clubs investing in wood pellet boiler systems to reduce energy costs and enhance their sustainability credentials.
Government goes global with GIB
The Government has given the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) £200m to expand its investment portfolio into India and Africa.
Biomass ETS 'loophole' report slammed by renewables industry
A new study which claims the biomass industry is avoiding up to €1bn in carbon taxes due a "loophole" in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) has been branded "intentionally misleading" by the renewable energy sector.
ETI: biomass and CCS vital for UK's low-carbon future
Biomass combined with Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) remains the only credible route to deliver negative emissions to help meet the UK's 2050 climate change targets, the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has reiterated.
Drax warms to renewable heat with wood pellet deal
Energy giant Drax is moving further into the renewable heat market with the acquisition of the UK's second-largest wood pellet distributor, Billington Bioenergy (BBE).