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Lord Drayson turns WiFi signals into usable energy

Drayson Technologies, the firm owned by Labour Party donor and former Science Minister Lord Drayson, has launched a new energy-harvesting device that turns radio waves into electricity.

The electrical cycle hub will aim to encourage cycling and decrease traffic

Leicester embraces pedal power with plans for electric cycle hubs

Leicester City Council is planning to add cycling to the city's sustainable transport network using new Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycle (EPAC) hubs.

The latest fund brings the total amount Government investment in cycling to £588m

Government invests £214m in cycling schemes to help cut air pollution

The UK Government will introduce a package of measures totalling £214m in a bid to help double the number of bicycle journeys made by 2020.

Davey says that the environment has always been a top priority for the Lib Dems

Lib Dems plan five new laws for a 'greener' Britain

The Liberal Democrat manifesto will include plans for five new laws to protect the environment, the party announced today.

Seven communities have been given the funding green light to develop local sustainable transport schemes

Government announces extra £900K for sustainable transport

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer has announced an additional £900,000 of funding for seven local sustainable transport schemes in the UK.

The 198 riders will race from Leed through the Yorkshire Dales to Harrogate

Carbon Trust to measure environmental impact of Tour de France

The opening stage of this year's Tour de France will have its environmental impact measured by the Carbon Trust and Leeds City Council.

Only 2% of journeys in the UK are taken by bike

Industries unite to call for Government action on active transport

A collaboration of leading professional bodies in the health, transport, architecture, engineering and environment industries has called on political support to make walking and cycling the go to option for short journeys in the UK.

Scotland's greenhouse gas emissions rose by 400,000 tonnes between 2011 and 2012

Scotland unveils 'package of measures' after missing carbon targets for third year in a row

The Scottish Government is finally waking up to the challenge of cutting carbon emissions after failing to hit targets set in the Climate Change Act for a third consecutive year.

The nine travel schemes largely focus on getting more people to use push bikes and reduce car journeys

Sustainable travel schemes awarded £2m by the Government

The Department for Transport has put up £2m of extra funding for nine travel schemes aimed at encouraging more sustainable travel choices.

Jeremy Darroch: "Environmental issues are incredibly important"

BSkyB chief looks to give sustainable values a creative edge

BSkyB CEO Jeremy Darroch has acknowledged that while the broadcast industry has been slow in waking up to corporate sustainability, on a strategic level it has proved beneficial for his company.

L-r: compere Sue Perkins, David Stubbs and Phil Cumming, LOCOG (London 2012), edie publisher Angela Himus

Sustainable Transport Winner: London 2012

When London won the bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the city made a commitment to deliver a truly sustainable Games. Its main aim was to get 100% of spectators to venues by walking, cycling and using public transport, and to inspire people of all ages to change the way they travel.

Mobile app launched to get Londoners moving

Green behaviour reward scheme Recyclebank has launched a new mobile app to encourage Londoners to walk and cycle more in a bid to reduce pollution and ease congestion.

Trek shows pedal power in carbon recycling

One year after piloting the bike industry's first carbon fibre recycling program, Trek Bicycle has recovered over 31,750kg of material from its manufacturing facility in Wisconsin, US.

Going places: A career in waste management

Wanna work in waste? You're hired!

You know that once the waste industry features on the BBC's The Apprentice that it's made the big time. But where is the future talent going to come from? Katie Coyne reports

Cycling worth almost £3bn to British economy

Cycling adds almost £3bn to the UK economy as well as cutting emissions and pollution, according to a new report from the London School of Economics (LSE).

dublinbikes sets new record

A record number of journeys were made on the Irish capital's dublinbike scheme according to new figures.

Sustainability has been elevated to board level, says Darroch

Jeremy Darroch

Tom Idle meets Jeremy Darroch, CEO BSkyB

Tom Szaky, co-founder of Terracycle

'We want to go bigger and faster - it's never enough'

From its accidental beginnings to a multimillion-dollar turnover, Terracycle is an unorthodox model of a company that took a multi-tracked road, including recyclable pouches and a reality TV series. Its co-founder, Tom Szaky, tells Erik Jaques how making deals along the way opened up further opportunities to grow

Auntie's Vision

Auntie's Vision

BBC Worldwide, the corporation's commercial arm, has taken its environmental impacts seriously for over a decade. And its headquarters and ethical policy are impressive. But, as Tom Idle hears, there's still room for improvement

Talks start on Euro 540 million eco-water park

The plans for a Euro 540 million eco-water park and reservoir in County Offaly, Ireland will be considered today (July 19) by the Houses of the Oireachtas.

London commuters the greenest

A survey of commuter's transport emissions has thrown up the surprising result that Londoners are the country's greenest.

Boris calls for village feel in the city

London's charismatic mayor has launched a passionate plea for Londoners to act more like villagers.

Euro 55 million for sustainable travel in Ireland

The Department of Transport in Ireland has announced that Euro 55 million will be spent on 34 sustainable transport projects.

Dublin gears up for Bike Week

A week of cycling related activities gets underway in Dublin as part of Ireland's National Bike Week.

The Ultra Motor cycle

Cops in six month electric bike trial

Cops in Manchester are taking an environmentally friendly approach to crime fighting by getting on electric cycles.

Olympian Nicole Cooke highlights energy intensive products

Olympic and World champion cyclist Nicole Cooke plugged her bike into the grid to show how much energy everyday household appliances use.

L to R: Jean-Dominique Mallet and Denis Gasquet, Veolia Environmental Services; Neil Davies and Robin Cooper, Medway Council

Medway and Veolia deal gets underway

Medway Council's new recycling contract with Veolia Environmental Services was officially launched yesterday (1st December).

Scottish recycling rates have increased to 37.2% but there is still some way to go

Scotland sees recycling rate rise

New figures from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) reveal that more local authority collected municipal waste is being recycled or composted and less is going to landfill.

Artist's impression of the Lincolnshire facility

Lincolnshire appoints WRG to build EfW plant

Lincolnshire County Council has announced Waste Recycling Group (WRG) as the preferred bidder for the design, build and operation of a new energy-from-waste (EfW) facility.

Bicycle firm pedals into packaging problems

A bicycle importing business has ridden into more than £40,000 worth of fines and costs after not registering its waste.

Davidson (centre):

New system means greater transparency for recycling in Wales

Welsh householders will soon be able to find out whether their councils send recycling overseas rather than processing it locally.


CBI says UK must produce more energy from waste

The Government must increase the use of non-recyclable waste to meet the UK's energy needs, reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill and meet climate change targets, according to a new report from the CBI.

Williams: local authorities need to be clear on their responsibilities

Authorities reminded to take safety responsibilities seriously

Some local authorities mistakenly believe that by contracting out their waste and recycling services they are no longer responsible for health and safety-related issues, according to the Health & Safety Executive.

Happy birthday Dublinbikes

Dublin's much-praised public bike hire scheme - Dublinbikes - celebrated a successful first year last week.

Left to right Sir Chris Hoy, Kelly Brook and Boris Johnson

Star-studded London bike ride aimed at cycling revolution

Celebrities were among some 85,000 people who joined London mayor Boris Johnson in a mass bike ride through London's streets to promote cycling.

Every Welsh authority has consistently met its landfill targets since 2005

Wales smashes landfill diversion targets

Figures published today (1st September) by the Environment Agency Wales reveal that the amount of biodegradable waste sent to landfill by all 22 local authorities in Wales fell by 39% between 2005-2006 and 2009-2010.

Formby and Southport residents will be able to get free green bags

Merseyside gives away more green bags

Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA) and Veolia Environmental Services are continuing with their green bag giveaway scheme during September.

Mr Evans (right) and Mr Green

University staff begin electric bike trial

Staff at a university are trialling a brand new power-assisted bike this week, in a bid to reduce car use and carbon emissions on campus.

Leader of Halton Borough Council, Cllr Rob Polhill with Sue Igoe, UK MD of Recyclebank, and Cllr Stef Nelson

Halton extends reward scheme

Halton Borough Council has rolled out its RecycleBank recycling rewards scheme to a further 37,000 homes in the area.

The new Blochairn facility will be able to process 150,000tpa of waste and co-mingled recyclables

Shanks' £6M site close to completion

A new £6M MRF being built by Shanks at its Blochairn site in Glasgow is now nearing completion.

(L to R): Frank Harrington of Convert2Green; Cllr Rod Menlove; and Wayne Harold of HW Martin

Cheshire adds cooking oil containers to HWRCs

Cheshire East Council has introduced cooking oil containers to its household waste recycling centres (HWRCs).

Water recycling increase carbon emissions, study says

Rainwater harvesting and greywater recycling systems may cut water use but they come at the cost of greater carbon emissions, a study reveals.

Latest Pump Control System helps to ease the flow

The RPC_2000 has proved to be a major asset in the ongoing battle to deal with regular blockages, flooding and odours. Julian Williams explains how one Scottish SPS has improved performance and made annual savings since its installation.

London launches cycle hire scheme

London took a giant leap towards becoming a more cycle friendly city today (July 30) with the launch of a cycle hire scheme.

Recycling rates have rocketed recently

Hillingdon smashes 40% target

Recycling levels have soared to around 40% each month in the London Borough of Hillingdon.

Merseyside's bag giveaway scheme has proved popular in the past

Merseyside offers recycling incentive

Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA) has launched a scheme with Veolia Environmental Services, through which waste officers will be giving away heavy-duty, green-waste recycling bags to local residents at the Kirkby and Otterspool household waste recycling centres (HWRCs).

Gateshead deal is part of the UK's biggest wheelie bin contract this year

Gateshead welcomes new wheelie bins

Gateshead Council has agreed a contract with MGB Plastics for the supply of 84,000 wheeled recycling bins, which are being delivered direct to homes over a six-month period.

Cycling to work up 125% in a year

An Irish cycle to work scheme has seen membership increase by 125% in just 12 months.

HSE: reducing the risk of bin deaths

New guidance to prevent bin deaths

New guidelines have been issued by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), in conjunction with the Waste Industry Safety & Health Forum (WISH), which aim to prevent people who shelter in bins from being injured or killed.

Critical mass: more cyclists = safer streets

'Not cycling is dangerous'

Failing to cycle to work results in lower life expectancy and higher risk of obesity and heart disease - as well as harming the environment.

MWDA is tackling abuse of its recycling centres

MWDA clamps down on commercial dumping

Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA) is extending a permit scheme to tackle abuse of its household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) to Liverpool and Sefton, from 1 July.

Local radio DJ Kelly Scott (third from left) and Ed Foster (centre) launch the Be Air Aware website with young BMX riders

Tyne & Wear goes online for air quality

An online campaign has been launched in the North East, to raise public awareness of poor air quality in urban areas, the main cause of which is unnecessary private vehicle journeys.

LINPAC: recycling for England

LINPAC aims to score recycling goal

LINPAC Environmental is using the World Cup to persuade the public to recycle their waste as part of Defra's 'Recycling on the Go' initiative.

Verdant: processing Thurrock's organic waste

Verdant wins first organics treatment deal

Verdant, the Greenstar UK subsidiary, has secured a seven-year contract worth £7M to manage the treatment of food and garden waste collected by Thurrock Council.

Dublin expands cycle scheme

One hundred more bikes are being added to a cycling scheme in Dublin as thousands sign up.

Guests power hotel through exercise bikes

A hotel is turning guests peddle power into electricity by wiring its exercise bikes to the grid.

Solar-powered cyclists complete 13,000 mile round the world trip

Two cyclists have completed a 13,000 mile round the world trip raising awareness of the important part solar power can play in a sustainable future.

Urban Warriors

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Michael Bloomberg told a meeting of city leaders how green policies were helping the fight against climate change. At city level, Copenhagen gave real cause for optimism, says Mike Scott

An artist's impression of the AD plant in March

Monsal shows appetite for AD build in food sector

Monsal has completed the first phase of planning, pre-design, permitting and support services for an anaerobic digestion and renewable energy contract in March, Cambridgeshire.

Gail Porter tries out an electric scooter

Gail Porter opens Camden's Green Motor Expo

TV presenter Gail Porter opened Camden's Green Motor Expo before trying out a range of environmentally friendly vehicles.

Kelly Brook and Boris Johnson launch London's biggest ever cycle day

Model and actress Kelly Brook lent saddle bags full of glamour to the launch of what could be London's biggest ever cycling day.

Dublin cycle scheme to launch next month

Next month will see the launch of a citywide scheme to get the people of Dublin on their bikes.

The conditions in Norway will test cyclists

Adventurous people wanted for Water Industry Cup

WaterAid is calling on teams to compete for the Water Industry Cup at this year's Cisco Euro Challenge to raise funds for charity.

Jonathan Clarke feels the findings of WRAP's report are redundant

Why WRAP's findings are stuck in the dark ages

You can't teach an old report new tricks - Jonathan Clarke questions the validity of the recent WRAP study which came out in favour of source-segregated collections over co-mingled

Where the work is

The economic crisis is decimating workforces around the world. But, out of the blackness, a huge demand is growing for climate change and carbon-reduction services. And with this comes new jobs - as the government aims to create a green economy that will pull us out of the recession, writes John Haven

The new demountable side loaders going into Horsham

Dennis Eagle demountable side loaders hit Horsham roads

Dennis Eagle has won a £4M contract to supply demountable side loading waste collection vehicles to Horsham District Council.

Taking Steps The Right Way: A brief history of carbon footprinting

Confusion surrounds carbon footprinting and there are many different approaches out there but, writes Nicky Chambers, we are moving in the right direction most of the time

Taking the stress out of preload

Failing wire-wound tanks across the UK present safety, environmental and financial risks to the industry. John Drewett, director of Concrete Repairs, outlines his company's investigation and remediation service

In search of the one-litre drop

Regulators are putting pressure on water companies to save more and more water, which means consumers will be asked to play a big role as well. Jonathan Reed maintains technology will only get us so far - it is a behavioural shift that is needed.

Going right down to the wire

Preload tanks were once known for speed of construction and low cost. These days, after several structural failures, the tanks have become a byword for danger. Simon Bladon relates how a firm's inspection and repair work is saving the day.

Brian Paddick on greening London

The Lib Dem candidate for London Mayor shares his environmental vision with edie.

Walking the walk - Green Sian Berry runs for London Mayor

Green Party candidate Sian Berry outlines her environmental credentials for edie.

US prepares for Earth Day

News in Brief

The carbon cycle

Brighton & Hove Council is encouraging residents to get en route to a healthier planet with a new kind of online journey planner. Simon Jennings reports

Giving local government the power to go green

Local councils have been criticised for failing to address environmental concerns. But, according to the Local Government Association's senior policy advisor, Sarah Coe, a lack of expertise is to blame - not the enthusiasm of the sector. Interview by Simon Jennings

London plans 'greenest Games ever'

With 2012 days to go until the London Olympic Games kick off organisers came up with a strategy outlining how they plan to make the games the "greenest ever."

The massive Clyde Gateway scheme aims to transform Glasgow's East End

Park to give focus to Glasgow regeneration

A 77-acre country park is to provide the focus of the Clyde Gateway project, Glasgow's massive regeneration scheme.

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.

The Environment Business Interview - The law man

When the Government asked Richard Macrory to lead its better-regulation review, they made a shrewd choice. Tom Idle talks to the man who's enthusiastic about challenging the legislative regime

Hard talk

When it comes to saving the planet, says CIWEM executive director Nick Reeves, tough decisions need not always be bad ones.

Hard talk

When it comes to saving the planet, says CIWEM executive director Nick Reeves, tough decisions need not always be bad ones.

Taking the waters

Over the next decade, the UN hopes to bring safe sanitation to more than a billion people. They're ambitious plans, but Frank Rogalla seems to think they're attainable, with a combination of new technology and radical new thinking

The 2012 Olympics promises to be the most sustainable ever and will see huge swathes of contaminated land in London's Eastend cleaned up and reused.

Olympics: London's largest remediation project can now begin

Tube's rust dust less harmful than car fumes

The London Underground might seem dusty and polluted but the air beneath the capital is safer to breathe than that on the surface.

Londoners leave huge footprints

London's Ecological Footprint is more than twice the size of Great Britain, which is a huge drain on the environment. Daniel Silverstone, Chief Executive of London Remade explains how if everyone lived as Londoners do, it would require three planet earths to support them.

Oxygenation of large water bodies

Mankind on planet earth is having to come to terms with the consequences of decades of water pollution. Stuart Piggott, new business manager for Environmental Processes at BOC explains how reacting to this and developing solutions to reverse the deterioration is happening at differing speeds in different geographies and is very much dependant on local situations, in terms of legislative pressure, human and industrial growth and urban regeneration.

Transport and Cimate Cange

Alternative transport options are urgently needed if we are to truly address climate change, writes Tony Bosworth of Friends of the Earth.

Honda wins greenest automaker award

Honda has been voted the greenest automaker by a group of environmental scientists in the US this week.

Probe into pipe integrity

NEL delves into the key role that monitoring and leakage detection systems play in minimising the impact of leaks in pipelines

Beckett offers choice between positive environmental future and Tory neglect

Environment Secretary Margaret Beckett used her speech at the Labour Party annual conference to highlight the differences between her party's achievements and the years of Tory neglect, this week, although she took care not to promise any real groundbreaking changes to policy herself.

The Future of Environmental Management Systems, by Tony Inskip

Between August 2005 and July 2006 two pieces of legislation, the WEEE and RoHS directives will come into effect. The directives are part of Government measures to reduce the impact the UK manufacturing industry has on the environment. Tony Inskip, Director of UK contract manufacturing company, Zirkon Limited, talks about how businesses and customers should be preparing for the effects of the legislation through implementation of EMS.

Transport and RCVs opt for sustainable solutions

Government policy, at both European and UK levels, is stimulating local government in particular to develop environmentally sustainable solutions across the transport and waste management sectors. LAWE reports on the latest policies and technology in this month's Tracking Trends feature

Transport and RCVs opt for sustainable solutions

Government policy, at both European and UK levels, is stimulating local government in particular to develop environmentally sustainable solutions across the transport and waste management sectors. LAWE reports on the latest policies and technology in this month's Tracking Trends feature

Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, reports on the challenges facing the capital in meeting air quality targets.

London is a vast and rapidly growing city. Large parts of the capital are highly built up with office blocks and high-rise residential developments. This intensive use of land, together with emissions from buildings and transport means that air pollution is high in many areas and exceeds the Government's National Air Quality Objectives.

Measuring fuel cell performance by Catherine Early

Researchers at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts have launched a programme to discover ways to improve how fuel cells perform and what they cost to operate.

Eco-friendly robot powered by organic waste

Researchers at the University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol have developed a microbial fuel cell about the size of a mobile phone that could be powered by organic household waste. The cell is being used to run a small light-sensitive robot.

Fluorescent dyes detect individual microbial cells

Results are a matter of time

Timothy Whitmore of WRc looks at rapid microbiological monitoring

Figs 1 & 2

Better RO results lie in design

Simon Gare of Ecolochem International examines potential causes of reduced performance from RO systems, methods of pre-treatment and factors upon which they are dependant

Impression of what the revitalised Vienna River could look like.

The new Vienna River

Renaturalising some of Vienna's rivers is a key part of the city's wastewater management strategy. But in the case of the historic Vienna River, this has been carefully combined with a plan to rehabilitate and refurbish flood control reservoirs, protecting the city centre from potentially dangerous high waters. Thanks to Dipl.-Ing. Gernot Ladinig and Dipl.-Ing. Günther Puhrer both of Municipal Department 45 - Unit Flood Protection for their help with this report.

Pre-Budget report claims good news for environment

The Chancellor has announced a range of economic instruments which he says will help reduce pollution and support energy efficiency, in the pre-budget report (PBR), this week.

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