How the Met is policing its waste arisings
The Metropolitan Police is the UK's biggest police force and a leader when it comes to delivering arresting recovery operations, as Maxine Perella finds out
UK Green Building Council encourages firms to tackle embodied carbon
The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has offered new guidance for construction and building firms on how to decarbonise their operations and supply chains further, through effective embodied carbon measurement.
Green Building Council office refurb sets record for low-carbon impact
The central London headquarters of the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC), which played host to edie's latest podcast episode, has achieved the lowest embodied carbon footprint ever recorded for a UK office refurbishment.
UKGBC to create sustainable exemplar for built environment through headquarters retrofit
The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has unveiled the blueprints for the refurbishment of its London headquarters, which attempts to outline the feasibility of sustainable initiatives in the built environment.
Investors call for legally-binding, zero-energy building standards
A group of climate investors have urged the European Union to create and implement a binding, long-term target that re-shapes energy frameworks and pushes building sectors across the continent towards a near-zero energy standard by 2050.
Circular thinking - a miracle cure for NHS waste management?
Britain's healthcare system has historically had a poor track-record in waste management and recycling. But things are beginning to change, with several NHS Trusts now adopting more circular business models, as Maxine Perella finds out.
Green Alliance: Tech giants must embrace circular business models
An increased focus on recycling and repairing consumer electronics could cut the carbon footprint of each device by up to half, according to a new report from the Green Alliance.
VIDEO: Empire State Building takes energy efficiency to new heights
The world's most famous office building is reaping the benefits of its innovative energy efficiency programme with a saving of almost $3m in 2013.
Caterpillar seeks to push remanufacture into restricted markets
Caterpillar is examining how it can increase global access to its remanufactured products, especially in developing markets where trade barriers exist.
Microsoft-iFixit scheme offers free training for fledgling repair and reuse firms
Microsoft has entered into a partnership with iFixit, the online repair manual site, to boost the reuse market for smartphones, tablets and laptops.
Greener buildings could save UK £12bn a year says SEA energy manifesto
INFOGRAPHIC: A new manifesto published today (7 July) by the Sustainable Energy Association (SEA) has calculated that the UK could save £12.1billion per year by 2050 by focusing energy policy on greener buildings.
Microsoft, Sony and Panasonic commit to more responsible recycling
Microsoft, Panasonic, Xerox and Sony America have teamed up to back a new programme to encourage more reuse and responsible recycling of used consumer electronics goods.
Kingfisher's Ian Cheshire on shaping the built environment
Energy efficiency to biodiversity offsetting, shaping the built environment requires us to consider all potential impacts, writes Ian Cheshire
PwC HQ achieves highest sustainability score ever awarded
Professional services firm Pricewater-houseCooper's (PwC) newly refurbished headquarters has surpassed all BREEAM scores to date for both new build and existing structures.
UK GIB to invest £11m in Welsh biomass plant
The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has today announced that it will invest £11m to purchase and upgrade an operational biomass plant in Port Talbot, Wales.
EXCLUSIVE: Effective partnerships key to bringing sustainable products to fruition
Manufacturers, installers and retailers must come together effectively to drive consumer up-take of sustainable products and services, says Kingfisher CEO Ian Cheshire.
Desso looks to reach out to FM sector for greater carpet reuse
Carpet manufacturer Desso's takeback programme is forming a central plank of Carpet Recycling UK's (CRUK) aim to boost the recovery of an estimated 58 million carpet tiles uplifted each year in the UK.
In conversation with the Institute for Sustainability's Terry McGivern
Looking at sustainability in the building sector this week, edie talks to Terry McGivern, head of resource efficient building at the Institute for Sustainability, on why the sustainability agenda is starting to drive up building performance standards and client requirements.
Kingfisher steps up product innovation with 'closed loop' power tools
Kingfisher is looking to develop a "closed loop power tool" that would be economically feasible to produce on a commercial scale.
In conversation with Legal & General's Debbie Hobbs
Legal & General's sustainability manager, Debbie Hobbs tells edie about the challenges of embedding sustainability across an entire supply chain and how sustainability professionals need to "educate, support, encourage and monitor".
Lack of WEEE transparency is putting producer responsibility at risk
The majority of business-to-business e-waste collections are not reported in compliance with the WEEE Directive, new research has found.
John Lewis sets up national network for sofa reuse
John Lewis has launched a nationwide sofa reuse scheme to help support disadvantaged communities and provide local employment opportunities.
Is the Green Deal a fair deal for SMEs?
The Green Deal is widely accepted as a progressive idea in principle. But, says Conor McGlone, criticism that the way the scheme has been designed could exclude small and medium sized businesses is damaging its credibility
Brand leaders sign up to accelerate circular economy innovation
A new global alliance will launch next month to accelerate business innovation towards a circular economy as new research identifies a $700bn economic opportunity for the consumer goods sector in this transition.
£3bn water aeration market set to double by 2020
The increased demand for secondary wastewater treatment in the developing world could double the revenue of the global aeration systems market, according analysts.
Community reuse hubs of the future could be sited at HWRCs
Household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) could be transformed into localised resource recovery parks designed around the waste hierarchy, where reuse is the ultimate goal.
IKEA to become 'water positive' by 2020
IKEA Group has revealed its new sustainability strategy which includes measures to balance its water footprint and contribute to the increased availability of clean water in the communities where it operates.
Social value of waste set to rocket as third sector moves in
The social value of future resource management could be worth £600m by 2020 as the waste industry moves towards a circular economy.
Reuse charity expands to offer wider service
A London reuse charity has moved to bigger premises in response to growing demand from local authorities and major retailers for a diversion route for bulky items.
BHS lends support to business reuse exchange pilot
An online corporate 'freecycle' network has been launched to encourage sustainability, reuse and collaboration between businesses and charities.
Hospitality sector: fighting the downturn through energy efficiency
With the introduction of the government's Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) scheme this summer, the hospitality sector has had to work hard to become a more energy efficient industry. Leigh Stringer looks at how businesses in this struggling sector are dealing with new government legislation and how they attempt to stabilise and improve profits through staff engagement and energy efficiency.
Government must tackle rogue traders cashing in on Green Deal
A group of 20 consumer advice bodies, charities, trade associations and building industry organisations is urging the Government to tackle the risk of rogue traders cashing in on the Green Deal scheme, as it officially becomes law today.
Free Green Deal support for SMEs in London
A support package has been launched by the Energy Saving Trust (EST) to prepare small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for the upcoming Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO).
Cruise lines turn back the tide on waste to landfill
The cruise ship industry has created waves with a new sustainability drive opting for refurbishment over landfill.
Welsh Water invests £100m in treatment works
Dwr Cymru Welsh Water's commitment to spend £1bn over the next three years on a series of infrastructure upgrades has taken a step closer with the appointment of a design and build partner for improvements to 12 water treatment works (WTW).
Ellen MacArthur outlines business case for circular economy
Former sailor Dame Ellen MacArthur has spoken of how careful resource management was "a matter of life or death" when sailing around the world and led her on a new path to promote more sustainable thinking.
Ellen MacArthur sets sail for a world without waste
In an exclusive interview, Ellen MacArthur talks to Maxine Perella about her quest for a circular economy - and how her days at sea inspired such sustainable thinking
EU should aim for 40% reduction in energy demand by 2050
A new EU ambition of a 40% reduction in energy demand by 2050 has been proposed in a bid to help drive sustainable economic growth.
160-year-old printing press refurbished as low-carbon offices
The Low Carbon Workplace Trust (LCWT) has launched its first low carbon refurbished building in Guildford, Surrey.
Unique retrofit protects Formby
Pumps on the river Alt had reached end of life. In its biggest MME project ever, Bedford Pumps revived a pump station for the Environment Agency, says sales director Frank Cooper
Wates chooses McGrath for recovery of social housing waste
Housing contractor Wates Living Space has awarded two waste contracts to The McGrath Group to collect and recycle materials generated by social housing schemes in east London.
AECOM secures Yorkshire Water contract
Yorkshire Water has awarded technical and management support service AECOM with an £18m contract to upgrade its wastewater treatment works in Sheffield.
EU energy rules could cost NHS more than £70m a year
Plans for a European Union directive designed to encourage countries to reduce energy consumption are 'too rigid and top-heavy' and could cost the NHS millions of pounds.
Potential reuse value of WEEE could top £220m
More than £220m could be generated from almost a quarter of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) thrown out each year, according to a report from WRAP.
Carbon Trust calls for rethink over £700m lighting bill
Business is being urged rethink the increasing financial burden and carbon intensity of lighting as costs soar to illuminate Christmas shopping.
NEC chooses local reprocessor for fridge and WEEE recycling
Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre (NEC) is now sending its end-of-life fridges and other electrical equipment to a local specialist centre to be recycled.
The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 14 - The past, present and future of green buildings
As edie's green buildings month draws to a close, we visit the inspirational home of the UK Green Building Council for a live episode of the podcast, including an exclusive chat with the Council's campaign and policy director John Alker.
Polperro outfall reaches final phase
As South West Water reaches the end of its mammoth 20-year programme of coastal works, Natasha Wiseman reports on an outfall project in Cornwall
Selby Dam refurbishment project continues
The Environment Agency (EA) has announced plans to continue ongoing refurbishment work at a pumping station in Selby in a £350,000 project to replace the facility's pumps.
Scottish Water Solutions upgrades sludge treatment works
Scottish Water Solutions (SWS) has awarded Hydro International an £800,000 contract to install new sludge treatment technology at its Lanarkshire, Glasgow wastewater treatment works (WWTW).
Bristol pumps it up
A critical pumping station for the Bristol area required new storm pumps and a screening chamber. Trant Construction¡¦s M&E project manager, Simon Whaley, explains the installation
Russian water and wastewater market forecast to double by 2017
The Russian water and wastewater market is in full recovery and is predicted to almost double by 2017.
United Utilities 'sorry' for massive burst
United Utilities has apologised to residents at the site of the mains burst on Liverpool Road in Huyton, Merseyside.
Morrison Utility awarded mains replacement scheme
Morrison Utility Services has been awarded a 14 million pound water mains replacement contract for Southern Water.
Conjet cleans up at Glenlee power station
The refurbishment of a giant penstock at the Glenlee hydro power station required specialist technology from Sweden. Lars-Göran Nilsson, executive vice president of Conjet tells the story
Wearing it well
Wear protection can help optimise sludge-to-energy plants, says Julian Brindley, sales & marketing director, Kingfisher Industrial
Seeking approval - it's worth the risk
James Roper, industrial brand manager for Durapipe UK, discusses the risks that come with not adhering to industry approvals and guidelines
Wrexham residents benefit from water security project
Dee Valley Water's largest water treatment works are undergoing a major refurbishment.
Protecting water quality in premises and mains
Is the enforcement of the Water Fittings Regulations a bureaucratic burden or essential to protect and save?
Definitely the latter, says Steve Tuckwell, managing director of the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme
Rising to the challenge at Heathrow
When specialist repairs were needed on BAA’s water tanks, CRL was quick to react – and by pulling out the stops the work was completed in just six weeks.
Piping up for approval
Not adhering to industry approvals and guidelines is a big mistake – and could be very costly. James Roper explains why.
Environment and Energy Awards 2011 winners
The energy and environment sectors proved their resilience to the economic downturn as outstanding individuals, organisations and groups were celebrated at the Environment and Energy Awards.
Sustainable Energy Authority releases annual review
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has released its annual review for 2010 of its five year plan.
Biwater Holdings quits UK regulated market
Biwater Holdings is to quitting the regulated UK water market, selling its UK subsidiary Biwater Services to MWH Constructors, the UK construction arm of environmental engineering, construction and strategic consulting services group MWH Global.
Pump study reveals the cost-cutting choices
The water industry needs to tackle its energy bill. UKWIR's Gordon Wheale and Black & Veatch's Malcolm Brandt and Roger Middleton outline the findings of an international study into how this can be achieved
Aspire Defence talks sustainability
Peter Caddock of Aspire Defence gives edie's Sustainability Leaders Forum the latest on green military advances.
Nordic nations protest about UK's radioactive emissions and reaffirm emissions trading commitment
Environment ministers from North European countries and autonomous regions have written a joint letter of complaint to the British Prime Minister concerning radioactive emissions from the Sellafield reactor and the same nations recommitted to establishing a Baltic Sea trading scheme for emissions.
Float the pumps, boys
May Gurney turned to ITT Water & Wastewater to devise a plan to remove water from a Scottish reservoir without introducing suspended solids into the water discharge. It proved a challenging but successful project for the company.
Pump renovation project’s a Hull of an achievement
When AxFlow maintenance engineers were called in to restore the huge and historic drainage pumps at the East Hull pumping station, they were given a tight timeframe. But the challenging project was completed on target.
Portsmouth agrees deal with Natta for new HWRC
Portsmouth City Council has awarded Natta Building Company with a £750,000 contract to build a new household waste recycling centre (HWRC) at Port Solent, Hampshire.
Civil contractor dips toe in water process engineering pool
Civil contractor J Murphy & Sons has entered the process engineering arena in the water sector for the first time through its Murphy Pipelines division, which has seen off stiff competition to win a £35M-plus design and build contract with Thames Water Utilities.
Conformity is the best solution
Failing to meet industry water standards is costly. That's why, says James Roper, it pays to install the right system.
Retrofit or start from scratch - how to cut carbon in buildings
Sustainable homes will be a key component in the drive to reduce society's carbon emissions, but what should we do with existing homes with their drafts, leaks and energy-hungry heating systems?
American builders need to get lead aware
Despite almost 30 years of effort to reduce the risk of American children being exposed to lead, over a million are still being poisoned by paint containing the toxic metal every year.
Scottish sustainability standards anger building industry
New greener building standards announced in Scotland this week have been criticised by house builders who claim they risk causing further damage to an already struggling market.
Home Retail Group breaks its silence on sustainability
Home Retail Group - owners of Argos and Homebase - has spoken to edie.net about their sustainability agenda.
Government must help people turn green homes dream into reality
Millions of existing homes will need extensive refits to improve their energy efficiency if the UK is to meet its carbon cutting targets - and Government needs to do more to make this happen.
Scots to get free energy saving schemes under new proposals
Every home in Scotland should get free loft and cavity wall insulation as part of measures to make all homes low carbon, according to WWF Scotland.
Interserve delighted by refurbishment win
SERVICES, MAINTENANCE and building group Interserve has secured a place on Severn Trent's £40M property framework alongside two other contractors.
Morgan Est picks up more Severn Trent work
Infrastructure specialist Morgan Est has won a £5M contract to refurbish a sewage treatment works for Severn Trent Water. The contract is for the refurbishment of existing works at Brockhampton Sewage Treatment Works in Gloucestershire.
Improved efficiency could cut world's energy bill by 60%
Energy use in buildings could be slashed by over 60% by 2050 according to modeling carried out by a global organisation set up to promote sustainable development, but immediate action would be required from the construction sector to achieve this goal.
Flood control needs a collaborative approach
Dr Jason Shingleton is marketing and development director at Polypipe Water Management Solutions (WMS). We caught up with him to discuss the latest sustainable drainage and water management issues.
Severn Trent gets biological
IT WWW's biological nutrient removal installation at a Loughborough site is proving to be market leading.
Durapipe helps clean up at Wessex Water
After 15 years pumping air through a sewage treatment works in Dorset, it appears that the Durapipe does exactly what it says on the tin
CRL gets started on water tower repairs
Specialist main contractor Concrete Repairs (CRL) has begun important refurbishment work on the Rusper and Betchworth water towers for Sutton and East Surrey Water, as part of a contract worth nearly £300,000.
Waste recycling fuels Severn Trent works
Severn Trent Water has achieved a significant increase in electricity generation and reduced waste for landfill at Minworth sewage works. Peter Craven of CDE Ireland explains how
Keeping storm weather flows under control
When Thames Water was overhauling its Hallingbury Road pumping station, Pump Supplies lent its skills and expertise to design a one-off flexible system within a confined space, thus reducing the overall capital expenditure of the scheme
No nitrate for Yorks
Yorkshire Water has awarded a Nitrate Removal Scheme contract worth more than £4M to civil engineering company Mott MacDonald Bentley (MMB), a joint venture between JN Bentley and Mott MacDonald based in North Yorkshire.
Top Ten Tips to Carbon Accounting - by Parsons Brinckerhoff
Abigail Frost suggests ten measures for achieving carbon reductions in line with the incoming Carbon Reduction Commitment scheme
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
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.
Taking the more natural approach to sewage
David Barrett of natural wastewater treatment solutions provider ARM discusses the use of reed bed technology in sewage treatment in partnership with water companies across the UK
Giving neglected assets some TLC reaps rewards
When water and wastewater assets collapse through corrosion, it leads to system disruptions and costly repairs. Danny Heffernan, managing director of Ferro Monk Systems, believes a proactive cleaning and maintenance routine is the answer
Scouring for a solution
Overloaded and dirty filters can have a deleterious effect on a filtration system. Peter Noyce takes a look at the solution of air-scouring filters, in particular an American system that is starting to make inroads in the UK.
How clean are your filters?
A US technology for the removal of solids collected in water filtration plants is now available in the UK. Peter Noyce, filtration specialist at GB Municipal, explains
How to rehabilitate a sewer
With a broad range of rehabilitation techniques available, it can be a problem knowing which way to turn. WET News takes some advice from the chief quantity surveyor at Ferro Monk Systems, Rob Whale, and reports on a flexible new product.
Environmental Impact Assessment - Spain
A Spanish court called on the European Court of Justice's expertise in a case involving work on the Madrid urban ring road.
How to meet a deadline
Yorkshire Water has finished refurbishment of one of its water treatment works as part of the AMP4 Large Scheme Programme. Ian Farmery and Mark Hayton outline the project.
Tough on carbon, tough on the causes of carbon, was the Government's stance - as it quietly announced that all new non-domestic buildings would have to be zero-carbon rated by 2019. Mark Lupton analyses the likely impacts of the ambitious target
Walking the walk - Green Sian Berry runs for London Mayor
Green Party candidate Sian Berry outlines her environmental credentials for edie.