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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.

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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.

The UK-GBC hopes to improve the health and productivity of the 25 regular office users, with an aim for at least a 10% improvement in staff satisfaction with the office environment

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.

With the fit-out of the Building Centre set for completion in October 2016, the UKGBC will hope to create a best practice example for an industry struggling to adapt to low-carbon trends

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.

With less than 2% of European buildings replaced every year, the IIGCC has called on the directives to champion renovation and refurbishment

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.

Hospital furniture refurbishment and reuse waste could drive significant savings in disposal costs and avoided procurement costs

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.

Just keeping a smartphone in use for an additional year cuts its CO2 impact by 31%, the Green Alliance found

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.

The 103-storey skyscraper is expected to save at least 4.4m a year in energy costs

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 is working with policymakers, government regulators and customs officials in several countries to try and open up markets and expand remanufacturing options for customers within those regions

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.

The work is being sponsored by Microsoft's Registered Refurbisher Programme, which already works with PC refurbishers to extend the life of Windows PCs

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.

Rolling out energy efficiency measures would equate to a saving of £189 per year per every person in the UK

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 is among 10 founding partners of the newly launched R2 Leader programme

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.

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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's nine storey headquarters at One Embankment Place in London has achieved a 96.31% BREEAM Outstanding score

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.

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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.

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£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.

Some of the biggest brands in the hospitality sector have reported significant energy savings over the past few years

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.

TrustMark has voiced its concerns about a huge wave of 'ancillary works' triggered by the Green Deal scheme

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.

The Green Deal has the potential to support a quarter of a million jobs through installation measures such as wall insulation

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).

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

edie Live exhibitor focus: Munters

Ahead of edie Live at the NEC on 23-24 May, we get up close and personal with some of our exhibitors to find out what visitors can expect to see from them at the show, what's new and how they can help in the drive towards sustainability targets.

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.

ESTA Energy Manager of the Year Paul Moran of Harper Adams University College.

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.

Natta has also built a new facility in Winchester

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 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.

Zero tolerance

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

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