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The new energy and heating infrastructure will reduce carbon emissions at the Trust by around 10,000 tonnes annually

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Oxford University Hospitals benefited from a finance procurement system that partnered the Trust with companies that could replace aging heat and power infrastructure with a combined heat and power system that would generate massive economic savings.

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Members of the European Investment Bank visit Welsh Water's Five Fords treatment site in Wrexham

Welsh Water secures £250m renewables loan and DONG Energy deal

The sixth largest regulated water and sewage company in England and Wales has secured a £250m loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to finance on-site renewable generation projects, alongside a clean energy purchasing agreement with providers DONG Energy.

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The report calls for stronger legislation to highlight the “phenomenal cost of inaction” in relation to water treatment

Circular wastewater systems 'underexploited', says United Nations

As companies link up with charities to raise awareness of World Water Day, a new report from the United Nations (UN) has suggested that the "vast potential" of using wastewater as a resource remains "underexploited".

The new systems will reduce Southern Waters carbon footprint by 3,600 tonnes and in total, all CHP systems purchased by the firm will reduce CO2 emissions by 8,800 tonnes

Veolia and Southern Water turn to sewage to boost renewables generation

Southern Water has moved to reduce its carbon footprint by converting sewage into renewable energy, after waste specialists Veolia installed new combined heat and power (CHP) engines at treatment facilities in Hampshire and Kent.

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Yorkshire Water cuts carbon by 4% in 3 years

Yorkshire Water has reduced its carbon emissions by 4.3% in the past three years.

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Safe and legal neutralisation of wastewater

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©Oregon State University, Scientists believe that 8 million of these microbeads are emitted into aquatic habitats each day

Scientists call for outright ban on microbeads to avert 'plastic crisis'

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Social circle - the full benefits of the circular economy

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Innovate UK funds 'breakthrough' microbead replacement

A Canadian biotech company claims to have developed a commercial-scale biodegradable replacement for the harmful synthetic microbeads found in many beauty products.

Why do so many people work so hard just to build up the funds to quit?

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Looking for green jobs: the impact of green growth on employment

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A water control gate on an agricultural irrigation ditch in California, which will require $74.8bn of water infrastructure investment

White House puts $674.7bn price tag on improving US water infrastructure

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