UK Business Briefs: waste management, community heating, water MSc

In this week’s UK Business Briefs, a waste management company celebrates two seven-year contracts in London; a community energy programme is calling for bids for funding; free registration for water and wastewater students on two masters degrees; a new industrial modem for high-speed data transfer and low power operation; and a carbon offset company changes its logo.

Waste management company Onyx Environmental Group has announced the renewal of its existing contract with Westminster City Council for the collection of municipal waste and street cleaning. The company has already carried out these duties for seven years, and will be continuing to do so for the next seven years. Onyx has also been awarded a new seven-year contract to clean streets and remove waste in Camden.

The Government’s Energy Saving Trust is calling for applications from organisations for its forthcoming round of funding for community energy programmes. Applications should be submitted by 31 January next year, and will be judged on their environmental and social benefits. The current round of bidding has just closed, with applications received from 18 organisations, half of which were local authorities, and around a third from the university sector.

Celebrating its 21st year of operation, Cranfield University’s School of Water Sciences is offering a special deal to new registrants on its part-time MSc courses in Water and Wastewater Technology and Water and Wastewater Engineering. New students registering by 31 January 2003 will get their first 12 months’ registration paid for them by the school.

Jekyll Electronic Technology has launched a new industrial modem that combines high-speed data transfer with low power operation. Remote metering with the Telemodem 2 Fastlink is much faster than with previous versions, and the various power requirement options reduce telemetry costs and extends application flexibility, says Jekyll.

And finally, carbon offset company Future Forests has announced that it is changing its logo. The company has launched a new identity for its CarbonNeutral trademark, developed by London-based design agency ‘why not associates’. The new turbine-style logo is a move away from the company’s tree-based image to emphasis its increasing focus on using new low carbon technology to offset greenhouse gas emissions.

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