UK business news in short

In this week’s UK business news in short, a UK company is to consult on the rehabilitation of the Aral Sea, GlaxoSmithKline is committed to particulate emission reductions, and a PR firm signs up for CSR accreditation.

UK firm Mott MacDonald has announced that it is to be one of the two companies to fulfil a consultancy role to improve the ecological condition of the Northern Aral Sea. The company has been appointed by the Kazakhstan Committee of Water Resources to provide consultancy services for phase one of the US$100 million rehabilitation project to be part funded by the World Bank (see related story).

Pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline is committed to reducing its particulate emissions, according to PCME Ltd, manufacturer of particle monitoring equipment. The company’s incinerator at their Welwyn site is fitted with comprehensive abatement equipment, including a ceramic filter, and uses PCME’s probe-based Electrodynamic system, the DT780.

The public relations sector has also made its first step towards sustainability. Four Communications, PR firm for a number of environmentally conscious companies, such as Kia Cars, Future Forests and Greenergy, has announced that it is the first public relations firm in the UK to sign up for full corporate social responsibility (CSR) accreditation. The audit looks at a company’s ethical framework, including environmental and community involvement and the way it deals with customers, suppliers, employees and shareholders.

Finally, Environmental Technology Services plc, a supplier of environmental monitoring systems, has stated that its Opsis System 400 is the only monitoring package to receive MCERTS approval for the direct measurement of nitrogen dioxide. It is also one of only two methods that have received MCERTS accreditation for the measurement of water.

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