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Issue : 13 February 2009

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  • Taxpayers' money to be used for PFI projectsSubscription

    News13 February, 2009

    Gordon Brown is set use taxpayers money to fund big private finance initiative deals in order to accelerate projects stalled by the credit crunch.In a bid to get multi-million pound deals off the ground in the face of the banks reluctance to lend, the Treasury is working on plans that could see an infrastructure fund created to provide long-term bridging loans from the taxpayer to PFI projects.Alternatively, departments such as local Government, ...

  • Auspicious timing for biomass company launch Subscription

    News13 February, 2009

    A biomass energy company has picked an auspicious time to launch following the proposal of Government backed incentives to boost renewable energy use. Talbotts Biomass Generators launched, out of existing company Talbotts Biomass Energy Systems, with a 50 per cent stake investment from Air Plants Dust Extraction. The new company will be a separate power division providing combined heat and power systems to generate electricity. Both businesses ...

  • Recovered paper exports positive contribution ignored, says CPISubscription

    News13 February, 2009

    The key role of export in the paper market should not be demonised by the press, a Confederation of Paper Industries market expert has said. Following CPI data which predicted a tough year ahead for the industry in 2009, CPI recovered paper sector manager Peter Seggie said: In the UK, great strides continue to be made in increasing the tonnage of recovered paper and board being retrieved from the waste stream.But the excessive reliance on the export market for recycling ...

  • UK recovered paper processing predicted to decline in 2009Subscription

    News13 February, 2009

    A wider trend of domestic decline in the paper and board manufacturing industry has been confirmed by figures from the Confederation of Paper Industries. Further domestic production decline is also predicted for 2009 despite plans for new mills.The CPIs analysis follows announcements from recycler and manufacturer Smurfit Kappa earlier this week that its production figures had ...

  • LWRB set 2009/10 spending prioritiesSubscription

    News13 February, 2009

    The London Waste and Recycling Board has set its budget and spending priorities for 2009/10.At a meeting held on 12 February the Board has outlined a budget of £37 million to help London divert materials from landfill. Chief operating officer Paul de Rivas said that the Board was allocating £37.2m for the first year and was setting up structures and processes to start to develop a pipeline of projects to help divert waste from landfill.

  • Householders to get financial incentives for biomass boilersSubscription

    News13 February, 2009

    Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband said that UK households will be able to get financial incentives for low carbon technologies such as biomass boilers and ground source heat pumps under Government plans to reduce carbon emissions and cut energy bills.The Government wants to cut household carbon emissions by one third by 2020. Its ultimate aim is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050.Miliband said: We need to move from incremental ...

  • Waste reduction could save small businesses 5% of turnover Subscription

    News13 February, 2009

    Small businesses could save between 4 to 5 per cent of their turnover by reducing waste, according to recently launched Government advice. Waste reduction was one of the Governments top ten tips for businesses to save cash, carbon and water during the recession.Partnering with other nearby businesses to manage waste and recycling and achieve economies of scale was suggested. And viewing waste as a resource or raw material for another business with opportunities ...

  • £26m to turn waste into bio-gas in WalesSubscription

    News12 February, 2009

    Local authorities in Wales will get £26 million of new funding to help them develop anaerobic digestion plants, the Welsh Assembly GovernmentEnvironment Minister Jane Davidson has said.Making the announcement at the Wales Waste National conference (12 February) Ms Davidson said: The technology of AD will play a key part in how Wales deals with its waste and will also provide a new source of renewable energy. We cannot continue ...

  • Composter Bioganix split in half as assets soldSubscription

    News12 February, 2009

    Two composting sites belonging to failed composter Bioganix have been snapped up by rivals in an assets sell off. New Earth Solutions has bought the in-vessel composting plant in Gloucestershire, while Countrystyle has taken over the IVC facility in Suffolk.Bioganix was forced to sell the sites in a pre-pack arrangement with administrators to avoid insolvency. In a statement it said: The company will not itself be placed in administration but is likely to ...

  • Smurfit Kappa halts shareholder payoutsSubscription

    News12 February, 2009

    Payments to Smurfit Kappa Group shareholders have been suspended for 2009 following a reported financial loss in the fourth quarter of 2008. Results from the Group, which makes and recycles paper-based packaging, showed a net debt of €3.4 billion (£3.1bn).But Group chief executive Gary McGann said: Against an increasingly difficult market backdrop, the Group is pleased to deliver a relatively strong financial outcome for 2008 in line with market expectations.

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