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Issue : 6 March 2009

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  • Plea for immediate Government cash to protect UKs energy-from-waste sector Subscription

    News6 March, 2009

    A plea to protect the existing renewable energy industry with an immediate investment of £625 million will be made by the Renewable Energy Association at the Governments Low Carbon Summit today. REA policy director Gaynor Hartnell told MRW that between 20 to 25 per cent of this cash should be earmarked for waste and recycling related energy production. This includes anaerobic digestion, combined heat and power, energy-from-waste and gasification.

  • Corporate advisory firm welcomes Treasury's waste PFI cash injection but expresses concern over timetableSubscription

    News6 March, 2009

    Financial advisory firm Catalyst Corporate Finance has welcomed the Treasurys plan to replace lost commercial PFI funding for waste projects but has expressed concern over how it will approve lending over the next 13 months.Waste management PFI projects are set to benefit from a £3.5 billion cash injection from the Treasury, including the Greater Manchester waste PFI deal, to kick start schemes that have been delayed by the credit crunch (

  • Mandelson predicts "low carbon industrial revolution"Subscription

    News6 March, 2009

    Speaking to leaders of industry at the Low Carbon Industrial Summit today, Lord Mandelson said the UK was on the edge of a low carbon industrial revolution. He said that the shift to low carbon offered huge opportunities to green the economic recovery and create green jobs. Government plans are about how the UK has to look in a decades time, he said. It is about a transformative shift in our economy, and the industrial and business opportunities ...

  • Government told: take urgent action on low carbon economy Subscription

    News6 March, 2009

    Calls for the Government to take urgent action on moving to a low carbon economy have come from the CBI and the Environmental Industries Commission. Comments from these two organisations follow the Governments Low Carbon Industrial summit held today. CBI director general Richard Lambert said it was time for action as legislative framework for climate change policy was in place. He said the Governments job was to create an investment friendly climate to encourage ...

  • LibDems: Governments green economy all spin and no substance Subscription

    News6 March, 2009

    A Government-led business summit to discuss the UKs future as a low carbon economy has been criticised for being all spin and no substance. Liberal Democrats Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary Simon Hughes said: Gordon Brown talks of a green new deal, but yet again it is all spin and no substance. The Government is spending £20bn on its fiscal stimulus but less than 3 per cent of this is going on greening the economy, a much smaller percentage than ...

  • Tesco recycles all meat waste into renewable energySubscription

    News5 March, 2009

    Retail giant Tesco has teamed up with food recycling service PDM Group to turn its meat waste into heat and electricity.PDM will take 5,000 tonnes of out-of-date meat from Tesco per week to recycle at one of its biomass-to-energy plants. PDM collects meat waste from Tescos 11 regional recycling service units.Tesco head of waste and recycling Sion Stanfield said: As renewable energy technologies now become mainstream, there is no excuse for sending ...

  • Lack of waste knowledge costs northern businesses Subscription

    News5 March, 2009

    Businesses in the north of the UK could be missing out on cost savings because they lack environmental awareness about recycling their waste furniture. In a survey by office movers Robinsons, facilities and office managers revealed that during the past year more than 15 per cent of northern businesses had disposed of up to 500 pieces of furniture. This is 5 per cent higher than the national average and almost double that of any other region. According ...

  • Devons landfill gas renewable energy production increases Subscription

    News5 March, 2009

    Landfill gas fuel production is being increased at two Viridor sites in Devon. Heathfield near Kingsteignton and Broadpath near Uffculme already supply electricity produced by burning landfill gas to the National Grid.After successful operation of the original power generating equipment, the company has decided to install three new engines across the two sites.Two will be installed at Heathfield increasing energy generation to 8.5 MW from 5.86MW. ...

  • Metal recyclers welcome European Commission report on revising waste label Subscription

    News5 March, 2009

    Restrictions on recycled metal trade created by end-of-waste criteria could be eased if proposals in a recent European Commission backed report are adopted. The report, from the ECs joint research centre IPTS, has suggested a method to define when various materials stop being waste.The IPTS conducted three case studies to determine when the definition for end-of-waste should apply. It looked at metals (iron, steel and aluminium), compost and aggregates and ...

  • Audit Commission: Householders are satisfied with their waste servicesSubscription

    News5 March, 2009

    Local councils in England have made significant progress in waste management between 2002 and 2008 and residents are satisfied with their waste services, according to a new report published by the Audit Commission.The Comprehensive Performance Assessment Final Score report, was published to mark the last year that the CPA system will be used to find out council performance in services such as waste. The ...

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