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News round-up 13/3

New Innovate UK chief; Bridgefoot Quarry clear up; Sustainable event guidelines; Circular Economy 2.0

New Innovate chief

Ruth McKernan has been appointed as the new chief executive of the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK.

Dr McKernan will take up the post on 1 May 2015 until 30 April 2020.

Business secretary Vince Cable said: “Innovate UK have gained a talented woman in a key leadership position. She brings with her the knowledge and expertise needed to steer this expanding organisation as it provides the financial support and connections to expert business advice that increasing numbers of businesses need to drive economic growth.”

Press release

Bridgefoot Quarry Clear Up

The removal of debris from Bridgefoot Quarry Recycling Centre in Cambridgeshire has begun following a fire on 13 November.

The Environment Agency originally requested that owners Akhtar Waste and Energy Developments Ltd complete the clean-up operation by 16 February.

However, the waste burned for longer than anticipated and the resultant ash was not cool enough to be safely removed by this date.

Approximately 60 tonnes of metal was recovered from the ash and recycled on another site.

Press release

Sustainable event guidelines published

Zero Waste Scotland has published a new document outlining how event organisers can deliver environmentally sustainable events.

The publication focuses on the best practice for key topics including energy, water, waste management, venue, catering and transportation.

Iain Gulland, Chief Executive, Zero Waste Scotland said: “By taking steps to improve sustainability, for example putting in place plans to divert waste from landfill or re-using materials where possible post-event, organising committees can boost their reputation and gain a competitive advantage.”

Zero Waste Scotland

Circular Economy 2.0

The European Environmental Bureau, a federation of environmental groups including Friends of the Earth and Keep Britain Tidy, has published a document with recommendations for the European Commission on revamping its circular economy package.

The report, entitled Circular Economy Package 2.0, suggests a strengthening of waste targets and additional measures relating to product policy.

It follows the withdrawal of the existing circular economy proposal by the European Commission (EC) in January, to be replaced by a “more ambitious” package by the end of 2015.

European Environmental Bureau

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