Resource efficiency tool; Site raid; First Women Business of the Year; Cable at JCB; Samba for Rio.
Resource efficiency tool launched
Resource Efficient Scotland has launched an online planning tool to help businesses and public sector organisations to better use their resources.
The Savings Finder tool enables organisations to identify ways to make more efficient use of resources in their organisation while providing practical advice to help them make savings.
Site raided in Wales
A waste facility in Blaenau Gwent, has been raided by Natural Resources Wales officers, in conjunction with Gwent Police, following concerns over illegal waste activity.
Officers used a warrant to search the premises after evidence was gathered that some activities at the site were breaching the conditions of its environmental permit.
Veolia’s UK head wins top award
Estelle Brachlianoff, Veolia’s executive vice-president UK & Ireland, has received the CBI’s ‘First Women Business of the Year’ award. It was recognition of Veolia “going beyond statutory requirements in promoting and developing their talented female workforce and for its pioneering work in establishing a flexible workforce in the once ‘traditional’ recycling, waste and water sector”.
Reflecting Brachlianoff’s belief that diversity equals innovation, Veolia employs more than 90 nationalities in the UK and has raised female representation at board level and in graduate intake. She was also highly commended in the ‘First Women of Manufacturing’ category for Veolia’s launch of a new manufacturing strategy designed to create green products and green energy to address the problems of scarce raw materials.
Cable visits JCB
Business secretary Vince Cable has visited JCB’s HQ in Rocester, Staffordshire to see the company’s academy delivering a technical education to 14 to 19-year-olds.
Cable was shown around classrooms equipped with more than £1m worth of modern engineering equipment by chair of governors David Bell and academy principal Jim Wade. He also met a number of students during afternoon lessons.
Street sweepers Samba for Rio
A team of Veolia staff samba’d away in Central London to help England get into the World Cup spirit (photo above).
The Veolia team came from across all parts of the capital spanning from Westminster, Lambeth, Southwark and Greenwich and were joined by South American Choreographer Ilai Szpiezak.