Biffa continues service after council fire; REA response to biomass criticism; CHPA becomes ADE; Viridor promotes green careers; L’Oreal investigates labelling
South Oxfordshire contractors continue after fire
Biffa says it is working with council managers to “assure service continuity” after an arsonist attacked the offices of South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Council.
Biffa said it will maintain scheduled collections and related duties. The blaze did not directly affect Biffa’s premises or equipment.
Biffa also operates the call centre for all waste-related services provided as part of its joint contract with both authorities. The call centre is unaffected by the fire, and remains in full operation to deal with information requests from residents.
REA challenges biomass boilers criticism
The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has responded to a Guardian article, which claimed that over £10bn could be paid in incentives for non-domestic biomass boilers under the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) despite a DECC review showing that biomass boilers are 10-20% less efficient than expected.
The REA said: “Biomass boilers have a higher efficiency rating during lab testing and certification. This can change after the boiler is installed on site, as its efficiency is dependent on how it is used after installation. There is nothing surprising about slightly different efficiency rates of lab testing and in situ, as is true for all heating technologies.”
It added that, as one of the most cost efficient ways of cutting carbon, biomass heat is essential for the UK to reach the EU set target of getting at least 15% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.
CHPA transforms into ADE
The Combined Heat and Power Association (CHPA) has announced it will be renamed the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE), focusing its role as the industry advocate for the UK’s decentralised energy transition across the industrial, public, commercial and domestic sectors.
An ADE spokesperson said: “The Association is renaming to better reflect the wide range of its members’ interests and focus.”
Dr Tim Rotheray, director of the new Association for Decentralised Energy, stated: “This change of name reflects our long term vision to create a less costly, more secure and lower carbon energy system, dictated by users’ needs, not energy producers.”
Viridor educates on green jobs
Waste management firm Viridor, in partnership with Glasgow City Council, has launched its annual science and technology educational programme to encourage secondary school pupils across Glasgow to consider career opportunities in the green economy.
The Go4SET programme, launched on 15 January at Glasgow City Chambers, is open to every secondary school throughout the city and links teams of pupils with companies and universities to offer a practical, hands-on, 10-week science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) experience.
The aim of the programme is to change pupils’ perceptions of these subjects in order to increase the number of people seeking further education and potential careers in STEM areas.
L’Oreal assesses environmental impact of labels
L’Oreal Americas and Avery Dennison are working together to reduce the environmental impacts of packaging labels throughout the entire label lifecycle.
The collaboration’s assessments have shown that thinner label materials can reduce environmental impacts.
L’Oreal switched from Avery Dennison’s Global Co-Ex film product to Global MDO, which is has reduced L’Oreal’s environmental impacts from 19% to 7% across the categories of fossil material, water use, energy use, GHG emissions and solid waste.