Veolia partners with IBM; Green Bank summit; Zero waste fashion; Biowaste bus
Veolia partners with IBM in data initiative
Veolia has partnered with technology giant IBM to develop solutions to improve the efficiency of municipal systems around the world.
The project aims at offering a data-driven approach to municipal services, including water, waste management and energy.
Antoine Frerot, chairman and chief executive at Veolia, said: “By combining our deep expertise with IBM’s data-driven insight, Veolia is creating a paradigm shift in urban management which in turn will help cities improve efficiency and deliver better services to citizens.”
Green banks meets in New York
A two-day Green Bank summit was held in New York yesterday, with international public-private financing organisations, including the UK’s Green Investment Bank, coming together to discuss best practice, share technical expertise and to strengthen the growing Green Bank network.
The purpose of the summit was to discuss how to advance emerging clean energy markets by harnessing commercial practices, mobilising private sector participation and adopting a common framework.
Fashion designers urged to reduce waste
Sustainable fashion designer Orsola de Castro has called on Scottish designers to take a more environmentally friendly approach at a sustainable fashion symposium in Glasgow.
The event, hosted by Zero Waste Scotland and the Scottish Textile and Leather Association, was chaired by presenter Janice Forsyth and looked at ways to reduce the environmental impact of clothing.
It included the launch of a new fund for Scottish designers to a create ground-breaking zero waste fashion range.
De Castro said: “We need to look at waste as a resource, and inspire young designers to its immense creative potential and help the industry to understand its viability, scalability and role in the future.”
GENeco rolls out UK’s first biowaste bus
Anaerobic digestion company GENeco has launched the UK’s first bus powered by food and human waste.
The 40-seater Bio-Bus (photo above) can travel up to 300km on a full tank of gas generated at Bristol sewage treatment works.
GENeco general manager Mohammed Saddiq said: “Through treating sewage and food thats unfit for human consumption we’re able to produce enough biomethane to provide a significant supply of gas to the national gas network that’s capable of powering almost 8,500 homes as well as fuelling the Bio-Bus.”