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News round-up 20/6

Biogen fined, Aldersgate Group boss to depart, Viridor awards IBA contract; IDE joins CIC

Anaerobic digestion operator Biogen has been fined £8,700 after pleading guilty to breaching its permit after a spill at its Bedfordshire facility risked causing pollution.

Luton Magistrates’ Court heard that on the day of the incident in 2012, digestate had leaked between two storage tanks after there had been electrical work carried out on them and the site manager forgot to do his close down checks at the end of the day. Three hundred and fifty cubic metres of digestate and 20 cubic metres of raw waste had been spilt.

Click here for the full Environment Agency release


Raingold to leave Aldersgate Group

The Aldersgate Group, an alliance of business leaders promoting a sustainable economy, is looking for new executive director after its current leader Andrew Raingold announced that he will be leaving the organisation.

Raingold, who was the Aldersgate Group’s first employee when he joined in 2007, will leave his role in the Autumn. He said: “After seven hugely enjoyable years leading the Aldersgate Group, I feel the time is right for a new challenge and I will be focusing on interests in the charity sector. From small beginnings, I am extremely proud of the impact we have had at the highest levels of Government and business, driving forward our mission of action for a sustainable economy.”

The company is currently looking for a replacement.

Press release


Viridor awards IBA contract

Viridor has awarded Raymond Brown Aggregates a 15-year incinerator bottom ash (IBA) contract in Oxfordshire. Under the terms of the deal, Raymond Brown Aggregates will build a new IBA processing facility at Viridor’s Ardley Energy waste facility near Oxford that will produce around 75,000 tonnes of IBA aggregate per year.

Steve Cole, environment and development director at Raymond Brown Aggregates, said: “It’s a great achievement as part of our plan to become the leading producer of IBA aggregate in the UK.”

Press release


Institute of Demolition Engineers joins the Construction Industry Council

The Institute of Demolition Engineers (IDE) has become a full member of the Construction Industry Council (CIC).

IDE council member Michael Ulyatt said: “CIC brings together more than 40 professional organisations in the built environment, with most of its work focused on liaison with government and other national authorities.

“By getting a seat at the CIC table, the IDE now has the opportunity for its professionalism to be heard. As the focus of true sustainable construction begins to turn towards design for deconstruction, we welcome this opportunity to bring coherence to a subject that, so far, has been addressed only in a fragmented way.”

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