John Laing stock market launch; Biomass plant proposed in Norwich; Whisky waste recycling potential; Ealing’s campaign shortlisted
John Laing plans stock market launch
John Laing, the infrastructure investment business, has unveiled plans to list its shares on the stock market, a move it hopes will raise £130m.
The firm, which was founded in 1848, is involved in many construction businesses, including public-private partnership schemes.
In August, the firm announced plans for its first investment in biomass.
Biomass plant proposed in Norwich
Plans have been announced to build a biomass power station on a derelict site in Norwich.
The plant processes 200,000 tonnes per year of straw pellets to provide power for 88,000 homes.
The so-called “Generation Park” project in the city’s Thorpe Hamlet area would also include new homes and an education centre.
Whisky waste recycling potential
The Scotch whisky industry could generate £140m through recycling whisky wastes into fish feed for Scotland’s fish farming industry and help build a more circular economy.
The possibility was highlighted in the Circular Economy Scotland report published earlier this month by the Green Alliance.
Ealing shortlisted for campaign award
Ealing Council has been shortlisted for ‘campaign of the year’ in the Local Government Chronicle, MRW’s sister title for its 50% by 2020 awareness campaign.
The campaign, launched in 2013, aims to help drive up recycling rates across the borough. It includes projects such as the Recycle My Stuff website, featuring an interactive house that residents can explore for tips, community ambassador programmes featuring well-known figures, and a Christmas tree made out of plastic bottles, which made international headlines for its design and environmental message.