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News round-up 21/7

Climate Change report urges renewable heat uptake, London Re-use Network aims for a million, Veolia on awards shortlist; Biogen hits milestone.

CCC report urges renewable heat uptake

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has said that increasing the uptake of low-carbon renewable heat is a priority for the Government.

In a new report, Meeting Carbon Budgets, the CCC said: “Despite the fact that the current scheme to incentivise this – the Renewable Heat Incentive – is very generous, the take-up of heat pumps has been very low (e.g. only around 1% of spend to date in the non-domestic scheme).”

The full report can be read here.

Press Release

London Re-use Network aiming for a million

Nearly one million Londoners are being targeted by a campaign aimed at increasing furniture reuse.

The London Re-use Network (LRN) will target five boroughs - Lambeth, Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham, Wandsworth, and the City of London - with information aimed at boosting the amount of furniture and white goods donated for reuse, diverting good quality material from landfill or incineration.

LRN’s managing director, Charles Craft said: “We want residents in these five boroughs to really get involved in the reuse revolution through this campaign. They won’t only be doing something good for the environment in diverting good quality items away from landfill and incineration, but they’ll be doing others a good turn too because the items they donate will provide volunteering and training opportunities in our charity partners’ shops and our reuse centres.” 

Press Release

Veolia on awards shortlist

Veolia has been shortlisted for the ICAEW Sustainable Business category at this year’s National Business Awards. 

Estelle Brachlianoff, Veolia’s executive vice president for the UK and Ireland, said: “We’ve worked hard to transform our company with our new strategy to become a manufacturer of green products and energy. We’re proud to be leading the circular economy in action not just words”

ICAEW director and judge for the category Stephen Ibbotson said: “Veolia has already demonstrated its commitment to sustainability, but in 2014 they have redoubled their efforts and launched a new sustainability strategy almost doubling their investment to a huge £300m whilst still remaining carbon neutral.”

Press Release

Biogen hits half million tonne milestone

Food waste firm Biogen has recycled 500,000 tonnes of food waste since operations began in 2006.

Biogen has three operational food waste Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plants in the UK and another five under construction. The company’s Waen AD plant in Denbighshire is due for completion by the end of July.

Press Release


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