Celtic Renewables award; Luxembourg backing for Dublin plant; Stewart on food waste; Recycling label rebrands
Celtic Renewables wins SME award
Edinburgh-based Celtic Renewables (above) has been named Europe’s most innovative biotech SME after producing a biofuel capable of powering vehicles from the residues of whisky production.
The company won the award and a cheque for €10,000 (£7,100) was presented at the European Parliament by Carlos Moedas, the EU commissioner for research, science and innovation.
The awards are organised by the European Association for Bioindustries.
Luxembourg backing for Dublin plant
Funding for the building of a recovery plant in Poolbeg, Dublin, is coming from a company in Luxembourg.
The Dublin Waste to Energy project is a public-private partnership (PPP) between the four Dublin local authorities and Covanta.
Covanta is due to spend approximately €500m (£355m) developing the 600,000-tonne capacity incinerator, while the four authorities have already spent approximately €100m on the project.
In September of last year the controversial incinerator cleared the last of many hurdles that had held up its development and is due to come onstream in 2017.
Stewart commits to tackling food waste
Resources secretary Rory Stewart has told Parliament the Government is working with manufacturers and retailers, including all major supermarkets, to meet targets set out in WRAP’s Coulthard Committment.
Stewart responded to a written question: “The third phase targets a further 1.1 million tonnes of food and packaging waste reduction by the end of 2015.”
Recycling label rebrands
On-Pack Recycling Label (OPRL) is rebranding to appeal to a more corporate audience as it seeks to double membership over the next three years.
The company is investing in improved member support and public outreach as part of its growth strategy.
To mark Recycle Week 2015, OPRL is adopting its acronym as its brand (below), catching up with widespread industry usage.