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News round-up 24/11

Wales council review; World Bank investment; NI recycler fire; dairy industry reduces waste

Review of Welsh council spending

An independent review of administrative costs across all local authorities in Wales is being commissioned by public services minister Leighton Andrews.

Andrews said the review will identify the overall picture of expenditure on administration in councils across Wales.

He added: “I have made it clear I expect all local authorities in Wales to focus the limited resources available to them on delivering front-line services to citizens, and to reduce spending on administration and backroom services.

“This review will enable me and local authorities to compare and contrast expenditure and understand where practice should be changed to move a greater proportion of the spending to delivering services to citizens.”

Press release

Clean energy investment boost

The World Bank will invest heavily in clean energy and fund coal projects only in “circumstances of extreme need” because climate change will undermine efforts to eliminate extreme poverty.

Talking ahead of a UN climate summit in Peru next month, World Bank president Jim Yong Kim said he was alarmed by research from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany, which said that as a result of past greenhouse gas emissions the world is condemned to unprecedented weather events.

Guardian

Firefighters tackling blaze at NI waste processing plant

A fire has broken out at the RecyCo industrial recycling plant, RecyCo, near the Mountfield village in County Tyrone.

More than 50 firefighters have been battling the fire which broke out at around 4.15am at the waste processing plant.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service has asked members of the public to stay away from the area and keep roads clear for emergency services.

A spokesperson said the fire was under control, adding that firefighters had prevented the fire from spreading and that they were expected to remain in the area from spreading throughout the plant.

It is expected that crews will remain on site until lunchtime.

Ulster Herald

Dairy industry reduces landfill waste

Preliminary results from the 2014 Dairy UK Environmental Benchmarking Report shows that processors have achieved an 8% increase in energy efficiency since 2008, meaning they are on track to meet the Climate Change Agreements and Dairy Roadmap 2020 targets of 13.6% and 15% respectively.

The report also outlined significant progress made in waste management. Processors attained a 74% reduction in the amount of waste sent to landfill per tonne of milk input and demonstrated a 176% increase in the amount of waste recycled or recovered per tonne of milk input.

Farming UK

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