Government departments cutting waste; Biowaste engine funding granted; Whisky residue biofuel created; New DS Smith recycling head
Mixed report for ‘green’ Whitehall
Government figures for 2013/14 show a 22% reduction in waste generated across all departments in comparison to 2009/10.
The third annual Greening Government Commitment report shows that 13 out of 25 departments exceeded the 2015 waste reduction target of 25% but that five fell short.
The other seven were unable to provide comprehensive data for their waste handling.
It is estimated that £11.5m was saved in waste disposal costs although only 75% of waste was diverted from landfill in this period, a 1% decrease from 2012 to 2013.
Biowaste engine funding granted
A new engine that is designed to generate electricity from biowaste has won funding from the UK government to develop the concept.
Green technology company Oaktec has been backed by a £214,000 grant from the new Energy Catalyst initiative run by Innovate UK.
Their Pulse-R prototype engine is designed to produce low-carbon power from sources such as sewage, food waste and agricultural anaerobic digestion.
Biofuel created from whisky residue
Celtic Renewables has become the first company to create biofuel from whisky residues.
The Edinburgh-based company has created bio-butonal using obsolete fermentation technology.
They are seeking funding from the Department for Transport’s £25m advanced biofuel demonstration competition in order to construct a facility at the Grangemouth petrochemical plant.
If successful it is hoped that the plant could be operational by 2018.
New recycling head at DS Smith
Jim Malone has been appointed Head of Recycling at DS Smith.
Malone replaces Peter McGuinness who is moving to a new role within the company as Director of Sustainability.
He has been with DS Smith for 20 years and in the last year has been the chairman of the Recycling and Products Committee for the Confederation of European Paper Industries.
DS Smith provides corrugated and plastic packaging supported by paper and recycling operations in 25 countries worldwide.