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World news round-up 8 December 2014

Ricardo-AEA’s Saudi deal; Pilot project to use construction waste; Malta waste management reforms

UK consultants strike Saudi deal

Ricardo-AEA has signed a memorandum of understanding with the environmental services provider, Arensco, which will see the two companies collaborate to boost the environmental services capability of Saudi Arabia. Arensco has long experience of working in the kingdom, providing environmental consultancy and support services in the fields of air quality, environmental impact assessments, water resources and contaminated land. The company works for a wide range of private sector clients including major global players such as Saudi Aramco and public sector bodies such as the Saudi Royal Commissions. Ricardo-AEA, HQ pictured above, has already been working actively in the Kingdom for 18 months.

Press release

Pilot project with construction waste

A pilot project in Canada to fire cement kilns using construction waste is close to full testing. The cost of the project is CAD9m (£5m) and partially funded by a National Research Council grant. The project looks at different waste products that can be burned, and in what combination. The project will also be looking to determine where the toxic substances like arsenic end up in the process.

BioPower Digest

Malta waste management reforms

The environment and climate change minister of Malta Leo Brincat said that only an average of 13% to 17% of plastic bottles end up at the waste recycling plant in the country. An expression of interest is expected to be issued for a company to operate a refund system tied to the collection of plastic bottles and aluminium cans, also a national policy is being drafted to deal with electronic-related waste in the country.

Malta Independent

EfW practice encouraged in Thailand

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha of Thailand has emphasised the use of waste as an alternative source of electricity by his country, reducing the its reliance on imports for 70% of its energy. Chan-o-cha wants separation of waste in households and has ordered the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the Ministry of Interior to promote public understanding of need for new waste management facilities. He said Thailand currently did not take full advantage from the sorting or treatment of waste and using the products as alternative energy sources.


Waste Management extends sponsorship of Phoenix Open 

Waste Management has added 10 years to the previous six-year deal with the Thunderbirds, the group responsible for putting on the annual golf tournament at the TPC Scottsdale. Tom King, head of the Thunderbirds, said. “While not unprecedented, a 10-year extension is a true sign of Waste Management’s commitment to the game of golf and their ongoing sustainability efforts”.

Phoenix Business Journal

Copper price to improve in future

Southern Copper’s chief executive Oscar Gonzalez Rocha said the price of copper would remain strong for the coming years thanks to the increasing Chinese demand for the metal and the economic developments elsewhere. Rocha expects the value of copper to average about $3 (£2)a pound by 2015.

Steel Asia’s steel plant in Philippines

Steel Asia Manufacturing of Philippines has completed a steel plant worth PHP3bn (£43m) in Davao City, Mindanao. The steel mill is considered the largest and most modern in the country. It is expected to cut construction costs in Mindanao, as steel products such as rebars will not have to be shipped from Manila.

Manila Standard

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