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News round-up 10/3

 Recycling plans shelved to cut costs; World’s first circular economy MSc; Recycling plans shelved to cut costs; 333 applicants for Horizon 2020 funding

Gas cylinders in scrap fire

Four fire engines and 21 firefighters and officers have dealt with a scrap yard fire (pictured) involving eight gas cylinders on Bromley Hall Road in Bow.

A large pile of rubbish was damaged by the blaze. A hazard zone was set up as some cylinders can explode when exposed to heat. Firefighters cooled the cylinders down and removed them to safety.

The brigade was called at 7pm on 8 March and the fire was under control by 9.30pm. Fire crews from Poplar, Shadwell, Millwall and Stratford fire stations were at the scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

London Fire Brigade

World’s first circular economy MSc

Cranfield University has launched the world’s first MSc course in the circular economy.

The part-time executive course called Technology, Innovation and Management for a Circular Economy, was launched at industry event Resource.

The programme will be delivered partly at Cranfield’s Bedfordshire campus, as well as using digital learning, with the first students beginning their studies in October.

Press release

Recycling plans shelved to cut costs

Elements of a strategy to manage Guernsey’s waste have been removed in order to meet its £29.5m budget.

Waste currently goes to landfill, but a strategy of increased recycling and exporting the rest for treatment was agreed in 2012.

Vehicles to collect kerbside recycling and a facility to sort and process recyclable waste have been scrapped as the strategy was costing too much.

BBC News

333 applicants for Horizon 2020 funding

The European Commission has received 333 proposals for Horizon 2020 funding, with the majority focused on circular economy projects.

All in all, a budget of about £218m (€283m) is available in 2016 for the Societal Challenge “Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials” of Horizon 2020.

Next month, independent expert panels will evaluate the proposals selecting the best ones for funding. The Commission will then inform all applicants – within five months of the call deadline – whether or not their proposal has been successful.

Press release

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