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News round-up 7/1


Brussels checks out Drax support; NI climate change laws backed; Ricardo’s new MD; Sack supply contract for Cromwell; County sells recycling bins; Recycling film released

Brussels checks out Drax support

The European Commission has opened an investigation into whether a plan by Drax to convert a plant from coal to biomass breaches state aid rules.

Around 3%-4% of the UK’s electricity is being generated by burning biomass pellets at Drax’s huge plant in North Yorkshire.

Two of its six coal units have been fully converted to biomass. Drax says a third unit is 85% converted but it needs the subsidy scheme to complete the job. 3%.

BBC report

NI climate change laws backed

Northern Ireland environment minister Mark H Durkan has welcomed the UK Committee on Climate Change’s backing for the country’s legislation.

The committee has advised that the unique circumstances in Northern Ireland mean that locally led and developed legislation could be an advantage.

Durkan said: “We are the only region in these Isles without Climate Change legislation. I … believe that we can introduce legislation that takes account of local factors that will provide the clarity and the long term certainty which agriculture, business and industry need.”

Press release

Ricardo changes managing director

Tim Curtis has been appointed Ricardo Energy & Environment managing director – taking over from Robert Bell, who retires following a 40 year career with the company.

Curtis (pictured) said: “I look forward to working closely with our senior leadership team to grow the company and strengthen our reputation as a global leader in providing highly regarded and innovative solutions for our clients.”

Ricardo Energy & Environment provides technical insight and expertise to help governments, public agencies and businesses solve their environmental challenges.

Press release

Sack supply contract for Cromwell

Cromwell Polythene has won a contract to supply refuse sacks to the North Western Universities Purchasing Consortium’s cleaning and janitorial supplies framework.

The framework provides collaborative procurement for 22 universities in the north west and a number of higher education institutions in other parts of the UK.

The NWUPC framework will run until the end of November 2017, with optional annual extensions for a further two years.

Press release

County sells recycling bins

More than 450 residents in Cherwell, Oxforshire bought recycling bins over the Christmas break, with three people even placing orders on Christmas Day.

From 25 November – 25 December, Cherwell District Council hosted its annual winter bin sale, reducing the cost of its blue and brown recycling bins to just £10 each – saving up to £8 on the usual price.

A total of 303 blue and 149 brown bins were sold, providing two million litres of additional recycling capacity each year.

Press release

Recycling film released

A new film has been created to promote recycling in Cambridgeshire.

The film, launched by RECAP, uses animated characters to explain how to make the best use of the county’s nine household waste recycling centres.

Currently, the centres recycle 79% of the materials which are taken there, reuse over 475 tonnes of good quality items, and have 22,400 visitors during an average week.

Ely News

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