Waste Stories 18/1/2016


1. Your chance to influence low carbon investment for the Health and Social Care sector

If you have a well quantified cost and carbon return case study, for a successful approach or technology, that you would like to see promoted across the whole Health and Social Care system, the SDU would like to hear from you.

It may be it anything from solar panels on a hospital, a care homes food initiative, shared services, driver training, a more efficient approach to medicines management or waste reduction. As long as it improves health and wellbeing, cuts costs and reduces waste, pollution or carbon emissions. The SDU is looking for practical and proven examples, from live pilots or successful initiatives, not paper studies or theoretical savings. Though initiatives do not need to have been deployed yet in the health sector, they need to have been deployed successfully somewhere.

Please email contributions to england.sdu@nhs.net  with ‘SDU MAC Curve’ in the subject line. Contributions will be welcome until the end of January 2016.

2. Joint Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group and ISWA International conference (sponsored by Grundon Waste Management)

In conjunction with the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), the Group will be hosting an international conference on April 14 and 15, 2016. It will be held at St Thomas’ Hospital in London. Topics to be covered will include current and emerging technologies, sustainability and preparing for emergencies.

The programme can be found here: Programme – Dec 2015

Sponsors include: Daniels, Econix, GV Health, Frontier Medical Group, Newster, Sharpsmart and ISS Ltd. (Please contact Terry Tudor: terry.tudor@northampton.ac.uk, if you wish to sponsor)

Booking details can be found here: healthcare waste 2016 conference


3. NHS planning guidance for 2016 – 2021

Request the document here

4. National Infrastructure Commission consultation launched

The governance, structure and operation of the National Infrastructure Commission has been set out in a consultation document that was launched recently.

Read more here

5. Feed in tariffs to remain open

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has opted to keep Feed In Tariffs (FiT) open beyond January 2016, following a consultation launched in August that warned the scheme would close if costs could not be controlled.

Read the story here

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