Waste Stories 7/11/2016


10th anniversary1.Defra Secretary of State admits uncertainty over post-Brexit Environmental laws

Andrea Leadsom has confirmed that the majority of European Union (EU) environmental legislation will be transferred across into UK law in the immediate aftermath of Brexit, but uncertainty looms for around a third of green regulations which the Defra Secretary admitted “won’t be easy to transpose”.

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2. National Infrastructure Commission specific studies: call for ideas

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) provides expert, impartial advice to the government on infrastructure. Although operationally independent, the NIC is currently in interim form. The core purpose of the NIC is to set out a clear picture of the future infrastructure we need, including through an in-depth assessment of the UK’s major infrastructure needs on a 30-year time horizon – known as a National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA). In addition to the NIA, the NIC also undertakes specific studies to advise government on immediate priorities or particular challenges that need to be addressed.

The Chancellor, together with the NIC, has decided that he would like to give anyone with an interest in this field an opportunity to contribute their ideas for issues which could form the subject of future NIC studies. This process will help us ensure the NIC is focused on the country’s most critical infrastructure challenges.

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3. National Recycling Awards 2017

The awards are open to all involved in recycling and waste management, from local authorities, to waste producers, waste management companies, manufacturers, energy producers, retailers, construction and corporate companies across the UK.

The entry deadline for the 2017 round of awards is 28 January 2017.

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4. Rushlight awards

The 10th Anniversary Rushlight Awards are open.  They are the only set of awards designed specifically to support and promote all the latest clean technologies, innovations, initiatives and deployment projects for businesses and other organisations throughout UK, Ireland and internationally.

The Rushlight Awards are open to all types of organisation at any stage of corporate development, including individual inventors, early stage companies, charities, universities, SMEs, quoted companies and multi-nationals.

Entries close on 30 November, 2016.

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5. Project to convert waste treatment centres into bioenergy factories

A project is seeking to develop an innovative process for enhancing biofuel production from municipal, agricultural and industrial waste.

Methamorphosis, which was granted funding in 2014 by Europe’s prestigious LIFE programme seeks to increment biogas production from municipal waste leachate by modifying and innovating processing techniques.

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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

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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.

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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.

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