Archive Environment

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WastePlan set to rock the World of Waste

With BRE announcing that Smartwaste will no longer be available free as of March 16th one company looking forward to benefitting from this is Waste Plan Solutions Ltd, which has developed its own online software solution to SWMPs, called WastePlan.  WastePlan is priced per project, so for SME's it offers a very cost effective solution and is extremely simple and time efficient to use.   Lara Ayris, M.D. of Waste Plan Solutions, voted Outstanding Woman in Construction 2012 for her work...
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Regulators to assess new nuclear reactor design

The ONR and the Environment Agency has received a formal request from the Minister of State for Energy to start generic design assessment work on a new nuclear reactor for the UK.  The aim is to ensure that it meets high standards of safety, security, environmental protection and waste management. This project, when built will be the first of its kind in the UK and will set the standard for future works. For more information visit Office for Nuclear Regulation
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Extreme Rainfall

The met office prepares to reveal whether 2012 was the wettest year on record in the UK. Their analysis indicates that the heavy rainfall we are experiencing is creating "an upward trend" and that this type of extreme rainfall is the normally the sort of downpour you would expect once in 100 days. This will have a long term effect in the construction industry as flooding will be a normal occurrence and we will have to consider the risks involved during works.  Additionally as homes flood more...
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Green is Good For Growth

The TUC has held a conference recently, with some interesting key speakers. The thrust was about a "green is good for growth" and the belief that a low-carbon future can create sustainable growth. Ai Solutions supports this theory; we believe that as a country we need to make provision for the future of our children. We can do this is by re-thinking "how" we build, utilizing new technologies and ensuring the government invests in a greener future. If you are interested in this article then visit...
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TUC: Climate Change and a 'Just Transition'

We read an interesting article from the TUC regarding climate change. Their view is that although this inevitable there needs to be considerable investment to facilitate a 'Just Transition' for workers. A paper regarding a green future which details their five key principals of a just transition, is available from A Green and Fair Future (PDF)
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TUC Event - Green Is Good For Growth

The TUC are holding several events towards the end of this year, one which our readers may be interested in is the TUC Climate Change Conference: Green is Good for Growth which is being held at Congress House on October 23rd. To book your place visit www.tuc.org.uk/events
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Free Health & Safety Events

The British Safety Council is holding a series of free health, safety and environmental seminars at the Health & Safety Midlands show at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham. The free seminars provide an update on key developments concerning health, safety and environmental policy, law and management. They are delivered by expert speakers at the cutting edge of health and safety, for more information visit www.hse.gov.uk/events
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Green Construction Gets £1m Boost

Image by christgr, sxc.hu And now for some positive news; we read that the Green Construction Board (GCB) has secured an extra £1 million in finance from the government in order to provide added support to its operations. This funding will aid them in promoting 'green construction'. Green construction is a growing industry and one which requires support so that those trained in traditional construction techniques can change their ways of working to fit new targets and guidelines. Ai...
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New Water and Environment Management Frameworks

The Construction Enquirer reports that the Environment Agency has started the search for a new line up of contractors and consultants for its next generation supplier arrangements. The agency said the new set up would help it achieve greater focus on outcome and performance specifications. The asset delivery partner contracts will be worth up to £750m in total, covering inland and coastal flood defence work, water resources, river restoration, habitat creation and mechanical, electrical...
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Shell's "Neglect Of Basic Maintenance" Costs £1.2 Million

The SHP (Safety & Health Practitioner) reports that energy giant Shell UK is to pay £1.24 million in fines and costs following an explosion and fire at its Bacton gas terminal in Norfolk on 28 February 2008. The incident was investigated by both the HSE and the Environment Agency (EA). HSE inspector Steve Johnson said: "The fact no one was seriously hurt in this incident was solely down to good fortune". This was acknowledged by the company's internal report and it also stated that Shell...
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Monitoring of Carbon Use by Subcontractors

The Construction Enquirer reports that Mace has asked its subcontractors to submit monthly performance reports detailing carbon use on its sites. They are being told to record information about water, waste and diesel use. This will be fed into the Credit 360 Platform programme currently being used by clients like British Land. This is very interesting as more and more clients are concerned about 'Environmental Issues'. We understand that Mace hopes the initiative will help it to avoid heavy penalties...
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Welsh Solar Panel Plan

We, at Ai Solutions support 'green' ideas, especially in construction. We have recently read in the Construction Enquirer that a forward thinking Welsh Government has started the search for contractors to deliver an ambitious plan to exploit solar energy throughout the country. The first phase of the programme is expected to be worth up to £100m over the four-year framework agreement. If this is something your organisation may be interested in then you have until 23 February to prequalify.
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