Trade Shows & Conferences
The built environment industry can influence the resilience, sustainability and quality of homes, buildings and elements of infrastructure and cities. Registration has opened for Futurebuild 2020 with a call to industry to act now if we are to successfully tackle the challenges facing us all. By joining the event from 03 to 05 March at ExCeL London, visitors will be able to unite with industry innovators to tackle climate change and become the catalyst for change that's so greatly needed.
Sustainable Building & Living
UK's largest housebuilder announces new science-based carbon reduction targets
The country's largest housebuilder, Barratt Developments, says it has become the first housebuilder to announce new science-based targets for reducing carbon emissions. It claims the targets are in line with efforts to limit global warming to 1.5oC, needed to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change.
- Fabriq Air Quality
- Tinytag Data Loggers Laboratory, Monitoring, Process & Analytical
Resource & 'Waste'
Vacuum cleaners are often thrown away too early because users fail to maintain them properly and mistakenly think they're broken beyond repair, a study by Nottingham Trent University shows.
A one million milestone has been passed in the number of used biscuit wrappers collected and saved from UK landfill thanks to a partnership between United Biscuits and TerraCycle.
Bio-degradable residues from cheese production at a First Milk creamery in Cumbria are being used to power the factory, send green gas to the national grid - and also remove the phosphate discharged to river in the effluent.
A fabric maker, Polartec, has used it's billionth plastic bottle, otherwise destined for landfill in North America, in the production of fabric for outdoor wear used by major UK brands like Montane, Mountain Equipment and Rab.
The Glastonbury Festival is increasing its use of waterless, chemical-free composting toilets to 1,100 units for its 20,000 festival goers, with local Somerset farmers able to use the end product to grow crops.
Construction work on Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park has reached another milestone – with a 55metre high steel stack now in place following a week-long installation programme. It is the tallest section of the facility.
Doorstep donations to Clothes Aid have reached the £1m fundraising milestone for Macmillan Cancer Support, and also equate to 4 million garments being spared from landfill.
A patented technique of making construction aggregates from the residues of energy from waste has been given a boost as construction begins on an Avonmouth plant.
A Yorkshire chemical manufacturer has gone a shade greener after its freshly appointed Health and Safety Manager, Karen Waddington, is steering it on course to achieve zero landfill status.
At this freezing time of year, the Highways Agency again focuses its attention on keeping roads clear and ensuring sufficient supplies of road grit are available for spreading on the UK's carriageways. With over two million tonnes of rock salt and grit spread onto the road networks at a cost of over £150 million each year, it is with regret that in the last 12 months over one million tonnes of road sweepings and gully waste will have gone to landfill at a cost of £80 per tonne in landfill tax alone.