Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has announced that it is pushing ahead with its sustainability drive in the UK, unveiling a new solar farm at its factory in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, and a commitment to sourcing 100 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources.
The Conservative Party has reiterated plans for a 25-year environment plan and pledged to support better packaging and rubbish collection in a pre-election manifesto lacking any depth on resources or their management.
Associated Waste Management has been named as the preferred bidder for Bradford Council’s new 12-year waste treatment contract, with a ‘significant portion’ of the waste collected annually going to SSE’s Ferrybridge facility.
Independent think thank Green Alliance has published a collection of short essays from business and policy professionals saying the government must go ‘much further’ to embed resource efficiency in the UK economy.
Planning applications for ‘environmentally-friendly’ waste management sites have dropped by 20 per cent in the past year as local authorities feel the squeeze from continuing budget cuts, according to commercial law firm EMW.
Lord’s has become the first cricket ground to be run on 100 per cent renewable energy and incorporate resource-efficient features into a new stand as statistics reveal the impact of climate change on the sport.
The Renewable Energy Association says that EU figures revealing that the UK is lagging behind the rest of the EU on commitments to meet 2020 renewable energy targets should be a ‘wake-up call’ to the government on renewable policy.
The European Commission has called on member states to consider more carefully the waste hierarchy when looking at increasing incineration capacity and has suggested the phasing out of support for mixed waste incineration.