2018

Packaging waste ‘immediate priority’ in Defra strategy

Manufacturers of packaging and other consumer products face increased costs for the recycling and disposal of their goods – as government seeks to carry out a major overhaul of the producer responsibility regimes for waste.   The focus on waste costs, which has long been anticipated within the waste and recycling sector, comes as part […]

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Climate change: Report says ‘cut lamb and beef’

The number of sheep and cattle in the UK should be reduced by between a fifth and a half to help combat climate change, a report says. The shift is needed, the government’s advisory Committee on Climate Change (CCC) maintains, because beef and lamb produce most farm greenhouse gases. The report foresees an increase in […]

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Popular Sheffield Practice reduces its carbon footprint and wins prestigious award

Dedicated staff at GP practice, Richmond Medical Centre, are celebrating after winning a prestigious environmental award.   The popular centre, in the East of Sheffield, has won the the highly coveted Royal College of General Practitioners’ South Yorkshire Practice of the Year Award for its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint. Dr Honey Smith, speaking […]

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R&D for running NHS Estates must be stepped up, conference told

The amount of innovation, research and development put into running National Health Service estates in a more joined-up and efficient manner is “woefully light”, delegates at the Healthcare Estates conference heard this morning.  Simon Corben, director and head of profession, NHS estates and facilities efficiency and productivity division, told attendees: “From an infrastructure point of […]

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NHS falling behind on carbon reduction efforts

Latest figures show number of trusts expected to hit government 2020 target down from 41% to 39% Growing pressure on healthcare services is threatening to derail plans to reduce the NHS’s carbon footprint in line with tough government targets. A 32-page Health Check report, published late last month, revealed that, while the NHS had saved more than […]

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Caterers make huge savings from cutting food waste

Caterers can expect to save £6 for every £1 they invest in food waste reduction initiatives, according to a new study The research carried out by WRAP and the World Resources Institute (WRI) on behalf of the Champions 12.3 initiative found a compelling business case for food service operators serving hospitals, schools, sports arenas and other […]

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