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ECA meets Energy Minister as solar deadline approaches

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The Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) has urged Minister of State for Energy Andrea Leadsom MP to "rethink" proposed government cuts to solar PV subsidies, during a meeting on 21 October.

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Urban Food and the Sustainable City

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Cities cover just 2% of the planet’s surface but consume 75% of its resources. Any movement towards sustainability will need to focus on the resource-use challenges linked to production and manufacturing, a major part of which will be the role of food and agriculture. Until recently, the benefits of agriculture were considered to be part of the rural development realm. But research suggests that in the future they will be part of city life.

During the past three years, the Countryside and Community Research Institute at the University of Gloucestershire has been part of a pan-European partnership researching into good practice in food production and consumption in urban areas as part of a major EU funded food project, Supurbfood, an acronym for ‘Sustainable Urban and Periurban food provisioning’.

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Newcomer Redsky Solar nominated for first award

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Redsky Solar has been nominated for a Solar Power Portal Award, recognising ‘best of British Solar expertise’ for the company’s first large-scale solar rooftop project.

Redsky was launched last year by leading building envelope contractor Longworth to capitalise on the group’s roofing expertise and offer solar installation by roofing experts.

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Construction made simple with the arrival of Deltalok!

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AHS Ltd is proud to have been granted sole UK wholesale rights to this fantastic product.

Deltalok is the simple, innovative engineering system that delivers a permanent, ecological solution for erosion control; retaining walls; slopes; highways; water applications; living walls; noise barriers and much more. 

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ALS support some of the cleanest drinking water in the world

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A recent report by the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) has shown that England and Wales has some of the cleanest water in the world. Testing parameters for drinking waters are vast and include pathogens such as cryptosporidium, which has been highlighted recently in an outbreak, coliform bacteria, pH, HAA's, and many more that can be found here.

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Perfect bedfellows - concrete producers and nature charity

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Cement production, quarrying and batching concrete don’t seem likely ‘bed fellows’ with nature. But this month, CEMEX UK announced that it had created 660 hectares of conservation habitat, equivalent to more than 850 football pitches, to encourage wildlife on its land.

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Hope sites a hive of activity with introduction of 100,000 bees

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One hundred thousand honey bees have been introduced at two Derbyshire quarries and biodiversity in surrounding areas improved, to support the nationwide campaign to grow Britain’s bee population.

Hope Construction Materials, the UK’s leading independent supplier of concrete and cement, has introduced 100,000 bees across its two largest operations – Hope Cement Works, Hope Valley and Dowlow Quarry near Buxton, in Derbyshire.

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LRQA launches ISO/FDIS 14001:2015 training courses

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Publication signals penultimate stage of revision process for world's most widely adopted Environmental Management System Standard.

ISO has officially published the Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) for ISO 14001, signalling the penultimate stage of the revision process for the world’s most widely adopted international Environment Management System (EMS) standard. The final standard (ISO 14001:2015) is currently due for publication in September 2015.

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Mobile monitoring station assesses diesel emissions

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Researchers in Greece are using a Gasmet FTIR multiparameter gas analyzer, deployed in a mobile van (MOBILAB), to undertake exhaust gas analysis for comparison with ambient air quality data. “This enables us to undertake temporal and spatial air quality measurements from within traffic, measuring emissions during different traffic conditions,” says Apostolos Tsakis, from the Aerosol and Particle Technology Laboratory (APTL) of the Centre for Research and Technology-Hellas (CERTH) in Greece. The MOBILAB has been employed in numerous EU funded academic research projects in addition to work sponsored by diesel particulate filter manufacturers.

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