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The top five things employers should be aware of for 2018

Posted 1st January 2018

  1. 1. Data protection. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force in May 2018. Billed as the most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years, after four years of preparation and debate the GDPR was finally approved by the EU Parliament on 14 April 2016 and will be directly application in all member states from May 2018 - at which time those not complying will face heavy fines. Click here to read some key takeaways employers should be doing to make sure they comply.
  2. 2. The Gender Pay Gap. From 5 April, firms with at least 250 employees must reveal data about the differences in pay between men and women in their workforce. The European Commission is stepping up its efforts to reduce the pay gap, backed by the UK's Women's Business Council.
  3. 3. From 1 April, landlords must upgrade the energy efficiency of their properties to band E or better, meaning it will be unlawful to rent out a property which breaches this minimum rating, so properties that fall in the less efficient 'F' or 'G' category will no longer be acceptable.
  4. 4. The minimum wage will continue to increase, rising from £7.50 to £7.83. Workers between the ages of 21 and 24 will see their pay rise from £7.05 to £7.38, wages will rise from £5.60 to £5.90 for 18-20 year olds, from £4.05 to £4.20 for 16-17 year olds, and from £3.50 to £3.70 for apprentices aged under 19 or in the first year of their apprenticeship. The Living Wage will undoubtedly continue to gain prominence amongst companies wanting to be seen as responsible employers.
  5. 5. Employment Tribunal applications will most likely rise, since the Supreme Court ruled that it was unlawful for the Government to impose fees to those wishing to take their employer to Tribunal. With the knowledge that some sort of fees will be applied in due course, it is probable that employers will start to see a short-term rise in retrospective applications, and new applications, since the 79% dip in applications in the last three years.


Paper mill waste recycling solution by Harden Industries

Posted 1st December 2017

With the raising awareness of protecting forest and grass, most paper mills choose to recycle waste paper as raw materials to produce paper. Various waste paper can be used to remake paper, like carton box, office documents, cardboard for package.etc. A report shows that a recycled paper mill with an annual output of 1 million 500 thousand tons will produce 180 thousand tons' paper making waste residue' a year. As there are some plastic, mental and grits in the waste paper, taking advantage of these kinds of waste to remake fuel is the other potential business for the paper mill.

Waste produced in the process of paper remaking

Normally used paper will be packed by wires via compactor and then transferred to the paper mill.
Most of the used paper will dissolve in the process of manufacturing pulp, the rest of metal wires and plastic will be curled together. That's how the ragger wire and ropes comes from.

Difficulties of Paper Mill Waste recycling

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  • Knife size mm ?460*50
  • Number of knives pcs 20
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Posted 1st November 2017

In 2016 HSE published 'Helping Great Britain work well' - a new strategy for the health and safety system. As part of HSE's contribution to that we have now set out our focus over the next 3-5 years in 19 industry sectors and 3 cross-cutting, work-related ill health themes. Construction is one of these sectors. The sector plans have benefited from the input of employers, trade unions and professional bodies. The plans do not attempt to capture all that HSE does. Instead, they highlight specific priorities, within an overall framework that captures how we:

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British engineering firm Dyson is set to enter the battery electric vehicle (EV) market with the launch of a new model by 2020

Posted 1st October 2017

Sir James Dyson confirmed that £2bn investment would go towards an battery electric vehicle prototype model.
A 400-strong team of Dyson engineers and experts from the wider automotive industry, including key staff formerly with Aston Martin and Tesla, have been working for two years on the project.

This "radical" vehicle would be different from current models on the market, by bring all our technologies together into a single product, which would be expensive to purchase.

Dyson refused to give specific details on the project, saying that while the electric motor has been designed, the prototype is yet to be built and a factory site had not yet been chosen.

His interest in the field stretches back to the 1990s, Dyson said, when he first examined the idea of designing filters to reduce particulate pollution for diesel engines. He has since concluded that EVs are the best way forward to tackle emissions. Rather than filtering emissions at the exhaust pipe, today we have the ability to solve it at the source.

Commenting on the news, the Renewable Energy Association's (REA's) head of EVs spoke of the "major opportunity" for UK firms not traditionally associated with vehicle production to enter the EV market and it is excellent to see new companies entering the space, creating new competition, and driving fresh innovation in the sector.

Having already acquiring Sakti3, a solid state battery company, and being well-versed in developing electric motors, albeit on a smaller scale, Dyson may have the majority of the building blocks in place to be a real contender in the electric vehicle market.

Traditional manufacturers have stepped up efforts to develop EVs in recent times. Major players such as Volvo and Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) have announced plans for all new vehicles to be electric by 2020. Meanwhile, VW, embroiled in the 2015 dieselgate scandal, has pledged that every vehicle in its model portfolio will have an electric version on sale to customers by 2030.

The anticipated expansion of EVs comes amid a swathe of announcements from governments planning to ban international combustion engines, as early as 2025 in Norway and the Netherland. Nicola Sturgeon this month announced that diesel and petrol cars and vans will be phased out in Scotland by 2032, eight years earlier than the UK Government's target.


Four types of Tribunal claim that will soar in the post-fee era

Posted 1st September 2017

The Supreme Court surprised many last month when it decided Employment Tribunal fees were unlawful. Statistics cited during the case revealed the number of tribunals brought had fallen by as much as 70% since the charges were introduced in 2013. The following are the four types of case that employment lawyers believe courts are likely to be hearing more in the future.

Equal pay disputes

Claims surrounding equal pay are likely to increase, particularly given the attention the BBC pay report garnered along with the onset of gender pay reporting.

"The publication of a pay gap within a company may lead to disgruntled employees bringing a sex discrimination or equal pay claim on the basis that the report identifies they are being paid less in comparison to a colleague of the opposite gender.

"Voluntary contextual information will become more important for employers to use; providing an objective, non-discriminatory explanation for the pay gap and revealing the future steps the company will take to address this could reduce the risk of being taken to tribunal."

Maternity discrimination

Research published in March by the Young Women's Trust found that almost one in four young mothers have experienced maternity discrimination. Such claims can prove expensive, with one mother awarded £25,000 in compensation earlier this year after a Tribunal decided she had been unfairly dismissed.

"It was difficult to bring maternity discrimination claims before the fees were imposed: most claimants would have been weighing up the reduced income that pursuing a claim might involve, and their personal priorities regarding their pregnancy. Now the financial barrier has been removed, it's likely that we will see more of these claims."

Discriminatory dress codes

A petition signed by more than 150,000 people protesting requirements for women to wear high heels in the workplace brought issues around workplace dress to national attention earlier this year.

"Non-discrimination issues around dress codes in the workplace, whether gendered issues like high heels or overly restrictive prohibitions on religious dress, have previously been shown to lead to challenge and litigation.

"People can now bring those claims without personal cost: previously, if you were hacked off about having to wear high heels at work you probably wouldn't have paid upwards of £1,000 just to take this issue to a tribunal. Now this barrier has been scrapped, I expect we will see more cases - and high heels could well be at the forefront."

Claims from younger workers

"We expect a bigger increase in claims from younger workers, as the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills' Findings from the Survey of Employment Tribunal Applications 2013 found that 49% of claimants were influenced by the requirement to pay a fee, with younger workers aged between 20 and 24 more heavily affected than those aged over 65."


Brewing for the future how to slash the water footprint through supplier engagement

Posted 1st August 2017

A supply chain management philosophy built on engagement over enforcement enabled brewer MillerCoors to reduce its water footprint by 17% last year. The firm has been galvanising the farmer community to create resilient, future-proofed beer supply chains.

MillerCoors is delivering a "roadmap of improvement" for its suppliers, which account for 90% of it's water footprint. MillerCoors released its annual sustainability, revealing a 15-billion gallon reduction in water use in 2016 - the equivalent of more than 500 million kegs of beer.

While a portion of this reduction has been attributed to wet weather conditions, MillerCoors' says that promoting water use best-practice to suppliers has been one of the primary drivers of this saving; creating a supply chain built on trust, data and a desire to innovate and boost productivity.

"A key aspect is to have a shared understanding that water is the cornerstone of different communities. For a business to thrive, you need a thriving community as well. Our suppliers interact with their communities and compliance is built on a base of trust. We have to ensure that we use information for the right purposes to improve the overall implementation and well-being of the community in relation to water." Indeed, suppliers account for 90% of MillerCoors' water footprint.

Supplier showcase

MillerCoors decided on a process that would draw on and utilise the expertise of the farmers, rather than being seen to hand down orders.

In 2015, numerous 'showcase barley farms' were chosen to trial precision irrigation techniques that demonstrated the benefits of water stewardship. The showcase barley farm in Silver Creek Valley, Idaho, for instance, has championed data management and new growing and harvesting techniques to collectively restore 550 million gallons of water annually.

A year later, MillerCoors launched the Grower Portal, a digital platform that gathers information that can enhance water savings. Eventually, this platform will allow growers to share data and promote the desired best practice.

These showcase farms are "significantly more powerful" than any report or document that could be shared to other farmers interested in adopting new practices and need to create the right conditions for them. By promoting early adoption of technology and practices the farmers will have improved productivity, efficiency and bottom-line results.

But for independent farmers, introducing new practices as part of a pilot or trial could have unforeseen consequences on productivity or crop yields during early adoption.

Federal funding is then made available to facilitate the necessary knowledge and technology and MillerCoors will provide extra financial incentives.

The aim of these partnerships is to create low-risk supplier relationships built on trust. In exchange for the funds, the independent farmers are expected to disclose "critical and sensitive" information on farming techniques, so that MillerCoors can uncover and share best practices.

One practice that has already been uncovered is the tendency from farmers to over-irrigate during the "late irrigation" stage, to ensure that the yield doesn't dry out. In partnership with academic institutions in Idaho, MillerCoors found that this was having a detrimental impact on the yield. By demonstrating less-intensive late-stage irrigation techniques to the farmers, MillerCoors' water use fell considerably as a result, without impacting yield quality.

On the horizon

The potential disruptions caused by embedding innovations into farms aren't exclusive to the farmers. MillerCoors collects and stores reserve barley yields from farmers one year in advance. This process encourages the exploration of new farming techniques as farmers are aware that MillerCoor's output won't be disrupted as a result.

This future-proofing aspect can extend beyond a one-year timeframe. MillerCoors is closing in on a goal to reduce its average water-to-beer ratio across all major breweries to 3:1 by 2020 - the firm is currently operating at a 3.2:1 ratio. A goal to restore the volume of water in used in its products is also within sight.

MillerCoors is already working with Molson Coors - the brewer which completed acquisition of full ownership of MillerCoors in October 2016 - to develop new 2025 goals. At least two of the goals will be aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - Goal 6 (water) and Goal 17 (partnerships) will be championed under the new 2025 strategy.

While the water-energy nexus is becoming clearer for businesses, corporate water reduction targets don't have a science-based platform to work towards (as carbon emissions targets do, through the Science-based Targets initiative). And, although organisations like the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) are making inroads, more corporate attention needs to be paid to water stewardship.

The business case is a hybrid of more traditional indicators of savings in the bottom line, and the extended benefits of what a resource like water provides to your other actions and the communities that you are operating in. By pro-actively analysing the nexus and how that measures against the productivity of your water use.;


NEW Shredder for WEEE material

Posted 1st July 2017

Data Protection, Europe, Financial, General, Healthcare, Information Security, Legislation, News and Press, Wellbeing

It has been reaffirmed in the Queen's speech that the UK Government will implement the EU General Data Protection Regulations despite pending Brexit negotiations.

There is now just under a year until the May 2018 deadline for EU member states to incorporate GDPR in to their domestic laws; and all U.K. Organisations who handle personal data will need to ensure they comply.

The speech which opens a two-year session of parliament, committed the U.K. to maintaining its world-class protection of people's personal data.

An additional document detailed additional rights for individuals to demand social media and other digital companies delete personal data they have shared prior to turning 18.

But it also made clear, a priority to allow police and other authorities to "continue to exchange information quickly and easily with international partners" to fight terrorism and other serious crimes.

Organisations now need to ensure they understand how new GDPR rules will affect the way they collect, process, protect and manage personal data, and this might include a need to revalidate consent from data subjects or amend policies and procedures, to make sure such staff are compliant in their handling data.

Now would be a good time to conduct a Data Protection Audit which will identify the personal information within a company and how it is used.

Organisations will also need to be familiar with Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIA) and designate a Data Protection Officer (DPO). Guidance from the ICO is expected in the coming months.

This is the biggest reform in data protection laws since the 1998 act so organisations may benefit from a workshop with a GDPR Consultant.


NEW Shredder for WEEE material

Posted 1st June 2017

Delivered and installed to the Emirates a new shredder for the electronic waste shredding on Security Data Destruction application.

The machine equipped with 44 kW is a small and compact SA2-1000XS which answered completely the request of the client getting a final result as requested.

The machine is going to be added to another SA Eng machine model SA1 - 600 always for security data destruction completing one of the modernst recycling centre in the Emirates.

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Carpet Recycling UK Conference: developing towards a circular economy

Posted 1st May 2017

CRUK was founded in 2008 to tackle the 400,000 tonnes of waste carpet arising in the UK annually. Its core funders are Cormar Carpets, Lifestyle Floors/Headlam, Desso, ege, Milliken, Balsan and Marlings. Last year, 142,000 tonnes of carpet were reused, recycled or recovered for energy - a 35% landfill diversion rate. CRUK's target is 60% diversion from landfill by 2020.

CRUK Director Laurance Bird comments: "Local authorities have a key role to play in helping to divert carpet from landfill and assist CRUK members find new uses for this waste material. We would like to hear local authority views on the voluntary producer responsibility stance taken by the carpet sector and gain a better understanding of the challenges they face with regard to recycling carpets specifically and bulk waste generally

CRUK will be celebrating the achievements and important contributions by members - both individuals and organisations - who are helping to create a circular economy for carpet and driving forward greater sustainability in the sector.

Carpet Recycling UK's 2017 Annual Conference and Awards Event kicks off at Aston Villa Football Club in Birmingham on June 21st taking the theme of 'developing towards a circular economy' for carpet.

Guest host and keynote speaker, Andrew Bird, Chair of LARAC (Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee), will provide the local authority perspective on carpet recycling and also present the prestigious CRUK Awards.

The one-day conference, sponsored by Invista, manufacturers of ANTRON Carpet Fibres will include the annual awards ceremony, which is open for entries now. The four categories are Recycler of the Year; Reuse Member of the Year; Take Back Partner of the Year and Recycling Champion.

Offering many networking opportunities, CRUK's conference will appeal to representatives from the whole supply chain, including manufacturers, recyclers, contractors, equipment suppliers, waste management companies, retailers, architects, designers and local authorities.

This year's comprehensive programme features topics on waste prevention/redesign, take back schemes and good practice to encourage greater re-use and recycling of carpet. Speakers include Kate Burnett who will outline the launch of Milliken's new carpet tile take-back scheme and Mark Gilbert from Emerald Trading Waste Solutions Ltd on recycling carpet waste for equestrian products. Picking up the circular economy theme, Lukas Hoex from DSM-Niaga will speak about their development of a 100% recyclable carpet.

As the industry-backed association for recycling and reusing waste carpet, Carpet Recycling UK welcomes enquiries from all types of organisations interested in finding new outlets for their waste carpet with potential savings on disposal costs. To register for the conference or for more information, please call Marie Rhodes on 0161 440 8325


New PPE Regulation - the safety manager's role

Posted 1st April 2017

According to BSI guidance, at present the key changes of the new standard are:

When the current Directive is re-issued as a Regulation in 2018, personal protective equipment will be defined as:
(a) equipment designed and manufactured to be worn or held by a person for protection against one or more risks to that person's health or safety;
(b) interchangeable components for equipment referred to in point (a) which are essential for its protective function (e.g. filters);
(c) connexion systems for equipment referred to in point (a) that are not held or worn by a person, that are designed to connect that equipment to an external device or to a reliable anchorage point, that are not designed to be permanently fixed and that do not require fastening works before use.

The PPE Regulation does not apply to PPE:
(a) specifically designed for use by the armed forces or in the maintenance of law and order;
(b) designed to be used for self-defence, with the exception of PPE intended for sporting activities;
(c) designed for private use to protect against: (i) atmospheric conditions that are not of an extreme nature, (ii) damp and water during dishwashing;
(d) used on seagoing vessels or aircraft;
(e) helmets and their visors for drivers and passengers of motor cycles and mopeds.

The Regulation was adopted on 12 February 2016 and published in the Official Journal 20 days later. This starts the two-year transition period for Member States and Notified Bodies to prepare for the introduction of the new Regulation.

BSI advises that the PPE Regulation is mandatory - covering any type of product that falls within its scope. "If you are therefore in the PPE industry, it is a legal requirement to comply," it says. "All manufacturers of PPE need to be aware of what existing certifications they currently hold and when they will expire now the Regulation transition period has started. So, it is therefore important to keep up to date with these changes and prepare for the impact on your business. This would also apply to importers and distributors."

The new Regulation should not be confused with the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at Work Regulations 1992, which cover the employer's responsibility as to the suitability, provision, maintenance, instruction and use of PPE. Employers must select suitable PPE for the task in question, provide it free of charge, maintain and replace it as necessary, and provide information, instruction and training on the PPE provided to ensure it is worn properly.

However, safety managers do have a role to play in ensuring that their suppliers of PPE meet the new requirements, and so must be aware of the changes. Businesses must purchase their PPE from a registered safety supplier.

In terms of employees' responsibilities, there must also be a proper system to allow employees to report defects or loss of PPE. Employees are obliged to take reasonable care of the PPE provided, and, under the UK's Health and Safety at Work etc. Act, the employee has a duty to use the PPE.


Businesses could face fines for ignoring CCTV data protection law

Posted 1st March 2017

A business owner has been prosecuted for failing to register with the Information Commissioner's Office because they were using in-store CCTV.

The business owner pleaded guilty to the offence under Section 17 of the Data Protection Act at Coventry Magistrates' Court on 1 February, fined of £200, ordered to pay £439.28 prosecution costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

The defendant was operating CCTV cameras as part of her business premises license, but did not register with the ICO. The annual fee for most businesses is £35.

Head of ICO Enforcement, Steve Eckersley said:

"The message here is simple, if you are a business operating CCTV cameras you must be registered with the ICO. Business owners need to be aware of their obligations when dealing with people's personal data and this includes footage from CCTV cameras. Being ignorant of the law and the regulator is no excuse; you could end up spending a day in court and receiving a fine, as well as suffering reputational damage to your business. This could all be avoided with some due care and attention."

The ICO's CCTV Code of Practice>> gives guidance to companies using CCTV and business owners can also talk about any data protection issues with trained advisors by calling the ICO's helpline on 0303 123 1113.


Sixteen big reasons for the green economy to be excited about 2017

Posted 1st February 2017

This should be a year to remember for the green economy, for all the right reasons! From new sustainability standards and ambitious green policy strategies through to major renewable energy projects and autonomous vehicle trials, we look ahead to some of the most promising trends and developments set to boost the green economy in 2017.

Seventeen big reasons to be excited about 2017

1) A new standard for sustainable procurement is being published (March)

"Procurement makes up a substantial budget of any organisation, so wouldn't the world be a better place if it was done in a sustainable way?"

2) The UK Government is banning microbeads (by October)

Microbeads are very small pieces of plastic in products such as facial scrubs and makeup. Conservationists have long warned that they can affect fish growth and persevere in the guts of mussels and fish that mistake them for food.

Supermarket beauty products such as those from Asda, Waitrose and Sainsbury's have already had the plastic dropped, and major companies such as Unilever - which owns Dove and other brands - have also phased them out. But other big names such as Procter and Gamble, which owns Crest toothpaste, Gillette, Olay, and Tesco, will not have phased them out entirely until the end of 2017.

3) Water retail competition is being introduced in England (April)

Water retail competition refers to a government-led strategy that allows non-domestic water users to switch suppliers of water retail services, effectively opening the water and wastewater (sewerage) retail market to new companies and encouraging greater innovation within the water sector.

4) Self-driving cars are coming to London (early 2017)

Autonomous vehicles could help to significantly reduce the risk of car accidents and free up congestion; allowing traffic to move more smoothly, reducing traffic jams and, by extension, cutting emissions and associated pollution. But the journey to self-driving cars is filled with philosophical and technological potholes, with some arguing that the concept would never get off the ground.

And Volvo is not the only company to throw its hat into the driverless vehicle ring. Ford, Google, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla, and Uber, among others, have all also reportedly declared that they will get fully autonomous cars and trucks on the road in the near future.

5) BEIS is announcing its emissions reduction plan (expected in February)

Despite the sudden political turbulence caused by Brexit, the UK Government provided a much-needed confidence boost for the green economy in June by approving the Fifth Carbon Budget, heeding advice to limit annual emissions to 57% below 1990 levels by the year 2032.

6) Defra is announcing its 25-year environment plan ("in 2017")

Urgent questions about how Britain's environment will be maintained and improved post-Brexit will hopefully be answered this year through Defra's new 25-year plan for the environment, with the Natural Capital Committee to develop the plan, which the Department says will "unleash the economic potential of food and farming, nature and the countryside, champion the environment and provide security against floods, animal and plant diseases and other hazards".

7) Tesla will continue to inspire us with pioneering green innovations (ongoing)

Elon Musk's Tesla started 2016 as an electric carmaker venturing into energy storage. It begins 2017 as a pioneering automaker, an energy company, the builder of a massive battery factory in Nevada, and a solar company through its merger with SolarCity.

And then there's the arrival of Tesla's fascinating solar roof. Musk revealed the solar roof tiles at Universal Studios in Los Angeles at the end of last year, and while little detail was given in regards to price and performance, the glass tiles were introduced to be more attractive to consumers looking to add solar technology to their home. The rollout of the solar roof tiles is expected to commence in the summer.

8) A new circular economy standard BS8001 is being introduced (May)

The circular economy represents a huge economic and environmental opportunity for business. But the development of a new standard focussed entirely on the concept of the circular economy and resource management is a crucial next step in the move towards a resource-efficient world.

The new BS 8001 standard will provide organisations with an understanding of the circular economy's growing business relevance; including specific guidance on how to implement circular economy principles to create direct and indirect value as a result of process, product/service or business model innovations.

9) Britain's tidal energy projects are becoming a reality (ongoing)

Could 2017 finally be the year when tidal energy projects put steel in water and get up and running in the UK? The MeyGen tidal stream project in northern Scotland reported that it had reached a significant milestone, with the first installed turbine operating at full power. Atlantis has since unveiled plans to start the construction of the second phase of its MeyGen project this year.

Future developments in the UK a £1bn tidal energy lagoon in Swansea Bay which will produce enough renewable power for 155,000 homes - the equivalent of 90% of Swansea Bay's annual domestic electricity use - for 120 years. So it may well be worth the wait.

10) The Government will produce a new air quality plan (by July)

The UK Government has been forced to deliver an effective plan to tackle the UK's air pollution crisis by July this year, after a high court judge last year rejected a longer timetable as "far too leisurely".

11) Sadiq Khan's emissions surcharge is coming into force (October)

So it was welcome news when Mayor Sadiq Khan kicked-off phase two of a public consultation on his air quality plans to establish an Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in central London in 2019 - a year ahead of schedule - and introduce an emissions surcharge, known as the£ 10 T-charge, for older, polluting vehicles in October.

12) Demand response and energy storage will go from strength to strength (ongoing)

As the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) last year reported, the UK has been losing £9.5bn worth of electricity due to wastage, inefficiency and transmission costs before the energy even reaches end-users.

Demand response - which remotely controls electricity use - and energy storage systems together form an ideal solution to this issue; cutting unnecessary energy consumption, utilising idle distributed generation capacity, and allowing decentralised energy systems to be connected to the grid, with reliability.

13) The Internet of Things will support the smart building revolution (ongoing)

If 2016 was the year that the Internet of Things (IoT) was fully heard and understood by the masses, 2017 will be the year of mass deployment and monetisation of IoT systems. A quick glance at the technologies and innovations on display at the CES 2017 consumer electronics show, running throughout this week, reveals the sheer amount of IoT devices being released to drive sustainable behaviour change and green building improvements. (Stay tuned to edie for a full CES 2017 round-up later in the week).

14) The adoption of science-based targets will continue to gather pace (ongoing)

Science-based targets, initiative - a partnership between CDP, UN Global Compact, WRI and WWF which see companies reduce emissions in line with the level of decarbonisation required to keep global temperature increase below 2C, are seen as a critical step in the low-carbon transition, and are especially relevant following the recent enforcement of the Paris Agreement.

15) The renewable heat sector will continue to grow, despite upcoming reforms (April)

Reforms of the UK's Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) subsidy scheme are expected to come into force in Spring 2017. The Government proposing a 98% reduction in the deployment of non-domestic biomass boilers and an end to support for solar water heating systems. set out its proposals for the RHI reform, confirming that all currently-supported technologies - including solar thermal - will remain part of the scheme. Tariff reductions are also set to be less drastic than previous proposals, which included reductions of tariffs by up to 45% for parts of the biomass sector. Tariffs for new air-source heat pumps and ground-source heat pumps are increasing to 10 pence per kilowatt-hour (p/kWh) and 19.55p/kWh respectively.

16) The renewables revolution will continue to win over large corporates (ongoing)

Rapid technological advancements, price parity, broad-based consumer and NGO support, and coal's inevitable demise has put us at the frontier of a new electricity landscape which is rapidly becoming dominated by renewables. And in 2017, the number of big corporations turning to renewables to power their operations looks set to increase even further. For more Information on all sixteen items go to


Half of UK SMEs breaching waste laws

Posted 1st January 2017

There were 900,000 fly-tipping incidents in 2014/15, up 5.6% compared with the previous year.

Half of small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in the UK are not complying with waste regulations due to a lack of awareness, a national survey suggests.

The survey, carried out by the ESA, polled more than 1,000 agricultural, construction and retail businesses across the UK.

It found that, while 97% of businesses think they are complying with their duty of care obligations, many are leaving themselves open to unlimited fines, prosecution and potential closure.

Of the businesses surveyed, 48% did not know where all their waste goes when it leaves their site and more than a third admitted to not being sure whether they had completed waste transfer notes. Just half of construction businesses stored the notes for the required two years.

Many firms were also unsure on how to correctly classify all the waste materials they handled. Over a quarter of construction businesses did not always separate their waste, and firms across the sector were confused about which waste types were relevant to them.

Businesses were also unclear about the consequences of non-compliance. Over a third of agricultural companies were not aware of the penalties and only 4% of retailers knew that they risked prosecution by breaking the rules.

ESA said non-compliance risks allowing waste to fall into the hands of criminals, leading to environmental, health and safety risks through fly-tipping and illegal disposal.

Figures published last October revealed there had been 900,000 fly-tipping incidents in 2014/15, up 5.6% compared with the previous year. This cost local authorities £69m in investigations and clearance.

Putting the wrong waste in the wrong place can also contaminate material destined for recycling, potentially costing businesses money.

The survey was conducted as part of the ESA's Right Waste, Right Place campaign, which was launched in April.

The campaign is supported by the Environment Agency (EA) and the Chartered Institution for Waste Management (CIWM) and it is centred around an interactive website which offers practical advice on how to manage waste safely and efficiently.

While highlighting the lack of awareness surrounding duty of care waste legislation, the survey also showed that many businesses are motivated and currently take steps to be compliant.

Environmental and health considerations were the main drivers for businesses to comply, followed closely by legal requirements. A total of 89% also said they took steps to securely store their waste, while 83% were making some effort to separate the different types of waste created before disposing or recycling.

Sam Corp, head of regulation at the ESA, said the survey results "backed up what we suspected, that small businesses really want to do the right thing but many are ultimately not complying with the law".