Friday, January 20, 2017

Switch2 Energy Awarded Trio Of International Management Standards

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Switch2 Energy, district heating specialist, has received the ISO 14001:2015 environmental and OHSAS 18001: 2007 health and safety accreditations, which have been integrated with the company's existing ISO 9001:2015 quality management system to mark a triple achievement. The company was supported through the process by FPA Consulting, and LRQA, which recommended Switch2 for the double certification following a five-day audit...

Significant Growth In Pensioner’s and Poorer Household’s Income Reducing Inequality

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The Resolution Foundation warns that living standard divides between generations are increasing. Inequality fell sharply last year (2015-16) due to strong income growth for retired households and the poorest 40 per cent, but growth among middle income working age households remains weak, the Resolution Foundation said in response to new ONS figures published yesterday. Household incomes for the poorest fifth of...

Lightsource Secures Operations & Maintenance And Asset Management Of 365MW Solar PV Portfolio

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Lightsource Renewable Energy, Europe’s leading solar power organisation, has partnered with Vortex, a renewable energy platform run by EFG Hermes Private Equity arm, in the take-over of one of the largest solar PV Portfolio’s in the UK. Lightsource will provide long-term Operations & Maintenance and Asset Management services to Vortex, which has entered into a sale and purchase agreement to...

Leading International Asset Owners Launch Climate Change Investment Initiative

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Thirteen of the leading international asset owners have announced a major initiative to ensure that investment decisions are impacted by climate concerns. The leading international asset owners and five asset managers with over £2 trillion under management launched the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) today to better understand how the transition to a low-carbon economy affects their investments. The TPI will...

High Atlas Foundation Announce Annual Day Of Tree Planting

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The third Monday in January, named as the annual day of tree planting, commemorates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his pursuit of justice. Dr. King recognised the power of service. He famously said, “Everyone can be great because everybody can serve.” Observing the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday through service is a way to begin each...

Wrap Your Homes Up – Cold Snap to Hit Britain

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Over 40% of Brits do not turn on the heating during cold spells due to worries about their bills. And with icy arctic blasts sweeping their way across Europe, the Energy Saving Trust is urging people to insulate and draught-proof their homes so they can end their annual winter worries. The Energy Saving Trust has found that 42 per cent try...

‘Shared Society’ Must Work in Tandem With Charities – CAF Respond to PM’s Speech

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John Low, Chief Executive of the Charities Aid Foundation, an organisation that works with charities both in the UK and overseas, has commented on the 'Shared Society'. He said: “Theresa May is right to point to the fact that the way people feel about the country and about their community has changed significantly in the past few months.  “Our research shows that...

£50 Million In Positive Investment Raised by Ethex

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Over £50 million has been raised in finance for charities and business with a social and environmental mission by Ethex, the online positive investment platform. Founded in 2013, this non-profit organisation has since registered over 10,500 investors, helping to fund 55 different projects. The finance raised on Ethex supports businesses that have a clear social and environmental mission at their heart...

Bees: EU Food Watchdog Delays Neonic Pesticide Safety Review

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The much-anticipated review of three neonicotinoid pesticides that are currently subject to EU restrictions has been delayed until the Autumn by the European Food Safety Authority. EFSA had been due to publish a full re-evaluation of the scientific evidence of the safety of the three pesticides to bees later this month. But in an email to Friends of the Earth...

How Social Enterprise UK Responded to the Prime Minister’s ‘Shared Society’ Speech

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Peter Holbrook, CEO of Social Enterprise UK, has today responded to the Prime Minister’s speech on the ‘Shared Society,’. He said: “It is always welcome when the Prime Minister talks glowingly about our great movement. We stand ready to help the Government create an environment in which charities and social enterprises can thrive. There is some way to go. Currently too many...

Decommissioning of First Rigs In Great Yarmouth To Begin

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Two platform decommissioning contracts for recycling have been awarded to The Veolia and Peterson partnership, at their facility in Great Yarmouth. It is expected to begin recycling materials and assets in Spring 2017 with the arrival of the platforms onshore, with an aim of reaching 96% recycling rates. The contracts include the onshore receipt and disposal of offshore materials and several assets...

A Goodhart isn’t enough

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After a month cycling in Malawi I am well accustomed to the phrase ‘give me money’, given subtle but punchy variation with the addition of my – ‘Give me my money’. I haven’t counted but would estimate it is shouted on 20-50 occasions ever day I ride. Not only is it irritating, it is also illustrative of dynamics within...

Exclusive Interview: Thom Kenrick, Head of Community Programmes, RBS

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Thom Kenrick is Head of Community Programmes at RBS.  He leads the bank's strategy for supporting and engaging with its communities through its customer-facing brands, including NatWest, The Royal Bank of Scotland and Coutts. His team is responsible for the bank's community programmes and partnerships, as well as leading and coordinating RBS’s staff and customer-facing giving, fundraising and volunteering. ...

Individual Changes Lead to Greater Global Conservation

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Over the past several decades, people have begun to realize that the actions they take in their daily lives merge with the actions of others to create massive change in the earth’s environment. Previously, these changes were occurring but due to a lack of awareness of potential consequences they were hurting the environment rather than helping. 2016 saw environmental...

Biggest Tip to Eco-Friendly Car Ownership (Which May Surprise You)

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Most readers know what sort of vehicle they ought to be driving in order to lead a more eco-friendly life going forward. The answer, of course, is electric. However, at a time when electric car options are extremely limited and their parts can be quite expensive, most consumers turn their attention towards hybrids and gasoline vehicles with high-MPG. Yet, the...
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