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GREEN News Temporary building specialist goes green with new standard IN an effort to save money and reduce their carbon footprint, Wakefield construction firm Route One is upgrading its traditional fleet with Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV). phase of the planned replacements which also includes the upgrade of six transit vans to the latest most economical models. highways maintenance company based in Featherstone, has been operating in the construction sector nationally for more than a decade. n 29 Green News Upgrade to electric vehicles to save money and the environment The electric vehicles are part of the first Now in its 10th year, the structures and Dagenham’s £30 million waste facility will power 10,000 homes FOOD waste recycler ReFood has started construction work on its £32 million Anaerobic Digestion plant in Dagenham. Once complete the facility, which is located at the London Sustainable Industries Park (SIP) in Dagenham Dock, will be the company’s third UK plant adding to its existing sites in Doncaster and Widnes. Being built as part of a long-term investment programme, the state-of-theart gas to grid (G2G) facility will create up to 60 new jobs in the area and is expected to open next summer. Capable of recycling 160,000 tonnes of food waste each year, ReFood Dagenham will be able to generate more than 2,000 m3/hr of methane gas. Using G2G technology, this will be upgraded to reflect the qualities of natural gas – allowing it to be injected directly into the national gas grid and used to power more than 10,000 homes across the region. “Starting construction on our new site in Dagenham is truly a landmark achievement,” said Philip Simpson, commercial director at ReFood. n AT a time when the UK buildings industry is under pressure to reduce construction waste by 70 per cent in order to meet terms dictated by the Government’s Construction 2025 strategy, temporary buildings specialist Spaciotempo has demonstrated its environmental credentials after securing ISO 14001 accreditation. It is one of only a small number of temporary buildings specialists to be awarded the standard, adding to its ISO 9001 award, a Quality Management standard impacting all policies, practices and procedures. ISO 14001 is a voluntary management standard, which provides businesses with the framework to continually assess and improve environmental practices, including the reduction of waste material, greater energy efficiency, and the use of sustainable resources. Scott Jameson, managing director at Spaciotempo, said: “Temporary buildings are a more environmentally friendly alternative to businesses than permanent builds, and can reduce carbon footprints for warehouse extensions, new builds, and refurbishments. “As one of a very small number of temporary building specialists to be awarded this accreditation, we are leading the way in helping the buildings industry to clean up its act, and build a more sustainable future.” n More firms operating a carbon reduction strategy A STUDY has revealed the UK construction industry is recognising its long-term environmental duties with 75 per cent of companies operating a low-carbon or carbon reduction strategy, but almost 95 per cent believe the industry could still do more. In a survey of 149 construction firms, publishing and marketing services business TomTom Telematics also found 58 per cent regularly monitor their carbon footprint, while 51 per cent of construction operators claim that their clients require them to record and act on carbon emissions as key performance indicators. Fleet operation was identified as a key focus for CO2 reduction, with 52 per cent of respondents citing road traffic congestion as the biggest cause of unnecessary fuel consumption, followed by vehicle idling and inefficient routing at 11 per cent each. A further five per cent of building companies named vehicle speeding as their biggest drain on fuel wastage, while unauthorised vehicle use was cited by a further five per cent. The survey also revealed the importance of the green agenda throughout the supply chain, with 74 per cent of respondents claiming to favour suppliers that offer low carbon products or demonstrate green credentials. n

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