The London 2012 Olympic are the greenest ever

As reported by the BBC, The Independent Commission for a Sustainable London 2012, has announced that London 2012 has been the greenest Olympics ever.

The commission said that the recycling programmes and regeneration had been a success.

Sustainability was at the heart of London’s bid for the Olympics and the commission said organisers had largely succeeded in achieving it.  For example, the venues were told to be made of at least a quarter recycled materials which included using disused gas pipes in the Olympic Stadium.

The Olympic Park was also praised for regenerating a derelict area and benefiting wildlife

However the commission said much more could be done to minimise the impact of future Olympic Games on people and the planet.

 

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Welsh Water invest £1bn in renewable energy projects

The Guardian has reported that Welsh Water  has announced it will be spending £1billion on infrastructure projects in Herefordshire, Wales and Deeside over the next three years.

Welsh Water which is owned by not for profit Glas Cymru is upgrading its treatment works, rebuilding 22 of them, maintaining its networks of water mains and sewers and importantly investing more money into renewable energy projects.

The company, which has 2,000 employees, says its investment means jobs for a further 1,500 people.

The chairman of Welsh Water Bob Ayling said: “Our ambition is to deliver the best possible outcomes for our customers supplying drinking water of the highest quality and safeguarding the environment that we look after on behalf of the communities we serve.

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Worlds first tidal turbine proves a success in Scottish waters

ITV News reported that a tidal turbine being tested for use in the world’s first tidal turbine array in Islay on the West coast of Scotland has proved a success.

The subsea turbine is weighed down on the seabed 50 metres below the surface of a stretch of water called the Fall of Warness. It has some of the strongest tides in the world with an Atlantic swell colliding with the North Sea. Tides in the area can reach up to 8 knots in Spring tides.

Scottish Power Renewables fitted their turbine at the end of last year and it has already been hooked up to the grid and is powering the Orkney Island of Eday.  Scottish Power Renewables plans to start development on the ten turbines they plan to install in the Sound of Islay.

That project will be the first of its kind in the world and will provide enough energy to supply Islay’s 3500 homes and distilleries.

SPR chief executive Keith Anderson said “Scotland has the best tidal power resources in Europe, and that’s why we are seeing world leading technologies tested here.”

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Offshore Group Newcastle to create 1000 jobs as it enters wind farm market

BBC news reported that Offshore Group Newcastle (OGN) is to create up to 1,000 new jobs after receiving a Government grant to build foundations for offshore wind farms.

DECC’s Offshore Wind Component Technologies Development and Demonstration Scheme will give OGN £640,250 to build the foundation structures for large wind turbine generators in waters over 30 metres (100ft) deep. The steel jacketed foundation, Triton, will be designed and developed by its subsidiary Aquind, at OGN’s new purpose-built facility at its Hadrian Yard in Wallsend.

OGN chief executive David Edwards said: “We are delighted to have been selected for this grant. Government support is especially vital in the early stages of project development……The offshore wind energy market is crucial to Britain’s future energy needs and we will do our utmost to ensure that this grant takes the UK into an even stronger role as the lead player in this sector.”

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UK scientists grow GM wheat that repels aphids

The Independent reported that the world’s first genetically modified crop that has been engineered to emit a repellent-smelling substance against insect pests is now growing in a small patch of land in the Hertfordshire countryside.

A peppermint gene has been used to engineer a wheat strain that sends out chemical messages to ward off aphid pests. The genetic modification harnesses one of the plant world’s own defence mechanisms, the ability to ward off pests with pheromone odour signals. Peppermint produces a smell, undetectable to humans, which mimics an alarm signal generated by aphids when they are attacked by predators.

Farmers currently have to use pesticides to protect their fields against aphids, which would otherwise destroy up to £120 million of wheat per year.

This crop is not a commercial crop, the idea eventually would be to produce GM wheat varieties that do not need to be sprayed with harmful pesticides. The scientists believe that preventing aphid infestations would benefit the wider environment, including the songbirds that feed on aphids.

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Our best Environmental Industry candidates…

CK Science are currently helping a number of excellent candidates looking for new positions in the Environmental Industry.

These candidates are based nationwide, please click on the links below to find out more about those based in your area:

South, UK

  • Site/Plant Chemist
  • Geoscientist/Consultant
  • Analytical Chemist
  • Analyst/Laboratory Technician

Midlands, UK

  • Analyst
  • Extractions Team Leader
  • Technical/Compliance Manager
  • Commercial & Technical Co-ordinator

North, UK

  • Waste Chemist
  • Consultant Chemist
  • Analyst
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Is Motor Oil a Renewable Resource?

National Geographic News asked whether Motor oil could be a viable renewable source in their article Is motor oil a  renewable source – re finers say yes!

Currently tens of millions of barrels of lubricant pass through vehicle engines around the world each year, U.S. drivers alone produce about 1.3 billion gallons of dirty used motor oil annually. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates 200 million gallons (757,082 liters) is dumped illegally each year. Some is “recycled,” but with dubious environmental benefit it typically ends up burned as a rather dirty industrial fuel source

However the National Geographic article tells us that there is another option which is to use  motor oil as a renewable resource. It is possible to re-refine used motor oil, restoring it to “good as new” quality. Then it can be resold over and over again at about the same price per quart as conventional motor oil.

In Europe, about 50 percent of motor oil is re-refined, thanks to regulations dating to 1975 that were revised in 2008, say analysts at Kline & Company, a market research firm based in Parsippany, New Jersey.  In North America, only about 10 to 15 percent of motor oil is re-refined. But that story is slowly changing as U.S. companies have begun to see a new market in “green” lubricant.

Kevin Ferrick of API says re-refined oil is gaining some traction in the marketplace. “We don’t track sales of re-refined oil but I will say that there are definitely more and more brands coming online that are claiming some percentage of re-refined oil,” he said. “It’s interesting that some of these have been around for quite a few years now and some marketers chose not to make that claim of re-refined content.”

Because U.S. regulations did not require marketers to label virgin-equivalent products as re-refined, marketers didn’t broadcast they were selling recycled product, fearing consumer reluctance to use “old” oil. But now, companies are recognizing a marketing advantage. “I’d say that because of increased environmental consciousness there seems to have been a change in attitude towards it,” Ferrick said.

Re-refined motor oil even has a presence on the NASCAR circuit through partnership with Safety-Kleen, the largest motor oil re-refiner in the United States. Safety-Kleen not only services race teams, but it collects motor oil for re-refining at NASCAR racetracks and team shops—some 185,000 gallons (700,300 liters) in 2010 alone.

Apparently it takes only about one-third of the amount of energy to recover re-refined base stock as it does to produce the same amount of base stock from crude oil, Using less energy means producing fewer carbon emissions. And the same oil can be re-refined over and over again said John Wesley CEO of Wichita, Kansas-based Universal Lubricants, producer of ECO ULTRA re-refined oils.

Kevin Ferrick of API said “If you’re concerned about the environment then by all means use re-refined oils,These oils are just fine for vehicles, as long as they are certified, and reusing something over and over again is always a good thing to do rather than wasting a valuable source”

Motor oil re-refining’s savings do add up over time, and the world’s total annual output of used motor oil is anything but trivial. That’s why, for many, a “closed-loop” system that puts the same oil back to work over and over again is a strong option.

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A few of our best Environmental Industry candidates

CK Science are specialists in recruiting for the Environmental Industry.

Please click on the links below to find out about our great Environmental Industry candidates based in your area:

 

South, UK

  • Analytical Consultant
  • Analytical Chemist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Environmental Chemist

 

Midlands, UK

  • Chemist/Inspector
  • Energy Consultant/Researcher
  • Quality Systems Coordinator
  • Commercial and Technical Coordinator
  • Technical Manager

 

North, UK

  • Senior Analyst
  • PhD Environmental Scientist
  • Site Manager
  • Lab Technician
  • Environmental Manager
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Have you met our Durham Office Manager, Barney?

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Barney is the Manager of CK Science’s Durham office and he’s been with us for six years.

Barney has an interesting background, having previously been a Marine Biologist and a Fishers Obersever in the South Atlantic.

If you are looking for a new career, or staff within the Chemical Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Food or Waste and Environmental industries, Barney is the man you need to speak to. You can contact him on 0191 3848905 or email bsmith@ckscience.co.uk.

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