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‘Digitisation’ can cut energy use by a quarter

20 Feb 2019 09:19

Energy management giant Schneider Electric says its own customer projects show that harnessing certain digital technologies can slash energy bills and boost productivity by up to 50 per cent. Schneider Electric, which provides energy management and automation services, studied 230 customers p… View

Flood experience inspires Bury firm’s green innovation

20 Feb 2019 09:17

After being caught up in the 2015 Boxing Day floods, a property developer in Bury has established a new business to manufacture unique flood defence products made of 100 per cent recycled plastic. Rechip Flood Defence was set up in 2018 by Andrew Chaytow, managing director of property develop… View

Beyond LED lighting: Greater Manchester’s natural capital

20 Feb 2019 09:12

Greater Manchester is developing an UK-first plan to attract investment in the city region’s natural environment, which provides nearly £900 million in economic and social benefits each year. Unveiled at a special event in Manchester in February, the Natural Capital Investment Plan sets out a rang… View

Heating company makes efficient factory upgrade

20 Feb 2019 09:10

Specialist heating company Heatrod Elements has successfully completed a £500,000 move to a new manufacturing facility in Bolton that will support more resource efficient production. Heatrod is a member of The Backer Group and part of the Swedish NIBE Element Group, one of the world market lea… View

Greater Manchester set for Europe-leading e-bus fleet

20 Feb 2019 09:07

Greater Manchester’s bus operators will invest in 70 new electric buses after receiving a multi-million pound funding boost from government, giving the city one of largest e-bus fleets in Europe. Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and several other private bus operators in the city region… View

Event: Developing an Effective Environmental Policy

20 Feb 2019 09:05

Greater Manchester’s GC Business Growth Hub is hosting a fully-funded workshop led by industry experts on 1 March to show how firms can effectively demonstrate their environmental credentials. Having a robust environmental policy is now a key requirement of many local and central government tender… View

Manchester researchers design wind and solar ‘flags’

20 Feb 2019 08:59

Scientists at the University of Manchester have created innovative ‘flags’ that can generate power from both wind and the sun for small-scale electronics, supporting the shift towards smart cities. The energy-harvesting ‘inverted flags’ have been developed using mini piezoelectric strips and … View

‘Step-change’ in sustainability pressure on supply chains

20 Feb 2019 08:57

The environmental impacts of supply chains have rocketed up the corporate agenda in the last decade, with major companies now requiring improved performance from thousands of suppliers. With greenhouse gas emissions in supply chains on average 5.5 times larger than a company’s direct operation… View

‘People Powered Retrofit’ project launched in Manchester

20 Feb 2019 08:54

A Manchester partnership has secured £186,000 of government funding to run a six-month project that will explore a new approach to domestic energy efficiency retrofit in Greater Manchester. The People Powered Retrofit project, led by Carbon Co-op and URBED, is one of six initiatives nationally… View

Brewer to pilot green beer deliveries in Lancashire

20 Feb 2019 08:51

One of the world’s leading brewers has announced that it is trialling beer deliveries powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its brewery in Samlesbury, Lancashire. AB InBev, which brews Budweiser, Stella Artois, Beck’s and Bud Light, has launched the two-week pilot in an effort to reduce… View