Friday, September 30, 2022

SEPA figures show recovering recycling rate in Scotland

Statistics published on 27 September by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) reveal some of the impact of COVID-19 polcies on recycling. The figures...

Swiss firm unveils shoe made using carbon emissions

Seemingly a leap forward in sportswear firm On’s efforts to move away from petroleum-based resources, a new shoe range – marketed as Cloudprime™ -...

Bedding solution boosts poultry farming sustainability

New product aims to meet one quarter of the UK demand by using waste streams from the paper industry Resource management company Veolia says it...

Start-up providing sustainable Omega-3 secures £2.3m funding

Edinburgh-based biotechnology start-up MiAlgae has secured further investment of £2.3m to help drive the next stage of its growth journey. Established in 2016, the firm...

Kwasi Kwarteng says biomass wood imports are “not sustainable”

Cooling towers at Drax, North Yorkshire (image credit: Shutterstock.com / Phil Silverman). Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng told a private meeting of MPs this week that...

Turning fish waste into carbon-based nanomaterials

Group says they have developed a simple, fast, and energy-efficient synthesis method for producing exceptional carbon nano-onions from fish scales Carbon-based nanomaterials are finding...
Woman in kitchen

Is biochar suitable as a construction material?

Biochar is a porous material made from the pyrolysis of wood and other plant material. Diksha Pandey writes
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Sorters close the loop

A partnership between food waste disposal firm Swancote Energy and recycling equipment manufacturer TOMRA Recycling marks the first UK application of optical sorting technology in an anaerobic digestion facility.
Wood pulp

Kindling a revolution?

Finding a way to do something more interesting with woody biomass - other than just burning it - is a long-standing grail for biotechnology research. A new artificial enzyme has shown it can chew through lignin, the tough polymer that helps woody plants hold their shape. Lignin has tremendous potential as a source of renewable energy and materials.

Demo plant produces industrial sugars from mixed household waste fractions

A UK-based demonstration plant that generates industrial biotechnology sugars and other recycled material streams from the paper and card in mixed household waste has...

New funding to support growth of Scotland’s bioeconomy

New funding available from the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) aims to help grow Scotland’s bioeconomy. The latest tranche of its innovation fund is...

Veolia launches biorefinery project to produce CO2-neutral biofuel from pulp production

Veolia has launched what it calls the world's largest biorefinery project "producing CO2-neutral bio-methanol from a pulp mill, located in Finland". The project aims...

Sustainable concept for wood-based textile fibres

An international prize for scientific achievements relevant to forestry has been given to the developers of a system for producing textile fibres from waste...

Partnership offers route to a greener dram

An innovative new project is ‘distilling’ residues from Scotland’s famous whisky industry into sustainable, green energy. The successful trial involving Scottish Water, SEPA and major...

Bexley council launches app-based anti-food-waste campaign

Household food waste project will see Council partnering with two food waste apps – OLIO & Kitche The Bexley Household Food Waste Project launched on...

Food labels behavioural campaign signs up major brands

An anti-food-waste initiative is celebrating its first anniversary and the milestone achievement of having over 40 food and drink brands signed up. The ‘Look, Smell,...

Firm delivers biowaste decontamination at UK COVID-19 vaccine production facility

Cleaning and waste decontamination specialist Suncombe has designed, built and delivered high specification biowaste effluent decontamination systems (EDS) "in an extremely short timeframe" to...

“Powerchips” speed the digestion of organic waste, says firm

Power Knot LLC, a specialist in onsite organic waste management solutions, announced on 28 January that it has released Powerchips Green, a new medium...

New funding for biotechnology scale-ups in Scotland

A new fund has been launched by the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) to enable biotech companies to access specialist facilities, equipment and resources. IBioIC’s...

Fish oils to create eco-friendly surfactants for detergent

Scottish start-up Eco Clean Team is undertaking a research project with experts from the University of St Andrews to develop a new process that...