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Stop raising the bar on green
Funding for wind farms
products, says trade body
The UK government is to offer
up to £1.4bn of loans to support
onshore wind farm construction n
A trade association leader has these targets on a weekly basis.’
called on the UK government Wenden was speaking at a press
in the next three years. The to ‘draw a line in the sand’ on event organised by the Federation of
European Investment Bank will making greater environmental Environmental Trade Associations
provide up to £700m of the demands on manufacturers, which (FETA), of which HEVAC is a
new finance, with the remainder need to concentrate on selling green member.
matched by RBS, Lloyds Banking products already in the marketplace. Bob Arthur, vice-president of the
Group and BNP Paribas Fortis. Paul Wenden, president of British Refrigeration Association,
the Heating, Ventilating and Air also a member of FETA, said there
RICS new qualification Conditioning Manufacturers were signs that the UK government
The Royal Institution of Chartered Association, (HEVAC), said the might be prepared to give support
Surveyors has launched a government wanted the UK to to his industry’s opposition to the
qualification which aims to open take a lead internationally on banning of HFCs in refrigeration
the surveying profession to those environmental issues and product units.
without a degree. The entry- innovation. He said ministers appeared
level AssocRICS replaces the ‘We see this as the government Paul Wenden... manufacturers already to now favour ‘controlled and
TechRICS, and will be rolled out trying to play one-upmanship, which have high-tech solutions out there managed use’ of HFCs rather than
across a number of areas. is fine, but it can lead to duplication an outright ban of them. The key
of cost among manufacturers,’ people are not going to want to pay problem was ensuring that leakage
Engineering excellence Wenden said. for the even better technologies.’ from units is addressed.
A subway station in Korea, ‘Moreover, we already have cost- Pointing to the regularity with FETA chief executive Cedric
a sustainable water project competitive and energy-efficient which politicians appear in the Sloan added: ‘I think the penny has
in Scotland and a bridge solutions out there. We need to see media calling for higher carbon dropped in the UK that
replacement scheme in the marketplace and the customers targets to be achieved, Wenden HFCs are the central refrigerant in
Bangladesh were among the accepting these solutions.’ said: ‘It’s time for the government our stock and we need them – it’s
winning projects honoured He added: ‘If the good to draw a line in the sand, and to not economically feasible to
during this year’s Institution technology we have is good enough, stop changing the goal posts on replace them.’
of Civil Engineers awards. The
awards celebrate excellence in
civil engineering and promote
Sainsbury’s to replace fridge F-gases
those who have demonstrated a
high level of commitment to the Sainsbury’s has pledged to stop hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). ‘Government needs to seize the
profession. using F-gases for refrigeration in all Sainsbury’s move comes ahead opportunity here by helping people
its stores as part of a commitment of the January ban on the use of retrain to work in the rapidly-
Temporary solution to cut carbon emissions. virgin HCFCs in refrigeration and expanding green sector,’ he said.
‘Pop-up’ hotels are expected to The supermarket group said air conditioning systems. The use of Supermarkets in Britain have
transform UK tourism as a result it would switch to using carbon HFCs is to be banned in 2011. already switched some of their
of the recession, according to dioxide as the sole refrigerant for all Announcing the move, stores to non-F-gas refrigeration.
business intelligence provider its fridges by 2030. It has earmarked Sainsbury’s chief executive Justin Examples include plans by Waitrose
Euromonitor International 135 stores for conversion to CO2 King blamed the UK government to be HFC-free for its new and
in its latest trends report. by 2014. for not dealing with the skills refurbished stores from next year,
Pop-up hotels are temporary The most commonly-used shortage that had been an obstacle while Tesco is planning to introduce
pre-built units incorporated F-gases in supermarket refrigeration to companies being able to switch CO2 refrigeration in several stores
into a steel frame that can be are hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and to non-F-gas refrigeration. in the coming financial year.
easily demolished and reduce
construction time by almost
50 per cent compared with
traditional methods.
The height of
Buro engineering
Scoring at Twickenham Multi-disciplinary engineering
Shepherd FM has won a consultancy Buro Happold has
new contract with the Rugby installed a new giant 280sq m
Football Union (RFU) for 360-degree LED screen at the
technical services and building top of the BT Tower in London.
maintenance at Twickenham The screen, believed to be the
stadium, home to English rugby. highest of its kind in Europe
Meanwhile SES, the building and the Americas, required a
services arm of the Shepherd new structural support system
Group, recently installed the to be built from components
mechanical and electrical and assembled like a Meccano
services to the stadium’s new set behind an enclosed scaffold
south stand. around the top of the tower.
10 CIBSE Journal December 2009
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