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FM CONWAY REWARDED FOR FORS has developed an online FM Conway has been awarded silver
SETTING THE SILVER STANDARD benchmarking system of four key FORS status and is now in an elite
IN THE FREIGHT INDUSTRY performance measures (CO2, fuel group of just 19 businesses. Companies
Leading highways maintenance, civil
use, collisions and parking and had to be able to provide six months
engineering and construction services
speeding fines) which are linked to a of accurate benchmarking data and
provider FM Conway is a member of
similar online system owned by the must be committed to maintaining
Transport for London’s Freight
Department for Transport. FORS that data online.
Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS),
members enter data on individual
For more information, visit
which promotes best practice among
vehicles, which enables them to make
www.fmconway.co.uk.
freight businesses in the capital.
comparisons within their own fleet.
Threat of acidic oceans
they are moving to states of rapid erosion.
Studies suggest that reefs are worth more than £60bn
Acidification of the oceans has been described at the annually, protecting communities from storm damage
Copenhagen Summit as "a major threat to marine life and creating ecosystems essential for food production.
and our food supply".
Professor Chris Perry, of the University’s Centre for Earth
Extra carbon in the atmosphere is being absorbed into and Ecosystem Responses to Environmental Change, is
the seas, lowering the pH value with potentially harmful leading a Leverhulme Trust International study to develop
consequences for coral, fish stocks and ultimately people, a more effective and rapid method of assessing the
warned UK Environment Minister Hilary Benn. carbonate ‘budgets’ of reefs.
Such changes are part of a varied range of environmental Each ‘budget’ will show a balance sheet of the amount
impacts to which modern coral reefs are being exposed. of carbonate produced and removed from a reef, thus
A critical question is how these impacts are expressed in allowing changes in net reef carbonate production rates
terms of a coral reefs ability to keep growing, or whether over time to be monitored.
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