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Daikin wins award for environmental technology


The Daikin Altherma Flex Type air-to-water heat pump, described as the world’s first heat pump for multiple occupancy buildings, has won the Innovation Award for Environmental Technology at the Environment and Energy Awards. Peter Verkempynck, managing director of Daikin UK, said: “The Daikin Altherma Flex Type heat pump is a genuinely innovative product, capable of providing highly energy efficient heating and hot water for multiple occupancy buildings, from domestic apartments and university accommodation, to schools and even prisons. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daikin Europe, Daikin UK is delighted that the Environment and Energy Award judges have recognised this innovation and the contribution that the Daikin Altherma Flex Type can make to low carbon buildings of the future.” The company says the Daikin Altherma Flex Type heat pump is the first system to allow independent control and billing of heating and hot water systems within each individual dwelling, with the whole building system powered from community-based outdoor units, each of which can serve up to ten individual dwellings. It offers a 27 per cent reduction in primary energy use, 59 per cent fewer CO2 emissions and 33 per cent lower operating costs compared with an installation of standard efficiency individual gas boilers.


UK firms ranked in global sustainable energy awards


A Hampshire housing association is one of five UK companies rewarded for harnessing alternative energies in the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy. The Ashden Awards recognise outstanding and innovative clean energy schemes across the developing world and in the UK that help combat climate change and meet the energy needs of the poor. “From the production of biomass pellets from crop waste to replace coal in India to the provision of a range of solar-powered products to off-grid communities in Africa, this year’s winners prove that it is possible to meet the energy needs of the poor in a way that radically improves lives, drives economic growth, cuts CO2 emissions and saves trees,” the London-based Ashden Awards said in a statement. Eastleigh-based Radian was ranked alongside business from India, Pakistan and Africa. Described as one of the pioneers of low carbon energy in the UK, Radian received £20,000 from the awards to promote “its outstanding work of retrofitting hard-to- treat homes and building eco homes that far exceed the current minimum standards for energy efficiency”. Nearly 44,000 residents are enjoying the benefits of lower fuel bills and warmer homes thanks to Radian’s adoption of sustainable energy technologies. Other UK companies to receive awards were the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), in Powys, Wales; Midlands Wood Fuel in Shrewsbury; the Severn Wye Energy Agency (SWEA) in Gloucestershire; and Transition Together in Totnes, Devon.


Johnson Tiles climb the rankings in Sunday Times green companies list


Johnson Tiles has climbed eight places in The Sunday Times Best Green Companies Awards, moving from 33rd in 2010 to 25th place this year – the fourth consecutive year it has been placed. The Stoke-on-Trent manufacturer is one of 15 UK companies to have been featured in the awards, which are designed to recognise businesses at the cutting edge of corporate environmental performance improvement. Alistair McCall, editor of the list, praised Johnson Tiles for its achievement and effort in ensuring that environmental concern is at the forefront of its business. Johnson Tiles’ products contain more than 23 per cent of recycled fired ceramic waste. The company also saves


20,000 tonnes of ceramic landfill from its own and local ceramic factory waste, saving 260 tonnes of carbon dioxide in transportation of materials. Johnson Tiles managing director Stephen Dixon said: “We have always been committed to the environment and our environmental policy sets out to achieve the highest possible environmental standards in all aspects of company practice. We’re delighted this has been officially recognised yet again this year. Our placement further up the list only reinforces the fact that we’re continuously improving on our already impressive green credentials, which have helped us to win new business, especially in current times when environmental impact is of great concern to our clients and their customers.”


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