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DETAILS The EA is to change the way it audits permitted materials recovery facilities (MRFs), as an increasing amount of waste is sent to them and a more effective way of monitoring the movement of wastes and assessing compliance is required. This change has seen an increasing amount of waste, including poor quality or badly-sorted materials. For example, paper may be contaminated with food wastes. As a result, these materials are difficult to pro- cess and the outputs may not be suitable for reprocessing. The EA has, therefore, developed a ‘waste stream approach’ which involves improving the auditing process. WEB news/97262.aspx



DETAILS EA chairman Lord Smith has called for a European alliance to tackle the toxic trade in electrical waste into Africa. In a speech to Interpol he argued for better cooperation and exchange of intelligence across national borders to stop a crime that poses a “growing and persistent risk to hu- man health and the environment”. Smith said that the EA for England

and Wales currently provides criminal intelligence on illegal waste exports to 46 countries but has so far received intel- ligence from only ten countries in return. The EA already has an intelligence sharing agreement with countries outside Europe. WEB



DETAILS Energy regulator Ofgem has pub- lished information on the amount (in ROCs) of the Renewables Obligation (RO) for the 2009-10 obligation period, which finished in March last year.

The RO places an obligation on elec- tricity suppliers to source an increasing portion of the electricity they supply from renewable sources. The obligation levels for 2009-10 are 9.7 ROCs per 100 MWh of electricity supplied to customers in England & Wales and Scotland, and 3.5 ROCs per 100 MWh of electricity supplied to custom- ers in Northern Ireland. Using these ratios, combined with data from suppliers regard- ing the amount of electricity supplied in the period, Ofgem has determined that the total Renewables Obligation on electricity supplied to customers across the UK for 2009-10 is 30,155,477 ROCs. On electricity supplied in England & Wales it is 26,994,117 ROCs. On electricity supplied in Scotland it is 2,868,011 ROCs, and on electricity sup- plied in Northern Ireland it is 293,349 ROCs. WEB documents1/renewables_obligation_ aug_2010.pdf


DETAILS A number of policies were announced as part of the Spending Review. Revenue raised from the scheme will be used to support the public finances (includ- ing spending on the environment), rather than recycled to participants. The recently-introduced Feed-In Tariffs will be refocused on the most cost-effective technologies saving £40M in 2014-15. The changes will be implemented at the first scheduled review of tariffs unless higher than expected deployment requires an early review.

Meanwhile, £860M funding has been ear- marked for the Renewable Heat Incentive which will be introduced from 2011-12. WEB csr_hmt_releas/csr_hmt_releas.aspx

Xerox’s new sustainability report, available online, is centred on five key themes, including transpar- ency and creating a better workplace

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XEROX DETAILS Xerox Corporation has released its 2010 Report on Global Citizenship, which provides a comprehensive overview of the company’s activities and progress in the areas of corporate social responsibility, environmental sustainability, governance and ethics, customer privacy and satisfac- tion, employee diversity and development and corporate giving and volunteerism. The report is organised around five themes: n conducting business with integrity and transparency n aligning resources around customer needs n nurturing a greener world through sus- tainable innovation and development n creating a great workplace for Xerox people n leveraging resources to make the world better ONLINE

FIBRIA CELULOSE DETAILS Fibria Celulose’s Sustainability Report 2009 is out. The report from the world’s leading producer of market pulp describes the company’s achieve- ments and challenges in the economic, financial, social and environmental spheres during 2009.

The information presented in the report is based on a Materiality Matrix, derived from a survey of Fibria’s various stake- holders. A total of 85 individuals, inside and outside the company, highlighted the issues they considered to be most important to the company’s sustainability, including the impact of plantations on bio- diversity; certification and voluntary com- mitments; ethics; water use; sustainability strategy and commitments; and relation- ship with the neighbouring communities. The document also includes statements

from members of the neighbouring com- munities, as well as the observations of in- dependent experts. It was then submitted for verification by Bureau Veritas Certifica- tion, to ensure that the information met Global Reporting Initiative (GRI G3) quality guidelines, and was classified as B+. ONLINE

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