INDUSTRY NEWS SMALLTALK RSB certification for
UPM Biofuels A new acknowledgement has been received by UPM biofuels of the sustainability of its value chain by receiving an RSB (The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials) certificate for both UPM BioVerno renewable diesel and naphtha, as well as production sidestreams turpentine and pitch. RSB verifies the sustainability and reliability of feedstock sourcing and production.
In RSB certification, the sustainability of biofuels is evaluated against 12 principles, which have been approved by many stakeholders, including NGOs and UN agencies. In addition to the greenhouse gas savings compared to fossil fuels, the RSB principles cover biodiversity, human rights and environmental and social responsibility.
Hadfields appoint new SHEQ Manager
Matt Hilton has joined Hadfield Wood Recyclers as the
company’s Group Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) Manager.
Matt, from Bury in
Manchester, has more than 20 years’ experience in health, safety and quality roles in both the chemicals and manufacturing industries. He joins Hadfield Wood Recyclers from his former role at Polyflor and will be primarily based at the company’s Manchester head office, but will also be responsible for its sites in Middlesbrough and Essex.
Biomass power plant for DONG Energy
Valmet will supply a biomass power plant to DONG Energy’s Asnaes Power Station in Kalundborg, Denmark. By converting its electricity and heat production from coal to sustainable biomass at the Asnaes Power Station, DONG will take an important step in reducing its CO2 emissions. The order, valued at
approximately EUR 80 million, was included in Valmet’s second quarter, 2017, orders received.
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INDUSTRY NEWS Second Gold Award for Hadfields T
he Gold Award for Health and Safety has been awarded to Hadfield Wood Recyclers Ltd by The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) for the second year running.
Vicki Hughes, Group Business Development Director for Hadfield Wood Recyclers, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have achieved this award in two consecutive years. The company has been steadily growing over the past few years and we feel it is of upmost importance that we are leading the way in areas such as health and safety. “The RoSPA Award scheme has allowed us to benchmark our progress as a business on health and safety and helped us to recognise what we are doing right and where there are possible areas for improvement.”
Hadfield Wood Recyclers takes its health and safety responsibilities
very seriously. The topic is on the agenda at every meeting of the Board of Directors and management meetings, and is regularly covered in the company’s staff newsletter. “Winning this award does not mean health and safety will no longer be a priority for us,” said Vicki. “In fact, it is the opposite. The award won’t mean anything unless we continue to maintain and improve upon the standards.” The award was presented at a ceremony in Birmingham on
New ETI report
A new report published by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) supports the belief that as the UK exits the European Union, there is an opportunity for the country to restructure farming support to increase soil carbon sequestration and farm-scale biodiversity, protect current employment levels and create new jobs by planting new second generation crops for energy use.
The perspective report ‘Opportunities for rural job creation in the UK energy crops sector’ uses analysis undertaken for the ETI by ADAS, the UK’s largest independent provider of agricultural and environmental consultancy, rural development services and policy advice. The report concludes that the present political environment of the UK exiting the European Union provides the country with an opportunity to restructure farming support in a way that encourages the sustainable growth of the UK biomass sector by placing a
value on the wider environmental benefits growing second generation energy crops can make to the UK farming landscape. The planting of these second generation crops (Miscanthus, Short Rotation Coppice Willow and Short Rotation Forestry) also presents an opportunity to create new jobs and support existing jobs in the UK farming and forestry sectors.
ETI has been a long-term advocate of bioenergy as a hugely valuable source of low carbon renewable energy because it can be stored and used flexibly to produce heat, power, liquid and gaseous fuels. Today, first generation crops dominate the UK energy crops sector, but ETI research over the last ten years has indicated that second generation crops can deliver much greater greenhouse gas emissions savings across a wide range of end uses. ETI believes that with improvement to total land productivity and a reduction in food waste, the UK could convert a total
13 July at which Geoff Hadfield, Managing Director of Hadfield Wood Recyclers, affirmed: “This award recognises our commitment as a company to the importance of health and safety, both for our staff and customers. We take our responsibility for health and safety very seriously and aim to set a good example to our industry as a whole, so I am personally very pleased with this achievement. I’d like to thank everyone involved for making it happen”.
of 1.4 Mha of UK land to bioenergy crops by the mid-2050s without impacting on the level of land used for UK-grown food consumption. The crops can improve farm- scale biodiversity and soil carbon sequestration particularly when transitioning from low productivity arable land. Placing a value on these attributes through farming support mechanisms would reduce the risk to farmers by providing them with a degree of income security.
The majority of the new job opportunities that would be created will be part-time (due to the seasonality of the planting cycle), but of importance is the fact that these will complement the existing seasonal demands of other roles in the agricultural and forestry sectors, thereby extending employment options to year-round activities.
To make this a reality, investment is needed ‘off farm’ to develop the capabilities of the specialist contractor base involved in the planting, harvesting and production of plant breeding material as they require specialist machinery.
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