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Ansell Lighting switches to sustainable packaging


nsell Lighting is set to save the equivalent of more than five million plastic bags per year with the launch of new responsible packaging, as part of its ongoing sustainability drive. Ansell’s Green Team task force, a group of

environmental champions who promote sustainability within the business, has overhauled the company’s packaging to replace single-use plastics with sustainable materials and therefore encourage good customer recycling habits. Products will now be packaged in unbleached fully recycled and recyclable brown cardboard, one of the most environmentally friendly packaging materials. In addition to eradicating single-

use plastic protective packaging, the initiative will also see fixing kits packed in small paper bags, with biodegradable paper protecting the products. The eco packaging has been introduced on products that are new to the S14 catalogue, launched in March, and it will be rolled out across Ansell’s entire range in 2021 and beyond. Mark Abbott, managing director at Ansell Lighting said: “We’re committed to our sustainability

Hawke launches cable glands H

awke International has launched its Rapid Connection Gland (RCG) range, offering rapid termination and disconnection solutions in a cost- effective package that significantly reduces ownership expenses. Hawke International, a division of the Hubbell Harsh & Hazardous Group, has developed the range to enable quick field connections of cables to equipment in instances where historically, hard wiring methods would have been required.

goals and our new packaging will have a massive impact on our single plastic usage. Replacing the packaging on our downlights range alone means a saving of two million plastic bags per year. “It will take a little time to migrate to responsible packaging across our entire product range but I’m delighted with the start we have made and we can’t wait to see the positive impact of the changes we’re making. An environmentally sustainable approach to business is essential to protect our planet for future generations.” Ansell’s Green Team task force works to generate and implement ideas on how the company can be more environmentally friendly. Other initiatives have included recycling spare parts, choosing suppliers with fully recyclable packaging, reducing paper usage, switching to bamboo merchandise.

The Exe/Ext certified range, rated to IP66/67, will reduce downtime and operating expenses in

facilities, while providing the opportunity to easily and safely swap out equipment and incorporate maintenance-light, sealed for life fittings. Matt Ogden, product manager at Hawke International, explains: “The range is the ultimate hybrid of a cable gland and connector and it provides an array of benefits for end users, including operators in hazardous environments. “The RCG range is a plug and play product, so connections and disconnections can be made far quicker than is possible with hard wiring. In the case of hard wiring, power has to be shut down for hours while cable glands are disassembled, this is not the case with the RCG, dramatically reducing downtime to just a matter of minutes. This results in significant cost savings. In addition, the new range has a quick installation process which requires very few man-hours. “The plug and play technology also make swapping out existing lighting, instrumentation and other pieces of equipment easier than ever. And, the range’s pre-termination capabilities make it simpler to pre-plan installation deployments with more precise hook-up time predictions.” Hawke International has also developed a certified Exe coupler, an inline quick connection product, which allows installers to extend an existing piece of cable without the need to use a junction box or a more permanent splice kit. This is suitable for all cable types including unarmoured, armoured and braided.

myenergi charges up electric car club S

pringfield Meadows, a climate-positive, net-zero development of 25 homes in Southmoor, Oxfordshire, is

set to benefit from the installation of zappi EV chargers. The units are manufactured by myenergi, designer of the world’s first renewable energy-compatible EV charging point. Interest has been fantastic and the highly sought-after development has only a couple of houses left to sell. Each of the 25 homes are built to Passive house standards, achieving net-zero energy and going beyond net-zero

carbon to become Climate Positive. This means that more than the total embodied carbon used to manufacture and build each house has been effectively offset. Ssassy Property’s build partner, Greencore Construction, uses the Biond build system. This is an off-site manufactured, closed panel timber frame construction, insulated with lime hemp and natural fibre insulation to offset carbon. Families purchasing a property are encouraged to forego a second car and instead participate in the site’s groundbreaking electric car club. The club will provide residents with access to two fully- electric Nissan Leaf EVs, via a leasing arrangement with Gridserve, which will be charged with 100% renewable energy via the myenergi zappi units. James Pritchett, Associate at developer Ssassy Property, commented: “We’re pleased to be able to offer zappi EV charging points at Springfield Meadows. This is a ground-breaking housing development and the most sustainable in the UK. The vision of myenergi has helped us to offer a net- zero carbon transport approach and we’re one of the first companies to offer this.” Jordan Brompton, co-founder and CMO of myenergi, commented: “We’re thrilled to be involved with the Springfield Meadows development. The site is truly visionary, forward-thinking and exactly where we, as a society, need to be headed in terms of new housing stock.”


Intellienergy leverages FIN Framework


ntellienergy Tech, a global building and control specialist will be complementing its existing

automation portfolio with FIN Framework to remain at the forefront of innovation in the smart building industry. The platform, will be sold initially as a server version is a development on Intellienergy Tech’s own edge devices, Flower Plus. It will focus on HVAC and energy applications and benefits from the IoT centric-design and strong data management functionalities of FIN Framework’s core architecture. On the edge, FIN will integrate, manage, analyze, visualize and control the entire building and IoT data, and provide secure cloud access through the native combination of local FIN instances with Edge2Cloud connectivity portal. The Flower Plus solution integrates seamlessly

with the existing installed base of Intellienergy Tech controls products through pre-set templates, custom graphics and logic, enabling easy upgrading of all central plant components in the building. Flower Plus will retain its distinctive features, such as carrying out massive operations, remote control and reverse engineering.

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