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Editor: David Keighley
14th August 2014

In a move that could have a significant impact on manufacturing, a report by a House of Commons committee is calling on Government to implement measures that will move the UK away from a throwaway society towards what it calls a more 'circular economy'. Recommendations include linking taxation to the environmental impact of products, and taking steps towards a ban on products made from materials that cannot be recycled.

"We had throwaway economics in the past, but that disposable society simply isn't sustainable in the twenty-first century," said Environmental Audit Committee Chair, Joan Walley. "Less than half of all the stuff we throw away each year is recycled and turned back into something useful, despite prices for raw materials rising across the world."

The committee's report has been broadly welcomed by the Carbon Trust, where Head of Business Model Innovation, Aleyn Smith-Gillespie, said: "Change can only happen once companies are convinced it will be better than business as usual." Read more here.

NEWS

jeResearch project to explore role of UK energy storage
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The Advanced Propulsion Centre is to locate its new Hub for low carbon propulsion development at Warwick University. More?

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bcResearch reveals over-specifying of small power loads in offices
Research by the British Council for Offices suggests that small power loads in offices are over-specified by as much as 40 per cent. More?

PRODUCTS

acCompressors increase productivity and cut energy costs
Atlas Copco's new GA 90+-160 oil-injected rotary screw compressors offer increased productivity levels with reduced operating costs. More?

jtTrailer diffuser brings fuel savings for road hauliers
A roof diffuser designed to reduce trailer air turbulence and so improve truck fuel economy has been introduced by JOST. More?

btExpanded range of options for efficient sensor control
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wgWEG introduces updated standard industrial motor ranges
WEG has updated its standard industrial motor ranges, which now cover the power range from 90 to 4250kW at 50 and 60Hz. More?

mrInsulation analyser tests transformer and generator condition
Accurate insulation assessment of transformers, generators and cables can be made with Megger's IDAX350 diagnostic analyser. More?

APPLICATION STORY

miModular PLC system in full control at water treatment plant
A £17m flagship water treatment plant in North Wales is being controlled by Mitsubishi's Q series modular PLC solution. More?

TECHNICAL ARTICLE

rrMaking a case for the two-speed motor in efficient drive systems
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David Keighley
Editor
EfficientEnergy.net

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