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  • Householders in Midlands in trial to remedy nation's draughty unblocked chimneys Energy
    Householders in Midlands in trial to remedy nation's draughty unblocked chimneys

    Across England there are 9 million fireplaces which are not permanently blocked. Often equivalent to keeping a window open at all times, an unblocked chimney can add significant cost to the typical heating bill as warm air escapes up through the chimney and into the atmosphere.

  • New rewilding network aims to boost nature on 300,000 acres Nature
    New rewilding network aims to boost nature on 300,000 acres

    A new network from charity Rewilding Britain aims to spearhead a massive and rapid rewilding across Britain, in its first three years aiming to catalyse the return of nature to 300,000 acres, an area the size of Greater Manchester or the North York Moors National Park.

  • Energy saving fridge system is cool for ice cream maker Mackie's Energy
    Energy saving fridge system is cool for ice cream maker Mackie's

    As part of a £4.5 million project, the luxury ice cream brand Mackie's of Scotland will replace existing freezing equipment at its Aberdeenshire facility with an ammonia-based, low carbon, energy efficient refrigeration system from GEA that incorporates an Absorption Chiller – an innovative solution that will help Mackie's to target ambitious CO2 reductions of 90% and energy cost savings of 70-80%.

  • Biffa's switch to rail transport of inert waste greatly reduces carbon emissions Transport
    Biffa's switch to rail transport of inert waste greatly reduces carbon emissions

    Biffa saves 6,600 tonnes of CO2 emissions transporting material by rail

    Waste firm Biffa reveals it has saved 6,600 tonnes of CO2 emissions by switching to the usage of rail links for the transportation of mostly inert waste material to its facilities. This follows the Group's strategic rail partnership with GB Railfreight to increase its capacity for transportation via rail, thereby reducing its reliance on road haulage. Since last year, the Group has transported over 600,000 tonnes of inert waste by rail.

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Golder Associates

Environment Times is raising money for the homeless this winter by creating a 'virtual ecohouse'. Golder Associates is one of the donors. They write about Land Contamination Management: Historic land contamination affects sites planned for sale or redevelopment, dormant and surplus sites, as well as land within operating sites such as process and manufacturing, power and storage facilities.

v ecohouse golder1The investigation, assessment and remediation of potentially contaminated brownfield sites are core capabilities of Golder. Our consultants see every site is different, demanding individually tailored solutions.

Being involved in consultations and liaison on legislation and guidance with Government and regulators, we have a sound understanding of current and prospective legislation that applies to land contamination, involving waste management, landfill, environmental impact, groundwater and wide-ranging general environmental legislation, as well as regulations specifically for contaminated land. This legal regime is supported by a plethora of statutory and non-statutory guidance produced by Government and the environmental regulators. We have the reputation and standing to facilitate solutions for potentially contaminated and contaminated sites to ensure future environmental impacts are mitigated and value can be obtained from the site.

Our approach to managing potentially contaminated sites is founded on:
• A sound understanding of the current and prospective legislative regime applicable to contaminated land;
• An appreciation of the business and institutional demands on our clients;
• Advanced technical capability for site investigation, assessment and, where necessary, remediation; and
• A risk-based approach to the assessment of contaminated land and the development of cost-effective, sustainable solutions to meet the liability management and financial objectives of our clients.

v ecohouse golder2Key Services
• Phase 1 preliminary site assessments / desk studies;
• Phase 2 site investigations;
• Due diligence for site disposal / acquisition;
• Generic and detailed quantitative risk assessments of risks from contaminated soils and material, hazardous gases, polluted waters and liquids;
• Ecological risk assessments;
• Remediation options appraisals;
• Remedial Implementation and Verification Plan preparation;
• Design of remedial solutions, management of the procurement and construction of the remediation works;
• Turnkey design and operation;
• Sustainable remediation and development - analysis and quantitative evaluation;
• Waste soil minimisation and classification of waste soils;
v ecohouse Golder Logo• Site waste management plans;
• Waste management licence exemptions;
• Radiological land contamination investigation and assessment;
• Demolition and decommissioning consultancy; and
• Integrated contamination and geotechnical investigations, geotechnical, foundation and ground improvement design.

www.golder.com