WorldBriefs: Industry award recognises need for sustainable development

Also in this report: Foster Wheeler awarded contract in Russia; HELCOM backs steep reduction of sulfur emissions from ships; Singapore trade expo sold out within months; Plumbing company receives training accreditation; Welding company website now multilingual; Project Management series expanded; New international pipeline conference issues call for papers; UK valve manufacturer gets ready for CRC; Globe confirms ministerial dialogue on sustainability; (more)...

In other news below:
-- Foster Wheeler awarded contract in Russia
-- HELCOM backs steep reduction of sulfur emissions from ships
-- Singapore trade expo sold out within months
-- Plumbing company receives training accreditation
-- Welding company website now multilingual
-- Project Management series expanded
-- New international pipeline conference issues call for papers
-- UK valve manufacturer gets ready for CRC
-- Globe confirms ministerial dialogue on sustainability
-- Viridor appoints new unit manager at Parkwood Landfill
-- New UK managing director for NETZSCH
-- Group says reform of EU ETS will boost overall competitiveness

Industry award recognises need for sustainable development
LONDON -- The Environment Agency has picked up a prestigious commendation from the Royal Town Planning Institute for its publication "Building a better environment - A guide for developers". The three- part guide gives practical advice on how developers can tackle the environmental issues facing their site, including managing flood risk, waste efficiency, water efficiency and avoiding pollution, and how the Environment Agency can help. The Royal Town Planning Institute Awards, which have been running since 1978, are awarded for outstanding group achievement in town and country planning. The Environment Agency faced stiff competition from eight leading organisations to take home a commendation for best publication in the planning processes category at a ceremony held at the London Hilton on 7 February.
Also see:
-- "New guidance to help protect environment from construction works near watercourses"
-- "Environment Agency Board to discuss increased funding for flood risk management"
-- "Awards Nominations for inspiring Environment Agency schemes"
-- "118118 joins Environment Agency to promote Floodline"
-- "Water metering needed 'sooner rather than later'"

Among other recent headlines:

Foster Wheeler awarded contract in Russia
HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Foster Wheeler Ltd. announced that its Finnish subsidiary Foster Wheeler Energia Oy, part of its Global Power Group, has been awarded a contract by PJSC EnergoMashinostroitelny Alliance (EM Alliance) for a 330 MWe (gross megawatt electric) advanced circulating fluidized-bed (CFB) steam generator to be located in Novocherkassk, Russia...
Also see: -- "Foster Wheeler awarded two circulating fluidized-bed steam generators in Vietnam"

HELCOM backs steep reduction of sulfur emissions from ships
HELSINKI, Finland -- The HELCOM Member States will back proposals for steep reductions of sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions from ships at the meeting of the world's top maritime body next month, citing the results of the stringent emission regulations in the Baltic Sea area...
Also see:
-- "Call for participants: 3rd Stakeholder Conference on the Baltic Sea Action Plan"
-- "New HELCOM Group to steer implementation of Baltic recovery plan"

Singapore International Water Week trade expo sold out within months
SINGAPORE -- All the exhibition space has been snapped up at the Singapore International Water Week, a global event for water solutions taking place in June this year, and organizers have increased floor space by 30% in response to the excellent demand...
Also see: -- "Inaugural water prize receives 39 nominations globally"

Drain Doctor receives training accreditation
CAMBRIDGESHIRE, UK -- Drain Doctor Plumbing, Britain's largest emergency plumbing and drainage company, has teamed up with City & Guilds to launch a new accredited training programme for its franchisees and technicians. The company will be the only UK plumbing and drainage business able to offer a nationally recognised qualification from its own training programme...
Also see: -- "Drain Doctor franchisee breaks million pound barrier"

Welding company website now multilingual
CARMARTHENSHIRE, UK -- Huntingdon Fusion Techniques, international manufacturers of specialised welding ancillaries, has commenced a programme to introduce an option for customers to choose from selected foreign language texts on its website. Attention is being focussed currently on French, German and Spanish but as the company continues to expand further into overseas territories further translations will be considered. The new service is expected to be complete within the next two months at which point all product descriptions and technical support information will have been translated...

Project Management series expanded
Two new books, written by IChemE Council member and author of The Project Management Toolkit, Dr Trish Melton, are now on sale. Real Projects Planning and Project Benefits Management (co-written with Jim Yates and Peter Iles-Smith) went on sale in Dec. and Dr Melton, founder and Managing Director of MIME Solutions Ltd, said the new titles are designed to assist both the experienced and novice project manager...

New international pipeline conference issues call for papers
SCHIPHOL, Netherlands -- BHR Group's First International Conference on Pipeline Integrity aims to meet demand for authoritative information about best practice and new techniques by bringing together the world's the best professionals, experience and technology. The organisers have issued a call for papers for presentation at this new event, which will be held in Schiphol, The Netherlands, 5-7 November 2008...
Also see: -- "Slurry handling courses at BHR Group, Cranfield, UK"

UK valve manufacturer gets ready for CRC
NORTHAMPTON, UK -- Aqua-Gas Manufacturing, the production arm of valves and fittings specialist AVK UK, is taking early action to reduce its (and its customers') carbon footprint. The company is targeting a 10% improvement in its energy efficiency in the twelve months from May 2007 in anticipation of the UK Government's Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC), which will apply mandatory trading of carbon credits to cut emissions. Aqua-Gas is using an online supply chain carbon footprint monitoring system known as CLOEE (CarbonLow Ongoing Emissions Evaluation), which assists the company to allocate data input requirements by department in order to minimise additional workload and issues text or e-mail reminders to upload data for each period.

Globe confirms ministerial dialogue on sustainability
VANCOUVER, Canada -- The GLOBE Foundation announced the Ministerial Dialogue on Sustainability will take place at GLOBE 2008 in Vancouver, March 12-14, at the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre. The dialogue involves ministers representing three of the world's most industrious continents, including both developed and developing world economies. Ministers, in an open forum with delegates, will discuss how they are managing both local and trans-boundary air and water quality issues...

Viridor appoints new unit manager at Parkwood Landfill
SHEFFIELD, UK, Jan. 23, 2008 -- A new unit manager has been brought in to run Parkwood Landfill in Sheffield. Viridor Waste Management has appointed Graham Blackburn, 55, to deliver a complex rephasing of the Parkwood site and run day-to-day operations. He was formerly unit manager of Staveley landfill near Chesterfield (Derbyshire), which has just closed. Tom Franklin goes on to take full-time responsibility for an exceptionally busy Viridor landfill at Erin, Derbyshire, having overseen this site in addition to running Parkwood for a number of years...

New UK managing director for NETZSCH
WALSALL, UK -- James Harvey has returned to the UK to take up the position of Managing Director of Walsall-based NETZSCH Pumps Limited, having first joined the company as an Area Sales Manager in 1997. Harvey has almost twenty years experience in progressing cavity pump sales -- the last ten within the NETZSCH group. He rejoins the group following two years in the USA as National Sales Manager for North America and Canada...

Group says reform of EU ETS will boost overall competitiveness
New proposals expected to be announced by the European Commission to substantially cut greenhouse gas emissions of EU heavy industries could boost economic growth and employment in the region, claim a leading coalition of businesses, regulators and NGOs...

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