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What’s the potential for adding value to plastic across SevernNet area – Thurs November 7th – 09:30 to 13:00

On Thurs Nov 7th we’re looking at the opportunities for adding value to plastic streams across the area that can’t be eliminated or substituted.The objective – to share learning about good practice across the area, and elsewhere, and identify next steps that could benefit your business, the local area and our environment more widely.Date and Time: Thurs Nov 7th – 09:30 to 13:00Location: St. Andrew’s House, St. Andrew’s Rd., Avonmouth. BS11 9DQRSVP to [email protected] collaborative event, we welcome your contributions to the agenda including examples of good practice and case studies.   A local example: The Port of Amsterdam: https://www.portofamsterdam.com/en/business/settlement/plastic-in-the-port-bring-it-on#video Background There’s much discussion about the place of plastics in our future economy. Many applications of single use plastic could be eliminated or substituted, while plastic will remain an important material for some applications. We’ve been informed and inspired by the work of some of the area’s leading businesses, and by the collaborative approach being taken by the Port of Amsterdam and stakeholders to develop a circular approach to plastics that adds value to the materials and the local economy. We believe there is potential for a similar approach here. This event is a first step.
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ZERO CAPITAL CLEAN ENERGY – REDUCE ENERGY COSTS – EV CHARGING GRANTS – BATTERY STORAGE

From SevernNet Member Solarsense …

Powering the UK towards a smart, clean energy future

Climate Change & rising energy costs are concerns for us all.

At Solarsense we take our environmental responsibilities seriously and work hard to develop sustainable solutions for our clients.

Our clean energy proposal enables clients to reduce their energy costs and carbon emissions to achieve long term financial savings; by generating their own clean electricity under our fully-funded, subsidy-free, solar photovoltaic (PV) Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

We provide a “solar as a service” zero-capital route to reducing your energy costs, carbon emissions and protection from long-term energy price increases, as the scheme is locked into the RPI.

Use our capital today to start your clean energy journey and sometime down the line, when the timing is right, buy the system back from us if you choose.

We help companies like yours to enjoy the many benefits of sustainable clean energy technologies whilst preserving their capital.

Solar PV, battery storage, electric vehicle charging, LED lighting are just a few ways that Solarsense, the UK’s leading sustainable solutions company can help you to reduce your carbon footprint.

Why Solarsense

Solarsense, located in our zero-carbon head office just outside of Bristol, are considered one of the UK’s leading smart energy providers.
Established nearly 25 years, Solarsense has completed more than 14,000 installations and is responsible for powering some of the UK’s leading organisations.
As a multi award-winning national installer, we help our clients to generate over 80,000MW of clean energy per year, saving over 42,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

If Solarsense can help you today or sometime soon, please contact us as we would be delighted to hear from you.

Regards,

Stephen Barrett, Eng. Tech
Managing Director, Solarsense UK

Solarsense UK Limited
Helios House, Brockley Lane
Backwell, Bristol BS48 4AH
Head office: 01275 461 800
Email: [email protected]
Online: www.solarsense-uk.com

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Meet Wessex Water and GENeco at May’s Business Breakfast on Th. May 16th

Wessex Water – North Bristol’s £55m Relief Sewer
GENeco – Making sure waste isn’t wasted
Business Breakfast – 16th May 2019

                                                                       

Date: Thurs. May.16th from 07:30 to 09:00.
Venue: The Presentation Suite, St Andrews House, Avonmouth BS11 9DQ
Host: Wessex Water and GENeco

Interested in finding out more about North Bristol’s £55million Relief Sewer and GENeco, an award-winning recycling and renewable energy company. 

Then join us at May’s Business Breakfast and find out more.

The agenda will include an introduction to the largest single tunnelling contract awarded by Wessex Water and GENeco’s work at the heart of Bristol’s emerging circular economy.

Book your ticket now

Wessex Water is nearing design completion of its £55 million North Bristol relief sewer project, which will see a 5km tunnel pass beneath the M5 motorway, Cribbs Causeway and Network Rail’s Henbury loop.Work is due to start in September 2019 and is expected to take approximately two and a half years to complete, ensuring the sewerage network can cope with ongoing and future development in the north of the city and South Gloucestershire.

The relief sewer will be built using a Tunnel Boring Machine launched from Lawrence Weston, passing below Henbury and continuing to Bristol Golf Club.

GENeco treats huge volumes of varied waste from the city and transforms it into useful products. This includes the food waste recycling from all of Bristol’s residents and sewage sludge from over 1 million people. GENeco also helps around 300 regional customers an alternative disposal route to landfill for the disposal of difficult to treat waste.

From this waste, GENeco produces enough renewably-sourced energy to power over 10,000 homes in the Bristol area, and heavily reduces the environmental impact of local businesses and the community. The by-product of its recycling processes is a nutrient-rich biofertiliser which is used on farms in the region, keeping valuable bio-resources in the local area.

Come along, join the discussion, and find out more.

Register here for May’s Business Breakfast

SevernNet Business Breakfast’s are an opportunity to meet and collaborate with local businesses and stakeholders. There is plenty of time to network and a 30 second slot to introduce yourself and your business. Refreshments and light breakfast are provided.

About the Host

Wessex Water is a regional water and sewerage business serving 2.8 million customers across the south west of England including Dorset, Somerset, Bristol, most of Wiltshire and parts of Gloucestershire and Hampshire.

https://www.wessexwater.co.uk/

Please note that Business Breakfasts are free to attend for SevernNet members. Non-members may attend two Business Breakfasts before joining. There is more information about Membership and a Membership Form here.

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Meet the Bio-Bee

A distinctive new truck is collecting food waste and creating a buzz on the streets of Bristol.

 

The Bio-Bee is the UK’s first vehicle to both collect and run on commercial food waste and is operated by GENeco, the renewable energy company based in Avonmouth.

 

With Bristol among 40 places in the UK that consistently exceeds air quality limits for nitrogen dioxide, the Bio-Bee demonstrates a real alternative to diesel RCVs and HGVs by running on clean biomethane.

 

It also offers a cost-effective and more sustainable way for food waste to be collected and recycled, and it follows in the footsteps of the Bio-Bus – or ‘poo bus’ – which ran on human waste and was trialled in Bristol in 2015.

 

Boston Tea Party and St Monica Trust care homes are among the first companies to use the service, and it is hoped the Bio-Bee will increase food waste recycling levels in the city.

 

Charlotte Stamper, project manager at GENeco, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer customers a UK first – collecting their food waste using a vehicle running from their food waste.

 

“This clean fuel helps to improve Bristol’s air quality and creates a sustainable circular economy for the client’s operations.

 

“Bees are renowned for the good work they do for the environment, and their daily routine involves collecting valuable natural resources and then bringing them back to a hive to make renewable and nutritious products.

 

“The Bio-Bee operates the same way. It runs on biomethane that has been produced by the anaerobic digestion of food waste and sewage from houses in Bristol, Bath and the surrounding area.

 

“In turn, its total carbon footprint is around 90% lower than a diesel equivalent and it is quieter than standard diesel models.

 

“The Bio-Bee is also intended to be fun and engage youngsters in the topics of food waste, recycling and air quality.”

 

A video about the Bio-Bee is available to view here.

 

Waste

 

Every year each person in the UK throws away enough food to power the Bio-Bee for 25 miles.

 

If Bristol recycled all the food waste generated by the city’s residents in a year the Bio-Bee could run every day until the year 3,000.

 

Food waste is collected in the Bio-Bee and brought back to GENeco’s anaerobic digestion plant in Bristol. The waste is depackaged – and plastic is removed – and is then used to produce sustainable electricity for homes and communities.

 

The remaining food waste undergoes a pasteurisation process before being fed into the anaerobic digesters, where micro-organisms break down the waste in the absence of oxygen and produce methane-rich biogas.

 

This biogas is either used to produce renewable electricity or it is converted in our gas-to-grid plant to enriched biomethane, which is injected into the gas grid. At this stage it can be used as fuel in the Bio-Bee and other vehicles or to supply local homes.

 

The solid by-product of the anaerobic digestion process is used as a nutrient-rich and sustainable biofertiliser for farms.

 

Jesse Scharf, Green Gas Certification Scheme manager at Renewable Energy Assurance, said: “GENeco is playing an important role in the growing UK biomethane industry by continuing to innovate and show that, with creative thinking, we can find solutions to the challenges we face around waste, energy, carbon and air quality.”

 

Shelley Wadey, finance director at Boston Tea Party, has been working with GENeco on the Bio-Bee project from the start.

 

She said: “Although we have been recycling our food waste from our six Bristol cafes for three years through GENeco, this is another step forward to make things better by generating a sustainable circular economy.

 

“Through this partnership we hope to inspire other food operators to follow our lead, demonstrating it is possible to be greener and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.”