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Making Asphalt Sustainable – January’s Business Breakfast

Date: Thurs. January 25th from 07:30 to 09:00.Host: John WainwrightVenue: Avonmouth Community Centre, 257 Avonmouth Rd, Avonmouth. BS11 9EN John Wainwright is an end-to-end supplier of premium aggregate, asphalt and contracting services with a basalt quarry and asphalt plant in the Mendips and a state-of-the-art urban plant in Avonmouth. Avonmouth Asphalt plant uses renewable energy and heat exchange technology, and is set up to make use of Recycled Asphalt Products (RAP). Jody Bennett, Asphalt Business Manager from John Wainwright will give an overview of how one of the most energy hungry production plants in Avonmouth has made huge steps forward with its carbon reduction, sustainability and plans for further reductions and savings in the future. Please join us at January’s Business Breakfast and find out more Asphalt is a product we are all likely to have contact with every day, is vital to everyday life, but which we may not think about very much!The morning’s agenda will include: An introduction to local asphalt production! J. Wainwright’s journey to making asphalt more sustainable Getting involved in the area’s Local Industrial Decarbonisation Plan (LIDP) Everything Avonmouth! N. Somerset, Bristol and S, Glos Local Plan consultations and having your say! 2024 Travel To Work Survey and its importance to local provision Come along, join the discussion, and find out more.We look forward to seeing you on January 25th Book your ticket here SevernNet Business Breakfast’s are an opportunity to meet and collaborate with local businesses and stakeholders. There’ll be an opportunity for everyone to introduce yourself and your business. A breakfast roll and hot drinks will be provided! Please let us know if you have any allergies or dietary requirements at timeof booking. Please note, we depend on our subscribing members to fund our work for you and the area. There is more information about Membership and a Membership Form here or you can join online here.
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Fuelling Our Tomorrow with Avon Lodge Truckstop … and others

Date: Thurs. Sept. 28th from 07:30 to 09:00.Host: Avon Lodge TruckstopVenue: Avon Lodge Cafe, Avon Lodge Truckstop, Third Way, Avonmouth. BS11 9YP Onroute Truckstop’s Avon Lodge invites you to join them for September’s Business Breakfast.We have an exciting programme lined up for you, including a ‘Build-a-Bap’ breakfast. You can choose from a number of fillings, together with  Lavazza coffee to help start your day.There’s also a bike clinic if you’d like a tune up; and local guest speakers! Please join us at September’s Business Breakfast and find out more … The agenda will include: Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology  – local manufacturer with a key to sustainability globally The Real Wrap Company – telling us about their rapid growth in Avonmouth Avon Lodge Truckstop and its important role in the area. It’s not just a Truckstop! Mabanaft, Onroute Truckstop’s parent; and their fuels innovation including ammonia and hydrogen We are delighted to welcome The Real Wrap Company and Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology who will be joining us to talk about their organisations, how they are evolving locally and supporting the local economy.We’ll also talk about the local challenges across Portbury Avonmouth Severnside (PAS) in providing sufficient and accessible lorry parking;  access to good quality catering facilities available to the workforce; and the need for more travel hubs supporting sustainable travel.There’ll also be an update on the progress of the bid to fund a Local Industrial Decarbonisation Plan (LIDP) for a West of England Industrial Cluster with PAS as its hub; and Mabanaft, OneRoute Truckstop’s parent company, will be sharing the innovative work they are doing to decarbonise fuels for tomorrow, including around ammonia and hydrogen.And if you’d like to check in for the Bike Clinic – a free 30 minute safety check with minor repairs possible. (You’ll get a report card (bike ‘MOT’!) and maintenance tips) – you can book a slot here Come along, join the discussion, and find out more.We look forward to seeing you on September 28th Book your ticket here SevernNet Business Breakfast’s are an opportunity to meet and collaborate with local businesses and stakeholders. There’ll be an opportunity for everyone to introduce yourself and your business.A breakfast roll and hot drinks will be provided! Please let us know if you have any allergies or dietary requirements at time of booking
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Hinkley Connection Project Update

The Hinkley Connection Project is progressing. National Grid: “In April 2022, we completed building the new pylons and overhead connection along the southern part of the route between Bridgwater and Loxton.In July 2022, we will start building the remaining overhead connection from Sandford to Seabank, near Avonmouth.We’re using the new T-pylons for part of the route between Sandford and Portishead, and new traditional lattice pylons through Avonmouth to make the final connection into Seabank substation.We will continue to directly contact the businesses close to where our work is being carried out to coordinate our construction activities.” You can find some great pictures and video here of the the world’s first T-pylon being built in Somerset. Work is progressing around Crook’s Marsh with the profiling of the land and the stone deliveries Have strated to ramp up. All vehicles working on behalf of the Hinkley Connection Project display the project identifier below. If you have any concerns please let us know via email.
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More food waste-powered trucks ‘buzzing’ around the West

Two new large recycling vehicles – which are powered entirely from the food waste they collect – have launched to service cafés, restaurants, schools, and offices across the West. They are the latest addition to the expanding fleet of ‘Bio-Bees’, which have served Bristol since 2017, and have been affectionately nicknamed Buzz Lightyear and Buzz Aldrin by the public, following a poll by their creators at renewable energy and recycling company, GENeco. The two newcomers are being deployed wider across Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, and South Wales. The food waste collected by the Bio-Bees is taken to GENeco’s anaerobic digestion facility in Avonmouth, where it is turned into clean biomethane fuel used to sustainably power local homes and – in a UK first – the Bio-Bees themselves, reducing their wheel-to-wheel carbon dioxide and particulate matter emissions by over 90%, than if they were to be powered by diesel. Francis Marsh, head of liquid waste resources at GENeco, said: “Following the success of our Bio-Bees operating in Bristol and the positive changes they have made to the local environment, we are really excited to expand the service to collect and recycle food waste from more businesses across a larger region. “Every year an estimated 20 million tonnes of greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere across the UK from food waste that is sent to landfill to rot, instead of being recycled. The Bio-Bees allow us to harvest the valuable energy and nutrients in food waste and use it to power homes and vehicles in a more sustainable and ethical way.” GENeco notes that, following the momentum generated by the recent IPCC report and the successful bid for Bristol to be named a Gold Sustainable Food City, businesses with foodservice facilities are more interested than ever in being sustainable, carbon-neutral and sending less waste to landfill.
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Bristol City Councils zero emission freight consolidation grant application closing 19th Aug 2020 

In February 2020, the application process began for a £100k grant from Go Ultra Low West, a £7m transport project that provides the infrastructure for large scale conversion to electric and ultra-low emission vehicles in the West of England. This grant will be spent over a 12-month period and used to set up and run a zero emission freight consolidation centre, or support an existing initiative with the same goal. A zero emission vehicle is one that produces no greenhouse gases or air pollutant tailpipe emissions, such as electric cars, electric lorries, electric vans, electric scooters, electrically assisted trailers, electrically assisted pedal cycles, and bicycles. This project will: – raise the profile of electric vehicles in Bristol – provide a best practice example of freight consolidation – adopt an innovative approach to zero emission freight consolidation. The outcome of the grant should be a reduction in the number of heavy-goods vehicles entering the city by consolidating deliveries using a more sustainable approach, such as EV vans or electric cycles – this will help to improve air quality in Bristol. The application period is now reopen with a final deadline for applications of 19/08/2020 12:00hrs (noon). You can apply here. For more information about freight consolidation, please contact the councils Transport Team. More here.
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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.


Stephen Barrett, Eng. Tech
Managing Director, Solarsense UK

Solarsense UK Limited
Helios House, Brockley Lane
Backwell, Bristol BS48 4AH
Head office: 01275 461 800