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  • UK recycling company fined after explosion

    02 March 2018

    A Sussex-based recycling company has been fined following an explosion and fire at one of their sites. Portsmouth Crown Court heard how a massive explosion occurred at Ereco EMEA Corporation Ltd site on 3 October 2011 in Lingfield, Surrey, following the storage of print toner on site. Eight people were injured as a result of the explosion, five seriously. ...

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  • Texas biomass pellet producer to restart operations following fire

    26 February 2018

    German Pellets (GPTX) of Port Arthur, Texas, has said it plans to restart operations after repairs and required changes to its storage silos. The pellets in one of its five large silos caught fire and smouldered for two months in early 2017, causing health and air quality issues across the town....

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  • OECD urges developed countries to impose more effective climate change taxes

    15 February 2018

    Energy taxes in major advanced economies are not doing enough to reduce energy use, improve energy efficiency and drive a shift towards low-carbon sources, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said on February 14. In its Taxing Energy Use 2018 report, the OECD concluded that only 0.3% of emissions are taxed at a level that is equitable to the cost to the environment....

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  • Ukraine to develop Chernobyl exclusion zone as massive solar park

    08 December 2017

    The first solar project at Chernobyl is expected to be commissioned this month, an initial move in ambitious plans by the developers to invest €100 million ($119 million) in solar energy-gathering infrastructure in the radioactive exclusion zone, abandoned since the meltdown of the No.4 reactor at the Ukrainian nuclear power station in 1986....

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  • More than half of UK’s electricity from green sources this summer, according to National Grid

    26 September 2017

    Between 21 June to 22 September, 52% of electricity generation was met by low carbon sources, compared with about 35% four years ago. Growth in solar, offshore and onshore wind has contributed significantly to the increased share of generation from renewable sources. June 7 also became the first day when over half of the UK’s energy came from renewables....

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Two seriously injured in UK gas explosion 21 September 2017

Two men have been taken to hospital with serious injuries after a gas explosion at a Nottingham industrial estate in Central England on September 20. Emergency services said the blast happened at the Bio Dynamic UK plant in Colwick, which converts food waste into energy.Witnesses said the blast took place in a 30-foot long anaerobic digester tank, lifting it 10ft off the ground....

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UK recycling plant blast kills worker, injures two others 09 August 2017

West Midlands Police said that a worker died following an industrial accident at a recycling plant in Oldbury, west of Birmingham, on August 7. The man suffered 'very serious burns' in the incident at the Innovative Environmental Solutions factory and subsequently died, emergency services confirmed. Two other workers also sustained burns in the incident and were in a stable condition....

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Dekra Insight launches process safety survey and calls for wide participation 02 August 2017

In a bid to improve Process Safety performance in process industries, Dekra Insight is calling for individuals in the sector to participate in the first Global Process Safety Training & Competency Survey. This aims to benchmark challenges and trends across industrial sectors and company size, and shine the light on process safety training needs and competence gaps in process industries....

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Six Vietnamese workers killed in explosion at Laos hydropower plant 01 August 2017

Six Vietnamese workers were killed when a gas cylinder exploded at the construction site of a hydropower plant in central Laos, Vietnam's media reported on July 30. The blast, which also injured two Vietnamese workers, occurred the previous day at the Nam Ngiep plant in Laos' central Bolikhamxay province, according to the state-controlled VnExpress news site....

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World’s first floating wind farm being assembled off coast of north-east Scotland 25 July 2017

Construction has begun on the world’s first full-scale floating wind farm, around 15 miles off the coast of north-east Scotland. Five giant turbines will be installed in the Hywind project by operator Statoil of Norway, which together are expected to provide 30 megawatts of energy, enough to power 20,000 homes. One of the turbines was installed in late July, with the rest expected to be in place by the end of August....

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