Essex and Hertfordshire partner to go smart

Essex County Council and Hertfordshire County Council have said they will work together to develop and deploy smart technologies in their local areas

Costa to serve up green coffee with ultra-sustainable roastery

Costa has unveiled its £38 million energy and resource efficient coffee roastery in Essex. The new facility has achieved the BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ certification, making it one of the top 10 industrial facilities in Europe for sustainability. It includes solar roof panels, generating 250KW of power and a rainwater harvesting system for recycling and reusing water. […]

How wood the defendant like to plead?

More than £12,000 of fines have been issued after waste wood was stored and treated illegally in Essex. JSJ Wood Recycling Ltd and its two directors have been ordered to pay out after breaking exceptions and other rules from the Environment Agency. Jenny Dodge and John Michael Parish appeared before Barkingside Magistrates Court last Friday and pleaded guilty to operating […]

Illegal waste dumpers in Essex to pay £66k

The operator and the landowner of an illegal waste site in Essex have been ordered to pay a total of £66,493. Around 14,700 tonnes of soil was illegally stored behind a residential address in Great Horkesley, breaching a waste exemption and planning rules. George Dench pleaded guilty to running the illegal site and failing to comply with an […]

New training pool targets offshore renewables, oil and gas

Fresh designs for a £65 million training pool to support innovation and cost reduction in offshore renewables and the oil and gas industry have been unveiled. The Blue Abyss, which will be built on six acres of land at Essex University’s Knowledge Gateway Innovation Park, is expected to be “the most comprehensive extreme environment research […]

Collective energy switching saves Essex £1m

ELN reporter Jacqueline Echevarria travels to Essex to find out more about the collective energy switching scheme which helped consumers save £1 million in the last year.

Collective switching ‘can make energy suppliers cut prices’

It is possible to make energy suppliers reduce their gas and electricity prices through collective switching. That’s the view of Councillor David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council, who told ELN how energy companies cut prices to help householders lower their bills. Power suppliers bid to offer the lowest rate for energy contracts under the Essex Energy Switch campaign, which […]

Energy switching saves Essex £1m

Essex residents have saved almost £1 million by switching energy suppliers. The Essex Energy Switch campaign aims to help locals cut their gas and electricity bills by changing their suppliers. It was initiated in February last year and more than 7,200 people have saved an average of £263 per household, stated the council. Homeowners and tenants as […]

Essex waste facility to be powered by solar

A new waste management facility in Basildon, Essex, is to be partly powered by a solar system. Photon Energy completed installing the 309.71KW array, which includes 1,230 solar panels, on the roof of the mechanical and biological treatment (MBT) facility. The new PV system is expected to generate around 10% of the energy required by […]

Botched pool boiler spells court sentence for installer

A 75-year-old gas installer from Essex was slapped with a suspended prison sentence and 150 hours of community service last week for botched gas work on a swimming pool. William Saint from Chelmsford, was prosecuted after several failed attempts to install a gas boiler at a home in Brightlingsea. He did the work but the […]