Homebase, one of the UK's home improvement retailers, has signed an agreement with specialist recycling scheme Recolight to provide in-store collection facilities for low-energy light bulb recycling.

Over the next six weeks, Recolight's Bulbstore Mini collection containers will be rolled out across Homebase's 320 stores nationwide, providing customers with facilities for them to dispose of their old energy saver light bulbs.

Nigel Harvey, Recolight chief executive said: "Recolight is committed to making it as easy as possible for people to recycle their old low-energy light bulbs, and to raise awareness of the importance of doing so. Homebase has over 70 million customers through its stores each year and we believe this partnership will enable us to spread the recycling message more widely and provide convenient collection locations for customers to take their old light-bulbs. We are delighted by the commitment made by Homebase. This is a really exciting development which will be integral to helping us to raise recycling rates as more low-energy light bulbs start to reach end-of-life in the coming years."

As part of the partnership with Homebase, volunteers collecting light-bulbs in their community under the Recolight CoBRA scheme will also be able to use Homebase stores as drop off points.

Priva Building Intelligence, a supplier of building control systems, has scooped - through its partners and employees - several prizes at the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) Awards 2011.

Priva Partner Keep Keen Controls was awarded Technical Innovation of the Year (Project) for its work at low-carbon Leeds development, Greenhouse. At the BCIA Awards ceremony, which was held on 12 May 2011, Priva's Pep Niemeijer was also honoured as Engineer of the Year. Priva Partner, Novac Controls, was named Independent Systems Installer of the Year.

One of Priva's successful and recent building controls projects is Greenhouse, a development of sustainable offices and homes in Leeds. Using building control technology from Priva, occupants of the low-impact building are able to quickly and simply access information about their own energy and water consumption through their TV screens. Working alongside its partner organisation, Keep Keen Controls, and Greenhouse developer, Citu, Priva contributed technology that has helped to create a green development.

UK-based Oxford Sustainable Group, one of Europe's largest renewable energy and sustainable development businesses, has announced the launch of Oxford Park, the most advanced sustainable village in Europe.

A total of thirteen FG Wilson generator sets have been returned to the FG Wilson Dealer, Stuart Power, in London having helped power one of the biggest media events of 2011.

Thursday 16 June marked an important milestone for the energy efficiency of low-voltage (LV) motors in Europe.

ABB has welcomed the European Union's (EU's) introduction of minimum efficiency levels for LV motors, as the new requirements are in-line with ABB's focus on providing customers with high efficiency motors both for the NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association) market in the U.S. and IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) market throughout the rest of the world. Industry accounts for about 42% of the world's electricity consumption and about two-thirds of that electricity is used to power electric motors, so any regulation to improve energy efficiency of motors will have a significant impact on energy usage and help reduce carbon emissions.

The requirements, in the form of Commission Regulation EC 640/2009, came into effect on 16 June 2011. Generally referred to as EU MEPS (Minimum Energy Performance Standard), the requirements cover most two, four and six pole motors in the power range 0.75-375 kW (kilowatt) for alternating current (AC) power supply frequencies of 50 and 60 Hz (Hertz).

Yuasa Battery Sales (UK) has recently moved its operations to new offices, warehousing and distribution facilities in Swindon from Ebbw Vale in South Wales. The move was prompted by the opportunity to radically improve the company's logistics and carbon footprint while the Ebbw Vale manufacturing facility continues to focus on its core activity of producing industrial batteries only.

Yuasa's new facility at South Marston, just outside Swindon, is close to the M4 providing rapid transport links with customers in the UK, particularly London, the south east and midlands. It is also more conveniently placed for the port of Southampton through which many of the company's products arrive from Yuasa's various global manufacturing facilities.

Ann Watson, managing director of specialist awarding organisation, EAL (EMTA Awards Limited), has congratulated the winners of the National Apprenticeship Awards.

Iain Ballingall has joined Concordia Technologies as director to drive business development.

Ballinghall has over 35 years experience in the cabling and connector industry. Having started his career as a design and development engineer Iain has been actively involved in all aspects of business management from sales and marketing through operations, business development ultimately holding a number of senior corporate positions. Throughout his career he has been involved in building successful businesses that have become market leaders in such diverse markets as military aerospace, the railway industry, telecommunications and datacommunications.

The amount of environmental technology training available is not enough to meet potential demand, and could lead to rogue traders and poorly installed kit, according to a new report by SummitSkills, the sector skills council for the building services engineering (BSE) sector.

Gambica has launched a simple calculator that estimates the energy savings installing a variable speed drive (VSD) on a relevant application can achieve. Gambica, the national organisation that represents the interests of the instrumentation, control, automation and laboratory technology industries in the UK, launched the product on behalf of the members of its variable speed drives group.

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