Case Studies & Profiles

GE Aviation Wales saves £1.4 million on energy bills

GE Aviation Wales has seen a saving of £1.4 million on its energy bills since it made a commitment to improving its energy efficiency with the help of Carbon Trust Wales.
The company, which specialises in servicing aircraft engines, invested £200,000 into energy saving projects since its initial survey with Carbon Trust Wales in 2006 and has since benefitted from savings seven times over that figure.
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Harrowbeer Mews, Yelverton: the new sustainable development within Dartmoor National Park

A striking new sustainable development on the western edge of Dartmoor National Park demonstrates how good planning works at its best – with the landscape and the community in mind. Harrowbeer Mews in Yelverton is a stunning contemporary residential and commercial development, constructed with the heritage materials of Dartmoor (slate, timber and stone) whilst providing much needed housing and commercial lettings. Read more »

New PaperTies offer a plastic-free, sustainable option for M&S packaging

M&S, working with Design Futures at Sheffield Hallam University, has launched a new packaging innovation that will make it much easier to remove toys from their box and could see the end of the fiddly plastic ties and wire clips widely used in toy packaging. Read more »

Turning waste into carpets: the Net-Works programme expands

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Net-Works is an innovative, cross-sector initiative designed to tackle the growing environmental problem of discarded fishing nets in some of the world’s poorest coastal communities

Interface, the world's largest modular carpet manufacturer, has committed to expand the Net-Works™ programme in partnership with Zoological Society of London (ZSL). Net-Works is an innovative, cross-sector initiative designed to tackle the growing environmental problem of discarded fishing nets in some of the world’s poorest coastal communities. Read more »

Solving two problems in one: Buckinghamshire’s Wing Hall launches one social project to finance another

The newly refurbished Wing Hall. Trustee Malcolm Oliver says, “Charity Bank took the time to listen to us and worked with us to make sure that our loan application was viable.”

The conundrum: Wing Hall Trust needed £100,000 to convert a surplus building which would in turn provide income to support its charitable work; but its bank turned down the loan application. The solution: the Trust turned to Charity Bank which approved a 10-year loan that can also be repaid early with no penalty. Read more »

BMW presses ahead with development of systems for inductive charging of electric and plug-in hybrid cars

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Driving pleasure and sustainability are fused together in unprecedented fashion in the all-electric BMW i3 and the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car. Their high-voltage batteries can be recharged quickly and easily by means of the BMW i Wallbox that forms part of the 360° ELECTRIC portfolio.

This sophisticated charging station with fast-charge facility for feeding cars with power either at home or at work underlines the all-embracing approach adopted by the BMW i brand when it comes to developing products and services for sustainable mobility of premium calibre. Read more »

Michelin: Ballymena Factory Energy Efficiency

Michelin's Ballymena factory in Northern Ireland manufactures bus and truck tyres and formalised its commitment to Energy Efficiency in 2007, with the appointment of Gary McNeill to the Post of Energy Manager.

With a utilities bill exceeding £8.5million, energy is a serious subject within the Ballymena site, now being the second largest cost after payroll (excluding raw materials). Furthermore, unit costs in 2008 were the highest across Michelin's competing European Sites.

Michelin Active Wheel: The Wheel has been Reinvented

In terms of transport innovation, the reinvention of the wheel sits at the top of desired breakthrough technology.

Michelin's Active Wheel, with its integration of tyre, braking system, motorization and electric suspension, can truly lay claim to this most sought after of motor engineering 'holy grails' – offering a potential revolution for motoring and transport in the future.

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