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Fireward wins ‘Safety Innovation of the Year’

Fireward Ltd has been awarded ‘Safety Innovation of the Year’ award at the 2nd annual British Demolition Awardsheld in Manchester on the 19 July for their dual-agent fire suppressionsystem. 

Hailed as the UK’s premier demolition industry event, the British Demolition Awards recognise the foremost national and international players in the demolition industry.

The judges said “fire is the greatest and most universal of all threats to safety on demolition and construction sites, with its potential to comprehensively destroy equipment, resources, the site itself and most importantly, endanger life, any fire suppression system that is both innovative and effective amply meets the criteria of universal applicability and critical health and safety benefits.”

They said Fireward’s Dual Agent Fire Suppression system makes a “worthy winner” due to its verified potential to save life, prevent loss or damage to resources and thereby reduce costs across the demolition and construction industry.

Sam Malins CEO of Fireward commented: “As a business dedicated to the improvement of fire safety standards within the construction and demolition industry, we are delighted to have won this prestigious award; an award, I believe to be a true reflection of the dedication and contribution made by the whole team to deliver exceptional standards of product, service and engineering excellence as set down by both Fireward Ltd and our manufacturing partner, Reacton Fire Suppression Ltd.”


Geesinknorba supports Durham’s Climate Emergency Exhibition

Geesinknorba’s electric refuse collection vehicle has continued its tour of the UK with an appearance at County Durham’s first Climate Emergency Exhibition in July 2019.

Llantrisant, UK, August 2019 – The Geesinknorba Li-On Power Pro electric RCV joined innovative solutions and technologies from across a wide range of industries including energy generation, transport, housing, woodlands and wildlife, food, and education at the event, which aimed to showcase the companies and products that could help Durham County Council achieve its goal of a carbon neutral future.

The event was a chance for visitors to find out more about how the council is planning to tackle the problem of climate change and the range of partners and technologies that will have to be involved to such an effort.

From electric vehicles and charging solutions to local food producers and new solutions for food waste, civil contingency and emergency response to community-led renewable energy initiatives, the event highlighted the opportunities for local businesses and not-for-profit organisations to work together to create a greener future.

With our fleet being one of the biggest contributors to emissions it is crucial that we investigate new innovative, cleaner and greener vehicles

Its Li-On Power Pro RCV was launched in 2017 as the first-ever fully electric refuse collection vehicle and represents a significant step forward in the development of zero emissions commercial vehicles.

Converting just one RCV to electric operation can save fleet operators up to 80 tonnes of CO2 per year and reduce their annual fuel bill by as much as £56,000.

Cllr John Clare, Durham County Council’s climate change champion, said: “As a council we are committed to tackling climate change and reducing our carbon footprint with our aim being to reduce our own carbon emissions by 60 per cent by 2030 and make county Durham carbon neutral by 2050.

“With our fleet being one of the biggest contributors to emissions it is crucial that we investigate new innovative, cleaner and greener vehicles. It was fantastic that Geesinknorba could join us to showcase the electric refuse collections of the future.”


Ecomondo: the green technology expo | 5-8 November

Ecomondo, the global, Circular Economy Exhibition and conference taking place in November in Rimini, will be hosting a comprehensive conference programme exploring the science, technology, politics and social movements around waste and resources, blue economy, bio-energies, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and land remediation.

Ecomondo will be the biggest gathering of industry, Government and intra-governmental organisations in 2019, with over 100,000 delegates and 1,350 exhibitors coming together to give clarity, and application to the biggest circular economy, green technology and blue economy issues.

For example, the European Strategy that led to approval of the directive that prohibits the sale of products in disposable plastic will be discussed and debated and include workshops to help business plan strategies for the way forward.

There will be participation from the EU, the OECD, government and business associations to discuss and debate the principles and applications of the new directive. This is important as each EU countries apply the directive in slightly different ways, so learning more of the core principles and strategies will be essential.

The conference will focus attention on instruments, processes and financial models useful for facilitating the re-planning of the industrial ecosystem in line with the paradigm of circular economy

Further discussions will take place around the impact of plastics in the fishing and agriculture sectors, will also be debated.

Also on packaging, there will be a seminar entitled End-of-waste of the mixed fraction of plastic packaging: new opportunities for materials at End-of-Waste, the innovation of new processing plants and the results of technological research, will provide important information on how to deal with the problems of mixed plastic packaging, which often end up in incinerators or landfills.

There will also be discussion on how INDUSTRY 4.0: will be used to apply the benefits of sustainability, and the drive towards zero waste, including looking at the range of financial instruments available to help the process. Industry has still not maximised on the opportunities of Industry 4.0, Ecomondo, and its’ sister event, Key Energy will explore how to benefits to the full. The paradigm that decouples growth from consumption of resources requires a long-term outlook and large investments.

The conference will focus attention on instruments, processes and financial models useful for facilitating the re-planning of the industrial ecosystem in line with the paradigm of circular economy.

To read more about the full conference programme, and see the range of exhibitors visit the website on

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