Primark launches new UK in-store recycling scheme

Primark announces the rollout of its nation-wide recycling programme, inviting customers to donate their pre-loved clothes, textiles, footwear and bags from any brand to be ‘re-loved’ via the Primark In-Store Recycling Scheme. Collection boxes will be available in Primark’s 190 stores across the UK and all donated items will be reused, recycled or repurposed, with nothing going to landfill. Profits from the scheme will go to UNICEF, Primark’s global charity partner, in support of its education programmes for vulnerable children around the world. This new recycling scheme from Primark launches…

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All Sky Originals are now CarbonNeutral® in the UK

Sky has made a landmark commitment toward its ambition to be net zero carbon by 2030, with all its Sky Originals from 2019 on, now certified CarbonNeutral® in the UK Sky is the first broadcaster in the albert Consortium to achieve this status, marking its determination to be the most sustainable media and entertainment company in Europe. Earlier this year, Sky announced its plan to become net zero carbon across its entire value chain by 2030, and launched Sky Zero, a campaign encouraging others to #GoZero by spreading the word…

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New tech to tackle leaves on the line and de-ice platforms set to revolutionise British rail travel

Automatic de-icing concrete on platforms and a rapid seat reservation-swapping service could soon make journeys easier by banishing slippery surfaces in winter and guaranteeing passengers a seat, UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced, following a national competition to make the railways cleaner, greener and more passenger-friendly. The Department for Transport, in partnership with Innovate UK, has awarded 25 pioneering projects a share of £9.4 million in the 2020 First of a Kind (FOAK) competition, which encourages innovation in the rail industry. Inventors have come forward with a host of…

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IBM and Cisco partner to support remote teaching and charity work across the UK

IBM and Cisco have joined forces to offer teachers in over 24,000 schools and staff in over 185,000 charities across the UK free access to video conferencing through use of the Cisco Webex web conferencing tool. The technology offers simple and intuitive features for online collaboration in response to the challenges of the COVID-19 outbreak. To support new users get started IBM and Cisco employees are volunteering their time to help install the video-conferencing technology and provide ongoing guidance to maximise the tools. The pandemic and resulting lockdown pose huge challenges for…

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UK’s first grid-injected hydrogen pilot gets underway

The UK’s first live pilot to inject zero carbon hydrogen into a gas network to heat homes and businesses is now fully operational. HyDeploy is a ground-breaking green energy trial at Keele University, Staffordshire, that could help Britain cut its carbon emissions and open the door to a low-carbon hydrogen economy. The HyDeploy demonstration is injecting up to 20% (by volume) of hydrogen into Keele University’s existing natural gas network, feeding 100 homes and 30 faculty buildings. The 20% hydrogen blend is the highest in Europe, together with a similar…

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