Environmental champions: Lee Wood (Greenergy Biofuels Teesside), Dave Lockyer (Linde-BOC) & Claire Park (Headteacher at Village Primary School)
Eco-school Village Primary, based in Thornaby, approached the BOC Environmental Award for North East Primary Schools for help in developing an area of the existing playground – currently littered with underused, rotting picnic benches – to transform it into an outdoor classroom area for the entire school to enjoy.
For use during lesson time, breaks and afterschool club provision, the children designed an all-weather, covered area that will enhance learning in all aspects of the curriculum including science, drama, reading and writing. Keen to get their hands dirty and help further the school’s eco-status from bronze to silver, pupils are also looking to develop current planting projects that includes growing vegetables for use in the school canteen and support the school’s ‘growing’ gardening club.
New, outdoor beanbags will be purchased to create areas of sanctuary for the children to dive into the latest books and further their literacy skills; and sustainable benches, made from composite materials, bought to provide long-lasting places to tackle projects and practical activities. A worthy winner, we wish the school community every success over the coming year as they see their plans become a reality. We look forward to seeing the results and helping in the vegetable garden!
The 2018 Industrial Environmental Award winner, Greenergy Biofuels Teesside, operates one of the largest and most technically advanced waste derived biodiesel production plants in Europe. The technical team on Teesside has developed a unique technology that enables the plant to process high volumes of waste cooking oils and fats in biodiesel, producing zero organic waste streams and achieving product yields up to 99 per cent. Furthermore, two co-products, Crude Glycerine and Potassium Sulphate, are also produced.
Greenergy’s entire business is built on minimising the environmental impact of road fuels, whilst recycling large volumes of waste liquid streams. All the biodiesel produced at the firm’s Seal Sands plant is blended into Greenergy diesel supplies throughout the UK, at levels exceeding the obligated amount. As a result, the average carbon saving from the biodiesel produced on Teesside is 86% greater than diesel derived from fossil fuels compared with 38% from rapeseed, 31% for soy and 19% from palm.
Constantly reviewing the environmental impact, performance and efficiency of its plant, £5 million of improvements have been made since mid-2016. A used cooking oil pre-processing facility was built, along with a fatty acid distillation column – an investment that increased plant throughput by 40%, significantly reduced catalyst consumption to the value of £1.2 million and allowed the plant to better process difficult waste oils. Continually striving for environmental improvements, many energy saving ideas have also been initiated and partnerships developed with Durham and Cardiff Universities to investigate innovative technologies and ensure this plant remains one of the most efficient in the world!
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