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Legionnaires cases highlight the critical need for water systems vigilance

The recent outbreak of Legionnaires Disease in Scotland should act as a warning to facilities managers across the UK of the critical importance of monitoring and maintaining water systems, according to DTZ, part of UGL Services, one of the largest global property services firms.

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Taking big steps in LED drives 23% carbon reductions for Toyota

Toyota GB has cut its carbon footprint by hundreds of tonnes of CO2 a year in a series of intelligent measures to reduce energy consumption. New lighting systems, adjustments to air conditioning performance and changes to operational hours have helped bring down electricity and gas usage by a considerable margin.

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Prospects of a new income stream fuels rural interest in wind farms

RICS surveyors note a growing interest in the use of land to generate renewable energy. Growing concern about climate change and energy security has sparked the country-wide development of renewable energy facilities and commercial interest from landowners and developers, says RICS.

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Every Can Counts programme helps boost on-street recycling

Out-of-home drinks can recycling programme, Every Can Counts, has partnered with Weymouth and Portland Borough Council to promote on-street recycling to local residents and visitors.

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Sainsbury’s ‘Carbon Academy’ to train 20,000 people by 2020

Sainsbury's is to launch a new initiative that will help revolutionise the way in which the company manages its carbon footprint. The Sainsbury's Carbon Academy will provide environmental training to 20,000 people by 2020.

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Nano-infused paint to detect strain in buildings

After discussing the potential risks associated with nanotechnology in the workplace yesterday, along comes a research project that highlights the technology's essential benefits for the build environment's future development. A nanotube-infused paint developed at Rice University has been found to reveal strain in materials by its fluorescence. The material holds promise for detecting strain in aircraft, bridges and buildings.

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Businesses need to consider their supply chain’s carbon footprint

The government's announcement that around 1,800 of the UK's largest listed companies will be required to report on their carbon footprint doesn't go far enough.

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eBay to use clean energy as prime power for its data centres

eBay Inc., the global auction marketplace, has set a bold new vision for powering commerce with clean energy, by announcing plans to build the next phase of the company's flagship data centre with renewable energy as its primary power source. Partnering with Bloom Energy, eBay is building the country's largest non-utility fuel cell installation. Renewable energy typically supplements the electric grid, but eBay is designing renewable energy into the core of its global commerce platform, incorporating 'green' servers into the new data centre's energy architecture. The electric utility grid will be used only as backup.

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Energy and real estate professionals credited with Crown Estate’s

The Crown Estate earned a net profit (income surplus) of

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Ideas for change’ format meets the delegate brief at ThinkFM

On Monday 18 June 2012, over 320 individuals involved in the facilities management (FM) sector gathered together at The Royal College of Physicians in London for the second annual ThinkFM conference, organised by the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM), in association with Workplace Law.

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