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Caring for our environment

CIVILS 2005

Environment Agency chief executive Barbara Young opened the show on Thursday by warning the Consultant 100 Breakfast Club on water scarcity.

'IN SOME areas we will have to put limits on development because there won't be enough water to go around, ' Baroness Young told the Consultant 100 Breakfast Club on Thursday.

She said that the UK was suffering from 'decades of under-investment' in infrastructure, and that the government should help finance sewerage and waste management infrastructure in areas earmarked for intensive development in the future.

'It's not realistic to expect a developer to plan for the wider infrastructure demands of an area when he's dealing with just one part, ' she said.

In the conference theatre Linda Aucott, head of engineering policy in the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs' fl ood management division, set out government policy on managing flood risk.

On the subject of waste, Golder Associates project manager Martin Petersen told delegates that half the UK's demolition waste will continue to be sent to landfill unless recycling is made more attractive to clients.

'The UK creates 90M tonnes of demolition waste per year, 45M of which is recycled, ' said Petersen. 'This figure is unlikely to go up until landfill tax increases further, making disposal costs higher, and then everything else will follow.'

Also on Thursday- - CleverClogs has a new champion following an exciting live final on the ACO Technologies stand. Halcrow engineer Sammy Yip scooped the individual prize with Atkins taking the team trophy thanks to the efforts of Judith Mellor, Ian Dunning and Nusrullah Khan.

- Bianchi Morley director of design Stephen Morley launched the Emerging Engineering Design Awards at a gala lunch. The award, sponsored by NCE and Buro Happold, recognises and celebrates the talent of engineers under 40.

- Research organisation CIRIA published what it claims to be the world's first guidance book on soil nailing. There are extensive additions to its guide on environmental good practice on site, and a third guide on dealing with wildlife sets out what kinds of animals to expect in particular habitats, and what to do with them if you fi nd them.

- Steel rebar certification body UK CARES said it has been racing to meet the 1 January deadline for converting from British Standard to Eurocode certification. Some 1Mt of rebar is used in the UK per annum, supplied by 53 steel mills worldwide. 'If we're unable to certify enough companies to meet specifiers' demand for reinforcing steel there'll be trouble, ' said executive director Ben Bowsher. 'It's been frantic, but we're on course to have all the suppliers certified to Eurocode 2 by the new year, ' he reassured.

- Visitors to Civils were able to view an exhibition of the winning photographs from the Engineering Image 2005 competition and vote for their favourite.

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