Epwin Window Systems: GM Fundraising 100 Cycle Challenge

On the 8th August, a team of riders from Epwin Window Systems will embark on the GM Fundraising 100 Cycle Challenge – one day, epwin 100miles – in support of Hope House Children’s Hospice.

Hope House Children’s Hospice provides care and support to life-limited children, young people and their families.  A range of services are offered, including respite and end-of-life care at the hospices and/or within the family home, and support such as counselling, advocacy and the promotion of children, young people’s and carers’ rights.

Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on fundraising activities, and Epwin Window Systems is delighted to not only sponsor this new event but also to participate.

We’re asking for your support as our key suppliers to help us raise as much as possible to help Hope House continue to provide care and support to life-limited children, young people and their families.

Please give generously by clicking on our Just Giving link, https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Epwin-Window-Systems

If you have already supported Team Epwin by donating, we want to personally say a big thank you! Epwin has been involved in a number of GM Fundraising events in support of Hope House Children’s Hospice, and it’s great to see first-hand the difference your support makes.

Sky’s the limit as Kettering pupils’ helipad aluminium can collection takes off

Each helipad needs 80 tonnes of aluminium – about 5.7 million cans.Each helipad needs 80 tonnes of aluminium - about 5.7 million cans

Pupils at a Kettering school have been spurred on to recycle used drinks cans to help raise money, prevent valuable metals going into landfill and save lives.

Park Junior Academy students and staff have joined other communities across north Northamptonshire to collect as many aluminium cans as possible to build an air ambulance helipad.

Frontline health volunteers North Northants First Responders, who work alongside East Midlands Ambulance Service answering 999 calls, have been collecting the cans to help charity Helipads For Hospitals.

The school community have drunk up, cleaned out and squashed thousands of cans with the first load already handed over to appeal organisers.

Pupil Amy, nine, said: “I am really proud because we are helping that need our help to get to hospital quicker and we are saving lives.”

Eight-year-old Ellexis added: “What we are doing is really helpful because helicopters have to land in fields near hospitals and get another ambulance so this will stop them needing to be driven and save their life.”

Helipads For Hospitals was created by a former RAF and Air Ambulance Pilot. Their aim is to collect 80 tonnes of unwanted aluminium drinking cans to use the raw material in order to form an alloy strong enough to build a helipad on site at hospitals.

The first hospital that they are raising money for is Leicester Royal Infirmary where currently the air ambulance has to land in a nearby park using a land ambulance for the final mile to A&E – losing valuable life-saving time.

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Source: Northamptonshire Telegraph

HSE Top tips for metal fabricators

Breathing in welding fume and metalworking fluids can cause serious lung diseases.

HSE inspectors continue to visit businesses across Great Britain as part of our targeted inspections programme. Inspectors are checking that welding and use of metalworking fluids are correctly managed and carried out to minimise risk to workers’ health.

If your workers use metalworking fluids or undertake welding activities, we have free resources available to ensure your business is taking the necessary precautions.

Visit our new Work Right campaigns website to download our top tips and watch a presentation on metalworking fluids. You can also access specific HSE guidance to help manage the risks from welding fumes and metalworking fluids.

During the inspections, one of the main issues identified for controlling exposure to metalworking fluid mist has been the lack of local exhaust ventilation (LEV) on CNC machines, guidance on this key control measure can be found on our website.

Health surveillance for people using metalworking fluids has also been required, providing a scheme of repeated health checks to identify if an employee’s health is being adversely affected by their work. Further information on setting up a health surveillance system is available.

Earlier this year, an engineering company was fined £100,000 when an employee developed an allergic form of dermatitis after coming into contact with metalworking fluids. This HSE prosecution highlights the importance of implementing controls to prevent skin contact.

Less than half of sites inspected in our targeted inspections programme had procedures in place to review their welding fume controls.

COSHH regulations require employers to consider the effectiveness of the controls in place to minimise exposure to welding fume. If you do not follow relevant guidance and do not meet the control standards expected in COSHH Essentials, you should be able to demonstrate that the controls being used are effective at protecting the health of your workers.

Suitable techniques to review fume controls are:

  • Biological monitoring of workers exposed to welding fume to measure exposure and the effectiveness of controls such as respiratory protective equipment (RPE), as well as, fume extraction systems and safe working procedures
  • Personal air sampling as part of an occupational hygiene survey to determine the workers’ daily exposure to welding fume.
  • Use of visual indicators such as smoke tubes, dust lamps and air flow measurements to demonstrate how well the local exhaust ventilation (LEV) system captures and removes the fume

If your business relies on LEV to protect your workers from welding fume, make sure you read our guidance on using and maintaining LEV.

Where LEV does not control the risks from welding fume, getting the right Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) is critical.

Our Decade of Action: beyond a paper commitment

Guy Mercer, EMR’s Sustainability DirectorGuy Mercer_EMR

EMR’s long-term target is to be carbon neutral by 2040 across all three scopes of its relevant greenhouse gas emissions. However, just committing to this is not enough without action to back it up. At EMR, we judge ourselves by getting the job done, not solely our words.

Over the next decade, EMR is going to change the way it operates and make this target a reality. We have called this ‘Our Decade of Action’ which includes, among other things, a commitment to switch to 100% renewable energy usage across the whole business by 2030.

The good news is that this is already happening. In the UK 85% of the electricity we use comes from renewable resources.

Through our revised vehicle leasing programme, we are currently moving to the electrification of our fleet of smaller vehicles. But this does not stop here. We have also begun to look at some of our larger vehicles too and we are in the early stages of procuring full electric and hybrid material handlers at several of our yards. These will replace existing machines that run exclusively on diesel.

These changes, which are part of a long journey, will have a direct impact on the carbon intensity of our operations.

The move EMR is making towards a sustainable future is focussed on taking direct action. We are using our most valuable business asset – the knowledge, skills and experience of our people and partners to effect change in a manner that is right for our operations, our customers, and the markets we operate in.

At a senior level, that starts with our Chief Executive, Chris Sheppard, and the Board, who have placed sustainability at the heart of our business strategy, future proofing EMR in a fast-changing industry.

Of course, it doesn’t just start and stop with the Leadership Team.  Every member of the EMR team has a role to play, because transitioning to, and maintaining a fully sustainable operation requires a big team effort and in many cases, a very different way of working. Whether it’s a crane driver adapting their skills to an electrically powered vehicle or a manager that is increasingly remote working, virtually every role within the business is likely to change in some way.

EMR has established clear targets for change by 2030 to create solid momentum in our response to climate change and create the pathway to our long term aim of carbon neutrality by 2040.

And we have one huge advantage as we seek out new ways to become sustainable. EMR works with some of the largest and most innovative companies in a range of industries. Working with firms which are evolving their own sustainable practices presents new opportunities to us, allowing us to share our expertise to bring about major change to the whole material chain.

A great example of this is our links with major vehicle manufactures Bentley Motors, BMW and Jaguar Land Rover. We’re already working with them on our RECOVAS project, providing the first supply chain to re-use, repurpose or recycle electric car batteries.

These businesses are on their own journeys towards sustainability and want to create closed-loop supply chains for the materials they use – and, at EMR, we want help with that.

We will work with the design teams of our customers and partners, sharing information on the composition of our materials and providing them with the traceability they require to be better, more sustainable businesses as well.

Because EMR operates in many countries across the world and employs people from a range of communities. Our Decade of Action sets a blueprint for the leaders in our business, which will generate action across EMR.

That’s why our commitment to sustainability has to be more than just an aspiration written on a piece of paper. We could wait a decade waiting for sustainable solutions to come to us but, here at EMR, we know things need to happen much, much sooner than that.

EMR has key role to play in finding the solutions and have set out what we feel is our authentic approach in our strategy, working with others to effect lasting change across our industry and the markets in which we operate.

Aluminium Federation meets with the UK Cabinet Office

As the voice of the aluminium industry in the UK the Aluminium Federation represents businesses who process, trade and work with aluminium.

The Aluminium Federation’s CEO Tom Jones and Gerd Götz of the European Aluminium met with the International Economic Unit in the UK Cabinet Office just over a week ago, in the context of European Aluminium’s outreach to the G7, currently chaired by the United Kingdom.

The Cabinet Office is a department of the UK Government responsible for supporting the Prime Minister and Cabinet of the UK. It is composed of various units that support Cabinet committees and which co-ordinate the delivery of government objectives via other departments.

The discussion covered various topics of high attention for the aluminium industry in the areas of trade, environment, and the circular economy.

UK and Singapore kickstart negotiations on cutting-edge digital trade agreement

The ambitious new digital trade agreement could remove barriers to digital trade and enable UK exporters to expand into high-tech markets.

The UK and Singapore will today (28 June) launch negotiations on a new ambitious digital trade agreement that could remove barriers to digital trade and enable UK exporters to expand into high-tech markets.

International Trade Secretary Liz Truss and the Singaporean Minister in charge of Trade Relations Mr S. Iswaran will meet by video call to kick start negotiations.

The UK is the first European country to start negotiations on a Digital Economy Agreement (DEA). Singapore and the UK are both global leaders in the digital economy and 70% of UK services exports, from financial and legal services to music streaming and e-books, were digitally delivered to Singapore in 2019, worth £3.2 billion.

The DEA would open further opportunities for British businesses to deliver their services through digital trade. It would help cut red tape and ensure companies can trade more efficiently through digital technology such as electronic transactions, e-signatures and e-contracts.

Today’s announcement is part of the government’s strategy to place the UK at the centre of a network of modern free trade agreements with dynamic countries, and to enhance our status as a global hub for services and digital trade.

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Aluminium “wizard hat” tops New York library renovation

A sculptural aluminium crown tops New York’s Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library, which has been renovated by DutchAluminium-wizard-hat-tops-New-York-library-renovation practice Mecanoo and American firm Beyer Blinder Belle.

Formerly called the Mid-Manhattan Library, the steel and granite library dates from 1914 and was built as a department store.

Its original structure has been retained and the renovation introduces a three-storey “vertical library”, business and educational facilities and a publicly accessible rooftop garden and café.

The mechanical equipment of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library’s (SNFL) is now concealed by a blue aluminium structure designed to echo the copper-clad mansard roofs of the neighbouring beaux-arts buildings.

“The SNFL is a powerhouse of wisdom,” said Mecanoo partner Francis Houben.

“Its street presence brings drama and magic to Manhattan, visibly expressed with its wizard hat.”

Read more:  https://www.dezeen.com/2021/06/25/stavros-niarchos-foundation-library-mecanoo/

Source: www.dezeen.com

EMR’s investment in UK metal recycling takes shape on the River Clyde

World-leading metal recycler EMR is transforming its operations in Scotland with a multi-million pound development of King George V West Quay (Berth 10) in Glasgow.

The 11.5-acre site will be EMR’s most innovative deep-sea dock in the UK, allowing the company to transfer material in the most competitive and low carbon way possible. It means that, from December, EMR’s customers in central Scotland will benefit from more competitive prices for their scrap metal as logistics costs fall.King-George-V-Docks

The new dock will highlight the long-term importance of the Clyde as a lower carbon transport hub as the world arrives in Glasgow for this November’s COP 26 climate change conference.

Among the environmental benefits of the new deep-sea dock will be its ability to accept bulk carriers up to 65,000 tonnes dead weight, which produce one fifth of the carbon emissions, per tonne of steel carried, compared with the smaller (3,000 tonne) vessels EMR currently operates in the area*.

The development will also receive 100 percent renewable electricity from Scottish Power and will have enhanced electrical connections to allow equipment used on the site in future to be fully electrified. This will ensure that the site is ready to meet EMR’s goal to be a net zero recycler by 2040.

Longer term, there is space on the site for a second phase expansion in the next few years, which may include developments in electric vehicle recycling and large scale metal processing.

The project is a partnership between EMR, landlord Peel Ports Ltd and developer McLaughlin & Harvey and, together, the three parties have invested in several bold initiatives to put sustainability at the heart of King George V docks. These include investment in environmental education in local schools as well as re-introducing native Scottish plants around the docks.

EMR’s Area General Manager, Gary Barrett, says: “Working alongside Peel Ports and McLaughlin & Harvey, EMR is making a huge investment in the future of Glasgow’s economy and the UK’s recycling industry in general.

“While EMR will continue to invest in our nearby South Street and Bellshill sites, the King George V development represents the beginning of an exciting new era for Glasgow’s docks. Not only will our customers benefit but we will be delivering new, high-quality jobs to the area in a sustainable and innovative industry.

“From December, the city will once again see some of the world’s biggest bulk cargo ships arriving on the Clyde and taking scrap metal to play its vital role in the global, circular economy.”

Paul Bodkin, Commercial General Manager for EMR said: “This new site will be a game changer for our customers across Scotland. At King George V we will have the ability to accept all grades of non-ferrous and ferrous metal and thanks to the efficiencies this new site will provide, EMR will be able to offer better prices and service than ever.”

* A 1000Km voyage in a 3000te vessel will generate 30Kg CO2 per te of steel carried, compared to 6Kg CO2 per te of steel carried for a 1000Km voyage in a 40,000te vessel.

Open consultation: UK rebalancing measures to US additional tariffs on steel, aluminium and derivatives


Seeking views on the UK response to US additional tariffs on UK steel, aluminium and derivatives under Section 232 (US Trade Expansion Act).

Consultation description

The Department for International Trade wants to know what you think about their proposed list of UK rebalancing measures. These are in response to US additional tariffs on UK steel, aluminium and derivatives.

The UK is currently applying rebalancing measures transitioned from the EU. After this consultation, they will seek to amend their rebalancing measures to make sure they work for the UK.

In particular, they want to hear:

  • specific feedback on the proposed list of rebalancing measures
  • about the effect of the proposed rebalancing measures on your business or sector

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19), they are not able to provide a postal address to respond to this consultation.

This consultation closes at

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