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Madano’s Earth Day Challenges

Today is Earth Day – a day when everyone around the world tries to do their bit for the Earth and reduce the impact of humans on the natural environment.  Whilst our governments are trying to find ways to make a big impact and reach their climate change targets, we at Madano are doing a few small things to play our part by running ‘Madano’s Earth Day Challenges’ – 5 simple challenges that we hope will make a small but important impact.

The first is a companywide (and we include our wider family over in Canada in that) Transportation Challenge which challenges everyone in the office to use a sustainable method of transport to get in to the office – be that train, bikes or their own legs.  We have extended this for the whole day so travel to any external meetings will again be by sustainable means – and it’s a competition so we have an extra incentive!

As our office is completely glass fronted we are blessed with a lot of natural light, and so we are using this natural light for our second challenge – Lights Off.  We will be turning off our upstairs lights and working by natural daylight for the day…a plan that can only be scuppered by the potentially miserable UK weather.

Our next two challenges are kitchen related – Cold Lunch and Boil What You Need.  To avoid using our heating appliances in the office, we have asked everyone to have a cold lunch – we are expecting a lot of sandwiches!  We wouldn’t dream of asking our office to go without caffeine, so instead we are asking everyone to only boil the water they need when making a hot drink throughout the day…something we hope will stick for the rest of the year.

The fifth and final challenge, Clothes Recycling, is running for a slightly longer period over the course of the whole week.  We have asked anyone who is planning a spring cleanout of clothes over the Easter period to bring them in and we will be taking them all to a local recycling bank at the end of the week.

And that’s it – Madano’s way of making a small impact on a big challenge.  If you see any weary looking Madano souls walking the streets of London today, please do give us a smile!

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Zack King

Madano’s Building and Construction Monitoring, 17 April

Madano’s building and construction monitoring featuring the CPA’s construction forecast, The ONS construction ouput, a CBI infrastructure survey and more

Madano Building & Construction Monitoring, 17 April 2014

CPA’s Spring Forecasts Show Construction Activity Is Set To Grow 18% By 2017

The Construction Products Association’s latest Forecasts highlight that the industry recovery is becoming stronger and broader. read more

Industry continues to grow despite flood hit February

Construction output grew once more in February 2014 compared to the same month last year, despite a 2.8 per cent drop in output compared to January.  read more

Research reveals disconnect between infrastructure needs and public concern

The public need to be convinced that tough choices on upgrading national infrastructure are necessary, according to a new poll of more than 1000 members of the public by Ipsos MORI for the CBI.   read more

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Josephine Malone

Madano Energy Environment Monitoring April 16th 2014

Madano’s energy and environment monitoring, featuring the UK’s first anaerobic digestion plant, renewable heat incentives, air pollution in the UK and more

Energy and environment monitoring 16th April 2014

UK’s first anaerobic digestion plant opens in Wales

The country’s first food waste anaerobic digestion (AD) plant has opened in Llwyn Isaf, near Caernarfon in North Wales.  read more

Renewable Heat Incentive launched for homeowners

Following the 2012 launch for commercial and public sector properties, the government has now launched its domestic RHI, which completes the rollout of the scheme.  read more

Report suggests air pollution in Britain is responsible for thousands of deaths

The Times has reported that a study by Public Health England suggests that tens of thousands of people are dying each year due to air pollution in Britain.  read more

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Zack King

Madano’s Building and Construction Monitoring, 10 April

Madano’s building and construction monitoring featuring HS2 compensation, the new London Housing Bank, Labour’s pledge for £20bn funding and more

Madano Building & Construction Monitoring, 10 April 2014

New help for property owners affected by HS2

Property owners living close to High Speed 2’s phase one route could sell their homes to the government for 10 per cent more than market value, under newly proposed compensation packages. read more

Mayor’s plans for London Housing Bank to help deliver thousands more homes

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has launched proposals for a new investment scheme designed to accelerate house building and help deliver thousands more low cost homes for Londoners. read more

Labour pledges regional share of £20bn funding

Ed Miliband has pledged to give cities and towns a share of £20bn for transport and housing development if the party wins the general election. read more

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Josephine Malone

Madano Energy Environment Monitoring April 8th 2014

Madano’s energy and environment monitoring, featuring the news that Conservatives will halt new onshore wind farms in their next manifesto, the spread of solar power farms on rooftops, and a suggestion by the UN to use controversial, unproven techniques to suck carbon out of the air, and more.

Madano Energy Environment Monitoring April 8th

Conservatives to promise ban on new onshore wind farms

In an interview with Western Morning News, Grant Shapps, the Conservative Party chairman, indicated that the Conservative party will promise to stop further installation of land-based wind turbines in its next manifesto. read more.

The UK’s rooftops to become power stations

Plans to turn Government estate, as well as factories, supermarkets and car parks, into “solar hubs” have been outlined in a new strategy by Energy Minister Greg Barker. read more.

IPCC report proposes sucking carbon out of the air as climate fix

A rare species of butterfly that was predicted to become a victim of climate change due to habitat loss due has defied expectations. read more.

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Zack King

Madano’s Building and Construction Monitoring, 4 April

Madano’s building and construction monitoring featuring construction confidence, cowboy builders, network rail’s five year plan and more

Madano Building & Construction Monitoring, 4 April 2014

Confidence at a seven-year high

Confidence levels in construction hit a seven-year high in March, as activity grew for the eleventh successive month, according to the latest Markit/CIPS survey.  read more

Homeowners lose out on £1.9bn a year to Cowboy builders

Repeating flawed work done by shoddy builders is costing homeowners £1.9bn a year, a survey for standards body TrustMark has found.  read more

Network Rail commit to £38bn five-year spending plan

Network Rail has published its £38bn plans to upgrade its railway and stations over the next five years under control period 5, which starts tomorrow and runs until 2019. read more

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Josephine Malone

Madano Energy Environment Monitoring April 1st 2014

Madano’s energy and environment monitoring, featuring the news that the UK could save £1 bn in electricity costs if trading with Europe increased, Japan is ordered to halt its whaling programme, and the newest report from the IPCC with dire warnings about the impact of climate change, and more.

Madano Energy Environment Monitoring April 1st 2014


UK could save £1 billion in electricity costs if trading with Europe increased

A report by National Grid’s Interconnector business concludes that there would be many benefits for the economy, the consumer and the environment if the UK could double its interconnector capacity by 2020. read more.

UN International Court orders Japan to halt Antarctic whaling

The UN’s International Court of Justice has ruled to temporarily halt Japan’s whaling programme in the southern ocean, in a case brought against the country by Australia and environmental groups. read more.

IPCC report warns of dire consequences of climate change

The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has published a report that has been called the most comprehensive assessment of the impact of climate change to date by scientists and officials in Japan. read more.

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Zack King

Madano’s Building and Construction Monitoring, 28 March

Madano’s building and construction monitoring featuring Crossrail, college funding, Labour’s pledge to apprentices and more

Madano Building & Construction Monitoring, 27 March 2014

Crossrail extends route to Reading

London’s east-west rail line, which is currently under construction, will now serve a total of 40 stations along the entire route when it fully opens in 2019. read more

22 colleges to receive £200m in capital funding

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said that 22 colleges will receive £194m in capital investment to improve their facilities. read more

Labour aims to boost housebuilding apprentices

A future Labour government would reinstate rules requiring housebuilders and housing associations to take on apprentices on all publicly-funded housing projects. read more

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