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06 Nov 09. The California Integrated Waste Management Board recently awarded Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Palmdale, Calif., a 2009 Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP) award for outstanding waste reduction efforts in 2008. Last year, the Palmdale facility diverted 1,673 tons of waste from the landfill through recycling and reuse efforts, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2.2 million pounds of CO2 and saving $417,300 in the process. WRAP recognizes California businesses and nonprofit organizations for incorporating waste reduction, reuse and recycling efforts into daily business activities in an effort to achieve zero-waste and minimize their eco-footprint. Aeronautics in Palmdale won its first WRAP award in 2003, followed by a WRAP of the Year Award in 2004 and subsequent WRAP awards in 2005, 2006 and 2008. In 2007, Lockheed Martin launched a comprehensive environmental program with the long-term goal of eliminating adverse impacts on the environment as a result of its operations. This includes annual carbon, waste and water use reduction goals and an aggressive 2012 target of an absolute 25 percent reduction in each of those areas.
06 Nov 09. MBDA is bidding for two separate demilitarisation contracts involving a combined total of 49,000 MLRS rockets currently held in the UK and French inventory. In keeping with the spirit of the 2008 Oslo accord, the UK and France are already looking at means of de-stocking and demilitarising their inventory of sub-munition equipped MLRS rockets (27,000 in the case of the UK and 22,000 for France). As a result, NAMSA (the NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency), has issued an RFP (Request For Proposals) on behalf of the UK MoD while DCMAT (the materials and maintenance arm of the French Army) has issued an RFI (Request For Information) to elicit solutions from industry. In response, MBDA is putting forward a highly cost-effective solution that is fully compliant with the wide range of safety, security and environmental issues involved. This solution benefits from MBDA’s extensive experience as a manufacturer of guided missiles, involving not only large-scale dismantling of complex munitions for customers during servicing and product upgrades but also experience in the handling of pyrotechnics. It also has the full backing of the regional civil authorities in the area of central France known as Région Centre where MBDA has several facilities. It is one of these, Bourges-Subdray, that has been earmarked for the demilitarisation operation because it already has existing buildings that fully meet the required regulatory norms for such an activity.