July 25th, 2014

Full circle: waste policy changes for a circular economy

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by Dominic Hogg

 

The interest which the most recent incarnation of the circular economy (CE) has generated provides an opportunity to reappraise our thinking. There are two important areas of policy which I have long felt needed addressing, and I’ve challenged the concepts against the principles of the CE. The logic of the CE seems to strengthen the case for change rather than weakening it.

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July 18th, 2014

CfD FiTs: CHP-ing away at DECC’s biomass strategy?

Photo by Rick Kimpel, via Wikimedia Commons.

by Adam Baddeley

 

Is the Government’s approach to the use of biomass to meet our power needs in danger of being subverted? The renewable energy sector is a dense thicket of acronyms, denoting the range of subsidies and contracting mechanisms being used to provide support to the various technologies being used to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. In the case of biomass, there appears to be a real risk that both investors and the Government may be uncertain about the overall effect of these complex rules, which risk undermining the policy position that has been settled on.

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July 11th, 2014

Vital statistics: breathing new life into public engagement

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By Emma Gowing and Steve Watson

 

Did you know that if all the waste statistics published in 2013 were cut out and laid end to end they would reach to the moon and back? Ok, we made that up, but no doubt you’ve heard many similar statements relating to numbers of cans landfilled, bottles recycled, and all manner of other waste-related data.

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July 4th, 2014

Putting the house in order: trends in sustainable housing

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by Farinoosh Asayesh

 

Across the globe, population growth, economic development, urbanisation and migration have led to a large scale proliferation in construction. According to UN Habitat, we are experiencing a worldwide migration of populations from rural areas to cities and smaller urban areas. Moreover, this trend is likely to continue, with cities across both developed and developing nations expected to be the subject of further population growth in the future. As a result, all forms of construction activities are expected to become more intense than ever in order to accommodate this trend in the years to come.

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July 2nd, 2014

WEEE, sea and football

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by the Administrator

 

With the days at their longest and the elder all in flower along the hazy hedgerows of the Land of Blog, we’ve been feeling the festive spirit of summer this June. Of course, the Isonomia team chose not to celebrate the Solstice with fiery ritual – we’ve environmental concerns about even the most celebratory forms of backyard burning. Instead we held a virtual well-dressing ceremony to honour the deep wellspring of creativity that furnishes us with fresh and limpid articles season after season. If, however, you’ve spent the last month debauching with druids instead of drinking deep draughts from the waters of Isonomia, what have you missed?

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July 1st, 2014

Manifesto destiny: waste policy in the 2015 election

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by Rob Gillies

 

A few weeks ago I was asked by MRW if I would provide some comments on what waste-related policies we might expect to see in the manifestos of the major political parties as we move towards the 2015 general election. This is what I wrote:

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June 27th, 2014

The heat of the moment: is it time to fit a heat pump?

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by Rob Reid

 

I am currently spending considerable time, effort and funds renovating my garden. While digging trenches, laying concrete and getting back ache in the process, I am seriously considering whether I can extract a bit of extra value from my soon to be dug up lawn by using it to satisfy my home’s heating needs. With the launch of the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), and a recent Eunomia study published by DECC showing that impacts of refrigerant leakage from heat pumps is small, the timing seems right to consider this method of heating.

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