June 22nd, 2016

Unknown environment? Brexit certainties and uncertainties

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by Dominic Hogg


Much has been written in recent weeks – tomes, in fact – regarding the EU membership referendum decision that faces UK citizens. Each day, we are drip-fed new opinion, and new faces come to the fore in the media, swearing their allegiance to one or other side. Just occasionally, a little piece of actual evidence surfaces – although few of these appear to be lodging in voters’ minds.

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June 17th, 2016

What’s in store? An energy storage update

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by Chloe Bines and Adam Baddeley


In January, Eunomia published the first UK forecast for battery storage, which estimated that deployment could reach over 1.6GW by 2020. It generated a good deal of interest, with a range of organisations keen to understand how the forecast was produced. Now, six months on, there’s a new question – is the forecast still relevant?

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June 10th, 2016

Resource plumbing: plugging the leaks in the circular economy

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by Ad Lansink


Zero waste, Cradle to Cradle design and the Circular Economy are all great concepts, presenting attractive targets to work towards. However, their ultimate feasibility is another matter. As we use and recycle products, won’t there always be some loss of material?

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June 3rd, 2016

What now for large-scale biomass?

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by Adam Baddeley


The last decade has seen a dramatic rise in the UK’s use of biomass to generate energy – both electricity and heat. However, as concerns have grown that – under some scenarios – biomass does not deliver cost-effective reductions in carbon emissions compared with other renewable technologies (i.e. it has higher ‘marginal abatement cost’ for CO2), there has been a bit of a cooling off from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). So, what is the future for large-scale biomass in the UK?

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May 27th, 2016

Myth takes – “Private bin collections would be cheaper”


by Peter Jones


It shouldn’t come as a surprise that, as councils in the UK adopt two, three or even perhaps four weekly residual waste collections, some disgruntled folk start wondering whether they might be able to buy in more frequent collections privately. However, anyone who thinks that “going private” would be cheap, or might be covered by a rebate from Council Tax for those who opted out, would be in for a big surprise.

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May 20th, 2016

Par for the course: Trump on the environment


by Peter Jones


The transformation of Donald Trump from no-hoper to undisputed winner in the race for the Republican US presidential nomination has been as swift as it has been extraordinary. Despite the clear opposition of the power brokers of the Republican Party itself – who were even prepared to unite behind “Washington’s most hated man”, Ted Cruz, in a last-ditch effort to stop him – Trump has prevailed.

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May 13th, 2016

United in life and death: Maurice Strong and Mostafa Tolba


by Steve Watson


Within the past six months, the environmental community – and for that matter the planet – has lost two of its most influential champions. Maurice Strong, who passed away in November 2015, and Mostafa Tolba, who died this March, were both active on the world stage in the earliest days of the environmental movement as key figures in the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

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