May 22nd, 2015

The Bourne legacy: energy efficiency and SMEs


by Rob Reid


With the general election done and dusted, DECC has appointed its ministerial team to lead the energy and climate change agenda over the next Parliamentary term. Amber Rudd heads up the Department as Secretary of State, with Andrea Leadsom and Lord Bourne appointed to the roles of Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State respectively. Amber Rudd’s appointment in particular has been widely viewed as positive for the green economy.

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May 15th, 2015

The exercise of power: how to cut waste crime at landfills


by Roy Hunt


I have been dealing with the Environment Agency for four years now, trying to bring about better regulation of a non-hazardous landfill in East Yorkshire. I have reported numerous concerns about the way the site was being operated, but despite twists and turns, virtually nothing was done for the first three years.

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May 8th, 2015

Expressing irritation: more media complaints


By Peter Jones


It seems that ill-founded negative stories about recycling have become something of a staple for certain sections of England’s press. However, when I read the rubbish written about resources, I have a hard time letting it go, which is turning me into a bit of a serial complainer – not a role I rejoice in, although I hope it’s a useful one. Having previously persuaded the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph to withdraw articles, the latest titles to incur my ire were the Sunday and Daily Express.

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May 6th, 2015

Liberally green: the LibDem manifesto

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by Peter Jones


The Liberal Democrats do not appear to be faring well in public opinion compared with five years ago. Perhaps their role in propping up a government with a broadly Conservative agenda has alienated their left-leaning supporters – or perhaps there are just more options available for those who don’t want to vote either Labour or Tory.

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May 5th, 2015

Giving Greens the blues? The Conservative manifesto

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by Martine Kurth


You can tell a lot about what matters to a party from what its manifesto addresses first and in most depth. The Conservative manifesto for the 2015 General Election focuses on giving a fairer deal to much-mentioned ‘hard working families’. The NHS, childcare, home-ownership, tax, welfare, and pensions feature strongly. The environment gets two pages, with a further two on energy and climate change, starting from p54 of the 80 page document.

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May 1st, 2015

Scotland’s highly prized marine environment

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by Thomas Appleby


Sometimes life’s journey throws up events which are so unusual you have to pinch yourself to believe what is actually unfolding.

Most of us can dream up any amount of excuses not to do things. Many of us do things but fall short of our ambitions. A very few have the ability not just to meet their ambitions but to bring others with them and of those an even smaller subset are genuinely altruistic in their determination. We should celebrate and treasure these people, but often we are too stuck in our daily grind to take time out and besides the British are uniquely awkward with the word ‘hero’.

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April 30th, 2015

What does the environment mean to UKIP?

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by Steve Watson


As the only major party openly sceptical of humans’ role in climate change, UKIP were never likely to pitch their manifesto to win over the environmentally minded voter. It’s hard to imagine any other party retaining an Energy Spokesman who took to Twitter earlier this year to urge his followers to “strike a blow against Climate Hysteria” by turning on their lights during Earth Hour.

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