October 22nd, 2018

Target practice: should recycling targets be weight or carbon-based?

by Peter Jones

 

As the prospect of higher weight-based recycling targets emanating from Europe has moved from a distant possibility to an imminent reality, interest in alternatives to such targets seems to have grown.

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October 12th, 2018

Should horses run on tyres?

by Alice Thomson

 

Horses require year-round exercise even when the conditions outdoors disagree. It’s not that horses particularly mind a bit of mud, but difficult weather conditions can raise the risk of injury and limit options for exercise. The multimillion-pound equestrian industry has adopted technological solutions to address this problem, but those proving most popular raise significant but little-appreciated environmental concerns.

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October 5th, 2018

Sound effects: the problem of sonic litter

by Steve Watson

 

How is a drum and bass banger like a polystyrene takeaway container? Maybe you’re thinking that they’re both most likely encountered at 2am on a Friday night down the town centre. But I’m more concerned about their presence down residential streets during waking hours. In fact, I’m thinking both should be considered forms of environmental pollution.

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September 28th, 2018

The circular economy: inspiration or buzz phrase?

by Caroline Campbell

 

Is the circular economy something new, or is it just the latest buzz phrase? And how much does this matter when we start trying to apply its resource management principles in practice?

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September 21st, 2018

Beyond Petroleum or Boosting Production? BP’s sustainability goals

by Alexander Boden

 

Businesses – especially energy businesses – have a huge role to play in limiting global warming. The combustion of oil-based fuels accounts for more than 50% of GHG emissions in industrialised countries. It’s hard to see a path to keeping global warming to below 2°C without fossil fuel companies committing to major changes in their business models. So, let’s look at what is being done by the world’s sixth largest oil and gas company, BP, which enjoys something of a green reputation.

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September 14th, 2018

Focal pint: pro-active environmental professionals can make a difference

by Tanguy Tomes

 

It’s Friday afternoon, it’s summer, and it’s hot. It’s fair to say that office productivity has been better. The collective Eunomia head office mind turns to the critical question: where are we going for post-work drinks? But, this being Eunomia, our decision-making process is a little different.

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September 11th, 2018

Law in disorder: the Environment Agency and the waste hierarchy

by Peter Jones

 

Plenty of legislation is poorly written. Some is badly thought out, or pursues objectionable goals. But I’m only aware of one instance of legislation that is untrue.

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