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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August 24th, 2018

How is New Zealand making people and nature as important as GDP?

by Ben Martin

 

“Life is about more than just money.” It’s almost a cliché. But that quote isn’t from a left-wing think tank or a green non-governmental organization. In fact, it comes straight from official documents of the Treasury of New Zealand.

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August 10th, 2018

Cash and carry: the missed opportunities of England’s plastic bag charge

by Iona Horton

 

There’s no doubt that England’s 5p plastic carrier bag charge has had an impact. We’ve all either been or seen the person who, on forgetting to bring a bag to the shops, refuses to pay for one and proceeds to cram their groceries into every available pocket. After some near escapes involving eggs, I never go anywhere without my trusty reusable.

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August 3rd, 2018

Trenchcoat warfare: Burberry’s bad press on stock incineration

by Peter Jones

 

The Times sparked something of a furore when it reported earlier in the month that Burberry deliberately incinerates millions of pounds worth of unwanted stock each year. The story found its way onto the agendas of many other newspapers and broadcasters. Outrage abounded on Twitter, as it so often does, with people petitioning for the practice to be outlawed – even though it is already of questionable legality.

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July 31st, 2018

Saving private wire: will going off grid rescue UK renewables?

by Katharine Blacklaws and Nick Churchward

 

What can be done to boost new deployment of subsidy free wind and solar in the UK?

Eunomia’s recent report ‘How Data Can Inform the Deployment of Renewable Electricity Generating Capacity’ shows that since 2015 there has been a major downturn in the number of projects of these two leading forms of renewable electricity generation entering planning. Just 29 large scale renewable energy projects became operational in the first half of 2018, which is less than 15% of the figure for the same period in 2017, while the generating capacity entering service fell by two thirds to 1GW.

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July 20th, 2018

How long should things last?

by Marcus Valentine and Steve Watson

 

This article began with an Xpelair extractor fan, made in England in 1972, and 46 years later removed from Marcus’s kitchen. Already installed when he moved in a decade ago, it had presumably provided continual service since soon after it was manufactured before he took interest in how something so thoroughly covered in grease could still be soldiering on.

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