January 21st, 2013

DCLG’s hand in Envirolink’s insolvency

Energy House

by Peter Jones OBE   Since I “retired” from Biffa over 4 years ago, I haven’t been short of things to do. One of my jobs has been as chairman of the Warrington-based not for profit organisation Envirolink Northwest, providing business support to the low carbon and environmental goods and services sector. As a group, […]

September 13th, 2012

The decline and fall of the Rolonoffs


by Peter Jones OBE   The shift in perceptions that transforms “waste” into resources is accelerating, driven by the great rise in the value of stuff previously considered worthless. This revolution of thought will be accompanied and enabled by many smaller changes, some of which are already beginning to take shape. Some will be subtle […]

July 13th, 2012

Water, waste and the space race

The impact of water

by Peter Jones OBE   For all its many environmental benefits, the growth in recycling poses a problem: space. At its peak, landfilling required 500 major burial pits, occupying around 8,000 hectares. If we landfilled no waste at all, it is estimated that up to 3,000 waste facilities of 5-10 hectares would be required, occupying around […]

March 13th, 2012

ROC bands – just keep it simple

by Peter Jones OBE   In my experience, a uniting feature of governments of all political complexions is their capacity to base policy on fundamentally flawed assumptions, miss the overarching issues, and eschew sound science and rational economic models. DECC’s proposals on Renewable Obligation Certificate (ROC) Banding were a case in point, and the consultation, […]