May 26th, 2017

Will ‘natural capital’ ever yield returns?

by David Baxter

 

Natural capital is pushed as a new way of looking at environmental impacts and the value of nature to society. Promoters of the concept, and the associated approaches of valuing natural assets in financial terms, promise that it will put the protection of nature on to boardroom agendas. It is even at the heart of the UK government’s proposal for a 25-year plan for the environment.

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November 18th, 2016

Marking the new balanced scorecard for public procurement

by Alex Forrest

 

The UK public sector procures a huge amount of goods, services and capital items. HM Treasury’s latest estimate of gross current procurement was £213 billion, whilst gross capital procurement was £55 billion. Eunomia recently highlighted the potentially enormous gains to be made if this substantial sum – 15% of GDP – could be deployed to purchase products and services (including construction, furniture, ICT and vehicles) with good environmental credentials: it could provide a major toe-hold in the market for greener options, and call forward innovation when used tactically. Are there real signs of this happening in the UK?

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August 5th, 2016

Parking restrictions? Undervaluing green space in the UK

by Ayesha Bapasola

 

It’s rare that a parish council decision causes an outcry that permeates the upper echelons of Westminster. However, Stoke Gifford Parish council in South Gloucestershire hit the headlines when it voted to charge Parkrun for the use of Little Stoke Park early this spring. The council has stuck to its guns, though, and continues to do so, even after securing £750,000 to upgrade facilities at the park and ‘increase sports participation for the local community’.

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April 8th, 2016

The sweet hereafter: implications of the UK’s sugar tax

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by Dominic Hogg and Luke Dale-Harris

 

The proposal for a Soft Drinks Industry Levy to start in 2018 was an eye-catching announcement in the midst of an otherwise disappointing Budget last month – the sugar-free icing on a particularly grim cake. But it didn’t take long before the fizzy drinks industry was up and fighting the ‘sugar tax’, threatening legal action against the government for damaging their corner of the market.

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February 5th, 2016

Return to vendor

by Chris Sherrington

 

Last autumn I spent a very enjoyable time with my family visiting the Black Forest. Ever the environmental consultant, there were two green features of the trip that stuck in my mind.

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January 15th, 2016

Keeping your shirt on: extending the lifetimes of clothes

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by Sophie Crosswell

 

Have you got your new season staples? Every day millions of people are bombarded with advertising trying to sell them new clothes and pushing promotional offers. Whilst this relentless marketing ensures fast fashion remains the status quo, there is a hint of revolution within the fashion industry.

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November 27th, 2015

Something in the air? The Autumn Statement and pollution

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by Dominic Hogg

 

Wednesday’s joint spending review and Autumn statement (SRAS) ought to give us some insight into the George Osborne’s thinking about the current and future state of the economy, and his priorities for how it should be managed. So what environmental and other implications can we infer from the document and the decisions within it?

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