February 27th, 2012

Anyone for TEEP?

Phillip Ward

by Phillip Ward


Defra and the Welsh Government got themselves into a legal mess with their first attempt at transposing the revised Waste Framework Directive. Their insistence that a commingled collection of recyclables was a form of “separate collection” as required by the Directive was successfully challenged by the Campaign for Real Recycling.

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February 24th, 2012

The Republican anti-environment consensus

Rick Santorum Iowa State Fair 2011

by Peter Jones


Rick Santorum’s improbable remarks in Ohio about President Obama’s commitment to a “phoney theology” of environmentalism have been making headlines – but how far apart are the Republican candidates for the presidential nomination on environmental issues? Which way should an environmentally-minded registered GOP voter turn?

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February 17th, 2012

Costa del packaging

by Debbie Fletcher


It’s all very well being able to model from afar the benefits that might be derived from a deposit refund system (DRS) – but it wasn’t until I arrived in Ibiza for a meeting with the Spanish recycling organisation, Retorna, that the potential success and benefits of such a producer responsibility system really sunk in.

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February 15th, 2012

Clash of the hierarchies

Eric Pickles, October 2009 1 cropped

by Chris Sherrington and Peter Jones


The long awaited details of DCLG’s £250m Weekly Collection Support Scheme were announced last week in the form of a prospectus for local authority applicants. For all the undoubted effort that has gone into trying to reconcile respect for the waste hierarchy with Eric Pickles’ vision of every Briton living unmenaced by 8-day old chicken tikka masala, the end result would appear to be a bit half-baked.

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February 13th, 2012

Would you credit it?

Eunomia staff 2011

by Sam Taylor


One of the less obvious impacts associated with the economic troubles in Europe has been a collapse in the price of carbon allowances under the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS).

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February 10th, 2012

Turtle economic value

Green turtle in Kona 2008

by Chris Sherrington


A few days back I came across yet another article claiming that plastic bags really aren’t as bad as they are often made out to be – backed by the authoritative voice of last year’s Environment Agency Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of supermarket carrier bags

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February 8th, 2012

Economical with the truth? Green investment East and West

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by Dominic Hogg


Eunomia was recently awarded a contract to consider fiscal policies for low-carbon industrial development in West Bengal and Orissa. As I flew across a monsoon flooded land towards my first meeting in Kolkata, I was ruminating upon what climate change might mean for a country like India, and the states where I would be working. And in case you’re wondering, yes, I am extremely conscious of the emissions – the reaction of my disapproving colleagues every time the large suitcase appears definitely means one needs a good reason to go.

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