March 30th, 2012

Bringing it all back home

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by Claire Stonier and Peter Jones


If you work at home from time to time, is the waste you produce there domestic or commercial? How about if you manage you computer repair business from your spare room? Or if you run a child minding business in your house?

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March 26th, 2012

Am I part of the problem?

Peter Jones

by Peter Jones


When something appears on Isonomia that I think will interest my friends, I post it on Facebook. I hoped Sam Taylor’s piece on the EU ETS would prompt a bit of discussion. And indeed it did – one which struck right to the heart of my reasons for becoming an environmental consultant.

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March 19th, 2012

Black swans and waste policy

Phillip Ward

by Phillip Ward


The Institute for Government is doing some very interesting work on improving policy analysis and evaluation. At a well-attended event last week some of the many reasons why things currently go wrong began to emerge.

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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, the results of which are due out this Spring, frustratingly allowed no scope to question the intellectual strength of the total package.

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March 8th, 2012

Reimagining greenhouse gases

by Ulrich Wiegel and Martin Steiner


Both solid waste and greenhouse gases are “wastes” in a broad sense. They are unwanted and potentially damaging by-products of the way that we live our lives in the 21st century. However, while solid waste impinges on our senses, greenhouse gases are imperceptible – and from this simple fact comes a huge difference in our attitudes.

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