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. Laws rarely make statements of fact of the kind that can be true or false. For the most part, legislation: directs or forbids actions; […]


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. When even famously conservative government economists are saying there’s more to life […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


July 13th, 2018

A mug’s game? Choosing how to manage waste coffee grounds

by Peter Jones   What is the best environmental option for dealing with spent coffee grounds (SCGs)? Defra’s statutory guidance on the waste hierarchy is quite clear that anaerobic digestion (AD) is the preferred option for food waste, it is perhaps a question that should not need to be asked. However, there are enterprising businesses […]