March 7th, 2014

The Enron of carbon accounting?


By Matthew Brander


The 2001 Enron scandal occurred because the energy company’s financial accounts did not reflect its actual debts and losses.  Eventually its shareholders found out, the bubble burst, and Enron became the biggest bankruptcy in corporate history, taking its auditing firm, Arthur Andersen, down too.

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March 3rd, 2014

Kittens, carrots and nurdles

The Typing Pool

by the Administrator


Many moons ago, long before the age of blog, one Old English name for the month of February was ‘Sholmonath’. It means ‘mud month’, which feels rather appropriate in the wake of this winter’s downpours. While getting your wellies muddy may have been unavoidable, there’s no reason to stand for murkiness when it comes to environmental debate. So, if February has passed you by without affording the opportunity to don your waders and gaze peacefully into Isonomia’s limpid pool of thought, what have you missed?

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February 28th, 2014

Reaching for the top rung: achieving waste prevention


by Ad Lansink


Prevention is by far the most challenging rung to reach on Lansink’s Ladder. The prevailing growth-focused political and social mind-set isn’t easily compatible with waste prevention’s goals of decreasing consumption by cutting waste. Awareness of the looming threat of shortages of raw materials has increased in the forty years since the publication of the Club of Rome’s seminal report ‘Limits to Growth’. But so has consumer spending, and despite cyclical movements and international differences there has been almost continuous economic growth.

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February 24th, 2014

Is waste planning a waste of time?

by Deborah Sacks


I once attended a branch meeting of the Royal Town Planning Institute where the members were all feeling pretty low. The very concept of planning was under attack from the coalition government. Any reason for control of land use was being questioned at a fundamental level.

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February 21st, 2014

Incentives and sensibility


by James Fulford and  Clare Pitts-Tucker


This week Eunomia, working in partnership with Serco, launched a new report investigating the impact of recycling incentive schemes. While giving some thought to Pay As You Throw (PAYT) and Deposit Refund Schemes (DRS) – types of incentive scheme widely used elsewhere in the world – we focussed on the benefits of offering incentives, or ‘rewards’, to residents for kerbside recycling.

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