July 17th, 2015

Why don’t we implement the waste hierarchy?


by Dominic Hogg


Eunomia has been tracking capacity in both residual waste treatment facilities and at anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities in recent years. The lesson of the former is that we may be moving to a situation where we have more capacity than we need by the latter part of the decade. There have been a number of reports indicating the growth in this capacity. They don’t always come out with the same figures, and one of the reasons for this is that they posit different levels of recycling in future. In residual waste, we are dealing with material which it would be reasonable to assume will be diminishing over time if waste and resource management policy is successful.

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July 10th, 2015

Landfilling the void in developing nations


by Nicole Kennard


For many in the western world, landfills carry negative connotations: pungent blots on the landscape, associated with greenhouse gas emissions and risks to groundwater from leachate. The efforts that developed countries are making to reduce our reliance on landfill can give rise to a kneejerk reaction when we think about waste management in developing nations. Shouldn’t we be advocating that they move straight into recycling, composting, biogas and energy from waste, without passing through the landfill phase we’re struggling to end?

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July 3rd, 2015

Taking the wind out of electricity sales


by Chloe Bines and Adam Baddeley


The new Conservative Government has wasted no time in implementing its manifesto pledge to end subsidies for onshore wind. Just six weeks into her tenure as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Amber Rudd announced that the Renewable Obligation (RO) would close a year early for onshore wind projects and strongly hinted that action would also be taken to curtail support for the technology under both the small-scale Feed-in Tariff (FiT) and the new Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme for larger scale projects. Meanwhile, the new Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Greg Clark, was busy announcing new planning considerations that will make it significantly harder for onshore wind projects to gain planning consent.

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June 26th, 2015

Picking the right cherries: packaging waste and litter


by Chris Sherrington


Some time ago I came across an INCPEN press release entitled ‘Cherry-picking litter won’t work: It has to be all or nothing’. It reports findings of research conducted by Keep Scotland Beautiful and commissioned by INCPEN (The Industry Council for Research on Packaging and the Environment), whose members “include raw material suppliers, packaging manufacturers, and manufacturers and retailers of packaged products”.

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June 26th, 2015

Can market forces alone create a circular economy?


by Thomas Vergunst


In recent years the circular economy has emerged as something of a new Holy Grail for the resource sector. The European Commission has joined the quest and we currently await its revised circular economy package. In the literature, one frequently comes across the argument that a transition to a circular economy will be inevitable as businesses respond to rising commodity prices and increased price volatility, driven by rising demand coupled with resource scarcity. This, it is claimed, will start to make the business case for the circular economy increasingly self-evident.

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June 19th, 2015

Is the LGA right about EfW overcapacity?


by Adam Baddeley and Peter Jones


Eunomia has been publicly warning for four years now that the UK’s “dash for trash” will leave us – like Sweden, the Netherlands and some of our other Northern European neighbours – with more residual waste infrastructure than we really need.

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June 12th, 2015

To EV or not EV: should I buy an electric car?


by Sophie Crosswell


When our ageing Corsa made it clear that it was trundling inexorably towards the car graveyard, my partner and I started to discuss how to replace it. Could we afford to take the plunge in to the emerging electric vehicle (EV) market, and could an EV do what we needed from a car?

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