January 18th, 2012

Proving prevention

Alison Holmes Senior Consultant

by Alison Holmes

 

One of the most positive-sounding features of the Government Review of Waste Policy in England 2011 was the introduction of the Waste Prevention Loan Fund (WPLF), to “enable organisations to introduce business models and processes which make more efficient use of material resources.”

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January 3rd, 2012

There’s no accounting for consumption

Eunomia staff 2011

by Ann Ballinger

 

The excellent attendance at November’s conference hosted by Friends of the Earth entitled “Councils, Communities and Climate Change” confirmed the continued interest of local authorities in issues relating to climate change. At the event, Friends of the Earth once again made the case for local authority carbon budgets, arguing that councils are well placed to lead on action at the local level to reduce climate change impacts.

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November 22nd, 2011

Trial and error – what can we learn from Mid Devon?

Joe Papineschi Director

by Joe Papineschi

 

Eunomia was in the news again this week as the results of a trial of a new weekly recycling collection in Mid Devon District Council were announced. The three month study aimed to test Eunomia’s recommendations in a WRAP-funded study, that Mid Devon should pick up an increased range of materials weekly at the kerbside, and replace its free garden waste collection with a charged one. Disappointed with the results of the trial, the council has decided not to roll out this approach. So what went wrong?

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November 21st, 2011

No more hot air; just more wind and gas

CO2 Emissions from the Fossil Fuel Power Sector (2010-2035)

by Adam Baddeley, Sam Taylor and Chris Cullen

 

Secure, clean and affordable – it is hard to argue with the policy objectives for UK electricity supply in July’s White Paper on Electricity Market Reform (EMR). But much remains to be debated – first and foremost whether any achievable mix of generation can meet all three objectives.

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November 4th, 2011

That’s handy! An interactive recycling map

Eunomia staff 2011

by Rob Gillies

 

The Guardian’s data blogs are a fantastic resource for all sorts of interesting information. Today I found something that every waste professional should have access to – an interactive map of recycling rates amongst all English local authorities. So I thought I should share it.

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August 18th, 2011

Lifecycle analysis needs solid foundations

Eunomia staff 2011

 

I’ve been struck recently by the way that many lifecycle analyses on products aren’t quite cutting the mustard.

Take, for example, the idea that each item of clothing reused means that primary production of an item has been avoided – something I’ve often seen assumed. But to claim a 1:1 relationship here is unwarranted by evidence, and intuitively it seems to be questionable economics and dodgy at the level of social psychology.

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