A regulation on conflict minerals has been on the EU agenda for some time. In June 2013, a public consultation on a possible initiative on responsible sourcing of minerals originating from conflict-affected and high-risk areas came to a close.... read more
Whole Government reports have been devoted to the subject of innovation in the UK water industry. The general gist is that, despite all of the money and effort that has gone into upgrading the UK's water infrastructure since the industry was privatised 25 years ago, much more needs to be done to encourage the uptake of new technologies that could help to improve overall operational efficiency.... read more
In late June/early July, Solar Impulse 2 set the world records for the longest and farthest flights in a solar-powered craft when it flew over 3,500 miles in approximately 80 hours - the longest non-stop solo flight without refueling in history.... read more
It has been established that liquid petrolium gas (LPG) does not contribute to global warming in any capacity. This characteristic of being environmentally-friendly sets it apart from other carbon base fuels.... read more
The world has changed. We used to "clock on" at 9am and "clock off" at 5pm - now we work longer hours and our buildings are open for even longer. But have you considered the effect this has on energy use and carbon emissions?... read more
Claudine Blamey, chair of the ICRS and head of sustainability and stewardship at the Crown Estate asks what skills CRS (corporate responsibility and sustainability) professionals need to keep pace with the changes in sustainability reporting. ... read more
In this new and exclusive edie blog, Asia Pulp & Paper's managing director of sustainability Aida Greenbury explains the importance of collaboration to address the ever-important issues of land conflict and deforestation.... read more
We know that humanity is going to grow to about nine billion people by 2050 and about 70% of them will be living in cities. If we want all of those people to live safely, healthily and comfortably, we're going to have to do things differently. We're going to have to innovate...... read more
The debate on how best to tackle the issues of climate change often regurgitates familiar concepts of resilience building, risk management and opportunities to improve efficiency across industry. It has been suggested however that we should bypass these ideas and instead innovate our way out of trouble. Here in the UK, we are certainly not short on blue-sky thinkers, with small-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) constituting the majority of the environmental technology sector. However, as technologies become more advanced, it raises the question of whether the current regulatory environment can keep up with this increasingly innovative and fast-moving market, and if not, what alternatives can SMEs turn to.... read more
Anyone who has been to climate change or sustainability conferences during the last decade will have heard the words 'you can't manage what you don't measure' so often that they now develop a rash whenever they are uttered. ... read more
Hugh Jones, managing director of Carbon Trust Advisory, looks at the compelling business case of energy efficiency and how businesses can take advantage of the UK Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) to improve business performance.... read more
Only by being on another planet could you have avoided hearing about the economy in the last few weeks, and for good reason. Just as creating growth and jobs was a central theme during the General Election campaign, so too it is likely to be for the next five years and beyond.... read more
With the election campaign in full swing it is safe to assume that there will be little escaping televised political debates, carefully choreographed interviews and other full throttle electioneering over the coming weeks.... read more
It doesn't take a genius to understand the advantages of getting the best raw materials at the best prices. One way to do that, and an increasingly important part of our procurement strategy, is to take advantage of industrial biotechnology.... read more
We live in a world where consumers are increasingly concerned about the impact of the products that they use, resources are growing scarcer and where regulators are increasing the requirements for products to be more environmentally friendly.... read more
In Groundsure's first blog post, the organisation's managing director Dan Montagnani explains the risks associated with the redevelopment of contaminated land, and how the regulatory framework has changed accordingly.... read more
Being National Storytelling Week, it got me thinking about my eighteen year old nephew, Jack, and about his generation of teenagers. By 2050, many of them will be in their fifties. They may have children, or even grandchildren by that age. I think about how they will describe their younger years. ... read more
New rules requiring the separate collection of paper, plastic, metals and glass for recycling came into force this month. The revised EU Waste Framework Directive has been transposed into law in England and Wales through the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011. ... read more
2014 is over, and it has been quite a year. We always ask ourselves what people mean when they say 'quite a year'. Is it a good or a bad thing? Perhaps it is a bit of both, perhaps one or the other, but one thing is for sure: 2014 was a year of change.... read more
At this time of year lots of buildings get effectively closed for the holiday season, however often the building owners don't respond properly and reduce the building to minimum energy consumption. ... read more
For millions of families across the UK, half the fun of Christmas is tearing the paper from presents that have been neatly wrapped, carefully labelled and placed under the tree. However, the amount of wrapping paper thrown away at Christmas in the UK alone would stretch to the moon, according to estimates by WRAP. ... read more
Christmas is a unique and special day for a number of reasons. One of the reasons that doesn't often get mentioned is that for many of us it is when we are responsible for our highest daily personal carbon footprint (if you don't factor in taking flights).... read more
Geotech's first GA5000 analyser, manufactured three years ago, was recently spotted in the company's calibration rig. This portable landfill gas monitor was the first production unit of the newly launched GA5000 gas analyser range and has prompted Geotech to look into the analyser's life since then....
United Utilities (UU) is the main regulated water and wastewater services provider for North-West England, supplying some seven million people daily. In June 2014, the company needed to undertake essential investigative work on an existing nitrifying trickling filter at Huyton Wastewater Treatment W...
Wastewater solutions and services provider Jacopa is reporting increasing interest in grit removal solutions as water service companies seek to leverage the resources that their sites produce.
A regulation on conflict minerals has been on the EU agenda for some time. In June 2013, a public consultation on a possible initiative on responsible sourcing of minerals originating from conflict-affected and high-risk areas came to a close....
Whole Government reports have been devoted to the subject of innovation in the UK water industry. The general gist is that, despite all of the money and effort that has gone into upgrading the UK's water infrastructure since the industry was privatised 25 years ago, much more needs to be done to enc...
15/09/2015 to 15/09/2015Holiday Inn, Birmingham City CentreThe UK's premier event focusing on the key issues facing those involved in the sustainable procurement policies of their organisation....