Earlier this year I interviewed formidable food waste campaigner Tristram Stuart who is not one to mince his words when voicing his thoughts on supermarket supply chain transparency - or rather, the lack of it.... read more
Yesterday's Autumn Statement was unsurprisingly awash with facts and figures on the UK's previous, present and future economic situation. Equally expected was the little mentioning of how the Government's fiscal plan is incorporating environmental security.... read more
Let me open by saying thank you for such a warm welcome back into the waste and recycling industry - I am glad to have returned. Although I left the sector in 2010; it feels as though I have never left.... read more
I'm sure of it. My first sighting of AMP Cycle tumbleweed rolling a lonely path in front of my desk... It portents the end of three years of 'feast' and a return to 'famine' as water industry supply chain contracts start to dry up or be postponed into the next price review period. ... read more
Sustainable business these days requires data, and lots of it. Companies are using sustainability data for a multiplicity of reasons: to inform corporate strategy, comply with regulations, evaluate investments, improve transparency, develop products and processes, manage risk, benchmark themselves against competitors, change organisational culture, and engage with supply chains.
... read more
Growth can be a dangerous thing when you've got a consumption problem. The more money in your pocket the less of an issue it is to go out and heavily consume. The two go hand in hand; and to maintain this level of cash flow you have to consume more¬¦it's simple mathematics.... read more
Many of us pine for a holiday abroad and every year millions of Brits jet off from UK airports to foreign climes. With passports to hand, the last thing on anyone’s mind is whether the huge mountain of waste generated on-site is landfilled, incinerated or recycled. ... read more
Our natural response to gradual shifts in climate is to get angry, it seems. Scientists are warning that as our world becomes hotter, we will turn to acts of violence - against ourselves, against governments, against society.... read more
It was unlikely that the Chancellor’s Spending Review this week was going to herald good news for local authorities and surprise, surprise we now see another round of tough cuts in the pipeline. ... read more
One thing is for sure - Liz Goodwin is putting a brave face on today's announcement that her organisation bore perhaps the biggest brunt of cuts, waste-wise, in this year's Spending Review.... read more
In light of the slew of recent UK cover-up scandals: 1, 2. And, more specifically criticisms directed at Government energy policy, this month€™s piece is written to highlight the easy mistakes we (the trusting public) can make when buying into a group acceptance, when scandalous acts are all too often hidden from view in the name of straight jacketed policies.... read more
Owen Paterson has been nesting in his position as Environment Secretary for the past eight months. The signs weren't good as news broke of his appointment, and those concerns were pretty much well-founded as the Conservative MP got to grips with his portfolio.... read more
A climate milestone, highest in human history, a mayday call by the planet. However it's portrayed, it's a disheartening fact that on 9th May the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, as measured by an observatory in Hawaii, topped the symbolically important level of 400 parts per million. ... read more
In 1938 a young amateur scientist made the first connection between global warming and CO2 emissions. His idea received little attention at the time and many shunned his calculations as absurd but 75 years later we have to ask, have we finally accepted the relationship between humans and the changing climate?... read more
You may remember Victor Kiam, the US entrepreneur of television fame who 'liked the product so much he bought the company'. In fact he bought the Remington Shaver Company out of collapse and turned what was a $30m dollar loss into a $47m profit. ... read more
You'll have to forgive me. I've been up since 5am. Seventeen hours later of sore feet and solid networking, I am starting to slowly dissolve into the hotel carpet. But this is the first day of Sustainability Live, organised by our own Faversham House, and my head is buzzing like a firefly.... read more
A reception held at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine to celebrate the life and work of the legendary physician and epidemiologist, John Snow, whose 200th anniversary fell on 15 March, had the buzz of a celebrity book launch. And yet on this occasion, this much-deserved figure of idolatry had been dead for 155 years.... read more
Many of you will have enjoyed a glass of wine on a comfortable long haul flight to some exotic destination - for many it's the beginning of a much deserved break. Unfortunately, both luxuries could be next on the climate change hit list.... read more
News last week that Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) was to be given another chance for EU funding may look promising on the surface, but plenty of serious concerns lie underneath it. Literally in this case.... read more
We may have unwittingly backed a winner in horsemeat, you know. I’m thinking sustainable consumption here. In this era of radical transparency, such a scandal is raising serious questions among the public at large over not only what they eat, but where the food on their plate originates from.... read more
"If it ain't broke - don't fix it:"So the truism goes. Why spend time and money monitoring and maintaining equipment or machinery when it is operating perfectly well and any short-term remedial work can be reacted to 'on the fly'?... read more
In 2003, the Government explained in its energy white paper that nuclear power was an important source of carbon-free electricity but economics made it an unattractive option for new, carbon-free generating capacity.... read more
Following the recent shocking headlines of over 1000 preventable deaths occurring at Stafford hospital, I had a thought. Whilst of course any loss of life is tragic, the number of deaths involved in this scandal pale in comparison to the 24,000 excess winter deaths the UK faced last winter.
... read more
The line “April is the cruellest month,” from TS Eliot’s poem The Waste Land is gaining an alternative association in terms of the Government’s slash and burn on welfare. Otherwise known as the Welfare Reform Act, it is hitting the poorest households with punitive reductions in their already meagre incomes and it arrives next month. ... read more
If you look at the direction that local authority budgets are heading, then it is patently clear that councils are either going to have to reduce their costs, increase their income or do a bit of both.... read more
Since the rise of the British Monarchy, those who have threatened our beloved Royals have been met with contempt and stern punishment, but what if this threat isn't from a plotting anti-establishment group but is actually coming from Mother Nature?... read more
The prevalent cliche - that we live on the Blue Planet, surrounded by water but without enough to drink, must be common knowledge now and apparent to all but the most oblivious of policy makers.... read more
Those of you following developments in Davos, Switzerland last week will probably be aware of an incredibly timely and thought provoking presentation that underlines a growing issue with immense ramifications for the UK economy.... read more
What touches us on a deeper level could soon unlock some of the toughest challenges we face around sustainable consumption. So enter the latest concept to take flight in this field – emotionally durable design. A creative pitch that will tug on your heartstrings. ... read more
Imagine two circles – that’s cradle-to-cradle. Imagine one circle – that’s the circular economy. Imagine a circle within a circle – that’s resource efficiency. At its simplest level, understanding the difference between these three schools of thought can be sketched out along these flow lines.... read more
Try saying you work in the water industry when in London, without someone quoting the statistic that the water’s been through seven people before you drink it. ‘Is it true?’ they ask. And they giggle, as if to say, ‘Are we mad? That’s disgusting, but hell, we’re still here!’... read more
As we count the costs of last year's floods misery and find the best candidates for an extra £120m in flood defences, it could be easy to overlook the less obvious consequences of persistent heavy rainfall.... read more
Ice can melt the coolest of hearts, it seems. This week The Guardian revealed its top ten most read environmental stories in 2012; five of them centred on the melting of ice sheets out in West Antarctica and Greenland. Melt rates are in acceleration, overtaking modelling predictions. Even the most earnest climate sceptics are taking note. ... read more
Defying economic conditions, Xylem Analytics has enjoyed another highly successful year in the provision of water monitoring equipment and related services. In order to manage this growing demand, the company has invested in four new positions at its Letchworth facility....
·Siemens Water Technologies launches its Hydraclam® Water Quality Monitor to deliver high resolution data for water quality across thousands of locations
·Remote solutions enable utility companies to take a proactive approach to water monitoring in their network and plan preventa...
Earlier this year I interviewed formidable food waste campaigner Tristram Stuart who is not one to mince his words when voicing his thoughts on supermarket supply chain transparency - or rather, the lack of it....
Yesterday's Autumn Statement was unsurprisingly awash with facts and figures on the UK's previous, present and future economic situation. Equally expected was the little mentioning of how the Government's fiscal plan is incorporating environmental security....
Let me open by saying thank you for such a warm welcome back into the waste and recycling industry - I am glad to have returned. Although I left the sector in 2010; it feels as though I have never left....