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Businesses match governments with bold climate pledges during Climate Week NYC

I concur that investors and policymakers should be the forerunners in this drive. They complement one another and should relate in tandem. How they appreciate that depends on the level of sensitization they receive as well as the tenacity mural suasion.

Paris climate agreement poised to come into force

This is most exciting development. Getting the agreement coming into force should be matched with uncompromising political commitment to get the much desired result "to protect our common home" of homes. Along with that adaptation and mitigation efforts should not be relented so as to emiliorate the impact of the scourge caused by climate change.

Paris climate agreement poised to come into force

Where's all the wind? - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

Richard, This is why I started my blog to have well informed discussions about various subjects without the usual "hot air" and "name calling" that occurs on other {un}social media. Thank you for your input in all this and I hope we can continue to discuss more things in the future. As I said I''m not convinced about Hydrogen as a fuel but I hope I live to be proven wrong on that front. I''m used to lab grade Hydrogen Generators that need deionised, distilled water along with fancy filters, driers and deioniser filters, all of which need chemicals and energy to produce. Perhaps industrial distillation of Hydrogen from water could be more efficient, time may tell. I agree we would have been better spending the Hinkley budget on building a few more Dinorwigs or converting standard hydro to pumped storage along with researching many other forms of storage but the decision has been made. We''ll have to agree to disagree on the waste of money wind turbines :-) When I check and see Coal producing the same amount as all those wind turbines (1.5GW as I type) I can''t help think the money could have been better spent. Zero Waste - yes you are right to say that the end product has zero waste but you can not discount the waste that occurs in the building and maintaining of "renewable" systems or the waste that comes from mining for the Rare Earth Elements that are needed for wind turbine magnets, for example. It is by this standard that I say there is no such thing as "zero" waste. That said one man''s waste is anothers raw material so perhaps there are ways to massively reduce waste in general. I agree Governments (not just in the UK) have wasted the opportunities but what do we expect from a 5 year lifespan? They are only interested in ensuring they get re-elected again so will do what they have to to achieve that end. That''s why I put my faith in industry to do the job without politicians. Billy Connolly said it best "politicians! don''t vote for them it only encourages them!" I, personally, dislike the term "renewable" preferring sustainable. We live on a finite planet so nothing is truly renewable, even the sun will stop shining one day. I believe we can live sustainably and maintain the technological standard of living we enjoy today without ending up in some kind of dystopian polluted hell. Where there is a will there is a way. People like us have the will, all that is needed is "the way" Cheers and a cold beer :-)

Where's all the wind? - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

Keiron - Yes pumped storage potential is huge, stations like Cruachan and Dinorwic very impressive - you should visit, well worth it. Hydrogen - proper infrastructure will take care of the molecule size and yes it is explosive but again, the correct set up will allow its storage and use as a valuable fuel in the electricity production process. Batteries - yes they use elaborate materials but we have to try them and at city size - much impressive work going on here from the battery boys and girls - also with cars, range increasing. CCS - will prolong the life of our 600 year indigenous supply of coal and the CO2 captured can be used to produce fuels - Westminster should reverse its research decision here, the 1Bn could have yielded huge benefits in the future. Wind turbines - the money spent has not been wasted as you say, it has shown what could be and the electricity price from them is falling all the time, whilst the strike price for the Hinckley nonsense is currently a huge guess and will rise, Theresa, bless her, got it wrong! Zero waste renewables - yes they are - you are wrong - at the point of electricity production for wind turbines, solar power, pumped storage, tidal etc there is zero waste output from the electricity generating process. Obviously all power production processes will have waste generated in construction and de-commissioning but even here renewables leave nuclear and fossil fuel systems standing. Renewables in general - give them a chance - investment here will clean up this planet and we have the engineering brilliance in this country, France, China and, in particular, Germany to deliver the complete renewables package - the tragedy here is that successive British governments have totally wasted the opportunities given to them - we could, and most certainly should, have been there now - and we would have generated thousands of long term UK jobs in the process!

Some real-world figures for solar PV - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

Keiron - Solar PV, ie photo-voltaic is using photons of light, it does not need bright sunlight, simply daylight and it will still generate, albeit at a lower output, so don''t be too influenced by your experiment or boat setup-admirable though they are. Large scale PV delivers large scale power as the companies installing it know all too well. Obviously it needs energy storage to cover the dark hours and projects here are showing great promise such as hydrogen storage (in properly sealed facilities to accommodate the molecule size), compressed air, liquid air, pumped storage top reservoir replenishment etc. Solar experts have shown that even in our climate solar PV (and solar water heating) can provide a valuable power source, especially when coupled to other renewable power generation. You should arrange a visit to one of the true solar farms, you will be impressed. Give renewables a chance, they are the future - nuclear fission, thankfully, is the past. Nuclear fusion, well that''s intriguing, still in its infancy and they have to solve the neutron burst but certainly worth research.

Where's all the wind? - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

Richard, Yes there is a huge potential for pumped hydro through converting existing standard hydro power stations. I read somewhere that converting all the standard hydro stations around Loch Lomond to pumped storage hydro would provide a massive boost to the storage capacity while only raising and lowering the loch''s water level by +/- 2m. I think this should be a no brainer for pumped storage as it can be done with minimal impact to the physical and visual environment. Big problem with Hydrogen is storage of it. It leaks out of everything. I used to work with cylinders of the stuff and we had to constantly check for leaks and monitor the pressure to ensure we didn''t run out when we needed it the most. Oh that and it is extremely explosive. While yes it can be used as a short term fuel (I believe there is a fleet of small busses in one town that run on it) and as the prime source of energy from fuel cells I am not convinced that H2 will be a truly long term energy storage solution. I may be wrong. Batteries may be improving all the time, I know as you can buy a 1.5kilowatt LiFePO unit for 12v applications in boats but they need a very complex charge regime and cost an arm and leg, and these will play a part by helping to balance the demand/supply through smaller scale domestic storage but can we honestly call them sustainable if we have to dig up vast tracts of the planet to get the base chemicals for them?? I agree that CCS needs to be fully R&D''d as this does offer a major chance to reduce emissions while still maintaining a base load supply but what is wrong with planting thousands of trees? I also agree with you that we can power the country into the future in a clean and sustainable manner. I think we have wasted far too much money on wind turbines in the name of "being green" and these things need to be scaled back with the funding pushed into other areas that will provide a more stable power supply. Lastly I have to totally disagree with your comment about "zero waste renewables". Sorry absolutely no such thing as zero waste anything.

Last chance to register for free energy efficiency webinar

Hi Malcolm, Yes, this webinar will be available ''on-demand'' after it has aired live tomorrow afternoon. Keep an eye on the list here - www.edie.net/webinar. Thanks, Luke

Last chance to register for free energy efficiency webinar

I have a meeting all afternoon on 22 Sept. Is it possible to watch this webinar at another time?

Virgin unveils aviation 'game-changer' with alcohol-to-jet fuel

Better be quick before steel mills close down in the UK

Tackling water scarcity: The key barriers and enablers - The Procter & Gamble blog

This may seem ridiculous at first sight but it all makes sense to me. Millions of litres of drinking water are used to flush toilets and create sewage that has to be treated at great expense. Read the book ''Humanure second edition'' by Joseph C. Jenkins, available as a free read on the web. It gives a completely new understanding of the problems! Just enter ''Humanure 2nd edition'' as a search. A.E.(Ted) Dowdeswell. teddwell@aol.com

US clothing firm launches voting campaign to place environment back on the ballot

Sustainably-conscious? Can that be applied to any politician? (Sustainability-conscious, surely?)

Society needs a reboot - The BT Group blog

Couldn''t agree more, however schools seem ill-prepared to provide the support needed, and frankly often fail to capture children imagination, especially girls who are in smaller numbers going in to the CDIT sector. It doesn''t have to be so, but often state schools lack staff skills, time and resources, that why we set up www.techresorteb.com a local initiative for Eastbourne to address just this problem, however it''s totally scaleable,

Germany wants to scrap EU recycling targets

So this is a story about Germany wanting to suspend recycling targets whilst a new calculation method is tested. Not really about scrapping recycling targets at all?

Ed Davey: Irresponsible Tories betting the nation on gas and nuclear

Hi, Why do I think Nuclear is a bad choice or for that matter Gas a Fossil Fuel, because they create problems further in time. The objective of any person in a position to make decisions should be Clean Energy and with a mix of sustainable options. Personally I have arrived at HyPulJet.2.0 a concept for a Hydrogen and Oxygen Rotary Engine-generator. This will produce its own fuel on board the vehicle or on site in the case of an Off-grid house. There are people who simply do not want Clean energy to happen, they will not even enter into a discussion and industry and business will not even respond to even begin a discussion. I am confident that what I have arrived at after many years will work, the first element, Hydrogen and Oxygen in a Rotary Engine is already prototyped by Highland and Islands University in Scotland, some several months after I filed the UK Patent Application. The second phase of HyPulJet.2.0 which I cannot make public, is also in prototype form at a German University on a different scale and somewhat different approach, but never the less working. Will there be other innovation which is being ignored or even stifled, I am confident that there will be others if there is one, so yes if we are to save the atmosphere from further abuse, then clean energy should be the way forward for Politicians such as Ed Davey who ignored my letters over many months when in Office. (Many letters to Others also) The one thing which is missing, is a Search or Road Show for Clean and Sustainable Energy Innovation. It is perfectly clear that if decision makers surround themselves with people from the existing industries which are the cause of the problem, they are hardly likely to come up with an answer which will shut down their industry. Only way to stop GHG emissions is to STOP burning Fossil Fuels for energy.

General Motors joins RE100 pledge to source 100% renewables

Surely a commitment with a 34 year timeline on an issue as dynamic and important as this can be no more than window-dressing? By 2050, the business may not even be making cars, even assuming it still exists.

10 things you probably didn't know about the record breaking year for renewables

Heartened to see the update on Costa Rica. On a different note, the statement from REN21 is a damning indictment: "For every dollar spent boosting renewables, nearly four dollars were spent to maintain our dependence on fossil fuels."

Virgin Media and Heineken USA revolutionise CSR reporting with gamification and 360-degree video

Tend to agree with Joshua Brown''s comment. For a giant corporation like Heineken it''s obvious that the public relations exercise matters just as much, if not more, than investment in greener technologies, cutting waste, focussing on efficiencies, etc. A cursory look at Heineken''s record in Africa, Asia and Latin America - where it derives most of its profits - suggests the spin is alive and well where it counts...in the industrialized West.

Where's all the wind? - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

Keiron - You did mention pumped storage but you did not focus on its huge potential and there are other energy storage options such as hydrogen, compressed air, liquid air, etc, all making good progress. Batteries for large scale energy storage are also developing well and demand response will contribute massively to our electricity security, regardless of the stupid comments coming from the GMB union. Clean coal, including CCS, also needs deep study as we are sitting on 600 years supply of this material. Given time and the necessary funding we can, most certainly, power this country and indeed others with clean, zero waste renewables, energy storage, demand response and smart grids (possibly Europe wide) that will deliver for generations, not just the 60 year period that the Hinkley nonsensical and monumental mistake will provide. It is a major challenge and one which all true engineers relish - challenge is why many engineers entered the profession.

Hinkley Point: Green economy reacts as Government approves nuclear power deal

So, the darkest day in British power generation has dawned, the lunatics are running the asylum and we have gone back on old, outdated, highly dangerous technology to power this country, instead of looking forward and building renewables and energy storage facilities that will last generations and not the paltry 60 years of this ridiculous white elephant. As a Chartered Engineer of 40 years international experience I am deeply saddened by this latest act of stupidity from Westminster. Why did we not pool the brilliant engineers from UK, France and China and develop the renewables / energy storage approach. When Hinkley produces its first Watt in 20 years time, renewables will be generating clean, zero waste electricity at a fraction of its price, largely due to the brilliance of German power engineers!

Gym chain seals UK's largest water supplier switch

We made the recommendation to David LLoyd years ago!

From Blair to May: A complete timeline of Hinkley Point's approval

Olkiluoto and Flamanville still have not come on stream. Each of them is many years behind schedule and billions over budget. It seems therefore that it is unlikely that Hinkley will be on budget and on schedule. Clean-up, decommissioning and waste disposal of the present generation of nuclear is open-ended at present, with no agreement on what to do with the waste. Latest cost estimate for Sellafield clean-up is 70 billion and rising steadily each year. Nuclear cleanup took two thirds of last year''s DECC budget. No estimates have been given for clean-up of Hinkley, seemingly because nobody knows what it will cost or what they will do with the waste. Subsidies to solar, wind and biogas have been cut so badly as to bring new investment almost to a halt, although the costs of those renewables are falling fast. The justification for the renewable energy cuts, given to me by DECC Minister Amber Rudd, was that it would save hardworking households and businesses 5-6 per year on their energy bills. The 30 billion subsidies for Hinkley will put those costs and more back on the "hardworking household''s" energy bills. Expert opinion on cybercrime at Oxford University is that the risks involved in having the Chinese involved in construction are very high and difficult to guard against. Concentrating energy generation in enormous plants like Hinkley, meeting 7% of the UK energy demand, is an open invitation to terrorists. Expert opinion is that there are now other cheaper ways of generating this energy which were not available at the time when the plant was originally planned. Does this sound like a good investment?

From Blair to May: A complete timeline of Hinkley Point's approval

Hinkley C is said to cost some18 Bn GBP. Does this include the cost of final nuclear waste disposal once it''s up and running, or is that an additional cost to be borne by us later, or will the operator simply take it away as dispose of it in its home Country?

From Blair to May: A complete timeline of Hinkley Point's approval

Hinkley C is said to cost some18 Bn GBP. Does this include the cost of final nuclear waste disposal once it''s up and running, or is that an additional cost to be borne by us later, or will the operator simply take it away as dispose of it in its home Country?

From Blair to May: A complete timeline of Hinkley Point's approval

The subsidy deal that the government contracted with EDF is a load of BS. First the is the price per MWh even considered before signing, I think not. Second, Hinkley won''t produce power till 2023? Not true, since after the EDF makes the gov sign they will make it so that they plant will generate so much MWh that we will be paying off the subsidy and the loan for more than 35 years.

Britain is ready for the green bus transition, says Volvo Buses

Philip, the cuts are not caused by bus manufacturers but by the politicians holding the purse-strings. As air quality is less of an issue outside our towns, a hybrid bus is what you need for inter-urban services.

Britain is ready for the green bus transition, says Volvo Buses

How welcome this must be, especially for city dwellers, but what is Volvo proposing for the (at least) 25% British people living outside the cities, & who are seeing already at best sparse bus services cut even further?!

Britain is ready for the green bus transition, says Volvo Buses

We may be ready for a transition; what we are certainly not ready for is Volvo''s awful B5LH platform [pictured above]. It uses an automated manual box rather than a full automatic. These are just about acceptable in a coach, but in a city bus they are far too jerky and result in huge losses of power during glacially slow gear changes - on a rising grade the bus almost comes to a standstill between first and second gears. Not only this but the four-pot engine is nasty, loud and harsh. The noisy, jerky ride is closer to a Leyland Fleetline of the 1970s than a smooth modern vehicle. Quite how this is suppposed to attract and passengers is beyond me.

Why BEIS should put the circular economy at the heart of its new industrial strategy

All of this action is long overdue and very welcome; establishing a circular economy is the only way forward. Having consistent household waste recycling across the country will make things so much easier for everyone.

World Water Week: Six innovations to quench the global thirst for clean water

I''d like to add a new extra water-saving innovation called Waterblade which screws to any tap costs just 7.50 and can save 75 per tap per year on water costs

Some real-world figures for solar PV - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

@Nigel - yes I am but I keep LinkedIn purely for my business. I prefer to keep my musings about sustainability separated from work interests in the same way I keep work and Facebook apart. Why do you ask? Keiron

Some real-world figures for solar PV - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

Kieron, Are you on Linked In? Nigel A-F

Some real-world figures for solar PV - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

@Richard - I''d love to see a large scale Solar power station and speak to the engineers and find out how their system works in comparison to my humble set up on my boat. I''m sure the economies of scale make a big difference but the simple physics of solar panels is they need sunlight and bright sunlight at that to reach their peak capacity plus there is also a physical limit to the efficiencies that can be achieved by a solar panel. As I hope my somewhat limited experiment shows peak capacity only occurs in bright sunlight for a few hours a day. As Mr Scott often said "you cannae change the laws of physics". I also hope that my experiment showed that rooftop solar on a home might struggle to cope with domestic needs given it takes my set up nearly 4 days to recharge my small batteries from 50% full. My aim was not to belittle Solar as I think this is a valuable source of power just that the figures oft quoted by developers must be taken with a pinch of salt, especially in our notoriously fickle climate where the sun is frequently hidden behind clouds.

Where's all the wind? - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

@ Richard - I haven''t ignored energy storage at all. I mention in the last line where I comment that we could flood every valley in Britain to provide a national battery which I admit might be stretching it a bit but the fact is at present, and for the foreseeable future, the UK does not have enough Pumped Storage to manage the erratic production from Wind. You don''t actually say how you''d propose to store the energy or how a "smart grid" might work but as I live on a boat with a 12v Lead Acid battery I do know something about domestic storage of electrical power and it isn''t overly feasible for your average house. I also never said I didn''t like Wind Turbines, in the right place they can look quite nice in an engineering sense. I just feel that putting them in the middle of the Highlands is not the right place and here they are ghastly monstrosities. I am glad we agree there needs to be a sensible mix and that we both agree that gas will need to be a major part of that mix. However we will have to disagree about the nuclear balance for now.

Report: Energy sector experiencing 'negative impacts' of Brexit vote

Surely a rise in energy prices would be a good thing for businesses involved in energy efficiency as it would motivate people to purchase their products or services in order to save money on energy bills in the longer term. Or is that just too blooming obvious?

Some real-world figures for solar PV - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

So do we just give up on solar or, as engineers, do we accept the challenge of capturing the awesome CLEAN, ZERO WASTE power generation potential in solar PV and other true renewables. Keiron would do well to visit several of these large installations and see the progress that the industry has made in the last 40 years - and will continue to make if we can have a set of MPs who actually understand science and engineering and can provide funding to support our needs. Just think what the 18Bn (minimum) intended for the ridiculous Hinkly Point C station could achieve in renewables and energy storage research - and well within the 10-15 years it will take to build and commission that white elephant.

Wonky fruit & veg: turning an environmental problem into a social solution - The Fareshare blog

When will we wake up to the fact that a wobbly carrot or spud is just as good and as edible as an EU compliant one and that we need to sell them together, not in special wobbly boxes, if we are to optimize the utilization of our food crops. Supermarkets need to get this message over to the public at the point of sale, without the daft special packaging. They also need to sell all fruit and veg loose, as in the good old fashioned greengrocers, rather than using bally plastic packaging, and let the customer provide their own bags to carry the produce home in.

Where's all the wind? - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

It is amazing how people like Keiron always make this same mistake about windpowe - they ignore energy storage completely. Obviously the intermittency of wind at both the high and low speed ends means that they will not generate 24/7/365 but if we provide the necessary and long overdue energy storage facilities then what they do generate that is not used immediately can be stored and used via a smart grid at the appropriate time. With nuclear fission stations then the output is continuous for the 9 months a year they are generating. However, if they experience radiation leakage, which is possible, then we wont need their output in large parts of the UK because we will be unable to live in the contaminated landscape for a very long time. So let''s go for a renewables mix with some clean coal and gas too but NO nuclear - and yes I believe wind turbine designs are most attractive!!

Is this the most sustainable ship in the world?

The article criticises the IMO for its tardiness in energy and carbon reduction. But, as a UN agency it is the nation states of which it is composed that have not been pushed hard enough by the UN itself. Sure, just like power stations, ships have a long service life, and cannot be replaced overnight with newer, more economical models. But there is no excuse for the way that both aviation and shipping have been let off the hook by the international community. On another shipping environmental issue, in 2004 the IMO agreed a Ballast Water Management convention, to minimise the transfer of alien species in ballast water from one part of the world to another, but the national ratifications have only just reached the 35% of global tonnage that will mean it comes into force in September 2017 - and our own UK government has still not ratified it

Is this the most sustainable ship in the world?

Surely a product is either sustainable (in purpose, production, use and re-use) -or it isnt? Any vehicle for gratuitous consumption can surely only ever be a ''pig in lipstic'' from the sustainability perspective? Discuss.

Greg Clark: Britain's industrial strategy needs an upgrade fit for the future

Yet again a new Broom at BISS or BIES or what ever. Yet another statement by yet another Business Secretary, that they are going to get things improved. Suggestion for Greg Clarke and his team, start asking those people with Innovation that are stifled from making it into the Open. Start positive searching for innovation and provide funding in exchange for Equity. Hold Roadshows at Universities/Technical Colleges/Libraries, I am fully aware that there is a mass of innovation which fails to get through Death Valley, Vince Cable even knows the problem, said he was going to sort it out and Nothing. Al Scott

Should Britain introduce a 5p charge on disposable coffee cups?

What about getting a discount on the price of the coffee if you use your own cup? I have seen this offered in small, independent coffee shops in various parts of the world and it would encourage me to BYOC. Carrot rather than stick for a change

Polystyrene packaging debate hots up as industry rejects chefs' claims

It is all well and good calling for a ban but do they propose an alternative that is as inert, lightweight and effective? I don''t like EPS personally as I see far too much of it floating around at sea but if it is managed properly it is no worse than any other packaging material and for the purpose it is being used for in this instance it is an ideal material. Polystyrene cups though should be banned instantly. There is absolutely no need for single use cups anywhere.

London's black cab drivers are ready to go green

Just switching their bloody engines off when they are waiting around would help

DfT trials highlight economic and environmental upside of longer lorries

So this what DFT has been fiddling with whilst overlooking completely that every diesel engined car in the UK was pumping out significantly increased pollution.

AkzoNobel launches bio-renewable coating following anti-fouling accusations

Unfortunately the new product from AkzoNobel will very likely be found to contain similar biocides (ie: tin compounds) as their previous range. We have not yet had chance to analyse the new product, but the claim "biocide-free" is the same claim that continues to be made for their previous products, which are still on sale. It is highly misleading. The International Maritime Organisation banned the use of tin as a biocide in 2008. AkzoNobel anti-foulings have continued to contain tin, albeit in smaller quantities, but they say it is not there "as a biocide". Marine biologists we have spoken to say the tin content is more than enough to have biocidal effects and to add to the toxic legacy of previous tin-based anti-fouling. It is very worrying that one of the largest manufacturers of anti-fouling feels willing, and able, to introduce further toxic tin into the oceans, and even more so to present it in the guise of environmental friendliness.

DfT trials highlight economic and environmental upside of longer lorries

Is there any evidence included on other aspects - eg. damage to buildings in town centres due to (presumably) a greater area swept when turning? And if there a risk of more accidents involving cyclists? Broadly it seems to be a good idea to try and increase the load per lorry, and I can see that adding length would make a lot of sense for relatively low density products, that don''t get near existing weight limits, but it would be interesting to know about other aspects of this.

AkzoNobel launches bio-renewable coating following anti-fouling accusations

Although you include a lurid photograph apparently from Wikigreen you have provided no link to their allegations against Akzo Nobel, whose commitment to sustainability and good environmental practices I have seen in practice

G20 vows to 'scale up green finance' in collaboration with business

Fine. Another milestone on the built up to facing climate change. Apparently over the shoulder there is the topical issue of how "wastes" as well represent a potential source of emissions that seem to be overlooked(?). There should be some good language on landfill emissions in foras of eminent status like the G20 to send some message.

Wonky fruit & veg: turning an environmental problem into a social solution - The Fareshare blog

Why on earth do we need these silly wonky veg boxes? Why not simply include the wonky veg with the other veg and sell it together?

Demand response 'vital' even if Hinkley gets green light, says Flexitricity

Demand response, renewables and energy storage should be the main elements of UK''s energy policy from now on, dropping nuclear fission completely.

Demand response 'vital' even if Hinkley gets green light, says Flexitricity

How will Brexit impact our involvement in the Emissions Trading Scheme? - The Pinsent Masons blog

It is quite obvious that this government cares not one iota for CO2 reductions. For all we know the new energy dept within the BEIS is just a couple of desks with new graduates stuck behind them. If we called this the Office of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, would they be called OBEIS instead? Rod Mountain

How will Brexit impact our involvement in the Emissions Trading Scheme? - The Pinsent Masons blog

There is, as Ellie says, an opportunity for UK to continue in the ETS scheme, though most would want to see some radical changes if it is to become more effective in putting a value on carbon. But in order to continue in the scheme, UK would have to opt to remain a member of the single market, based on our existing membership of the EEA, Norway and other non-EU countries mentioned are members of the scheme on that basis. The problem here is that, although that is by far the most effective way of reducing the economic damage of Brexit on both UK and EU27 economies (see IFS August report), David Davis said in his statement to Parliament on 5th Sept that it was unlikely UK would remain a member of the single market. So UK would probably have to develop a new scheme, and it must be apparent from the statement in the House today by Nick Hurd, the Climate Change minister, and from the delay in introducing the statutory carbon budgets required under the Climate Change Act, that this will not be a high priority for the new Department.

Tax haven money could power half the world with renewable energy

In my view, tax is the key issue of the age. Huge amounts of money that should be available to society - through taxation - to deal with climate change, environmental degradation and social inequality is lost while wealthy individuals and corporates free ride on the societies they make their money from.

Can sustainability professionals lead a 'social movement' to drive the green economy?

Many do question the willingness of government to push forward on sustainability and we often hear that business and not policymakers will be the real drivers. But I think we need to acknowledge that policymakers / government often take no action or ineffective action, in response to powerful business lobbying. Many business sectors are often two faced on our most pressing issues such as climate change, the environment and social inequality. The same goes for tax with many of our most prominent corporates off-shoring taxes, paying very low wages etc " all reducing the resources available to governments (i.e. society) to tackle those same issues. Look at the recent debate in the UK over food (sugar, salt, advertising etc). Despite all health experts and many civil society organisations arguing for change - a social movement (?) " the feeble government response was largely down to powerful business lobbying against any significant action. Personal behaviour is important and I fully agree with the need to be part of a social movement but as well as holding policymakers to account, we need to be much more vocal in holding business to account.

Polystyrene packaging debate hots up as industry rejects chefs' claims

EPS is fundamentally unsustainable. It is a fossil-fuel derived material and the only re-use possible is incineration (and a paltry 21% of it at that) which creates its own potential air quality problems not to mention carbon emissions. Its functionality can be replicated by other fundamentally recyclable materials so its use can only be defended by those interested in short term solutions cheapest to themselves.

Technologies and business models for a flourishing future - Towards 9 billion - the Terrafiniti blog

We seem to be continually adding new terms and acronyms to the sustainability vocabulary. This may help us differentiate and sell our services, but it may also have the effect of putting many people off the subject. That would be a great shame due to the considerable change that is still required of everybody in society.

DSR is 'fanciful nonsense', says union

Some businesses are already taking advantage of the discounts they get through their demand side response, and while domestic consumers may respond more slowly, partly in view of the cost of IoT technology. Who would have believed ten years ago the number of solar panels now on domestic roofs, or even the almost universal adoption of smart phones

'The moment we decided to save our planet': US and China ratify Paris climate deal

This is a significant moment for the efforts to tackle the global climate change challenge we are facing. The largest polluters are taking the lead. It is in a way striking the eighth code to strengthen the will and spirit of the agreement.

Should Britain introduce a 5p charge on disposable coffee cups?

It worked extraordinarily well with the shopping bags - why not with cups?

Can sustainability professionals lead a 'social movement' to drive the green economy?

I just followed the link to "Move for Europe". It doesn''t say anything at all about the environment. Is there some kind of mistake?

Should Britain introduce a 5p charge on disposable coffee cups?

Not a charge but a deposit so that you can get your 5p or more back. This would leave the coffee shops with a pile of cups and they would then come up with a design that was cheap and easy to reuse or recycle

Should Britain introduce a 5p charge on disposable coffee cups?

No, it should be 50p Everyone should bring their own cup, or drink it on the premises.

DSR is 'fanciful nonsense', says union

Far from being years away, domestic DSR already exists! Appliances with timers exist already and lots of people are used to using these to reduce their electricity bills. Using Mass market IoT devices like Hive and Nest it would be possible to make these appliances even smarter. I would imagine that, if there was a will, it would only take a few months for the manufacturers to push out mods to their IoT devices to assist with domestic DSR. Then it is just a case of making economy 7 type tariffs more widely available and with greater price differentiation brackets. Why is the secretary of GMB being given any kind of platform to speak about national energy policy? Its not really his field of expertise is it?

DSR is 'fanciful nonsense', says union

The Executive Director of National Grid is correct in saying that investing in more fossil fuel centralized generation at this juncture would be a mistake. Of course the GMB Union is complaining it means jobs for them! But, to wait for homeowners to adopt new smart appliances that will automatically operate when prices are lowest and solar power is abundant, is naive. If the problem exists now, it will take years for the replacement cycle of appliance to make a difference. Installing the Transverter T13XE Automatic Demand Response Module and IDS Edge in businesses and residences would provide the local utilities some level of control at volume for something around 1,000/home. They d have complete control of major load demand upon installation which could be centrally signaled to disconnect (bi-directional to IDS), allowed to operate on a schedule (instructions held in the IDS Edge) or respond to local network conditions (capability of the T13XE). This could be implemented today and could control up 42 KVA/home or business.

Uber and Nissan launch three-month electric vehicle trial in London

Great! But... Where are they going to rapid charge? Using the Ecotricity''s chargers will be uneconomic at 6/hour of driving. Likewaise all the others, CYC, Polar etc. What else is there?

Packaging industry urges EU to reinforce circular economy proposals

I Dont understand a word of this. Any examples would be useful

The Anthropocene epoch: scientists declare dawn of human-influenced age

This is an amazing time to be a Geologist - the dawn of a new Era of Geological Time but also a scary one to think I have been personally responsible for creating some of the potential markers for it. As for the defining boundary there must be lava flows from Hawaii or Iceland or other volcanos that have a clear delineation between pre and post atmospheric weapons tests. In the same way the Iridium layer is trapped as a thin band within the Deccan Trap lavas in India. This for me is the critical layer and marker as you can physically see it and put your finger on it.

Angus MacNeil: Government must reverse 'restrictive' energy policies of 2015

Angus MacNeil is quite right and EDF could start by installing onshore wind and solar PV on all their UK coastal nuclear sites. UK nuclear regulators must also enforce a zero emissions policy to stop the current widespread escallation of health effects from exposure to poisonous sea, land and air nuclear pollution. And shut down the AGR s before they go into core meltdown due to progressive age related structural degradation.

Carnival clean-up: Notting Hill waste to generate 100MWh of electricity

"plastic bags, food and drink, packaging, beer cans, flags and whistles " are still very much in evidence - We are unsure whether the herculean task to "deal with the waste in the most sustainable way possible and ensure everything is spotless ahead of rush hour on Tuesday morning." was achieved. According to Veolia - was it?

Carnival clean-up: Notting Hill waste to generate 100MWh of electricity

"plastic bags, food and drink, packaging, beer cans, flags and whistles " are still very much in evidence - We are unsure whether the herculean task to "deal with the waste in the most sustainable way possible and ensure everything is spotless ahead of rush hour on Tuesday morning." was achieved. According to Veolia - was it?

Could a '100% recyclable' polymer drive the new plastics economy?

Every little helps even if it is not ideal!!

ClientEarth: UK Government should come clean on dirty air

And what about the air pollution routinely discharged from all the UK nuclear sites? Regulators have refused to commission the Bristol University AARM drone mounted nuclear monitoring device; why?

MPs and public in unison over maintaining post-Brexit environmental protection

Some good news at last

ClientEarth: UK Government should come clean on dirty air

Hi, There is no need for anything new, most new cars have a Trip Computer fitted and this provides a clear indication of on road fuel usage and average use in mpg. It does not take a scientist to calculate the amount of CO2 which these cars are emitting in daily use. It has been a lie perpetrated by the car companies and supported by governments to indicate that they have been acting on Green House Gas emissions. These highly public claims have to be cause for concern when figures produced by NASA et al indicate that CO2 ppm are steadily rising as if nothing is being done. The reality is, that is the case, very little is being done, most is hype, lies, smoke and mirrors. Time for Auto makers to drive their own vehicles on the road and record the figures from their vehicles systems and provide that information to both consumers and Government departments. Honesty for once or is this something which we require from children but not from adults and politicians..

MPs and public in unison over maintaining post-Brexit environmental protection

The most effective way of ensuring the retention of environmental protection legislation after UK leaves the EU is also the most effective way of limiting the inevitable damage to the UK economy. That is, to negotiate to remain in the single market, based on our existing membership of the EEA. This is broadly the "Norway option", though some changes could be agreed for UK. This would secure continued unfettered access to the single market if it can be agreed as part of the UK''s exit negotiations. If the UK government cannot or will not negotiate this, then a replacement trade agreement would have to be negotiated subsequently, and could take years to agree. The delay and uncertainty of negotiating a new trade agreement with our closest neighbours would damage the economies of both the UK and the EU27. No trade agreement could be as favourable to UK trading terms as continued membership of the single market. Meanwhile, post Brexit, UK could focus its limited trade negotiating capacity on seeking new and possibly even more favourable trade agreement with the 50+ countries with whom it currently has favourable access through EU agreements. Not all environmental regulations and directives would be protected by this arrangement. Norway, for instance, does not implement the Birds and Habitats Directive, but only because it has more extensive regulations of its own. Uk voted to leave the EU, not to leave the single market - that was not on the ballot paper. The Conservative manifesto which promised the referendum also said "Yes to the single market". If the government cannot get what it regards as acceptable terms for continued membership of the single market, for instance some limits to freedom of movement for labour, then it could decide to leave the single market also - following a commitment in its next manifesto. Only when that happens would the full range of EU legislation need to be reviewed. If UK remains in the single market, this review can be undertaken at a manageable pace and much of the legislation, including on environmental protection, would be retained.

Ignoring innovation is the biggest risk companies can take, warns Unilever

How do I get in touch with the author of this report please! Regards. Allan Smith. Energy Effective Ltd. www.energyeffective.co.uk

Ignoring innovation is the biggest risk companies can take, warns Unilever

How do I get in touch with the author of this report please! Regards. Allan Smith. Energy Effective Ltd. www.energyeffective.co.uk

Recycling contamination levels are on the rise: what happens next?

It''s frustrating to see how many challenges remain around household recycling in the UK when so many other countries seem to have nailed it years ago. The answer is surely lies in adopting the practices of e.g. Germany and just getting on with it rather than spending another wasteful decade trying to work out ''what works best for us''. I also wonder if there is actually something positive behind the numbers here. Perhaps there is more contamination getting into bins because the British public are trying to recycle everything they can and they''re simply frustrated at not being able to put more in their recycling containers?

Army of chefs wage war on polystyrene waste in London

All the major chains like McDonalds, Burgerking and KFC moved away from Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) cups and packaging years ago, Most reputable companies have moved away from foam / EPS cups, it is just individual traders who are using EPS now. We as consumers can do our bit, demand paper packaging

Recycling contamination levels are on the rise: what happens next?

We have been fighting this issue within the organics fraction for many years. Non target material entering the green waste feedstock, most notably plastic has a real impact on the quality of outputs and does little to build confidence in the use of compost by farmers. Local authorities do need to take ownership of this however taxing the task through active comms to their residents. It is however the responsibility of all to improve our performance, go to the Netherlands and look at the quality of their feedstock.. pristine!

Scottish energy production boosted by ?200m hydro scheme

Oooooooohhhhhhh! LOL First I have heard of this but I am so delighted to read the news and can''t wait to pour over all the details! 300MW of power but how many GWh of energy storage I wonder? I do hope there will be money available actually to build it, and the plans won''t just sit on the drawing board gathering dust for years like those for Coire Glas. Sounds like a nice wee pumped-storage appetiser to keep us going until the funding for the main course is found ..... World s biggest-ever pumped-storage hydro-scheme, for Scotland? https://scottishscientist.wordpress.com/2015/04/15/worlds-biggest-ever-pumped-storage-hydro-scheme-for-scotland/

Army of chefs wage war on polystyrene waste in London

Aren''t we losing sight of the issue? The chefs need fish and other foods kept fresh and in perfect condition on the journey from the sea to the restaurant. Can edie readers suggest how that could be done if polystyrene boxes were not available? Polystyrene not only has the ability to keep the fish frozen or chilled and safe, it also has the lowest carbon footprint of any plastic type. Not easy to recycle because it is expensive financially and environmentally to collect, sort and clean it but in London value, as energy, is still recovered from over 21% of waste.

Recycling contamination levels are on the rise: what happens next?

Unfortunately as long as we don''t have clearer guidance to the producer it is inevitable, no matter how small, that cotamination will continue. Just take plastics as an example with its range of types which can and cannot be recycled. To the untrained producer a plastic toy,film or plant pot is all plastic. Glass is another good example. A pyrex "glass" dish or a broken window pane is all glass to the home producer. Until this message is conveyed to the people that matter, the home producer, contamination will continue.

Recycling contamination levels are on the rise: what happens next?

A German friend of mine who has worked in waste management all his life stayed with us a few years ago and was surprised that in Southampton there is a single bin for recyclables. They never mix paper with anything in Germany because any contamination reduces the prices considerably. Coincidentally on his return he found an article in a waste journal contrasting the prices that Germany received for its waste paper and continual demand with the collapse of prices and demand in places such as the UK. I am in Germany at the moment and with the hot weather the family are getting through a lot of drinks. All the drinks containers have a deposit and are returned, the glass at least is reused. They have 4 bins here, paper, packaging, food waste (A2D) and rest. Packaging is a free service not paid for by the council but the packaging manufacturers. It is all so slick and efficient and has been for over 20 years. I dont think that the waste management folk have all the initiatives and crises that we have in the UK. they just get on with it. Having deposits on bottles means you never see any drinks containers littering the place.

Renewable energy developers pass Contracts for Difference subsidy milestone

Subsidies rob the poor to feed the rich. We need Robin Hood!

Virtual power plants: 10 of the best demand response projects in the UK

I''m surprised the London Underground didn''t make No. 1 on this list Read more about this here https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/london-underground-joins-enernocs-uk-demand-side-network-o-malley

Sadiq Khan strives to exceed "hopelessly inactive" Boris Johnson with fresh air quality proposals

There is an immediate and viable solution - gas buses, follow the example Reading Buses has set, along with many major cities in Europe. Use of dedicated gas buses as an available alternative to diesel or diesel hybrid technology, manages NOx and SOx and, with sustainable biogas, manages CO2 emissions too.

Five ways drones are being used to help the environment

Bristol University''s AARM drone monitors radioactive air pollution. We have yet to know if UK nuclear regulators have commissioned its use to monitor radiation fallout from the Hinkley Point nuclear site.

Audi's new shock absorber prototype generates electricity while you drive

On our potholed rough roads these cars could solve our electricity generation gap! But seriously, how complex do we want cars to become? Is anyone looking at the whole life cost to the environment and users of all this excess complexity and is there a justifiable return on investment. How many of these cars will be around in 15 years time when the cost of spares and the highly qualified technicians required to maintain them outweighs the residual value resulting in unnecessary scrapping of what may be an otherwise serviceable vehicle. Bring back the Morris 1000 with a simple modern engine.

The Premier League 2016/17 sustainability quiz

''Same ol'' Chelsea, always cheating...''

Coming of age: The heroes and villains of the circular economy

We now just understanding that we live on a very small planet with 7 billion other people and there are no border . Just barrier to problems coming home that money can no longer address by any country on its own an d a 20th century economic system that was never designed to deal with a Global economy and a G35 world headed to a G50 at a speed we will need a more sustainable approach and a more circular economy to assure that 50% of the world that is now a financial liability become an key part of the solution not seen as a problem left to the community and government to fix using old 20th century thinking. Is not sustainable.

Recyclable coffee cups and mushroom packaging: 7 innovations that could win the war on waste

Change the coating formulation and the paper cups become recyclable materials. A paper cup is a virgin paper material that is very high value IF the coating is no longer a contaminant. This problem has been solved. See the reCUP http://www.recup.co

Could this new material resolve the UK's great coffee cup recycling debate?

Virgin Paper fibres found in paper cups are valuable materials that can reused 7 times in recycled paperboards over if you can recycle them. The key is to recycle them as paper fibers, otherwise you have to cut down more trees for more paper material. Hiding them in a plastic resin doesn''t solve the problem. There is a recyclable paper cup http://www.recup.co

Starbucks responds to War on Waste with 'bring your own cup' discount

A biodegradable paper cup is a waste of resources. You cut down trees to make a paper cup to be used once?? Why use the fibres once and then bury them ? If we can recycle a paper cup, the fibres can be used 7 times over. Recycling is the goal and reusing the material, not burying it.

Could public support for renewables derail UK fracking and nuclear projects?

Interesting article, but why is there no mention of tidal power from the Severn or tidal lagoons? These would provide very large amounts of power as well as offshore wind.

Wind turbines generated 100% of Scotland's power needs for an entire day

@Scottish Scientist - glad to see someone has actually thought about pumped storage solutions to balance the unreliable, intermittent nature of wind (and solar) generation but why build a brand new reservoir, dam and canal in the middle of the Highlands, destroying even more of this amazing environment, when there are already many hydro schemes that could be converted to Pumped Storage Hydro? A suggestion has been made to use Loch Lomond as the lower pond then convert all the reservoirs around to pumped storage. Apparently the drop in water level in Loch Lomond if you refilled every upper reservoir would be less than 2m. Wouldn''t this be far more sustainable and environmentally preferable to drowning a valley, digging a stupendously big canal and covering acres in concrete?

Could public support for renewables derail UK fracking and nuclear projects?

The problem is that wind, solar and other so called "renewables" won''t power the average home''s GAS fired central heating or cooking hob. So unless everyone ditches the gas boiler and hob for electric alternatives the UK will still need a domestic gas supply. Plus 50% of the UK total electricity demand (at 07:15 BST on 16th) is provided by GAS fired power stations. Unless we accept brownouts, rolling blackouts etc we will need a supply of gas for many years to come. And how do people think solar panels, wind turbines etc are actually made? They don''t grow on trees but need energy and hydrocarbons/petrochemicals for construction and maintenance. We have been hydraulically stimulating gas fields in the UK for decades. Every well in Wytch Farm has been "fracked" with zero problems and it is in an SSSI, National Nature Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Park. The general public have been misled by the "green" movement over hydraulic fracturing and the Shale reserves through myths, lies, propaganda and hype. Sadly it looks highly likely that the UK may end up never developing it''s domestic reserves but relying on Russian, Middle Eastern and other overseas supplies of gas to keep the lights on and the heating systems burning. Energy efficiency is the key as if we can all reduce our wastage by 10%, 20% or more then we won''t need any further nuclear stations and can develop and use our own gas reserves sustainably until such time that we truly have proper, sustainable, low emission energy supplies in place.

Brighton sets 'sustainability benchmark' for eco-tourism with i360 opening

Do we know the embodied energy (or carbon) in its construction? And have they considered the carbon footprint of people travelling to it? When they expound the virtues of "thermal insulation, low-energy lighting, double-glazing and natural ventilation" my greenwash alarm bell starts ringing - these should be more or less standard. And although 1kWh per visitor may be OK for the energy used in the actual visit, it still compares poorly with what would have been used if they walked along the former West pier!

The Premier League 2016/17 sustainability quiz

Chelsea do not recycle 100% of their waste. I was at an Atom FM Event (held at Chelsea FC) earlier in the year and Compass (their FM Provider) were using black bags in many of their consoles where food and recyclables were clearly being placed together. i also have the pictures to prove it. It would be interesting to understand how Chelsea FC are separating food waste from their sales point containers as all gatherings of people have serious issues with this process. Racecourses have a particular issue here and in fact McDonalds have a world wide issue with this process. So what are Chelsea doing that they have not shared with the rest of the world? I am a bit surprised that an organisation such as edie would accept a football clubs word for their 100% claim.

Wind turbines generated 100% of Scotland's power needs for an entire day

And this Sunday at 17:40hrs Wind Power accounted for 1.45% of the UK energy demand or 0.41GW So from supplying 39GWhr one week to supply 3.5th of 5/8th of bugger all the next. Just shows how unreliable wind power can be.

Wind turbines generated 100% of Scotland's power needs for an entire day

An important milestone on the road to 100% renewable energy in Scotland. But, sceptics ask, what about becalmed days? Where is the plan to build energy storage capacity to store energy on days when it is windy, to provide power on other days when it is not windy? Well here''s my plan. "Scotland Electricity Generation my plan for 2020" https://scottishscientist.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/scotland-electricity-generation-my-plan-for-2020/ I propose 2 solutions (or one 2-tier solution) which can provide all the energy storage needs of the Scotland (and it can work for Britain too). 1. A site in the Scottish Highlands suitable for pumped storage hydro development, which can be super-sized for British or European needs. "World''s biggest-ever pumped-storage hydro-scheme, for Scotland?" https://scottishscientist.wordpress.com/2015/04/15/worlds-biggest-ever-pumped-storage-hydro-scheme-for-scotland/ 2. An offshore variant of power-to-gas energy storage Deep Sea Hydrogen Storage. "Off-Shore Electricity from Wind, Solar and Hydrogen Power" https://scottishscientist.wordpress.com/2015/04/23/off-shore-electricity-from-wind-solar-and-hydrogen-power/ "The diagram shows how hydrogen gas can be used to store energy from renewable-energy platforms floating at sea by sending any surplus wind and solar electrical power down a sub-sea cable to power underwater high-pressure electrolysis to make compressed hydrogen to store in underwater inflatable gas-bags." "Modelling of wind and pumped-storage power" https://scottishscientist.wordpress.com/2015/04/03/scientific-computer-modelling-of-wind-pumped-storage-hydro/ "Such modelling can predict how much wind power and pumped-storage energy capacity should be installed for satisfactory renewables-only generation." Scottish Scientist Independent Scientific Adviser for Scotland https://scottishscientist.wordpress.com/

Wind turbines generated 100% of Scotland's power needs for an entire day

Whippee do! For one day conditions were favourable and perfectly so for wind turbines to actually produce their maximum. How many days of the year are they producing at minimal due to either no wind or excessive wind? 365 minus 1. The cost to the visual environment of Scotland is huge, vast tracks of beautiful countryside ruined, huge areas of moorland covered in tracks and concrete, wildlife decimated (8 Golden Eagles are missing presumed dead in the Highlands). Don''t celebrate this single day achievement as how much has it cost the British taxpayer in subsidies? Oh and before anyone says I''m anti wind I''m not. I''m just anti wind in the wrong places

Prepare for a global 'timber supply crunch', WWF warns UK retailers

Where does the supply of wood pellets for Drax and other large scale forest to power projects fit into all this?

New plant-based cleaning products slash emissions at Rendall & Rittner

Well done Delphis Echo. We recommend Delphis Echo product to all our member hostels https://independenthostels.co.uk/. They have helped us achieve our Gold Green Tourisum Busniness Award.

Nottingham smashes climate targets four years early

Thanks George.

The seeds of sustainability are all around us - Towards 9 billion - the Terrafiniti blog

This article is excellent. Incremental sustainable change can grow quickly into transformational change when unexpected catalysts occur, an unexpected geopolitical act or extraordinary environmental calamity, for example. Such an event could wake up the world and trigger a rapid sustainable transformation from a previously incremental change. Alternatively, the revelation that an incremental sustainable change can be highly disruptive and transformative of a vital industry may trigger a rapid and long term profitability race among business competitors. How do we facilitate or consciously trigger the move from incremental to transformational?

Virgin Media and Heineken USA revolutionise CSR reporting with gamification and 360-degree video

I''m very skeptical as to whether this is the best use of a CSR budget. 16,000 views for a highly produced, and likely very expensive, video is very low, considering 15 year old rappers who have filmed their first music video on an iPhone will rack up more in 24 hours. Could this money be better spent on actual corporate resonsibility to employees, local areas and investing in the environment beyond efficiency gains?

Nottingham smashes climate targets four years early

Hi Martin. The press release was provided by Nottingham City Council. Your best bet would be to contact www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk.

Nottingham smashes climate targets four years early

Could someone point me towards the government data and statistics which this article is based on, I''m really interested but struggling to find it.

JLL battles with "frustrating" green policy and rapid business growth to 'build a better tomorrow'

Domestic landlords considering the impact of the Energy Act 2011, which may require them to improve energy efficiency to secure higher EPC bands for April 2018, are now considering pausing this as yet another review of sustainability requirements begins. We are suggesting to landowner clients that the Energy Act provisions should not in any case be a key driver for improvements to let cottages. Long-term refurbishment plans should not be put off in case this is another sustainability provision to be abolished. Longer term, tenants will be looking for properties which cost less to heat and are more comfortable in cold weather. These properties will be more easily re-let, vacancy periods should be reduced, and if as we anticipate rental levels start to reflect energy performance, this could be reflected in portfolio valuations.

Waste of resources is biggest threat to planet, warns Scottish environment agency

It is not just industry and farming waste and inefficiency but everyone''s waste and inefficiency. People go on and on about the cost of energy but still leave lightbulbs, TV and other electronic devices switched on, have their central heating systems on at 25 C or the AC on at 16 C and do the laundry at 60 C. Switch off and turn down then you''ll see the benefits in your wallet with lower bills and reduce the amount of energy we all demand everyday. It is estimated each person in UK demands an average of 200kw-hrs per day. Reduce that by 10% and Hinkley Point C might not need to be built or that god awful wind farm could be scrapped. The Government along with Energy Companies should be having a massive drive for energy efficiency in homes and business. A few million spent on insulation and efficiency measures could have a massive impact on the nations energy demands and save a fortune in the long run, not to mention bring down our Heat and Gas emissions.

Rio 2016 Olympics: How sustainable is the greatest show on Earth?

Super, super analysis by Luke. Appreciate his tim and enthusiasm for tackling a very difficult exercise in research, analysis and classification. Keith Malone

UK's carbon footprint rises 3%, what happens next?

There is only one answer - close down all industrial production and have heat and lighting black-outs every night.

Environmental records shattered as climate change 'plays out before us'

"never experienced before by humans" That is the key phrase here. The whole climate thing is very egocentric and based on a "norm" that is only 10,000 years long (since the end of the last ice age). While this is logical from a human perspective it is erroneous from a geological perspective. During the Triassic virtually all the planet was a desert. In the Carboniferous vast areas of the planet were delta swamps and during the Cretaceous huge areas of Britain were a tropical sea. There have been several instances during geological time where there were no ice caps and several where the majority of the planet was buried under snow. Earth has experienced huge variations in "climate" throughout the 4.6 Billion years it has been around. The biggest atmospheric pollution event was around 2 Billion years ago with the appearance of a toxic, flammable gas called Oxygen. It has survived massive volcanic events (Deccan Traps, Columbia River Basalts) and even several direct hits from asteroids. And if it were not for the atmosphere and the vital greenhouse gases Earth would be a lifeless barren rock like our smaller sister, the Moon. The average life expectancy of a species throughout geological times is 1 to 10 million years. Mankind (Hominids) has been on the planet for 2.5 million years. It could be argued we are already living on borrowed time. Earth has survived worse conditions but it is up to us to start living "within the planet" and not "from the planet" if as a species we are to maximise our time.

Environmental records shattered as climate change 'plays out before us'

""gone are the valleys , were rivers use to run"

EV charging stations will overtake petrol stations by 2020

Thank you for allowing me to join, looks like this may just be the info exchange I have been looking for. Thanks!

Businesses must embrace the 'radical paradigm' of sustainability

We need a tsunami to disrupt ''sustainability'' and wash away its very concept. Transparent protocols and ethical products/offerings should be the agents for change, to embrace innovative solutions for needed material uses in future. Decency coupled with accountability should promote the better in all of us.

Businesses must embrace the 'radical paradigm' of sustainability

When you live in a world of technology and the ability of the G35 headed to be the G50 and you apply 20th century thinking to a that reality. You end up with something that is no longer sustainable. As 20th century thinking was designed to the benefit of the privileged few and the masses become a financial liability and open the door to Pandora''s box. As you soon realize we do live on a very small planet and their are no border anymore .Just barrier to problems money can not fix and problems coming home no individual country can address on their own as long has we continue to apply 20th century thinking.. As it is no longer sustainable, but it does open the door to change. That will require thinking way outside the box, to apply innovation and collaboration based on the need of everyone to come to the table to be part of the solution not remain part of the problem.

Costa replaces coffee cup recycling logo with 'Tidy Man' in war on waste pledge

So let''s imagine we have made the most environmentally friendly cup in the world, we have finished our drink what do we now do with it. Every council has different rules on recycling, some will allow it to go with newspapers, some say it has to go with cardboard, some will not take it at all, as classes it as contaminated food packaging, we need the Government to create a coordinated waste recycling scheme, so we can publish on the packaging how the consumer can dispose of it with the minimum impact on the environment.

Diesel vehicle purchases banned by City of London Corporation

Why doesn''t the City of London switch their vehicles over to 100% electric power, or better to hydrogen power which already powers many London buses

Diesel vehicle purchases banned by City of London Corporation

Presumably, this move is to reduce the embarrassment caused by the decision to expand operations of London City Airport which will enable the airport to welcome 6.5m passengers by 2025.

Diesel vehicle purchases banned by City of London Corporation

I have been saying that the true nature of vehicle emissions is a farce. The fictional statements by our Government and various departmental Heads that we are leading, turn this into a pantomime. There is only one known source of energy which is clean and can be used for transport and that is hydrogen. The problem being that the supposed Innovation support and funding schemes are not fit for purpose. To put it plain and simple they are Corporate Welfare, supporting modification of diesel engines to the level of supporting and being in thrall to the New Diesel Engine Plant for Jaguar Land Rover. How on earth can we have a Government and policies to cut Green House Gasses and mitigate Climate Change if the self same Government is supporting the continuation of diesel engines for at least 20 years to get a return on investment. Stop all subsidies and funding to Fossil Fuel Energy production from well to wheel. No need to have a Carbon Tax where the subsidies pay the Tax. Support and fund new innovation which will mitigate the future which we face. Instead of letting innovators fight against the massive odds, search out innovation, a Innovation type Road Show. Anything which has a 50% chance of working fund it through to proof of concept, for a 20% equity stake and then let the market decide on the commercial aspect. There is every possibility that my HyPulJet.2.0 Hydrogen Rotary Engine-generator is now past that point and we could be about to have Validation from a UK University and then able to use that to bid for Crowd Funding, so that the University can be contracted to build a prototype engine and the all important Proof of Concept EV. Another part of the problem is that the likes of Shell and the SMMT hold best of business Awards which are not open to outside innovation. Also publications and journalist are not clear on what Zero emissions means. Electricity from the Grid used to recharge battery Plug in EVs is at best 50% better than a petrol engine at worst only slightly better on CO2 emissions. If you take into account that Fossil Fuel power stations emit more toxic pollutants that petrol engines do not and also Heavy Metal particulate matter which may come back to haunt us. Top Motoring journalist Quenton Wilson "we should ignore those facts and just get EVs out there" When asked where the electricity for a million PEVs was coming from and what increased levels of pollution that would cause he blocked me from challenging his stupid view. Time for Clean Energy Hydrogen = Actual Zero emissions I would also point out to the London Authority and everyone else, it is rather short sighted to view vehicles as the major problem. Changing a car to Zero emissions will stop less the 1 Tonne approx of CO2 per year. Taking an average UK house Off-grid will stop 5-6 Tonnes approx of CO2 so it is time to admit what is the greatest cause of CO2 emissions. That figure will change somewhat with the cut in Coal fired plant. But with the intended increase in use of natural gas, it has to be accepted that this is only a reduction and that the waste of the grid increases that figure. There is a need for a change in policy from the top and this can be brought about by journalist becoming knowledgeable about the "Whole joined up subject" and not just spouting what the industry tells them. Motoring journalists can read the Trip computer read out on the vehicles which they "testdrive". If I can see that the stated 70 miles per gallon is actually 47.5 miles per gallon average then so can they. If the vehicle manufacturer is quoting CO2 emission levels which are based on the same manufacturers m.p.g figures then they should be challenging the emissions and making it public knowledge. Best Regards Al Scott

BEIS confirms ministerial make-up and key responsibilities

As usual there are post which obviously have a "Conflict of Interests" how can you take care of the interests of SMEs and at the same time support the consumers. How does Jo Johnson support innovation and yet Baroness Rolfe has Intellectual Property to over see, which is after all what most innovation which requires support is based on. There is a need to separate "Invention " based innovation from "Business" innovation If we are to get answers to the problem of Green House Gas emissions then it has to be thrown open to the complete general public. A genuine Open Competition where individuals can get their ideas assessed and if seen as 50% viable to be supported to Proof of Concept(Safe guards for IP provided) 20% equity stake would, after the initial commencement, cover ongoing costs. The present system is simply Corporate welfare, where true innovation cannot even get basic recognition even when there are UK Patent Applications filed. The UK are naturally innovative people, however there are no support systems to help people with no funds get over Death Valley. We have had a series of BISS Secretary''s most noticeable Dr Vince Cable to state that they will overcome it, for Nothing to happen. Lets get UK Industry working and exporting products designed and made in the UK.

Energy efficiency would be cheaper than Hinkley

If we tried we could reduce the energy demand of most buildings and even manufacturing by at least 20% and most could achieve 40 or 50% in my experience. 5 years ago I was pro-Hinkley and the nuclear programme. it is now beyond its time and we should promote ESOS-type measures on all businesses (which requires a strong business case). Domestic properties will need guidance and support, but the time for change is at sale time - if a property requires insulation etc it could be a requirement of purchase - energy efficiency should be seen as more important than a kitchen or bathroom and many people would soon be doing the necessary work prior to sale. There is potential for lots of stimulus here - buy British and create skilled work for a UK workforce. Training and education will also be stimulated along with local markets. Nuclear may be ''low carbon'' but it requires huge amounts of short-term effort, is highly centralised in its effects, and creates long-term hazards. The ''waste'' heat cannot be used either, due to its necessarily remote location.

Hotel chain set for ?75,000 savings with water supplier switch

Business Cubed: one woman's mission to de-risk the global green innovation market

Thanks Hugh and Erik for your emails. Delighted you liked Matt''s article. Contacting you shortly via email. Marcela

Recyclable coffee cups and mushroom packaging: 7 innovations that could win the war on waste

Biodegradable (or more accurately, compostable) products can provide solutions in specific cases- for example at events, in office blocks, canteens - where the collection system is site specific. Here our members drive up recycling rates into the 70/80% range and the cups, and other catering materials, go to composting with food waste. But this is not a solution for chains like Costa whose customers dump the empty cups into the first available street bin. Here, why not a deposit scheme ? 20p back on the empty cup. I can hear the cries of "no, impossible" already from all those experts who are expert in maintaining the status quo.

Business Cubed: one woman's mission to de-risk the global green innovation market

Thanks Hugh and Erik for your emails. Delighted you liked Matt''s article. Contacting you shortly via email. Marcela

Recyclable coffee cups and mushroom packaging: 7 innovations that could win the war on waste

So let''s imagine we have the most environmentally friendly cup in the world, we have finished our drink what do we now do with it. Every council has different rules on recycling, some will allow it to go with newspapers, some say it has to go with cardboard, some will not take it at all, as classes as contaminated food packaging, we need the Government to create a coordinated waste recycling scheme, so we can publish on the packaging how the consumer can dispose of it with the minimum impact on the environment

Renewables coast past coal to provide a quarter of UK electricity generation

Hmmm...Q1 figures for 2016 show a changing picture. The increase in renewables is from co-firing of wood in coal fired power stations. The removal and reduction of incentives to the renewable sector will mean in a years time the picture will e different again. The renewables sector are right to be worried about investor confidence. In addition we are barely off the starting blocks for renewable heat....

Renewables coast past coal to provide a quarter of UK electricity generation

Hmmm...Q1 figures for 2016 show a changing picture. The increase in renewables is from co-firing of wood in coal fired power stations. The removal and reduction of incentives to the renewable sector will mean in a years time the picture will e different again. The renewables sector are right to be worried about investor confidence. In addition we are barely off the starting blocks for renewable heat....

Certified green energy supplier becomes first in UK to cover switching fees

A smart move by Bulb. Can they also do something about me losing my Smart meter functionality if I move to them? Utilities are still dinosaurs when it comes to customer service and the whole experience (acknowledging that they do a sterling job in keeping people and businesses connected consumers). Moves like this are good to see.

UK government delays Hinkley decision

I suspect that, particularly following George Osborne''s departure as the Chinese champion, those charged with overseeing UK defence and security are increasingly re-emphasising their concerns about Chinese state involvement with this and other nuclear fission projects.

An old technology fit for the future? - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

@ Andy Clarke Wasn''t aware of that fact, wonder if it is still available? Interesting though that someone has already looked at this option

Sadiq Khan's pollution pledges called into question with City Airport expansion approval

The new mayor of London is caught up with financial aspect and the big business lobby??? Pollution comes with more research and unique technical considerations that they fail to engage? It''s outside their comfort zone!!!

Costa replaces coffee cup recycling logo with 'Tidy Man' in war on waste pledge

Great work Hugh''s War on Waste. We have been batteling hard for 7 years to help turn the table to re-usables. Watch a short video we made today of the story behind our UK manufactured re-usable mugs. Our mission to reduce disposable coffee cup wastage and leave the world better than we found it. #wastenot https://vimeo.com/176762259

Hotel chain set for £75,000 savings with water supplier switch

An interesting move by Anglian Water Business

Sadiq Khan's pollution pledges called into question with City Airport expansion approval

Typical new labour politician, spends his time telling people what they want to hear then just does whatever he wants.

Hinkley Point C to go ahead after EDF board approves project

Perhaps you should rephrase the second paragraph of this story?

Bristol's solar revolution continues with innovative stadium PV partnership

Sedgemoor District Council needs to learn from Bristol and withdraw its support for the ridiculous Hinkley C project.

Scotland the 'prime candidate' to implement energy storage systems

Renewable energy storage in Scotland, for all of Britain. My ''Scottish Scientist'' blog publishes how. "The Strathdearn Pumped-Storage Hydro Scheme" as described below and in my blog post published at this link. World s biggest-ever pumped-storage hydro-scheme, for Scotland? https://scottishscientist.wordpress.com/2015/04/15/worlds-biggest-ever-pumped-storage-hydro-scheme-for-scotland/ "The maximum potential energy which could be stored by such a scheme is colossal about 6800 Gigawatt-hours or 283 Gigawatt-days enough capacity to balance and back-up the intermittent renewable energy generators such as wind and solar power for the whole of Europe!" Scottish Scientist Independent Scientific Adviser for Scotland https://scottishscientist.wordpress.com/

Bristol's solar revolution continues with innovative stadium PV partnership

Read a report recently which calculated that the return on energy invested in solar panel production was 83% over a 25 year panel life for installations at the UK''s lattitude. That is, over its life a panel installed in the South of the UK will only recover 83% of the energy invested in its production (by the coal powered power stations of China). So what this article is really congratulating is that Bristol has successfully exported its CO emissions to China

Hugh's War on Waste: The battle continues with coffee cup recycling in the spotlight

There is a commercially available solution to the UK paper cup recycling problem and it''s called the reCUP. Unlike traditional paper cups which often end up in landfills due to the difficulty most recyclers have processing the plastic-coated paper materials, the reCUP uses a highly-mineralized resin called EarthCoating and may easily be repulped through existing recycling equipment as if an uncoated paperboard (to view our repulpability data, visit our website) Compared to traditional poly or PLA-coated cups or any of the recently proposed alternative solutions, the reCUP offers significant environmental, economic and performance benefits. The reCUP may be ran on existing converting equipment at commercial line speeds and material costs are in line with poly-coated cup stock. To learn more about this commercially available solution, visit www.reCUP.co

Tesco calls for improved data access for water consumption

Hugh's War on Waste: The battle continues with coffee cup recycling in the spotlight

A very simple start would be to print a message on the paper cup, promoting the use of reusable cups, if we could persuade 10% of customers to bring there own mug, it would have a larger positive environmental impact than any recycling scheme.

Inside the access economy: Amazon and Nimber forge different paths to optimise logistics

For international (or long distance) peer-to-peer delivery service, check out http://www.piggybee.com/

Hugh's War on Waste: The battle continues with coffee cup recycling in the spotlight

I agree that more needs to be done, but need accurate information going out to consumers, the weight of plastic in a double wall paper cup would be closer to 3%. Not the 30% stated in this article,

Scotland's renewables sector threatened by political 'cloud of uncertainty'

Open email to - the Scottish Affairs Committee Congratulations on the publication of the SAC''s report "The Renewable Energy Sector in Scotland". I publish the "Scottish Scientist" blog wherein I propose scientifically sound engineering design concept solutions for many of the renewable energy sector challenges identified in the SAC''s report. For example, considering your report''s section 4, from page 29, "Intermittency and Security of Supply", where your report identifies the requirement for new energy storage capacity, I have published solutions showing how to provide large scale energy storage for intermittent renewable generation and thereby to provide security of supply at all times, in all circumstances. In one of my "Scottish Scientist" blog posts, which I quote below, I report that I have found one very large upland catchment site in the Scottish Highlands, where the building of a large dam, using sea water supplied via a long power canal, could impound as much hydroelectric energy as up to 6,800 GWh, which is more than enough energy storage capacity for all of Britain''s energy storage needs to allow for 100% renewable energy supply. I specify the particular details of what I have called - "The Strathdearn Pumped-Storage Hydro Scheme" below and in the blog post at this link. "World s biggest-ever pumped-storage hydro-scheme, for Scotland?" https://scottishscientist.wordpress.com/2015/04/15/worlds-biggest-ever-pumped-storage-hydro-scheme-for-scotland/ Scottish Scientist Independent Scientific Adviser for Scotland https://scottishscientist.wordpress.com/

How a sharing economy could catapult hydrogen vehicles into the mainstream

"Keiron Shatwell | 08/04/2016 11:03:00 There is a fundamental problem with using Hydrogen as a fuel source in vehicles and that is Hydrogen leaks. It is impossible to make a storage vessel that can hold Hydrogen permanently due to the small size of the H atom. Who wants to have a vehicle that you leave for a few days and come back to an empty tank?" Incorrect - Today''s hydrogen fuel tanks are also made from highly durable carbon fiber whose strength is assessed not only in crash tests but also in trials in which bullets are fired at it. Toyota reached back to its roots as a loom manufacturer in the early 20th century to create triple-layer hydrogen tanks made of woven carbon fiber. The tanks, which are lined internally with plastic, underwent "extreme" crash and ballistics testing, Hartline said, noting that they were "shot with bullets that actually bounced off." "They had to move to high-caliber armor-piercing rounds to pierce the tank, and even then it had to be shot in the exact same spot twice with an armor-piercing bullet," Hartline said. The Mirai has other safeguards, including structural integrity to protect the tanks and electronic systems that are programmed to shut down any hydrogen lines in the car if a leak is detected. "So there are redundancies upon redundancies," Hartline said. "We''re not going to put anything on the road that doesn''t meet our safety, quality and durability standards."

Starbucks tests recyclable coffee cup ahead of next War on Waste

Hmmm, recyclable is always only part of the story - the consumer needs both convenient facilities and a nudge (often financial) to actually recycle the cup. Cycling to work this morning I was (as often) saddened by the number of single use PET drinks bottles just thrown away by the roadside - and yet there are equally recyclable. And even where some people had put them in a council recycling bag next to a bin, the crows and magpies had got there before the street sweepers... If there were dedicated cup recycling points every few hundred feet along all roads within half a mile of a Starbucks it might work, but I can''t see that happening! So a recyclable cup (still with a not insignificant carbon footprint) will only go part of the way. The 50p discount for bring your own cup may be better (but who is really going to do that, and Starbucks'' customers are not price sensitive - if they were they''d be buying their coffee in Greggs!). Bring your own cup works to some extent in the USA, where most sales are to customers in cars (with lots of cup holders) rather than commuters on foot. The only really recyclable cup is a china one provided by the store itself; but that''s hard to achieve in a takeaway coffee culture - a 1 refund for returning a clean cup might just about work, but...

European Commission set to establish post-2020 transport efficiency standards

Electrically driven systems have a much lower energy density than hydrocarbons. Biodiesel gives rise to much more particulate emission than fossil diesel. No mention is made of "HOW"!!!! Richard Philips, Newbury

Business-led demand response could generate ?8bn for UK

And, instead of wasting billions on Hinkley C, EDF must use the huge area of denuded land to install onshore wind and solar PV to transmit electricity to Bridgwater''s industrial estates which could provide the rest of its needs from local solar rooftop installations.

Asda becomes first supermarket to show customer food waste savings

An improvement in reducing food waste - great! How about supermarkets look at their excess packaging and forms of packaging that can''t be recycled?

Decision to scrap CCS competition could add ?30bn to UK carbon targets

The Cammeron/Osborne government had no interest in the 2050 target and anything that cost money now for returns in 10 years time was no good for the Chancellors 2020 target - ie the tax surplus target not the CO2 target. The May government is bracing itself to deal with the costs of Brexit and I fear burying DECC in the Dept of Industry is just a way of making sure that nothing in the way of "green crap" or even thoughts of medium term energy security get in the way of paying the Brexit bill.

Concerns mount over Andrea Leadsom's suitability for environment role

The shortage of environmental credentials is a real worry

Is Leeds ready to become the UK's 'Hydrogen city' hub?

The main question is how is the hydrogen to be economically produced? Membrane reactors show promise however processing on a scale to fuel a city will be challenging. Hopefully, off peak wind power will be utilised. The proposal certainly needs some fleshing out. It will be important to define the cost benefits to health from better air quality in and around the city.

Andrea Leadsom announced as new Defra Secretary

Andrea Leadsom''s first task as head of DEFRA must be to enforce the 2012 Health and Social Care Act''s requirement to protect the public from exposure to sea, land and air radiation pollution from all the UK''s nuclear sites. She must order UK nuclear regulators to enforce a zero emissions policy, starting with current unregulated discharges from decommissioning and waste activities at the Hinkley Point A Magnox site.

DECC abolished as part of major ministerial overhaul

Bring back the DECC (Department of Energy & Climate Change) Click this link to sign the petition: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/161534/sponsors/7hNb8IwdoLQnzVeQC7qa

Is Leeds ready to become the UK's 'Hydrogen city' hub?

Can someone elucidate how the hydrogen is planned to be produced in the first place please?I hope it is not involving steam reformation of natural gas. Peter Jones

Unlocking the potential of ICT to cut carbon emissions - The BT Group blog

ICT is Information and communications technology such as smartphones laptops etc

Unlocking the potential of ICT to cut carbon emissions - The BT Group blog

Sorry, what is ICT please?

Every car on the road will be electric within 15 years, says Richard Branson

Given that we are nowalmost facing a power shortage where will the electricity come from to power all these cars.

Every car on the road will be electric within 15 years, says Richard Branson

What makes Mr Branson such an expert that he can make forecasts which are then dutifully reported by the media? I would have hoped that a professional publication would have sought from him the basis of this assertion.

How has David Cameron's 'greenest government ever' sculpted environmental policies?

If Theresa May is "a self-proclaimed supporter of the Climate Change Act" then it will be interesting to see how general UK environmental policy pans out in the next few years as most of the policy making and directives have almost all been EU driven.

Aviation industry preparing for 'eleventh hour' deal on emission trading

There is also a current move towards carbon fibre materials forming the main construction of new aircraft. This is lighter and more efficient in fuel usage. Innovations like this may also contribute to the reductions in the next few years

The Elephant in the Room - Waterscan

The reason that we don''t consider water too much is that is has been available cheaply and without restriction. Historically that was also true of gas and electricity. For those fuels it is no longer true and it looks like it soon won''t be for water....

Is Leeds ready to become the UK's 'Hydrogen city' hub?

Someone has forgotten a couple of very important facts. Firstly it is very difficult to manufacture and store Hydrogen. It takes a lot of energy to "crack" it from water and it leaks from pressure vessels. Is it in fact an energy sensible fuel at all? Secondly Water Vapour is a GREENHOUSE GAS!! It''s all well and good talking about decarbonisation but it will still be pumping out a very very effective greenhouse gas. Add in it is highly flammable and explosive and you really have to question the wisdom behind the thinking. At least UK Natural Gas is given a smell so you can detect any leaks. With Hydrogen would you even know there is an explosive atmosphere before it blew you up? Seriously and personally I think Hydrogen is a pie in the sky idea with a limited future use in fuel cells alone. I certainly wouldn''t want it in my house.

Is Leeds ready to become the UK's 'Hydrogen city' hub?

What will be the source of the hydrogen to be used in Leeds?

Every car on the road will be electric within 15 years, says Richard Branson

We''ll know he is serious when he sets up Virgin Renewable Energy. Meanwhile why doesn''t he adopt solar and wind within his business premises to reduce his electricity usage as a start point and thus walk the talk?

Heading Earthwards: Johnson & Johnson dives deep to green up healthcare

Great talk from Johnson team, but how about addressing existing problems within their current range and clean those up as well? Baby products with parabens and other hazardous chemicals, sited as being within safe limits. However, they still produce allergic reactions and skin problems. A natural product should be just that and not a half way house in disguise. I was once a loyal J & J customer, but they have a lot to prove before they can win me and many others back!

Every car on the road will be electric within 15 years, says Richard Branson

Not sure if Branson has entirely thought that one through!

Post-Brexit Britain must embrace circular economy to trade with EU, says Green Alliance

Great to hear some positivity from the UK CE movers and shakers; the UK is desperately casting around for answers right now, and the CE has them in spades. More than ever, we must all keep on raising awareness and understanding of what the CE can do for us.

Carbon dioxide levels in atmosphere forecast to shatter milestone

We do have alternatives solar energy like sunvault and company''s that work in nuclear-power cleaner more effective way to burn by using thorium

The story of sustainability, green policy and Brexit (in 24 hours) - edie editor

What isn''t mentioned here is that also in the last 24 hours the Urban Community Energy Fund UCEF is closing to new applicants, striking a blow at community renewable energy. How long before the Rural Community Energy Fund RCEF meets the same fate?

Plastic waste dumped in UK seas 'carried to Arctic within two years'

Having had to dive under my boat several times to untangle shopping bags from the propeller and seen pristine, uninhabited bays basically destroyed by washed up plastic debris I totally agree that we humans have got to stop living like pigs (no that is not far on pigs as they are actually quite clean really) and fouling our nest. There is no excuse for dumping plastic, or any waste, in our rivers and seas. It does not take much effort to carry it to the proper waste disposal point (be that a trash can, a recycling bin or even your home bin) nor does it take much to properly manage the larger waste disposal system so that waste does not get washed into the seas. But it is a case of "out of sight, out of mind" for most people

'An issue of life and death': Sadiq Khan unveils bold air quality plans for London

Can we please have a clear definition on what is a ULEZ compliant vehicle as this affects the commercial vehicle sector (freight) significantly and could cause severely increased costs of getting goods into London''s shops etc. Will London embrace Gas fuelled vehicles (like the rest of the globe) or is it still an electric only mantra?

'An issue of life and death': Sadiq Khan unveils bold air quality plans for London

Could rewards schemes reinvigorate Britain's static recycling rates?

Do what the Germans do. Levy a small fee on each piece of packaging. Use these fees to provaide a free, nationwide unlimited packaging collection and recycling service. Totally free from local authority boundaries and administration you collect recyclables the way way Tescos distribute. Since packaging recycling is already paid for, small businesses get it free to. The scheme covers 100% of packaging, the less packaging you use and the easier it is to recycle, the cheaper it is incentivising manufacturers. It has only be going for over 20 years so there is plenty of experience. I get so depressed when people come up with tacky,dreary solutions to fix an inefficient system.

Brexit could 'weaken' business standards for recycling and air quality

The report warns that once article 50 has be invoked, and the UK officially takes steps to leave the EU, it would no longer be required to comply with the European Commission's Circular Economy Package, which established a 65% recycling target for municipal waste by 2030. My experience with UK projects is that UK people generally are very conservative built on fossil technologies. So the UK will become further and further behind a sustainable economy.

UKGBC to create sustainable exemplar for built environment through headquarters retrofit

Is there a schedule of works for the Retrofit programme , and are you open to suggestion / recommendations ?

Alan Whitehead resigns as shadow energy minister

It''s sad to see Alan go as it''s very rare to have either a minister or shadow minister who is genuinely on top of their brief and passionately concerned about the subject. Still, we hope he''ll continue to be active through PRASEG and may yet return to the role.

Demand response spreads to the media as Scottish publisher embraces smart-grid thinking

Using diesel generators to resolve peak demand is an admission of defeat. We can, as domestic consumers, easily reduce our peak demand by 7GW by time-shifting wet appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines, tumble dryers, and immersion heaters. Let''s just keep saying so - eventually it will happen.

Decoupling emissions from economic growth: the Interserve success story

While I applaud any company s moves towards lower-impact construction and consumption, the problem with this article, and a lot of media in general, is the use of the term sustainable . First, in the graphic depiction, there s a mention of 80% Timber Certified Sustainable . As a 3-decade forest activist, I am unaware of *any* organization that certifies logging as sustainable . The most-trusted certification scheme in the world is the Forest Stewardship Council, which certifies logging operations as well managed a far cry from sustainable . The director of the SmartWood program of Rainforest Alliance has said on more than one occasion that We don t certify anything as sustainable because we don t know what that is. Just because a building produces the energy it uses doesn t include all the steel, concrete, plastic, etc. that is used in the building of the building, made elsewhere. The system has left it up to producing countries to deal with the GHG emissions from the production of materials within their borders, but since that s not yet happening, a building simply *can t* call itself sustainable if it s not accounting for all the materials as well as the energy used in construction by all the vehicles going to and from the construction site, etc. We simply cannot use the term sustainable so blithely, lest we totally destroy the usefulness of the concept. Sustainability is observed over hundreds and thousands of years. Because of the overuse of this term, it is now becoming meaningless. What term will we come up with to signify *actual* sustainability? The problem is this: the quest for constant growth and the constant mining, logging and drilling of energy, timber, metals, etc. is *not* sustainable. It s a great change for a building to produce as much energy as it uses, but let s not forget how that building came about. Not to mention the metals, plastic, chemicals, etc. that went into the production of the solar panels. Energy consumption after-the-fact isn t the be-all-and-end-all of sustainable .

An old technology fit for the future? - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

There have been commercially available Stirling Engine CHP units - If memory serves Baxi had one

Could this new material resolve the UK's great coffee cup recycling debate?

This completely misses the point that single use, disposable food containers are unsustainable. Best wishes.

An old technology fit for the future? - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

@ C. ALVIN SCOTT Good luck with the Green Challenge and the funding as I hope you are able to show that your idea is viable. Anything that can help us become more sustainable has got to be tried and pushed.

EU Referendum results: Red alert for the green economy as Britain votes to LEAVE the EU

Hang on a minute! We haven''t actually left yet nor have any negotiations about anything to do with leaving even started so how can anyone claim that the Leave vote is a disaster for the green movement? A little less scaremongering and more facts please

Glastonbury 2016: 10 reasons this is the most sustainable festival yet

Traffic chaos was the pre-festival headline this year - what about doing more to encourage fewer cars and more lower carbon, collaborative travel options? Locals might also appreciate seeing fewer vehicles on their roads!

An old technology fit for the future? - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

Keiron, There are already some very good examples of modern variations of the Sterling Heat Engine available. In the wider fight against Climate Change caused by Global Warming which in turn is caused by Green House Gasses mainly CO 2 If the Sterling Engine were able to take the place of the existing methods of converting energy to work then it would be out there in profusion. The problem being that it requires a heat source, which could push up the price of such a system beyond what is viable. Combined with a normal boiler it will generate electricity, but in this format it will cause CO2 emissions. With ground source heat pump it has to generate electricity to make the Heat Pump work sufficiently to power itself. Having a Hydrogen concept which I have been developing for several years and trying to get support and funding, I am very much aware of the difficulty in achieving that level. Quite clearly there is a need for fuel/energy use to be so low that it can be met from the method of generation without detracting from the energy output required to meet the main work of the engine/fuel cell. I arrived at two improvements to my HyPulJet.2.0 concept for a Hydrogen Rotary Engine-generator during 2015, the first will stop the formation of NOx and at the same time make a drastic reduction in fuel consumption or raise power output. It was felt that the potential reduction in fuel will take it to a level which can be matched by onboard on demand Hydrogen and Oxygen fuel production. Towards the end of 2015 a redesign of the engine to make best use of the more powerful jets brought about a separate drive to a dedicated generator specifically to power a on board fuel production system. This is intended to be a low-voltage low-wattage unit, of which there is a choice available, it will be a case of matching the size of these units to the size of the Rotary Engine-generators. This is not magic, this is simply adding a second phase to the Hydrogen combustion and a further method to convert the energy produced to motive/rotational force making the engine very efficient. A low-cost alternative to fuel cells with the advantage of having its own fuel supply. Keiron, with Zero emissions and Fuel on board the EV as a possibility, you would think that thousands would be interested. There is the original UK Patent Application published 2015 and two further UK Patent Applications (the Brexit vote just wrecked the European Patent and the Patents Court being in the UK just added massively to the potential cost of EU IP cover.) I have formed a team and we have entered the Green Challenge and the Hello Innovation competition in an attempt to win the prize but also to get recognition for the concept. Also entered pitch@thepalace. I am working on a Crowd Funding bid because quite simply after 8 years I realise that there is a need for a Proof of Concept EV to take a journey around European cities to bring a HyPulJet.2.0 powered EV with own fuel and Zero emissions to make it so that they cannot ignore the potential. I am attempting to get a written Validation if the viability of HyPulJet.2.0 from a University but like everything else they have to check if there is conflict with work which they are already involved with. It does not take a lot of imagination to work out that if this Ro Engine will provide its own fuel in a EV it will do the same in Trucks trains and airplanes. HyPulJet.2.0 as a static generator for Off-grid houses will make the greatest cuts in CO2 emissions for the smallest cost. Energy Independence for the consumer, the Added Value for the consumer to get them onside to change to clean energy.

Brexit would free UK from 'spirit-crushing' green directives, says minister

EU Referendum: The environmental arguments FOR and AGAINST Brexit

What I find so puzzling is, if the production and use of green energy is so beneficial for people and the environment why is it a) so expensive and b)requires significant financial incentives for those providing it and much lower incentives for end users to adopt it. In addition to this why does Goverment and the decision makers continue to support centralised generation which produces power to the end user from a system which at best has losses in efficiency of 65%, surely localised generation with significantly lower losses would be a far more sensible policy to adopt

Brexit would free UK from 'spirit-crushing' green directives, says minister

Re: Fish Throwback - was it not an EU policy that created this problem in the first place and was it not also the EU that decimated the UK fishing industry and was it not the EU who allowed member countries to take over the UK''s fishing quota and is it not the EU that drafts legislation more with rules and regulations and the legislators in mind that actually delivering on objectives. I do not see how the EU can take the claim for environmental management when so many of its'' policies have been anything but..........

The waste management industry would benefit from Brexit - here's why... - The Bio Collectors Blog

What you seem to be saying here is that the EU legislation is OK, but it''s the way we implement it that''s the problem. Like most Brexit issues it seems to assume that we have a government that can do better. the problem is that we havn''t, and we aren''t likely to from where I sit. Yes, I''m a Remainer - on the basis that we sort the problems out for ourselves and everybody else. I''m appalled at the poor standard of recycling and the lack of evident vision from government or local authorities in this country. I have no doubt at all that without the EU it would be a lot worse. The paperwork in the waste industry is obviously necessary - the amount of illegal tipping and improper disposal is a classic case of why the public needs guiding and protecting. When we have trust and knowledge embedded we can ditch the ''paperwork''; until then I will stick with what my head tells me, not my heart.....

An old technology fit for the future? - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

It''s my understanding that, in the last few years, something amounting to an updated Stirling Engine has been tried &/or trialed by at least one main company i.e. see this link http://www.baxi.co.uk/baxi-ecogen-launched---a-breakthrough-for-micro-chp-in-the-home.htm I understand that Baxi trialled models in the domestic UK environment e.g. kitchens/similar in place of "normal" boilers, albeit these Stirling type engines are/were bigger than "normal" boilers - perhaps this single fact alone led to the current apparently dead situation for Baxi in this field? Lets hope that for the reasons your piece shows, the Baxi Ecogen becomes a full market success!