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Everything you may have missed: The sustainability success stories of Green GB Week

From Green Finance discussion in London and Stockholm - Green GB Week event London: https://youtu.be/x-9dR03DCL0 Stockholm - British Embassy: https://youtu.be/N-EmlwGQ9mE

Report: 46,000 new green jobs could be created in North of England by 2030

How old is this report? People have been saying this for a decade or more but it is not happening. ''Deeds not words'' was a slogan the suffragettes used in their campaign for the vote, and as the article points out there is opportunity, ''provided the government takes the critical policy action needed.'' Consulting with Purpose Ltd wrote a report in conjunction with SGURR Energy proposing Yorkshire and the Humber become a centre of excellence for all aspects of renewable energy in the mid 2000s for the Yorkshire and Humber Assembly unfortunately this was usurped by a coal report done at the same time which only advocated CCS.

Everything you may have missed: The sustainability success stories of Green GB Week

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Everything you may have missed: The sustainability success stories of Green GB Week

As Executive Director of Orangutan Land Trust, an organisation that works on the issue of palm oil and its impacts for many years now, I am not impressed by the decision of Selfridges (and previously, Iceland) to remove all palm oil from their products. Experts agree that in order to drive change in the industry, brands and retailers must demand deforestation-free Certified Sustainable Palm Oil, and that a blanket boycott is counter-productive to this objective. I refer any readers interested in this to refer to the recent IUCN report "Palm Oil and Biodiversity."

Sir David King: Urgent focus needed on climate 'restoration'

I find it very sad that someone who used to be the UK''s Chief Scientist should now be promoting this sort of action on such flawed evidence. There is no sign of the climate needing to be "restored" whatever that might mean. The IPCC itself does not see any trend towards worse weather as the globe apparently heats up. A 1 degree rise since 1860 has resulted in nothing but good for mankind across the globe, and yet a further 0.5 degree rise is supposed to spell disaster. This is incredible and merely indicates that the climate scientists have failed to convince governments, and hence they need to ratchet up the rhetoric in the hope of scaring us into action - action that will make living conditions for billions across the planet much worse, condemning them to live without the sort of economic development we in the West enjoy. Meanwhile, most people go on living and most governments go on governing as if none of this is true, for which we can be truly thankful.

Sir David King: Urgent focus needed on climate 'restoration'

I find it very sad that someone who used to be the UK''s Chief Scientist should now be promoting this sort of action on such flawed evidence. There is no sign of the climate needing to be "restored" whatever that might mean. The IPCC itself does not see any trend towards worse weather as the globe apparently heats up. A 1 degree rise since 1860 has resulted in nothing but good for mankind across the globe, and yet a further 0.5 degree rise is supposed to spell disaster. This is incredible and merely indicates that the climate scientists have failed to convince governments, and hence they need to ratchet up the rhetoric in the hope of scaring us into action - action that will make living conditions for billions across the planet much worse, condemning them to live without the sort of economic development we in the West enjoy. Meanwhile, most people go on living and most governments go on governing as if none of this is true, for which we can be truly thankful.

BMW's closed-loop batteries and AI-powered beehives: The best innovations for Green GB Week

Regarding food waste, I buy organic produce from a small, local firm. As I live alone I am able to buy EXACTLY the amount of food I need, according to how many I am catering for in any one week. Buying in bulk results in waste. Supermarkets should sell vegetable and fruit items SINGLY, rather than in a bag of a set number. That would go a long way towards preventing waste.

BEIS Committee: Ban new petrol and diesel cars by 2032, not 2040

The Road to Hell is Paved With Good Intentions but it certainly isn''t awash with EV charging points. Until the plug in point is as common place and as easily accessed as the fuel pump the issue of battery range is always going to be an issue. Yes range has improved with many cars now boasting 300 miles on a full charge but that only equates to about 200 mile realistic range on an 80% charge (I''m giving a 20-30mile reserve in the tank). Yes that is about 3hrs on a motorway run by which time most drivers need a break but when there are 2 charging points in the service station can you imagine the chaos or the queues to charge up? Who wants to wait for an hour to plug in? Forget banning liquid fuel engines by a given date and work on developing the much needed charging and clean generation infrastructure. Fix the problem that city dwellers may face when they don''t have a permanent car parking space at their dwelling or if they live in a block of flats. Install charge points in every car parking space, every supermarket space, every office parking space. Make sure the electricity needed to recharge all these EV''s will come from a reliable, clean, non fossil fuel source (over 50% of all electricity generated in the UK is currently gas). Get the charging network sorted and range becomes much less of an issue. 200 miles would get me from my home to Glasgow Airport and home again (just) but having charging points along the way would mean less worry about traffic problems or having to sit for hours waiting for a charge point to become free. Living in a city would you actually need more than 100 mile range if your work place, supermarket and shopping mall all had charge points?

Big-name retailers collaborate to spur uptake of clean domestic fuels

Wood burning stoves are very popular. In a recent house-hunting couple of weeks, over half the semi-rural homes had these stoves. I do wonder if using the stoves would be breaking any regulations and if so how are the regulations enforced. And then we have Drax. Fired up on wood chips brought all the way from the rural parts of the USA and claiming to be a sustainable and renewable means of power generation. Which of these wood burning activities is the worse per tonne of heat or energy output the worst polluter?

Clean Growth Fund spearheads Government's green finance commitments

The key to getting communities involved in generating their own renewable energy would be to Make accessing the funds easier. Less wordy garble, more practical help to complete application and drop this totally unrealistic expectation that we can somehow fund and resource all the time and effort going into an application. Making it a competition is really insulting. Do you think we have the time and energy to play competition games ???? Simple criteria to meet. Simple access to funds. Installation success.

Ban Ki-moon: UK businesses must lead climate adaptation efforts to achieve Mission Possible

Adaptation or adaption?

Sir David King: Urgent focus needed on climate 'restoration'

What is the point in enshrining anything in Law this Tory Government just ignores the Law. Clean Air act 2010 and three LOST Court cases later and still not doing anything real. Professor King you simply appear to have sold yourself to the worst UK Government in modern time. Why are you not promoting Hydrogen and saying this is party politics at its worst. Claire Perry "Bring on Fracking ---Shell CEO at Paris interview "well yes fracking gas is nearly as bad as coal when leaks are taken into account". Sorry Sir David you are a scientist and I am an amateur in this field, but I can arrive at a Hydrogen Combustion Internal Steam Turbine (generator) concept and I can also link with a US company which has designed a Low voltage Hydrogen production system which clearly can be adapted to an On Board the EV On Demand from the engine fuel production system. The biggest upset is the likes of Politicians who listen to your advice and that you are not conversant with innovation. Yes it may well be outside your daily, but if you place yourself as the Advisor to the Government and the People then you need to get outside your comfort zone. Check University of Nottingham R&D Profs Gulcan or Tim

Science Based Targets Initiative to push for 1.5C goals in wake of IPCC report

As long as the targets are genuinely Science Based and not "science" based. Sadly proper science has become swamped by hype, myth-information and pseudoscience. The road to hell is paved with good intentions and we have seen cases where what sounded like a positive idea became a major problem. Diesel cars would be the classic example of that. Don''t get caught up in "knee jerk" reactions to sound "green" but do the solid research even if that might take several months before setting genuine scientifically strong targets that are actually achievable. Don''t make "headline grabbing" targets that may never be realised

Energy storage needs ?6bn UK investment by 2030 to keep pace with renewables, research finds

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Heathrow to install rapid charge points for electric black cabs

Thanks for the post, I also want to be a Taxi driver in London but the problem I am facing is I don''t know about the account and is taxi corporate account is necessary for me or not?

UK Government seeks advice from Committee on Climate Change on net-zero emissions goal

The 2015 Infrastructure Act set up the DUTY of the government to consult the CCC. It is hardly a big feather in their cap that they turn to the CCC for further advice. But what is this beyond prevarication? Claire Perry promotes a "Green" week. But isn''t it ironic that the first fracking since 2011 is scheduled for today. A fracking enabled by her government which overturned local opposition at all levels - community, parish council - Borough and County councils. Sadly, the government''s response to previous CCC reports has been less than all-embracing. Frankly this does nothing to convince anyone outside the Tory-hugging industry ranks that this government is interested in doing more than propping itself up while the major other issue of Brexit will determine its future. Claire Perry is judged by her previous and current actions as caring little about serious action to prevent climate change.

Energy storage needs £6bn UK investment by 2030 to keep pace with renewables, research finds

Aurora recommended, to the National Infrastructure Commission , that we should virtually ignore nuclear energy and replace it with about five times as many turbines as we have at the moment. Gross generation over time was the parameter modelled, seemingly ignoring the long periods of virtually no generation. Five times nothing is still nothing, and storage on the scale required is impossible. Perhaps I missed something? Richard Phillips

Carbon-negative batteries and food waste plastics: The best green innovations of the week

"Ammonia, a compound of nitrogen and hydrogen, is a key component of most industrial fertiliser" Where does this nitrogen come from in "slow-release fertiliser made from waste cooking oil."???? Richard Phillips

'Disappointed' EU capitals agree on 35% car CO2 cuts

Exactly what is meant by "cuts in emissions" is not clear to me, and I would suspect not to the participants either. Cuts from what starting point? Does this involve numbers of cars, or the total emitted by the two classes? It is noteworthy that not a single one of the people involved in these discussions had any qualification remotely connected with the sciences or engineering. They were all lawyers or connected with social matters. Not one can have understood, in principal, what they were talking about. Great. Richard Phillips

Course details confirmed for 2019 Sustainability Leadership Programme

It occurred to me a while back that sustainability ''professionals'' were mostly employed in marketing departments when they could achieve far more by reporting to the FD. Above all else no business can be sustainable if they cannot make long term profits. Marketing has often overlooked sustainability as they promote the use of ever more elaborate packaging to grab consumer attention regardless of cost (especially to the planet). The recent highlight on the need to reduce or avoid the use of plastics is the opposite of this. One of Cranfield''s key discipline is agriculture - and the Institution of Agricultural Engineers have their offices on campus. Their annual conference has the theme of Collaboration this year. The key point o this is the need for corporates to break down their silos and, rather than individuals seeking single points of best practice, learning to find solutions that give a far greater overall gain. The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is great for this. Rather than simply ask for energy efficiency for a single building ESOS looks at whole business energy use. Reducing the need for energy in the supply chain can achieve far more than simple schemes. In our field(!) we can show an automated greenhouse installed on a modern retail warehouse can give gains and benefits far beyond the tiny amount of energy generated by rooftop solar PV - but that needs collaboration. Building the business case is key - and we feel the finance department is whee this should start. I do hope this course highlights this need for collaboration!

MPs propose compulsory metering powers for water firms

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Is 2017 the Year of the Flying Car? - Cranfield University Blog

Boeing is getting serious about flying cars (link below), it seems the tipping point is getting closer... https://www.geekwire.com/2018/1st-operational-self-flying-cars-less-5-years-says-boeing-ceo/

Tesco removes fruit and veg 'best before' dates

I have noticed that Lidl fresh produce already lacks a sell by/best before date.

Almost two-thirds of UK businesses yet to set emissions targets, survey reveals

I may be cynical, but - across the broad range of UK private companies - I would be amazed if even 1% had set a specific, numerical target for reducing their emissions. I am always suspicious of surveys like this (I have commissioned several in the past, and learned to discount the findings owing to a positive confirmation bias), but note that those questioned included energy managers, and most private companies don''t have a designated energy manager. Even if it only applied to private companies with an energy bill in excess of 2 million, I''d be a little surprised at the 27% figure for those that do have targets. The respected (but tough) Science Based Targets Initiative lists fewer than a dozen large UK corporates who have set such targets, despite around 50 having committed to do so.

UK Power Networks introduces first electric vans to its London fleet

Struggling to see how 34,472 worth of fuel translates to 133 tonnes of CO2 saved. That much fuelnequates to 5,700 gallons and 230,000 miles (@40mpg city centre) which is approx 30,000 miles per vehicle over 5 years which is a typical London centric figure. Based on 2.68kg CO2 per litre that is 70te total...

Brexit countdown: How the green economy could fare in each possible deal scenario

There is a smell of self intrest on every side?

A third of UK businesses have invested in onsite battery storage, survey reveals

Whilst great news for renewables storage penetration, I don''t believe the headline and some content of the article is accurate. 1/3 of survey respondents (about 333 energy managers) companies have invested in onsite battery storage by the sounds of it. Other statistics quoted also seem to refer to the survey sample rather than the whole UK business community. As there are over 1.9 million Ltd companies registered in UK and millions of other business entities, care should be taken when extrapolating up in this way.

Why Co-op hasn't signed up to the UK Plastics Pact

Iain s have validity at this point in time, however we fail to understand why the likes of WRAP, BPF, Courtalds, etc., are blind to what we have fully developed to make a wide range of heavy-duty products (rail sleepers in place of softwood preserved with the banned preservative creosote, groynes, lock gates, drainage channels, weirs, pilings, usually made from imported tropical hardwood, utility and telegraph poles also treated with creosote. The process has been successfully and independently proven, these are all made from LDPE, HDPE and PP from post use bags, film, multi-layer and metallised snack packets, which make up 65% of all short life plastic packaging. The heavy-duty products are extremely durable and in Europe similar products have been use for 20 years. Light rail plastic sleepers are certified and in the USA heavy-duty sleepers - more than 1.5 million in use. All of these offer exceptional whole life performance far in excess of wood and concrete and are fully recyclable. Predicted service life 50 - 100 years and are cost comparable to wood and concrete. It s about time those that ignore this opportunity to recycle our own polyolefin waste estimated markets up to 400k/ annum ongoing worth 400 million and exports globally up to 10 billion/annum ongoing. Rod Fox, MD Revaluetech Ltd. Email rodfox@revaluetech.co.uk

In numbers: the UK public's attitudes towards recycling

A packaging tax of an extra 25% of the value of the product for every layer of packaging and or different material might grab the attention of producers - particularly in the food and drink sector. All drinks containers - 50p deposit. Watch the reduction.

CitiPark discounts parking costs in exchange for plastic bottles

Fantastic initiative! Well done Citiparks! And the discount for low emissions vehicles is also a great idea. Would love to know when the customer deposits their bottle - when they arrive or when they leave? I m hoping the latter as this could have maximum impact encouraging people to keep any single use bottles they have consumed during their day out and deposit in CitiPark recycling, rather than potentially being littered or going in a generic trash can.

Solar window cells and 100-year heat pumps: the best innovations for World Green Building Week

"The companies claim the system will provide low-cost, low-carbon heat for the next 100 years and will come online at the end of October." Who will be here to see; or honour any guarantee??? Richard Phillips

Tesco becomes first supermarket to stock cans of water

What are the carbon implications of producing and recycling cans instead of plastic bottles? Water bottles made of PET are actually quite easy to recycle.

Is CSR dead? How millennials are driving demand for authentic brand purpose

"Authenticity. If you can fake that, you''ve got it made" ... just ignore that the drink from those nasty cola people contains LESS sugar than the one from the nice smoothie folk ... Millenials couldn''t spot green-wash if you poured a bucket of it over them

Scotland continues to beat rest of UK in reducing emissions

I will not enter into any further discussion with Scottish Scientist at their behest and will not make any comment on how I feel about comments they made in their last post. I hope that others may join in and share their knowledge and thoughts on how Scotland can continue to reduce it''s emissions and how we can harness all the potential energy sources our country possess in a sustainable and harmonious manner.

Tesco offers money for plastic bottles in reverse vending trials

Norway and DNmark ( and others) have had this deposit system nationwide for years. Catch up UK!

Lucozade Ribena Suntory trials giant bottle-shaped bins to improve recycling

With such a commendable commitment towards recycling, we look forward to them removing the shrink sleeve labels from their bottles which hinder the recycling process. Great progress.

Inside Unilever's plastics packaging strategy

For a putative leader in corporate sustainability thinking and practice, Unilever has to do much better than just making its plastics recyclable. HDPE, PET and many other plastic type are eminently recyclable. The point is that they are not generally recycled. The focus should be on minimising the use of plastics and making sure that plastic that is used is made from recycled content or is biodegradeable.

Labour commits to 2050 net-zero emissions target, Corbyn vows green jobs 'revolution'

You''re a bit behind the times Jeremy. For a start, Britain is not a country, it is made up of four countries one of which is Scotland. If you had the slightest interest in Scotland, a country you have demonstrated utter contempt for on many occasions, you would know that we are a world leader in sustainable energy and green technology. You need to clean up England first.

Scotland continues to beat rest of UK in reducing emissions

The purpose in building a wall is to generate more energy than is possible without the wall. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tidal_barrage#Energy_calculations to calculate how much energy you can get. I am not the local person who has suggested building tidal energy schemes in the loch narrows near Fort William. You are the one who suggested that to me. If you do want to build something it is YOU who will have to fend off the NIMBYs, not me. I detest wasting my time bandying words with NIMBYs so just don''t start that line of argument with me OK? I am not a developer or a power company or a community proposing to build in your back yard. I am just advising you on the science. If you don''t like my advice - fine - don''t take it. Keiron, I think our discussion here on EDIE is drawing to an end. If you want to ask me any more questions then please do so by leaving a reply on my blog.

Scotland continues to beat rest of UK in reducing emissions

@Scottish Scientist - but why would you want to build a wall across the sea lochs? That would damage the environment and defeat the purpose. There are several systems available at present to harness tidal streams without having to dam the place up. I think there was even a trial system in place just outside Oban recently that was held in place on a single pillar so the unit just swung around with the changing tide - now that''s simples

Can sustainability help retailers overcome a 'trust deficit'?

I applaud the retailers who are listening to their customers and aligning their purpose and practice with greater sustainability and the SDGs. It is very encouraging to read about that and gives me much hope. When these issues are debated in this sector, does the need to drastically reduce consumption overall ever enter into the discussion? I mean, rather than exchanging one consumer product for a ''greener'' version, is the inevitability of the whole sector (online as well as High Street) actually shrinking in the future taken on board too? There is a growing movement of people who want to do less, better; to have fewer consumer goods but ones that are made to last and can be repaired. They want to make their own clothes, grow their own food, barter, swap, simplify the supply chains, bypass the big corporate stores. They may be a minority at the moment but their influence is being increasingly felt.

Scotland continues to beat rest of UK in reducing emissions

@KEIRON SHATWELL Let''s not discuss biomass any more because I don''t think we are going to agree. I would prefer to focus our discussions where we agree on the science. Certainly water heat source for heat pumps for district heating are easily within the realms of engineering. The difficulty would be that retrofitting a district heating scheme of any kind to Fort William would involve a lot of disruptive works to the streets and houses, which residents may think is more trouble than it is worth. So good luck with that. District heating schemes are much more practical when they are designed in at the inception of new districts and new towns. If you would like to suggest district heating and using the sea as a heat source then please "Leave a Reply" using the comment box at the foot of this page https://scottishscientist.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/scotland-electricity-generation-my-plan-for-2020/#comment-563 I wrote in another of my blog posts "Sea Lochs Whilst the tides on Scotland s north-west coast aren t so high, there do seem to be quite a number of suitable sea-lochs there that could relatively easily be barraged to exploit tidal energy, somewhat in the style of a tidal lagoon but without having to build much in the way of lagoon walls, nature having done most of the work already." So I agree that harnessing those tidal currents would indeed be "possible". I want to encourage discussion of such tidal energy prospects on my blog so I would invite you to "Leave a Reply" on my "Double Tidal Lagoon Baseload Scheme" post at this link https://scottishscientist.wordpress.com/2017/01/16/double-tidal-lagoon-baseload-scheme/ - that''s my blog post which includes my paragraph on Scottish sea lochs. I would welcome you leaving a reply such as - "And with the tidal currents at the Loch Eil Narrows, Corran Narrows and Ballachulish Narrows running at up to 6kts is it not beyond the realms of possibility to harness them to help power the immediate locality?" For places which don''t have and don''t ever want a gas main then I am sure that we can come up with a renewable energy alternative for heating, for example - * all-electric homes will automatically go all-renewable as the electricity grid goes all-renewable. * deliveries of fossil fuels to burn for heating can be replaced by deliveries of bio-fuels. Simple.

Scotland continues to beat rest of UK in reducing emissions

@Scottish Scientist - thanks for the links, always good to read around a subject but I still stand by my assertion that cutting down trees to make pellets to burn to heat a house or generate electricity is not green. The waters in Loch Linnhe, near my house, steam some winters mornings. Is it not beyond the realms of engineering to capture some of that heat to warm the buildings of Fort William? And with the tidal currents at the Loch Eil Narrows, Corran Narrows and Ballachulish Narrows running at up to 6kts is it not beyond the realms of possibility to harness them to help power the immediate locality? No point talking about gas to heat homes where I live as we are not on the gas main and never will be. I don''t think there will be sufficient excess electricity to electrolyse Hydrogen from water to the volumes needed for domestic, commercial and industrial heating especially if we are charging all our electric vehicles. It takes twice as much energy to create the hydrogen than you get back from burning it. Better to just heat your home by electricity in that case. I may be proved wrong but I''m not convinced in Hydrogen for many reasons, not least of which is it leaks even out of pressure vessels designed to hold it (I know from personal experience using the stuff in a lab).

Scotland continues to beat rest of UK in reducing emissions

@KEIRON SHATWELL I am pleased to note that we agree on so much. However ... Neither the Gulf Stream nor any other stream flow past my house so "streams" are not of any use as a heat source for a heat pump that could heat my house. In the summer, my house could use the air as a heat source for a heat pump but in the winter the air is too cold. Here''s a better heating suggestion for houses in winter - supply the gas network with hydrogen produced by electrolysis of water using surplus wind etc. power. In winter, use the hydrogen gas boiler exhaust and water vapour / condensate as an air (nitrogen mostly) & water heat source for a heat pump. https://scottishscientist.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/scotland-electricity-generation-my-plan-for-2020/#comment-563 I don''t want to "get you started" on biomass Keiron. I want to you to STOP until you get yourself fully educated. Please read the comments by Dr Nina Skorupska for the Renewable Energy Association (REA) in this "Biomass ''carbon neutrality'' debate continues to divide opinion" https://www.edie.net/news/10/Biomass--carbon-neutrality--debate-continues-to-divide-opinions/ and read this blog post by the Renewable Energy Association https://www.r-e-a.net/blog/misleading-statements-in-chatham-house-report-on-biomass-answered-23-02-2017

Scotland continues to beat rest of UK in reducing emissions

Scotland continues to beat rest of UK in reducing emissions

Porsche ditches diesel as it gears up for an electric future

The British government has not pledged to eliminate diesels by 2040! They have said that "conventional" diesel and petrol engines would be phased out. That means hybrids can continue indefinitely. Please don''t believe the ignorant that think there is no future in petrol and diesel engines. How will the electricity be generated? How will the hydrogen be liberated from water? Probably using fossil fuels...

Scotland continues to beat rest of UK in reducing emissions

@Scottish Scientist - agree with you there needs to be more investment in new Pumped Storage Hydro and in converting existing single direction hydro into PSH. Looking at the investment and development of the hydro schemes in the 30 years after WWII it was amazing what was achieved. Scotland needs that kind of investment and energy again but not just in building wind turbines. We have enormous potential in tidal stream, PSH, water source heat pumps (thanks to the Gulf Stream bathing the West Coast) but they are being overlooked for the darling that is wind. And don''t get me started on the waste that is biomass, this is simply not green at all unless it is using the waste sawdust from the timber industry. Chopping down trees just to turn them into wood pellets a green idea tis not.

Dell embraces circular economy with carbon fibre recycling

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Scotland continues to beat rest of UK in reducing emissions

Independent Scientific Adviser for Scotland https://scottishscientist.wordpress.com/ * Wind, storage and back-up system designer * Double Tidal Lagoon Baseload Scheme * Off-Shore Electricity from Wind, Solar and Hydrogen Power * World s biggest-ever pumped-storage hydro-scheme, for Scotland? * Modelling of wind and pumped-storage power * Scotland Electricity Generation my plan for 2020 * South America GREAT for Renewable Energy

Scotland continues to beat rest of UK in reducing emissions

I''m afraid that a pep talk from Lord Deben is no substitute for granting to the Scots the powers, the means to get the job done. The UK refuses to allow the Scottish Parliament and Government the necessary fiscal and energy sector powers to transition our economy to 100% renewable energy. The Scottish government simply isn''t allowed by its UK fiscal framework to borrow a significant percentage of Scottish GDP with which to invest to re-purpose the economy to 100% renewable energy usage. The investment purse strings are still held by the UK, which throws bones of local "deals" with Scottish cities and regions, as if the UK can make friends with Scots by treating us like dogs. The closure of Longannet without any provision whatsoever for Scottish dispatchable renewable energy back-up power - for example, from biomass generation or from energy storage - for times of low wind has left Scotland occasionally requiring to import power from England, mostly generated by burning fossil fuels. The UK National Grid does not deserve a pat on the back for reducing fossil fuel burning in Scotland that must be substituted for fossil fuel burning in England. What they deserve is a kick up the backside! Although the UK National Grid has supported building new wind farms in Scotland, the UK National Grid has given no priority whatsoever to offering incentives for Scotland''s self-sufficiency and security of supply. We need incentives for grid-scale energy storage pumped storage hydro - why is the construction of SSE Coire Glas still stalled? We need incentives for farm-scale energy storage, instead of curtailment payments. I could go on and on but to cut a long story short Scotland is being HELD BACK not assisted by UK mismanagement of our energy and fiscal policies. As Churchill said, "Give us the tools and we will finish the job".

City of London Corporation invests £2m in UK's Green Finance Institute

Waste of money, just another business venture, ultimately unfruitful in any real sense Richard Phillips

UK's wind generation capacity surpasses 20GW milestone

And that 20GW will still go down to a few tens of MWs when we have a large area of high pressure over the UK and the surrounding seas. Nature is highly variable, and demand is continuous. All attempts to offset this situation are exponentially expensive. Richard Phillips

Co-op switches to compostable bags as it pledges to eliminate single-use plastics

According to the manager of the Agrivert AD installation in Oxfordshire that takes all their food waste, compostable food bags are WORSE for them than conventional ones. Maybe the Coop ought to ask them first...

Carbon-negative goals and hydrogen-powered trains: The sustainability success stories of the week

1 Tidal turbines, the point omitted in the article is the variability, again, that all pervasive feature of renewables. It all devolves upon the fact that there are four tides per day, and these dominate the tidal streams. At each turn of the tide, full and low, there is an hour on each side of the turn, which is termed "slack water, very little movement, no movement of the turbine. This results in realistic generation for only little, if any more, than 14 hours out of the 24. 2 The source of the energy being generated appears to be the sun. This is limited in a number of ways; our latitude, overburden of the atmosphere, absence at night. The energy available to the building will be restricted by its projected area normal to the incident radiation. There are no details given on the nature of the storage materials, I would have reservations upon the capacity involved, or the quantitative generative characteristics. This beggars the question of cost effectiveness. 3 The use of hydrogen always raises the question of its source, it has to be generated, and this must involve inefficiency. Presumably this source is renewable electricity, wind turbines and solar. The mode of conversion to kinetic energy, is not revealed, fuel cell or a combustion system. The energy per unit volume of hydrogen is poor when compared with methane, (volume for volume, methane has three times the energy). The storage aboard the train is, I infer, pressurised gas. This is heavy and cumbersome. The matter of running costs per km are not mentioned, but must become compatible with conventional electric or diesel units. Nothing is as simple or wonderful as it may be made to appear, and it is never for nothing!!!! Richard Phillips

Carbon-negative goals and hydrogen-powered trains: The sustainability success stories of the week

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edie partners with BEIS to drive climate action through Green GB Week

Hi There, Should there not be a section where new innovation projects can be posted. This is a place and opportunity to make people aware that there is at least one hydrogen True Zero Emissions project which will bring about Affordable Zero Emissions Transport if it gets support. It will also lead other applications bringing about Zero emissions Off Grid Houses. It will also lead to people who still do not have access to energy to have electricity and H2 gas from a H2 EV that will improve their work efforts and also their lifestyles. At present in collaboration with a UK University, ACE II Alternating Current Electrolysis produces major amounts of Hydrogen basically Catalytic Carbon and Powdered Aluminium. In what is now a separate project HyPulJet Ezi H2 ACE II is to become Ezi H2 to be developed as a Hydrogen on board the EV Hydrogen fuel on demand from HyPulJet H2 combustion turbine The intention being to develop a Hydrogen power pack for EVs in the first instance, where Ezi H2 units will be will be a clip in unit. These units will NOT contain any flammable material which is superior to a petrol tank Objective to make the Industry aware that for similar costs there can be Affordable Zero emissions EVs To do this the intention is to remove the petrol fuel system and petrol engine-generator range extender from a BMW i3 and replace it with HyPulJet Ezi H2 power pack. Could eventually cut the battery pack as the Power Pack will power the car at all times at Zero emissions So the Hydrogen BMW i3 will be at a similar price to the petrol version or lower. Why combustion and not a more efficient H2 Fuel Cell? The vehicle movement causes Air Impurities to enter the flow of 99.999% H2 which then blocks the FC. Combustion will not be affected by the Air Impurities Look forwards to a reply from Edie if there could be a section for New Innovation because this is just one, perhaps the first but the World certainly needs this and more to happen rapidly. Mrs May held a Zero emissions summit and by my understanding this project is the only one at present which can Claim to be True Zero emissions in use which means that at no time is it connected to any Fossil Fuels energy.

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How can we normalise ''custom-splitting''; partnering the millions of those wanting to create their own home (some on statutory registers) with the millions of those with space to spare they would be happy to share/sell/rent/rent-to-buy? The subdivision would result in the occupation of the space and fabric we are heating, that is also insulated as part of an energy efficiency upgrade of the whole building.

30-minute masterclass: Seven ways to adopt the circular economy across your business

Thank you for sharing the link. There is also a Circular Economy Course on Udemy but with focus on entrepreneurs.

Primark expands Sustainable Cotton programme to Pakistan

Its nice to see that now brands are focusing on Pakistan for their sustainable cotton goal its a goods start to engage world 4th largest cotton producer to become of partner for their sustainable goal, Pakistan have potential to grow sustainable cotton such as BCI, REEL & Organic,

Waitrose to use home-compostable bags in produce aisles and phase-out 5p carrier bags

A commendable goal indeed. However there was no mention of what they consider "Compostable Material" or where it will be composted. Major Municipal Composters, (where most will end up), need the materials to completely decompose in 8 - 12 weeks. Virtually no materials can meet that time-line. I would like to know which materials they claim can do this and maintain enough strength to hold products.

Energy-generating building materials backed by ?36m Government funding

Why do we need to spend 36m pounds to work out something we can do now, Passivhaus plus does this already. It''s easily doable with some extra care in the design phase and as importantly in the build , they are being built now, we supplied the timber frame structure for one in Hampshire recently. All that is needed is commitment . Patrick Wilkinson Touchwood homes ltd.,

Energy-generating building materials backed by ?36m Government funding

Why do we need to spend 36m pounds to work out something we can do now, Passivhaus plus does this already. It''s easily doable with some extra care in the design phase and as importantly in the build , they are being built now, we supplied the timber frame structure for one in Hampshire recently. All that is needed is commitment . Patrick Wilkinson Touchwood homes ltd.,

EU must end new petrol and diesel car sales by 2030 to meet climate targets - report

So from where does the replacement energy come? There are no plans to build the additional generating plant, indeed the Infrastructure Commission just want more turbines,insanity, they have little if any practical knowledge, and seem not to want it! I have never seen any proposed mechanism for the process by which CO2 influences gobal warming so much above its concentration, except glib statements about inceasing water vapour, which do not bear examination. But alot of money is being made. Richard Phillips

EU must end new petrol and diesel car sales by 2030 to meet climate targets - report

I have been saying this on Edie and other platforms for months. There are these people researching and putting out reports and there are people who are opposed to this happening who are still in a position to block new innovation or to not take innovation up or promote it. HyPulJet Ezi H2 a development project at a UK University struggling to get funding for initial modelling, whilst Govt hands funding to have building materials store clean energy HyPulJet is a concept for a Hydrogen Combustion Turbine-generator to power EVs needs development to ensure it is viable and then through to a Proof of Concept on the road Zero emissions EV. That will be made easy and low cost with the development of ACE II as Ezi H2 on board the EV Hydrogen Fuel system. ACE II is US designed/owned it is Alternating Current Electrolysis where normal centuries old Hydrolysis has been Direct Current use and very energy intensive. As a result DC Hydrolysis has not been credible for On board the EV Fuel production. Basically, ACE II is Low-Voltage, Low amps. Low hertz uses Catalytic carbon and powdered Aluminium at 80 degrees C with prolific hydrogen production. In the case of the Hydrogen on demand system to match the needs of HyPulJet it is the case that the reaction needs to be controlled. One benefit after the Hydrogen is used, the bye product is Aluminium Hydroxide which is exceptional for reuse/recycling (Antiperspirant''s use Ah.) This could bring about Affordable Zero emissions EV at the lowest costs in all respects of funding as there is no need for the infrastructure which BEVs and H2 FCEVs need. Auto makers already produce EVs which use petrol generators So likes of BMW could simply convert their i3 model to the HyPulJet Ezi H2 Power Pack and there is a Zero emissions EV which could lose a major portion of the battery pack and be a lower price than the petrol version.

The built environment: Leading the way with LEDs - The Landsec blog

It is good to hear a company using a science based goal for a change. Of course turning lights off saves even more energy and reduces emissions so I would hope that as well as investing in LEDs Landsec are also looking at ways to switch off extraneous lights when they are not needed. Timers, smart controls, automatic motion detectors etc One thing to note on the subject of LEDs is the colour. Don''t replace traditional lights with the cool white LED as it is far too harsh and can be over bright. In an office environment use the warm white ones and go for as low a wattage as you can as it makes for a much more pleasant working environment. I only mention this as my workplace put in super bright cool white LEDs and they are horrible to work under.

'Bold action? required: UK mayors unite in calls for 2030 diesel and petrol phase-out

May I suggest that anyone interested in "dirty diesels" have a look at a UK company CGON Ltd., based in Exeter Devon, they make an add on device for all internal combustion engines that reduces emissions enormously and at a sensible price. I have had one fitted to my car. A.E.(Ted) Dowdeswell Email. teddwell@aol.com

Lord Deben: Businesses must avoid 'knee-jerk' plastic phase-outs

Remind me - what was the % waste in the food chain in the 1960s preplastic and % waste today?

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It is the mass house builders who need to be made to change, our local town is to have 4000 new houses over the next few years, every one will have a fossil fuel boiler, will not be sufficiently insulated and will be a Carbon dioxide emitter, all totally unnecessary. Zero carbon has to be mandatory, Messrs Persimmon, Barratt etc. won''t change unless they are forced to. regards Patrick Wilkinson

Lord Deben: Businesses must avoid 'knee-jerk' plastic phase-outs

Removing unnecessary layers of packaging and design for easy reuse or recycling is unlikely to cause problems, but I agree that kneejerk reactions involving new materials can be counterproductive

Number of dirty diesels on road still growing, report shows

Just apoint or so. Exactly what is meant "dirty diesel"? Current MOT tests apply almost the same standards to both petrol and diesel. The exact meaning of those "early deaths" is very unclear, a bit like "polltion" and 40,000 deaths, not at all what they seem. And those EVs, there seems to, in government and other circles a belief that our existing local power system can handle the load for recharging, it cannot, there is not enough copper in the ground, Realism is needed, Richard Phillips

Lord Deben: Businesses must avoid 'knee-jerk' plastic phase-outs

Great to see some sanity in the reporting of the issues surrounding packaging and the consequences of poor decisions being made to simply meet the narrative being fed to the public that all plastics are bad. Plastic is often the most sustainable form of packaging and protects the goods we buy throughout the supply chain. It is recyclable and should be viewed in the same way that we see other materials and collected as such. The issues are littering globally - irrespective of the material - and the lack of waste management in many countries. Focus on dealing with these and we would make a much bigger impact on reducing our impact on the environment.

Lord Deben: Businesses must avoid 'knee-jerk' plastic phase-outs

Looks like a lot of pro-plastics spin to me. The morrisons example misses the point by a country mile - it''s not just about the ''impact on climate change'' but the pollution of the environment. Surely fully recyclable and/or bio-degradable solutions are to be welcomed? ...albeit with something of a balancing act on the pollution front (emissions being only one form of pollution). As for responding to customer demand for less environmentally damaging packaging & plastics - again I don''t see the issue. Surely the more canny operator would see that as a huge carrot, rather than bemoaning being pushed by regulatory sticks.

Renewables hit record generation share high in UK

It is great to see that renewable energy is growing in its share of the energy supply market. However, when National Grid determines that the system requires renewables to throttle back, National grid pays the operators to cease/ reduce generation There is a payment scheme for end users to increase their consumption and get paid to do so by NG. This payment is less than the cost to compensate operators whose output is constrained. Soon in many periods of the year, energy conservation for those end users in the payback scheme is impacted!!

Renewables hit record generation share high in UK

It is great to see that renewable energy is growing in its share of the energy supply market. However, when National Grid determines that the system requires renewables to throttle back, National grid pays the operators to cease/ reduce generation There is a payment scheme for end users to increase their consumption and get paid to do so by NG. This payment is less than the cost to compensate operators whose output is constrained. Soon in many periods of the year, energy conservation for those end users in the payback scheme is impacted!!

UK's wind generation capacity surpasses 20GW milestone

Doesn''t matter how many wind farms you have the wind doesn''t blow 24/7. Solar and wind mills still need to be backed up by fossil fuel generators. tidal is the only way forward that is predictable generation. They should stop windmills now as they are unreliable to generate consistent baseload power. Windmills only generate 15 to 20% of there rated output.

UK's wind generation capacity surpasses 20GW milestone

Still not a fan of wind turbines, particularly badly sited wind turbines, but there is no denying 20GW of maximum capacity is a milestone. Especially given how much of it is located offshore where winds do tend to be a little more reliable. However there still remains a couple of questions: a) what is the real world capacity? That is what % of this 20GW is actually reliable produced for the majority of the time? Wind turbines only produce their maximum capacity at a very small window of wind speed before they have to throttle back to avoid damage and that wind speed is actually a lot lower than people think b) what happens when the country is covered by a massive High pressure system and wind speeds are too low for turbines to actually produce power? The blades may be turning but the turbines are not producing enough power to power themselves. Where is the backup for these times? The problem with onshore turbines is they are often in remote, highland areas which destroys a visual environment, or degrades it at least, creates problems with changes to watersheds and erosion from installing access tracks. I have no problem with the turbines in Norfolk that sit quietly turning in the corner of farmers fields but why are we still installing hundreds in the hills and glens of northern Scotland. This should stop until the Central Belt (where the majority of the population of Scotland live) or the M4 corridor (where millions of people live) take as many turbines in their backyards. We also need to start to move away from turbines and develop other sources so we have a balanced supply and are not relying on a single source.

Big-name businesses pledge to help make London world's 'greenest city'

Using renewables in a city is not enough to make it green! There is far more to be gained by reducing the need for energy. 1m2 of UK rooftop solar PV generates the equivalent of 9 litres of diesel per year. A good commercial greenhouse should grow several hundred pounds worth of the hardest to transport fresh produce. Devoting expensive buildings for use as ''factory farms'' has been proven as not sustainable - especially as they still rely on expensive ''final mile'' distribution. Our CloudGro systems use patented technology to create automated rooftop greenhouses. We can install on roofs where the framing needed to support PV makes it prohibitively expensive. We can grow to order at the point of need and avoid all costs of distribution - and more of many varieties than Tesco can sell. All heavily occupied buildings pay to dump heat and CO2, need a reliable source of fresh produce and to find a responsible way to dispose of transit only packaging (or better still - don''t buy it in the first place!). No city can really claim to be smart if it does nothing about using wasted resources to help feed itself. A CloudGro system can be run for much of the summer using a few PV panels - imagine a whole suppy chain with no added energy bill! That would free up renewables for use by those that cannot avoid the need for energy - like electric taxis that would suffer less congection with unnecessary delivery trucks taken off the road.

Stepping up the global energy transformation: Why Mars Australia commits to 100% renewable electrici

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Scotland flicks switch on country's largest battery

Whilst the notion of energy storage is right conceptually, this battery is far too small capacity to be of much use for the Scottish electricity grid and such batteries are typically being mis-sold by snake-oil salesmen who are exaggerating the performance to fool the likes of Ivan McKee, which is easily done. The much larger energy storage which is required can only really be afforded to be built as pumped storage hydroelectric schemes, for example as the SSE have planned for Coire Glas in the Scottish Highlands, where there are many other suitable sites, the best of which could accommodate a scheme large enough to serve the whole of the UK electricity grid. STRATHDEARN PUMPED-STORAGE HYDRO SCHEME (up to 180 GW / 6,800 GWh) 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/

Single-use plastic bottles banned from half marathon in London

the mouth-size pouches to drink at a single swallow _may_ work, if enough can be consumed - but I doubt the practicality of runners picking up a 250 ml pouch (almost half a pint), ''nipping at the edge'' (of a sphere?) and sipping at it over a few minutes, on the run as they would with a bottle - still, that is what trials are for ... quite a high risk strategy for the company though, if more than a handful of runners do get dehydration

Iceland ditches plastic for pre-packed bananas

What a beautifully simple idea. Why has no one thought of this before? Congratulations to Iceland!

Is CSR dead? How millennials are driving demand for authentic brand purpose

CSR is just starting as both a discipline, a culture and an imperative. A new generation of consumer and worker maybe what it takes.

Theresa May's ?100m pledge: Will the UK lead the world on zero-emission transport?

Kaj The whole stunt was to try and persuade people that the UK has some sort of influence in the world with brexit coming up. However I would be very surprised if it took 32 years to phase out ice powered transport the way that EVs are developing. The technology is superior in many ways and in areas where it does fall short solutions are rapidly arriving. Somebody has likened it to phasing out black and white television. The technology is simpler which will drive down prices to buy and maintain, improvements in storage will increase range and reduce charging times. The slow introduction of charging infrastructure will be mirrored by a slow reduction in liquid fuel infrastructure giving ice powered vehicles range anxiety. At the moment about 80% of charging is done at home and if that is replicated 80% of fuelling infrastructure will eventually be surplus and closed down.

Dude, where's my EV? - The Aldersgate Group blog

I work for a County Council; the Council I work for have bought a number electric vehicles and installed charging points in the car park. Big tick in the box. I drive a plug in range extender car which I use to drive to work every day. I don''t have enough range on battery only for my round trip and have asked and tried to use the charging point in work to top up enough electrons to drive home without using any fossil fuel. I''m still waiting for this to happen after two and a half years. Lets cut the red tape and support work place charging.

Theresa May's ?100m pledge: Will the UK lead the world on zero-emission transport?

Still a question of ambitions - 2030 or 2050 and why is it so low ambition when it comes to marketing and PR? Compare the car ads in Sweden and UK... UK car dealers and advertasing agencies should be fiiled with more inspiration... https://www.facebook.com/253667968070016/posts/1389436721159796/

Business leaders call for post-Brexit vehicle emissions roadmap

I think you should be asking Nissan Renault and the other manufacturers for their plans and perhaps Dale Vince (installer of chargers on all motorway services) and National Grid. The brexiteers who will shortly be taking control are pretty well climate change deniers so I expect future low emission vehicle support will be in line with current renewable energy support.

Theresa May's ?100m pledge: Will the UK lead the world on zero-emission transport?

"UK s leadership role in the development of zero-emission vehicles" is just tosh. No UK company has any influence in the motor industry. German, French and Japanese companies assemble cars in the UK and are obviously looking at the negative aspects of Brexit. GKN the only component manufacturer with any clout will probably be broken up and sold off to foreign rivals. Bosch seems to have come up with the complete EV drive train which could be seen as a possible model for GKN lookalikes but they are well advanced. The iconic London cab now electric was brought to you by the Chinese. Dyson looks to be the red white and blue hope but he favours manufacturing in Malaysia and post brexit even more so because any advantage of being in the EU will be lost. He could actually pick one of the ready made factories from the departing Japanese, German, Indian manufacturers though. We don t really care about engineering these days, its much easier to earn in services and that is what Brexit is all about. Look at the works of Professor Patrick Minford the darling economist of brexit. File this "world leadership" tosh with "Global Britain". Look up "Global Germany" to see how it is done then weep.

Report: Fossil fuel demand to peak in the 2020s due to clean energy growth

Hi Sarah Could the following paragraph be better explained? Total energy supply and global energy supply appear to be the same, if talking in terms of world-wide energy production. Could it be 6% of global energy supply and 14% of global electricity supply? The document reveals that this "tipping point" in fossil fuel demand is likely to come when wind and solar account for around 6% of total energy supply and 14% of global energy supply

Report: Fossil fuel demand to peak in the 2020s due to clean energy growth

other reports are available ... https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=32912

Veolia to trial electric bin lorries powered by energy-from-waste

I visited the Veolia energy recovery facility near Wolverhanpton yesterday; an impressive place. I did ask about the possibility of Veolia using electric or fuel cell electric vehicles, but their guide was not aware of this initiative. Actually Veolia would be better served by going for hydrogen-fuel cell EVs (FCEVs) as they have much greater range and can be refilled as quickly as a diesel vehicle; also they are more efficient, as the vehicle does''nt have to carry around a large weight of batteries, although they do have some between the fuel cell and the drive train.

Amey to work with prison to recycle more than 130,000 televisions annually

Good news

Drinks giants back calls to eliminate plastic packaging waste by 2030

What at first looks like a sea of waffle "pushing sectors etc" I was pleased to see "the report calls on ministers to implement a national deposit-return scheme and revise the current Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) model to make the cost of purchasing Packaging Recovery Notes (PRNs) more expensive" Lets at least start getting the stuff back out of the environment and put onto a heap and then start thinking about what to do with the growing mountain. There really is no alternative

Report: Smart technology could reduce annual cost of decarbonising homes by ?6.9bn

I have been researching this since 2008, and the big figure for electric heat is no surprise to me. People have at last noticed that wind availability in winter matches home heating and hot water loads quite well. For heat there is little need for backup generation for missing wind, as the boiler is there already. Hot water cylinders can be heated at night when wind energy is going spare, and homes can retain heat for hours if they are better insulated. The Dutch and Danes are building heat reservoirs that can store heat for weeks. This is not Florida, the air conditioning we need is heat.

Five of the best: Faraday Battery Challenge grant winners

Richard - this might be of interest https://ec.europa.eu/transport/sites/transport/files/themes/strategies/consultations/doc/2009_03_27_future_of_transport/20090408_eabev_%28scientific_study%29.pdf

Mercedes-Benz unveils first all-electric show car

738 HP, ?????? Richard Phillips

Report: Smart technology could reduce annual cost of decarbonising homes by £6.9bn

93% renewable????? Solar at night, zero. Wind liable, in its entirety, over UK and contiguous seas, almost zero for tens of hours. Storage prohibitively expensive; outside national abilities. Stop looking at total MWhour figures, that is not a realistic scenario. Richard Phillips

M&S to phase out plastic cutlery in caf?s

The best option is landfill biodegradable straws and cutlery. I have not heard of straws or wooden cutlery that meet ASTM 5511, which is the standard for landfill biodegradability. Just because they say it is might not be the truth. Ask for testing before making changes.

Heathrow to act as test bed for green corridors and plastic-waste roads

what happens to the plastic roads as they degrade surely we produce microplastics which are the worst..and these get washed off into the water course..i think it''s a bad idea!

London Mayor unveils 20 new water fountains in bid to reduce single-use plastic

GOOD INITIATIVE,SIR !!

Calls for Government to 'urgently' stabilise UK solar sector amid subsidy closures

The trick is not to be too generous or commit FiTs for long periods which the early contracts were , which lead to power grid companies lobbying the government to do what it is doing now...killing the goose!

Future gazing the role of the sustainability profession - The ICRS Blog

Great article, Anita. As one of the ''many other millennials'' working in an unconventional way towards a more secure sustainably orientated role in business I find that there''s a lot of cynicism and doubt towards what we do. I''m wondering if earlier on in your career you faced similar opposition and skepticism from those who''d followed a more well-trodden path into non-sustainable business. If so, do you have any advice for the younger generation working their way forward now? If you want to understand better where I''m coming from have a look at the social enterprise I run. www.remindnetwork.com

California commits to 100% renewable energy by 2045

"which would set a 2050 target for 100% renewable power state-wide." Unless this includes nuclear power, this is not achievable. And the fruitless journey will be hideously expensive Richard Phillips

Carmakers' gaming of emissions tests 'cost drivers ?136bn

This should be No surprise to anyone I have pointed this out on a number of occasions on this site and many others. Trip computer gives an adequate picture because the real facts are so great from the fiction. When the real time driving shows that the claimed mpg takes roughly half a gallon more to attain, it does not need special sensors and massive investment in tech to know that it needs ONE EXTRA GALLON to complete the stated miles for TWO GALLONS easy to see that. Without going into precise figure we can see we as drivers are being misled, is this yet another Misselling event of monumental size. I have had a debate with a Professor directly involved in engine R&D re; that people in his position have been part of a Conspiracy of Silence, obviously he did not like that accusation, BUT he was not able to refute the situation that if he is professing to be able to cut 5% emissions by engine improvements then He knows that these claims in sales literature are a lie. There is only one way forwards, Zero emission Hydrogen Stop Auto R&D into lower carbon engines or better still a Zero Emissions Centre of Excellence with Government funding on a similar scale to that handed to Batteries and put people in charge who have NO links to Oil and Gas Stop wasting money on layer after layer of Chiefs and let the Indians have funding without months of Funding Competition jumping through Hoops when that time could be better spent on innovation and collaboration with the University which is supporting getting rid of Fossil Fuels not the other way round Al Scott PhusionH2 (with University of Nottingham)

UK summer 'wind drought' puts green revolution into reverse

Duncan Burt states that "We have seen a slight decrease in wind over the summer linked to the unusually warm weather, which demonstrates why it is important for us to have a diverse energy mix to ensure we can continue to manage supply and demand." He ignores the fact the it is precisely the admixture of renewable energy sources to the electricity generating system, that gives rise to supply management problems. We had no problems of insecurity of supply when we had 1) the CEGB and 2) dispatchable power, ie from reliable controllable generators. Now Mr Burt wants more of the renewable trouble causers to built!!!! As does Mr Storck. A clean reliable, flexible electricity supply is perfectly achievable with ~80% nuclear, fast reactors taking their place, and the balance CCGT. Richard Phillips

World Water Week: Valuing our natural environment - The BITC blog

Why not direct some flak at the Water Authorities who continue to fail to stop the millions of litres that escape every day due to unrepaired leaks.

UK summer 'wind drought' puts green revolution into reverse

Two tides a day regardless of weather or time of year - ideal conditions for a reliable power baseline. I do hope there is at least some focus on tide (not wave) power as a future zero carbon energy source. As the UK is rich in tidal range we should be leading the world in this area.

Europe's first bioenergy carbon capture project to assist drinks sector

Hallelujah! Problem solved so World saved! Ummm...but what happens to the CO2 used in carbonated drinks? ;)

Europe's first bioenergy carbon capture project to assist drinks sector

Hallelujah! Problem solved so World saved! Ummm...but what happens to the CO2 used in carbonated drinks? ;)

UK Power Networks puts forward 'flexibility first' vision

Good article Sarah, thanks. However renewables of wind and solar are ''variable'' (i.e. which implies changing intensity), not ''intermittent'' (which implies entirely on or off, like nuclear). Thus these key renewables can be predicted in advance for generation into the grid, mostly as the weather forecast to 2 or 3 days ahead. Other renewables are less variable and certainly not erratically intermittent (e.g. hydro, biomass), tidal is predictable hundreds of years ahead! Of course, the most variable of all is the consumer load. Managing all this is not difficult for the grid controllers.

Global food waste set to rise a third by 2030 without ?aggressive? action

Hi Sophia, both the charts are taken from the same report that is linked in the second paragraph. I''ve also added it here: https://www.bcg.com/publications/2018/tackling-1.6-billion-ton-food-loss-and-waste-crisis.aspx .

Global food waste set to rise a third by 2030 without ?aggressive? action

Are you able to provide a link to the report which "Exhibit 3" comes from?

Battery site becomes first to supply electricity to UK's Balancing Mechanism

Orkney tidal turbine generates record level of power

Yes ------- and it is still cyclical, having near or at zero generation, entirely out of man''s control. The end comment on the Swansea lagoon still talks of AMOUNT of electricity, NOT that it would be generated entirely independently of demand. And all the politicians, in command of energy policy, STILL just do not understand. Give me patience, BUT HURRY!!!!!!!!!!!! Richard Phillips

Unintended consequences: Could the plastics phase-out lead to sustainability peril for businesses?

@ Richard - not just scientifically ignorant but ignorant full stop sometimes. Problem with politicians is they are only interested in the next 5 years and votes. What is needed is a cross party, apolitical, 25 year plan with proper scientific evidence to back it up, not instant headline grabbing proposals. And you are correct it needs to be national and standardised.

Unintended consequences: Could the plastics phase-out lead to sustainability peril for businesses?

Yes Keiron, agree on diesel and EVs. I certainly will not abandon my clean efficient diesel. And battery clean-up - never mentioned! One big problem is the almost entirely scientifically ignorant Government, up to and including Cabinet level. One thing is certain, the problem has to be approached on an officially backed nation-wide basis. And the foundation has to be scientifically sound; just being a nice little earner will not do! Richard Phillips

Unintended consequences: Could the plastics phase-out lead to sustainability peril for businesses?

quote " Surfdome s plastic phase-out cost 900 in the first year, as cardboard is 110% more expensive " I assume there are costs much higher than 900! Does 110% mean that cardboard is more than double the cost of plastic?

Landsec hints at energy storage to bolster Britain's biggest shopping centre solar array

The Carbon trust "rule of Thumb" ratio is not new. It has been part of the energy management sales concept for years. Not only retail trade can realize a bottom line benefit. Any business selling products can improve their profits. Congrats to Landsec for putting lots of money into renewable energy. I assume that they are also really pushing energy conservation as part of their energy cost-cutting plans

Landsec hints at energy storage to bolster Britain's biggest shopping centre solar array

The Carbon trust "rule of Thumb" ratio is not new. It has been part of the energy management sales concept for years. Not only retail trade can realize a bottom line benefit. Any business selling products can improve their profits. Congrats to Landsec for putting lots of money into renewable energy. I assume that they are also really pushing energy conservation as part of their energy cost-cutting plans

Unintended consequences: Could the plastics phase-out lead to sustainability peril for businesses?

The key is not to avoid the use of plastics, which perform their primary task very well; it is to have rigorous method of disposal. Opaque plastic milk bottles may be recycled easily, as may be the clear plastic drinks bottles. These should be recycled on a nationwide basis, overseen by Government, and strictly enforced. All other plastic packaging should be collected and burned in electricity generating incinerators. Again strict enforcement by Government. This applies to other plastic artefacts as well as packaging, which seems to be the only material under consideration at present. This requires separate consideration. But nobody will listen. Richard Phillips

Central Heating - is the future smart? - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

So it has been 4 months and a few days since we installed the EvoHome (other systems are available) and so far the results have been really impressive. Firstly the ability to control each zone individually has meant much better control over how warm and when our rooms are. Even having the ability to turn the heating up in the lounge without having to move from the sofa thanks to the mobile phone app has been wonderful. Yeah I know lazy but what''s the point of technology if you don''t use it :-) Secondly being able to turn off entire sections of the house or reduce the entire system by 3 C for an hour, a day or a month means you don''t waste energy heating the house when there is no one home. Being able to remotely do this, even from the middle of the Adriatic Sea, from my mobile phone has been brilliant. Now we have just had the warmest, driest spring in Fort William ever so the heating has hardly been on but August has been its typical damp, grey, cold, miserable self up here so the heating has been kicking in but I don''t think as much as last year. I need to go back through the fuel oil invoices to be sure but I''m pretty certain we''ve used less than last year. Now I have learnt a few things as we''ve got used to the system which might be worth noting if any readers are thinking of installing a similar system: 1) When setting up the schedules use multiple blocks of time for a single temperature - that is if you want the front room to be at 20C all day on a Saturday instead of just setting it as 0900 to 2100 use 3 or 4 hour blocks to achieve the same thing. Then if someone adjusts the temperature by TRV or App to 25C because they are sat in shorts but cold the room doesn''t stay there all day but will drop back to 20C at the next block. Simple but effective. 2) Doors are important - close them. Open doors defeat the zoning 3) 0.5 C really does make a difference. Can you really tell the difference between 19.5 and 20? or 20.5 and 21? Probably not but the central heating can and so can your wallet 4) Use the optimisation feature. Set the schedule to when you want the heat to be on or reduced, switch on optimisation and your smart system will learn how long it takes for your rooms to heat up and cool down. Especially the cool down bit. We have our front room set to 12C from 2200 (when we normally go to bed) but the heating "knows" the front room will stay warm for several hours so actually switches down the rads in the room at about 2000. 2 hours less heating but the room is still at 18-19C at 0600. 5) Ditch the "master" thermostat - with EvoHome you can set the main controller to be the thermostat for a zone but that does limit you to keeping the controller in that room. The controller will still only control that zone though so does not over rule any other zone. We used TRVs and wall thermostats in every zone to give us total control but only because every radiator in the house already had TRVs. Further updates on the performance to follow along with a report on optimising my hot water tank

In numbers: the UK public's attitudes towards climate change

Can we use this survey to ask the same questions on a more local level

Unintended consequences: Could the plastics phase-out lead to sustainability peril for businesses?

"The road to hell is paved with good intentions" Knee jerk reactions to a problem often result in a bigger problem. Look at the mess we are in over diesel now. First it was "environmentally better" so the tax regime on company cars was changed to encourage people to switch to diesel but 20 years later diesel is the dirty fuel and is being taxed off the road. Will "plastic free" and the "switch to EV" end up being the same? Could ditching plastic result in food hygiene problems down the road? Will EV present us with a massive chemical pollution problem when it comes time to dispose of all the batteries? One has to congratulate SurfDome on their approach which does appear to have been well thought out and planned but the fear is too many companies are jumping on the bandwagon without the necessary "safety belts"

Greene King saving more than 600,000 pints of water daily since water retail switch

This is an interesting case study As a water industry expert I would question what the actual savings to the business are just by going self supply as this story only quotes savings on water saving and water management. The business does not have to obtain a water self supply licence to reduce water volume What would happen if their water partner WaterScan ceased trading Greene King would surley have massive and very serious issues managing their water self supply licence without them which has the potential for serious business interuption cauntion advised to any other business thinking of going down the water self supply route

Edible straws and ultra-fast EV chargers: the best green innovations of the week

As staff of the restaurant industry and consumer myself it is great to see this ideas coming, specially on the straw s end, how can we help boost this change faster... very interested ecologically and commercially... who can I get a hold off?

UN Global Compact: Corporates must stop 'cherry-picking' the SDGs

wrong link to share it on LinkedIn

Is renewable energy just a 'passing trend' for businesses?

I think there should be more numbers about the size of the survey etc. On the issue of renewable energy costs becoming a problem, that does not seem to be the only real reason for not sourcing 100% renewable. With non-energy costs becoming a larger share of the delivered cost [circa 60%] the energy cost issue is a red herring. A more workable solution is to reduce energy wastage. Otherwise, any company is paying for energy it is not using

The ?1bn opportunity: How new Government funding could spur the low-carbon transition

To R.Horlock re old housing and poor damp course, have you considered Freezteq damp proofing? The firm is based at Blockley near Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire

The £1bn opportunity: How new Government funding could spur the low-carbon transition

Having worked in ECO, the issue with the built environment is the quality of the old housing stock. You can''t put cavity wall insulation in a property without a perfect damp proof course, otherwise it will create damp. A high % of older properties have issues with the damp proof course - an expensive issue to fix.

Is renewable energy just a 'passing trend' for businesses?

The attitudes to renewables are the same as for energy efficiency - it''s a bottom line issue and there are no real compliance drivers. Much of the purchasing and attitudes to energy efficiency and carbon are those of the A-level managers. B level mangers will usually delegate compliance-type work, such as ESOS and CRC, to their A team (and not in the sense of the best), whilst C level people often just ask their B''s and A''s "How''s it going - are we done yet?". The main reason for this, I believe, is that energy spend for most businesses is less than 2% of turnover and not ''mission-critical''. This results in it being a lower priority in reality than anything that is ''mission critical''. This is about perceptions rather than reality, so talk about sustainability and marketing or HR-related aspects of such things is just not listened to. Until government accepts that this is a high priority and requires action , not just thinking about it, not a lot will change. The pity is that there are a lot of good deals available and should the government force action the rush will again dilute quality and make doing a good job more difficult, not less, I fear.

edie's next 30-minute masterclass: How to implement the circular economy

Hi Richard, if you register for the masterclass you''ll be able to watch it on demand afterwards. Hope this helps.

edie's next 30-minute masterclass: How to implement the circular economy

We will be exhibiting at the RWM exhibition at the NEC on the day. Will the masterclass be available to download afterwards please?

Why the University of London is crowdsourcing a zero-carbon target

To be zero carbon is an impossible target, what should be aimed for is as low cost and low impact on environment, climate, and all ecosystem''s by employing as least natural resources as possible, making best use of sustainable recycled resources with as a long longevity and still able to be reused. Direct carbon use is just one aspect of climate change, ecosystem collapse is occurring because we are using far to many natural resources and unbalancing nature and natural forces. Crowd funding means spending money and all money directly represents energy to be released when spent So look again please at your methodology in arriving at zero carbon !?

Big leap in corporate clean energy purchases in 2018, research shows

Let us build as is the case in Germany where former nuclear sites are in conversion, the excess and day cheap energy lifts the huge underground pistons atop the submerged water tanks. Released at night these drive the water through the linking channels to turn the generators by that oldest of technologies, the water wheel. Reverse and refill during the day with wind and solar electrics, hydroelectric in the dark. Unfortunately this is not known as it should be.

Biodegradable batteries and ocean-plastic shoes: the best green innovations of the week

"to store and discharge between 200 and 500 watts per sq m" It is watt.hours that is the measure of the quantity of electricity. Watts are a measure of the rate of usage of electricity. The above statement tells us very, very little. Richard Phillips

edie at 20: Despite the idiocy that is Brexit, we can do it - Lord Deben's blog

Well said indeed, Climate change has to be the most important issue that the Government is facing today, but appears to be somewhat half-hearted in its response, exemplified by giving P.P. for fracking to go ahead, why would you do that when sensible investment in renewables makes more economic sense as well as environmental. The Government is still too deeply embedded with the oil lobby to say they are committed to dealing with climate change, we should be on a war footing it is that important, tipping points are getting extremely close and will not be reversed. Come on Lord Deben shout louder please we are depending on you

The UK Climate Change Act: Despite the idiocy that is Brexit, we can do it - Lord Deben's blog

Rod Mountain 08.08.18 As an environmental scientist, I have to say ''well said.'' But I would be more urgent in my message, knowing as I do the actual ( more pressing ) temperature rises as measured by 5000 universities globally. I have spent the last 10 years enabling the installation of technologies ''green.'' In the same year that we nearly gave Greece Euros 10,000,000,000 to bail them out, the UK government could have spent this money donating 100,000 solar PV systems each 100kW in size! This legacy would be saving global CO2 emissions for decades. Anyone working in the renewables industry will know what I mean when I say UK governments of all colour have been uncommitted /ambivalent /half-hearted when it comes to energy policy. So - needlessly we continue to have to buy coal and gas from abroad ( balance of payments deficit ) and seem to need foreign money to build what the world will surely judge in the future as the biggest ever white elephant: Hinkley Nuclear - giving a wholesale price of 9p per unit! We could be forgiven for thinking that May and Rudd have succumbed to the pressures of Brexit and turned into what John Gummer correctly calls flat-earthers!

The UK Climate Change Act: Despite the idiocy that is Brexit, we can do it - Lord Deben's blog

Well said. I speak as a Chartered engineer who resigned from Gas turbine design at Rolls-Royce to install solar pv systems and now also design wave energy converters: I feel like the best course of action is to decarbonise the national grid as it is the low hanging fruit. Transport is a very challenging problem to solve as vehicles (air land and sea) need to carry their fuel - the combustion engine (IC and Gas turbine) has an incredible power to weight ratio which is why it works so well in transport. I suggest focusing on all static energy consumption through improved efficiency and decarbonisation of the supply of energy. Heating and electricity are the easiest ones to solve and are huge chunks of our overall energy consumption.

Big leap in corporate clean energy purchases in 2018, research shows

The "world now has more than 1TW of wind and solar capacity". The solar component fails every night, and is variable during the day. Overall solar generates no more than 30% of its "capacity". The same goes for wind. Actual generation, totally variable, totally non-dispatchable generates overall at less than 30% of "capacity". And if the potential power is generated when it is not demanded, storage is inefficient and expensive. But the business community make a lot of money. Your money, dear reader!!!! Richard Phillips

Collection and content: How can councils address the 'smorgasbord' of plastics to boost recycling?

Allow nuclear waste disposal under national parks, say MPs

Get rid of the nuclear fission, out of date nonsense and this wont be necessary, renewables can, and will, provide all the power we need, when we need it. Meanwhile store the waste that this silly industry has produced in caverns deep under the Houses of Parliament, they introduced it, they should live with the result - and the half life is indeed thousands of years with certain of these obsolete fission materials.

The UK Climate Change Act: Despite the idiocy that is Brexit, we can do it - Lord Deben's blog

Well said! This success storey ought to be shouted from the roof-tops, to allow the doubters to be able to join in as part of a consensus. However, the government still pursues short-term objectives. Isn''t it time to put airport expansion on hold until bio-fuel or hydrogen can power planes? Also, to reintroduce the fuel levy, back-dated until when it was frozen. That would encourage thrifty motoring, as well as raising much needed taxes from the petrolheads.

Collection and content: How can councils address the 'smorgasbord' of plastics to boost recycling?

When you think that the most recyclable materials PET is difficult to recycle, in my town we can only recycle bottles, but in the next town over they can recycle all PET, until we get a coordinated recycling across the country we are not going to get into the top 10 countries for recycling. Once a coordinated recycling scheme is in place, we will be able to put clear instructions on the packaging as to how to recycle it (or not) this will allow consumers to choose products by ability to recycle, we can have national education for recycling, supermarkets can choose materials they know can be recycled by all. This is the elephant in the room and until the government legislates for a coordinated recycling scheme we are only going to make minor changes to what is being done today.

Allow nuclear waste disposal under national parks, say MPs

It is quite amazing that so much ignorance concerning radioactive should still be so unashamedly displayed. "many thousands of years"; no, a few hundred and HLW is gone, but don''t tell Ms Lucas, Bradshaw, Marrington, and Blagojevic. "obsolete 20th-century technology", this must be a reference to windmills. Yet another illustration of the ravings of those bereft, apparently of both knowledge and its basic science. Richard Phillips

The burning question: Can Burberry spark a resource revolution in the fashion industry?

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If you think sustainable procurement costs more - you're doing it wrong - The Action Sustainability

There is also another consideration. If there was a Hydrogen engine-generator which replaced a petrol engine-generator in an existing EV type, it would bring about zero emissions at all times of use. There would not be any need for the heavy costly batteries as a result the battery pack could be severely cut and likewise the manufacturer could cut the price of said EV. The Point I make is that Auto Industry only has one perception of how Hydrogen can be used. But there are also elements who are blocking this potential so there are other factors outside of this debate.

Sustainable shopping: How are UK supermarkets tackling plastic pollution?

Just to add to Clare''s comment on cotton buds. We at the Co-op replaced the plastic stems with paper back in 2006, and we removed plastic microbeads from Co-op brand products at least as early as 2001.

Sustainable shopping: How are UK supermarkets tackling plastic pollution?

A useful summary, although as far as replacing plastic stemmed cotton buds with paper, consulting www.cottonbudproject.org.uk would have been useful. Waitrose was in fact the first UK supermarket to recently change from plastic to paper stems, while M&S and Co-op have been long standing retailers of own brand paper stemmed cotton buds.

Sir Richard Branson: Commercial low-carbon jet fuel 'within touching distance'

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Government and transport industry launch £20m fund for low-carbon innovations

electric & hybrid cars are not the answer ...the batteries are SO polluting from mining the raw materials to the eventual disposal..., what is going to happen to all the spent batteries after what ..., 5 or 10 year life? noise pollution from wind power is yet unknown but studies show that its having a huge impact with marine life. propellers from wind turbines are wiping out migrating birds. we need to enhance solar from our office and home windows, car windscreens .. there is so much out there.

Earth Overshoot Day: How businesses can 'move the date' to create a sustainable future

So many of the products we buy have a "built in obsolescence". For example, an appliance that could be expected to last some time has a small weak spot, such as a small piece of fragile plastic that is easily broken. I have been told that this is deliberate policy by firms in order to force customers to buy a replacement.

Lord Deben: Housing and car industries should be 'ashamed' of climate record

I think the government need to take a long hard look at themselves before flinging mud. Since ev''s came out there have been about a dozen amendment and backtracks on electric cars. Some amendments have wiped thousands off forecast sale prices leading consumers to shy away. From 2020 we should have some consistency but just to illustrate this a Leaf will have company car tax based on 16% of taxable value next year before falling to 2%, how can anyone plan in the face of such volatility.

edie at 20: How did sustainability become so business-critical? - Matt Mace's blog

Great Article Matt

UK's plastic waste may be dumped overseas instead of recycled

If we cannot recycle it here then it should be used as RDF in our energy from waste, clean exhaust plants, producing much needed electricity. Such use removes the plastic from the system entirely, whereas continuous recycling, uses valuable energy and produces an ever weaker plastic, very prone to solar plasticizer boil off and the resultant generation of a plastic dust that will pollute the food chain and other areas of the planet heavily. We MUST NOT send it to landfill anywhere!!

Recycled corals reefs and flying Rolls Royce vehicles: the best green innovations of the week

Electric vehicle that uses a gas turbine?! It s not April 1st is it? Come on guys.

Wind power drives UK renewables to 30% share of electricity mix

OK but "renewables to 30% share of electricity mix" is nothing to boast about when other countries generate 90% to 100% of electricity from renewable sources already - for example, the UK''s northern neighbours neighbours Iceland and Norway. Wikipedia - List of countries by electricity production from renewable sources https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_electricity_production_from_renewable_sources Neither would I describe the UK''s modest progress in the transition to clean and renewable energy as "a radical shift", which one might if say, the UK was on a trajectory to get to 100% renewable energy in 5 years. Independent Scientific Adviser for Scotland https://scottishscientist.wordpress.com/ * Wind, storage and back-up system designer * Double Tidal Lagoon Baseload Scheme * Off-Shore Electricity from Wind, Solar and Hydrogen Power * World s biggest-ever pumped-storage hydro-scheme, for Scotland? * Modelling of wind and pumped-storage power * Scotland Electricity Generation my plan for 2020 * South America GREAT for Renewable Energy

UK Government plots course for additional offshore wind capacity

"the offshore wind sector plans to double its generation output by 2030 to 30GW." - would be TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE. I had planned more wind power for Scotland alone, by 2020. Wind wind turbines (and other intermittent renewables such as solar) to a total 42GW maximum power (supplies 6GW at 14.3% power) (7.3GW already installed, in 2017) + 34.7GW cost 51 (onshore prices) to 85 billion (offshore prices). "Scotland Electricity Generation my plan for 2020" https://scottishscientist.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/scotland-electricity-generation-my-plan-for-2020/ Scottish Scientist Independent Scientific Adviser for Scotland https://scottishscientist.wordpress.com/ * Wind, storage and back-up system designer * Double Tidal Lagoon Baseload Scheme * Off-Shore Electricity from Wind, Solar and Hydrogen Power * World s biggest-ever pumped-storage hydro-scheme, for Scotland? * Modelling of wind and pumped-storage power * Scotland Electricity Generation my plan for 2020 * South America GREAT for Renewable Energy

Coca-Cola offers 50% discounts at major UK theme parks in exchange for plastic bottles

Although in the right direction this is little more than a gimmick. Coca Cola (as part of the drinks system) has for decades been taken back bottles for REAL MONEY and from EVERY place it is sold in Germany and other European Companies. I appreciate the UK government has been and is pretty useless but just get on with it. You dont need trials we all know it works. Coca Cola is treading water until proper legislation arrives. I picked up 4 coca cola bottles on a beach yesterday. If the bottles were worth 10p they would not have been there for long. With a name like "Leendert den Hollander" I am sure he knows what to do with his bottles when he goes home.

UK's largest battery storage facility comes online in Hertfordshire

Excellent news, shows how the storage side of green electricity is developing well and the current, no doubt, high cost will reduce with time and increasing number of installations. However, the cost that is important here is the excellent environment that will result, well done all and more, much more, of the same please.

Coca-Cola offers 50% discounts at major UK theme parks in exchange for plastic bottles

when I was young I knew my local Pub well -because we got a deposit paid to us for bringing GLASS Coke bottles back for re use -what''s wrong with glass and deposits -its worked in the past and it isn''t plastic!!

How Coca-Cola is engaging policymakers and the public to combat plastics pollution

We have a process to burn waste plastic to produce electricity as clean as solar or wind power. www.linkedin.com/in/richard-hood-b150b5129

UK's plastic waste may be dumped overseas instead of recycled

Time to give Recycling Technologies and their methods a chance! They turn End of Life plastic into PLAXX, (creating virgin plastic, wax and oils). They at present have a working machine with Swindon Borough Council and this is open to pre arranged site visits. Albert(Ted)Dowdeswell teddwell@aol.com

UK's plastic waste may be dumped overseas instead of recycled

Hardly news as many of us have either suspected it or known it for years. With China now refusing to take our waste perhaps our indigenous recycling industry will grow but we''ll see.

Taking place on THURSDAY: edie's Power Hour SDG webinar

What do you perceive are the opportunities/challenges for collaborations with sectors with civic mission like Higher Education and emerging alternative economic activity (including the Social Enterprise sector) using the SDG''s (thinking on regional or a city scale)?

McDonald's joins Starbucks to fund new coffee cup innovations

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No replacement for Feed-in Tariff 'major blow' for renewables

How strange that the article makes no mention of the fact that these tariffs cost UK taxpayers and energy users 1.6 billion. Maybe the Government thought it would take the industry at its word, when it says renewables are now competitive, and let them stand on their own two feet. We will see. Last year investment in solar energy around the world down by 24%. Funny that, if it is supposed to be the future...

McDonald's joins Starbucks to fund new coffee cup innovations

No replacement for Feed-in Tariff 'major blow' for renewables

Why should the taxpayer support domestic solar that provides power for a single home? Even the export tariff is flawed as it assumes you export half of what you theoretically generate and not what is actually exported. In theory you could get paid without actually exporting anything at all.

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

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McDonald's joins Starbucks to fund new coffee cup innovations

I think we have to be very careful especially around Compostable where there are now indications Compostable plastics create micro plastic pollution, also there are indications when we tell consumers that something is Compostable they think they can put it in the land fill bin and it is miraculously going to turn to soil, so when you consider current paper cup in the U.K. is recyclable in over 80% of councils providing bring banks and over 20% of councils offering kerb side collections, whatever we propose to move to has to be able to be more easily recyclable, and this is not as simple as you may first think. E.g if a paper cup is pulpable it could be recycled with your newspapers, but would councils allow food contaminated packaging to be recycled in this way, how would the kerb side collections be able to tell what was pulpable and what is just normal paper cups, and for that matter how would consumers know?

The Climate Group launches global initiative to fast-track corporate LED uptake

Theresa May confirms UK will publish an Environment Bill

Will the Environmental Bill require nuclear regulators to routinely monitor and report on radioactive air pollution continuously discharged from all UK nuclear sites?

IEA warns of 'worrying trend' as global investment in renewables falls

Coal gas and nuclear are the only sources of energy from which power may be withdrawn at will. No renewable source is able to emulate this absolutely essential feature of a USEFUL power generator. Electricity storage will have to become at the very least 1000 bigger and 100 times cheaper if it is to contribute industrial amounts of electricity. The most powerful battery to be constructed in the UK, at Swindon, will be able to emulate one twentieth of a normal power station for just one hour!!! Nobody seems to take notice of the work which, fitting real global temperature increases to the increase in CO2 levels, find that it is about half as effective as the IPCC declare. An ECS of about 1.4, the IPCC favour 3.0 Decline in renewable investment - great. Richard Phillips PS CO2 is the source of ALL our food, think on!!!

Meat and dairy firms 'majorly overlooked climate culprits'

How does the "marginal" livestock farming industry stack up? By marginal I mean hill sheep farming on land that basically couldn''t be used for crops or anything else but the sheep provide valuable protein and natural fibres/skins. Or goats on scrub land which again provide protein, milk and natural fibres/skins. Don''t turn farming per se into the next great environmental satan. We need food but we also need to understand that the juicy steak comes with a real cost not just a financial one

Liverpool to use blockchain technology to become world's first climate-positive city

I have always been lukewarm about carbon offsetting because once you have released your carbon the carbon has been released and paying somebody else not to release carbon is, well, not really balancing your carbon releases. I was hoping that this article would be about clever new ways of improving public transport, insulation etc. However it is good that Liverpool care.

Morrisons trials in-store deposit return system for plastic bottles

Hello, I would like to thank for this communicative information and article. I find this idea excellent, in a transitory period to battle de plastic bottle waste and recycling. I would like to know which are the fabricants of those machines, to propose and copy the same example to other supermarkets. Yours faithfully, Diego Lavarello

One billion people without access to efficient cooling technology, says report

Air conditioning units give out enormous amounts of heat. Where do you think that heat goes from the air it is cooling? Narnia? They use prodigious amounts of energy which also produces heat so cooling a room results in more heating of the atmosphere.

How Coca-Cola is engaging policymakers and the public to combat plastics pollution

The 11 points are sensible and I can imagne have been contributed by Coca Cola Europe where in many countries deposit schemes never stopped or re started a long time ago. We dont have to faff around for much longer. Just go to places like Germany, see the implementation and then just adopt it. These countries have years of experience and they have generally ironed out all the problems. Dont assume that the answer is always recycle. Plastic bottles can also and should also be reused along with glass bottles and they should be standardised so that the containers can be reused by any company so that local circulation can be achieved. The 11 points are pretty well pointing to the German system which is for ALL packaging. If only somebody in government had the wit to grasp this.

UK to champion green aviation through ?343m Sector Deal

It is impossible for a minister to announce anything without "leading the world". I don''t know if any other countries have this arrogance or are they just getting on with it

Economy-wide carbon tax would create 'level playing field' for UK businesses

This looks like a good example of a import levy. Why not extend it to taxing imports from countries with low worker welfare and using the funds to improve conditions for workers in that country.

Waste incineration set to overtake recycling in England, Greens warn

Christopher, I am really really sorry to hear about this. I followed it a bit in Private Eye a few years ago but assumed that sense had prevailed. About 30 years ago, Hampshire was a "beacon" council for recycling for a while but when the incinerators arrived (replacing older ones) recycling fell by the wayside and Hampshire languishes at the bottom of the national recycling league. While Munich kept its last incinerator going the city did not fully join in with the nationwide "yellow bin" packaging recycling in order to feed the incinerator. This looks really stupid from Europe. The still have waste incinerators left over from a bygone age and according to Private eye, the UK had the option of sending waste to Belgium at rock bottom prices which would have tied us over until the recycling infrastructure was in place but politicians become obsessed with these projects. Being the UK the politicians become obsessed with 30 year old ideas that are clearly wrong. Damn them and their stupidity.

Waste incineration set to overtake recycling in England, Greens warn

Gloucester are building the largest incinerator in creation? 500M Old technology on a vast scale! Its 4 times the size of Exeter who are now scaling down their incineration in favour of major recycling and Biomass manufacture. Gloucester is so big that the county cannot feed it 24/7 and have to resort to deliveries of waste from all over the UK? Surprisingly from a reliable source they are even thinking of tendering from the EU??!!!!!!! There will be in access of 70 trucks a day & night feeding the furnaces, so say to produce electricity into the grid?This on an already congested road? Its a major white elephant and as recycling and Biomass takes over, while industries cut back on packaging and waste it will need to seek out rubbish from around the world?? Incredible. The Government that sanctioned it "Pickles I believe" conservative had no real understanding of waste and the dioxins and pollution that could very well hit Gloucester and the towns and villages close by???? They had a real opportunity to create a major recycling industry with major research in the process but choose not to!!! for reasons like big business takes over, environment comes second?????? What an absolute waste of money!! Its out of date before being built? It demands huge resources thereby fostering and trying to maintain waste? its life span is no more that 5 years,before they have to source waste from around the world? It will send a plume out over Gloucester and the pollution will be carried on the westerlies. There is no such thing as zero pollution, FACT??The EU waste tax that is currently in force will no longer apply after Brexit and by then we should be scaling down our land fill by recycling with industrial reductions in waste? after all industry doesn''t want waste or packaging as that''s just wasted money? and the supermarkets are also following suit!!!! there are numerous ways of packing and sending products onto the open market instead of the waste that currently exists!!!! No it''s folly on a grand scale yet they know this???? Having discussed this with specialists that have real inside knowledge of the incineration as opposed to Gasification it''s absurd and like trying to reinvent the 60tys technology with a twig or to??? No Mr Government this contract needs to be stopped and then converted into a major recycling plant with more jobs for Gloucestershire.

Morrisons trials in-store deposit return system for plastic bottles

I lived in Austria 15 years ago and every supermarket had a plastic bottle recycling machine where customers received their deposit back when returning plastic bottles. The scheme also handled glass bottles. The UK is archaic in this regard

Waste incineration set to overtake recycling in England, Greens warn

About 30 years I lived in Munich and the authorities wanted a THIRD incinerator. The argument for recycling actually won the day and so the third was never built. However after a period of time one was converted to coal and the other was shut down. Germany has a nationwide ban on domestic landfill. I dont think that it has to be pointed out just how successful the German economy is so we can assume that they don''t mess about. Another idea from our past and other countries supported by the University of the Bleeding Obvious is the use of REUSEABLE packaging like bottles.

Morrisons trials in-store deposit return system for plastic bottles

Well done Morrisons and Iceland. However the government should be making this mandatory and they should have done it 20 years ago. The UK is still miles behind the front runners