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Coffee grounds and poultry litter proving a viable biomass option in the UK

"Nero expects to have converted 218 tonnes of used coffee grounds into 98 tonnes of biomass pellets enough fuel to power the equivalent of 453 homes..." Am I missing something, or shouldn''t the above statement indicate how long the 218 tonnes of beans will provide power to the 453 homes? How much energy in terms of kWh will the beans provide?

Middle-management 'disconnected' from Sustainable Development Goals, report finds

So, we really have the time to step forward from the present stage!!

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Why electric and driverless vehicles are unsettling the car industry - Fleetdrive Blog

I think the impact will be even larger than imagined and have much wider impact. Small robo cars used on demand will not wear their tyres or brakes out, won''t have bumps, won''t need personalising so that kills off the vehicle parts, maintenance, accident repair and customisation industry, likewise insurance and glittery car showrooms Robo cars wil travel at speed limits which will slow all traffic but also allow spectacular interweaving at junctions which should make traffic run faster as there will be no need for traffic lights. Not a welcome future, little enjoyment to be gained from travel and none from car ownership. Thank goodness I live in ruritainia because if National robocar rollout follows the broadband route we''ll still be waiting in 2100.

The great green policy survey: YOUR chance to tell us the issues that matter most

Food waste - if Marks and Spencer can distribute food they will no longer sell - why can''t Greggs? (and I presume many other food shops). Your survey concentrates on the big issues which is great, but simple things would also make a huge difference - retail should be legislated to give all edible food away not throw it in the bin!

London councils commence innovative solar battery project and LED retrofit

Our company is currently looking for locations to start a pilot program to install street lighting that meets the following criteria: - 2100K - Up to 140 lumens per watt - Dark sky friendly - 70, 80 or 90 CRI This light that will meet all the dark sky, neighborhood, and wildlife friendly criteria that municipalities are looking for.

Mersey feat: world's biggest wind turbines go online near Liverpool

The wind farms in Liverpool Bay are regularly visited by a fleet of service boats. I see them coming into Liverpool docks daily. Isnt this an opportunity to set up businesses farming mussels, kelp and fish between the turbines?

Plastic-eating worms and printed solar: The best green innovations of the week

Or the UAE (and the world) has 15 years to develop low cost desalination using perhaps its abundant solar resources.

How to win the war on waste in the UK - The First Mile blog

THE PROBLEM WITH WASTE IS THAT IS HAS NO ADDED VALUE THAT THE CONSUMER CAN USE FOR RECYCLING PURPOSES. Simply if we therefore add value to it and the consumer identifies with this then waste will become attractive. There are no official recycling systems for thin wall plastic + crisp packets and the plastic milk bottle service lacks clarity and is so diverse in nature that jo public are often confused by the shear number of options? Two alternatives are being tried and tested as natural polymers, being from seedweed and milk? but they need money and infrastructure to deliver? Also there are potential health problems with thin wall plastics, generating possible pathegens, but not as yet properly identified. I have through studies identified that the council collection systems are out dated and incineration is econmically misplaced. We therefore do not invest sufficiently in recycling as nations, loosing 80-120 bn in revenue,and then spend x3 times this amount extracting and processing the raw materials. No!! inorder to clean up our act we have to do a lot better.

Lib Dem manifesto: Ambitious new laws for emissions reductions, green transport and the circular eco

Wow at last a Party committed to Clean Energy and not simply paying lipservice to the public whilst doing deals to short circuit the Rules and Regulations with Industry. One thing I would add is that there is a need to support and prove out Hydrogen generation, striving to maintain a grid supply system places huge barriers in the way forwards to Clean energy. There is no need for 230-240 volts it is simply a waste much better to go as low as possible that is 12 volts and 48 Volts dual low voltage circuits most easily generated onsite for Off-grid house Zero emissions in use.

Unilever breakthrough technology set to tackle plastic sachet waste

Hi Paul, Thanks for the question. The packaging allows low-income earners to enjoy quality products such as shampoos, toothpastes, lotions, condiments, even ready-to-eat food and drinking water. To gain more info on the manufacturers involved, I would suggest getting in touch with Unilever directly. Here is a media contact that dealt with the announcement - Caroline.Boin@unilever.com. Thanks, George

Unilever breakthrough technology set to tackle plastic sachet waste

"Sachet packaging allows low-income consumers, particularly in developing countries, to buy small amounts of otherwise unaffordable products". Could you elaborate on what these products might be and who are the manufacturers?

Why electric and driverless vehicles are unsettling the car industry - Fleetdrive Blog

It''s not just relevant to this: "Going a step further, driverless EVs offer exciting possibilities for the crowded megacities of the future. Robotaxis could provide mobility on demand in a far more affordable, efficient and safer way." It''s highly relevant to any settlement in the UK (& similarly elsewhere in the "developed world) which our cars clog both when in the minority of they''re in use & the majority of time when they''re not in use i.e. this has phenomenal & seemingly positive implications for our homes, high streets, shopping, work, business, education, leisure, health & social care &/or generally how we live - not to mention investers in property & car makers - & just think of the potential changes in how & what we spend on transport

Labour manifesto: Renewables revolution, air quality crackdown and SDG push

I stand by my comment upon the energy section of the Labour Party manifesto. The exposure of the public to radiation from the nuclear energy programme is, as I understand it, about 1% of natural background radiation. The hazard presented by this level of exposure is well reviewed by Dr wade Allison in his book "Radiation and Reason". The policy quoted in the last sentence of Jo Brown''s comment is quite ludicrous. The answer to our energy needs would be well satisfied by a mix of PWRs and CCGTs, the latter powered by our own natural gas from fracking within the UK, which the manifesto also denigrates. In the years to come we should be engaged in the development of the fast reactor, in order to utilise our stock of plutonium and depleted uranium. These could provide safe clean energy for centuries. Waste is no problem except for the politicians, the professionals solved the problem over forty years ago. I repeat my belief that the policies outlined in the manifesto, with special reference to renewable sources, is driven by a lack of understanding of the science and engineering on the part of those drafting the policy. My opinion is derived not only from my experience as a professional research scientist in the UKAEA at Harwell for 35 years, but also from years of following the energy generation industry in my retirement. Richard Phillips

Tesco commits to 100% renewables by 2030

Would be great if they could also commit to plastic free packaging and a significant increase in the proportion of organic/ sustainable produce sold. I''m not sure why they need to wait until 2030 - For scope 2 emissions, there are plenty of 100% renewable power suppliers now and as the largest supermarket they have significant power to dictate supply chain emissions standards for scope 3. Will they also decarbonise their logistics and delivery fleet? Would be interesting to see the composition of their emissions.

Labour manifesto: Renewables revolution, air quality crackdown and SDG push

Labour''s manifesto statement that "nuclear energy will continue to be part of the energy supply" does not comply with the 2012 Health and Social Care Act legal requirement to protect the public from exposure to nuclear radiation. the UK National Nuclear Policy acknowledged that this would cause ''public health detriment'' but claimed this was ''justified by the benefits of nuclear power''. The 2012 Act supersedes the NNP but has not been enforced. Regulators and politicians must enforce a zero emissions policy on all nuclear waste and decommissioning contracts, rule out any new build and shut down all the AGR nuclear reactors.

Tesco commits to 100% renewables by 2030

In 2016 global average temperatures reached 1.2C with a number of positive feedbacks emerging at significant force (e.g. Albedo in the Arctic) driving temperatures higher. In the light of this there is no prospect of keeping temperatures close to the COP 21 commitment of 1.5C unless everything is made carbon neutral by around 2030. It is great that Tesco will source 100% of electricity from the renewables by 2030 but business also need to decarbonise other energy sources (transport, etc.) and their suppliers by 2030. Tesco''s 2050 target for suppliers to be carbon neutral is firmly in +2C territory.

Labour manifesto: Renewables revolution, air quality crackdown and SDG push

A presentation lacking, in my opinion, the essential basic knowledge and understanding of the physics, chemistry and electrical power engineering involved in electrical generation. The writers are politicians not scientists or engineers. Richard Phillips

38,000 people a year die early because of diesel emissions testing failures

Oh dear, all those "deaths" yet again!! I know no better presentation of the true state of affairs than: Extract, by Julia Hartley-Brewer. (Daily Telegraph 7.04.17) "This 40,000 figure is alarmingly high. It is also alarmingly wrong. 40,000 people do not die in the UK every year as a result of air pollution. Yet that figure, as respiratory physician Professor Tony Frew explained to me on my TalkDadio show this week, is zombie statistic - however many times you try to kill it, it comes back. And it's simply not true. So what is the truth? The Royal Colleges of Physicians and of Paediatrics and Child Health, quoted by Mr Khan, actually says "40,000 EQUIVALENT LIVES" are lost each year as a result of all outdoor air pollution - which is actually only a few hours or days each over a population of 65 million. Only a tiny fraction of this is down to diesel cars, or indeed to any cars" May we now have a little more understanding in the use of very specific technical statistical terms used by epidemiologists. Richard Phillips

B&Q bans harmful pesticides from plant range to save bees

Save earth & plant

IPCC must address ?language barrier? between climate science and sustainability

Yes, climate scientists think in terms of carbon, power engineers think in terms of MW and MWhs.

Building Management System or caretaker: which route to energy savings? - Andy's Energy Musings

Your description of a BMS is somewhat inaccurate in that it works within given parameters, takes no account of the reasons behind a call for heat from a controlled area and is often a complete mystery to those inhabitants of the building it is installed in. It also has an extremely high maintenance cost in that experienced engineers command very high rates of pay and if it is a manufacturers engineer sometimes even more to give a profit to the exercise. A BMS controlling the heating function normally works on space temperature sensors switching on the heat source in answer to a demand, it does nothing to control the combustion process or modify the energy output to match the energy requirement unless the design of the heating system has such mechanisms built in. Having seen a number of BMS systems in the properties in which I have been working I cannot subscribe to your comment that they are in any way an economical addition to a building when considered from the point of view of the energy they save. In my experience two things are required to ensure that energy consumption is kept to a minimum. The first is that the heating system (note the word system) is designed in such a way that the energy produced matches the load required and is channelled specifically to where it is required and the second is that the control system ensures that the energy producing appliance (or if it is a cascade arrangement appliances) limit the energy produced to the load required. Having seen the installation of high efficiency boilers in a cascade arrangement result in an increase in gas consumption rather that the predicted decrease and the replacement of a standard efficiency boiler by a high efficiency boiler result in complaints of the property taking significantly longer to become even warm I am of the opinion that your simplistic manual versus BMS evaluation of the control of a building leaves much to be desired. Anthony Brunton IEng. MIPlantE. MSOE. LCGI. FCIPHE. RP. Master Plumber. ps I have added the post nominals so that you are aware that I do know what I''m talking about.

Building Management System or caretaker: which route to energy savings? - Andy's Energy Musings

Your description of a BMS is somewhat inaccurate in that it works within given parameters, takes no account of the reasons behind a call for heat from a controlled area and is often a complete mystery to those inhabitants of the building it is installed in. I

easyJet sets new carbon goal after emissions tumble by 31%

Between 2010 and 2016 easyJet passenger numbers grew from 48,754,366 to 73,137,826, representing a 50% increase. This huge increase in flights more than offsets the efficiency savings outlined and proves beyond all doubt that we cannot meet our COP21 climate change commitments if the aviation sector is permitted to grow. Please also note that the the UK''s aviation sector is responsible for between 7 and 8% of UK greenhouse gas emissions but, due to the extra warming effect of emissions at high altitudes, the sector is responsible for between 11 and 16% (depending on calculation method) of warming.

easyJet sets new carbon goal after emissions tumble by 31%

Good work - well done, easyJet. Another good reason to fly with you :)

UK energy storage predicted to grow 100-fold by 2020

Could anyone out there offer some backup to Robertson''s comment that Solar and Wind are proven as the cheapest forms of generation? PSH & Compressed Air: if they made sense financially, you''d see them in the T-4 capacity auctions. Developers don''t stop building things just because they fall out of fashion. They stop when there''s no money in it.

Water companies losing vast amounts through leakage, as drought fears rise

That is why companies with large water use MUST consider "Off Grid" water supplies!

Next generation sustainability: The Feed Children Well campaign - The SRA blog

Exposure to nuclear radiation causes endocrine disruption and failure of the pancreas to produce insulin leading to weight gain. Changing children''s diets will not help. The UK needs to enforce the 2012 Health and Social Care Act legal requirement to protect the public from exposure to nuclear radiation. This is not happening; In Somerset perinatal mortality has doubled and skin cancer is 45% higher than in adjacent counties. This followed a tenfold increase in Caesium 137 from the Hinkley Point site due to vents being installed into the two Hinkley A Magnox reactors in 2006.

Next generation sustainability: The Feed Children Well campaign - The SRA blog

Excellent initiative - humans are destroying the planet with the food choices they make and pass on to children; educating kids from a very young age would change the world. I''d like to share a quote from Yuval Noah Harari''s recent book Homo Deus on the future of sapiens in this context: "Over the past century, humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine, plague and war. Today, more people die from obesity than from starvation; more people die from old age than from infectious diseases; and more people commit suicide than are killed in war. We are the only species in earth s long history that has single-handedly changed the entire planet, and we no longer expect any higher being to shape our destinies for us."

Unilever breakthrough technology set to tackle plastic sachet waste

very encouraging especially the open source part

Unilever breakthrough technology set to tackle plastic sachet waste

I''d like to be involved in this as it becomes more widely adopted in Europe. Robert.Thompson@coop.co.uk

Making hay while the sun isn't shining - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

@Roger - I agree with you that we need to improve energy efficiency and also stop wasting so much energy in both industry and our everyday lives. A 10% reduction in our energy demand on a daily basis across the country works out as Hinkley C. Energy Storage will need to be BIG and that''s why batteries will never be a viable Grid scale option but things like Compressed Air and Cryogenic Storage might be more suitable. We won''t really know until we start developing these properly on a grid scale level (ie GWs size). Gas could be a storage medium and yes bio-gas from Anaerobic Digestion could add a significant proportion of the gas, if we can get past the NIMBY problem against AD plants that appears to be developing. The only problem is we have been dismantling the Gasometers around the country and we have no real gas storage infrastructure. The UK only has a few days gas storage at present in some depleted reservoirs in the North Sea. Again we would need to build the capacity but at least the pipelines and generating infrastructure is in place. However gas still means burning something which means CO2 and for most "environmentalists" that is a bad thing. I agree the primary generation network needs to continue to be developed but not "hell bent for leather", "at all costs" without developing the storage / backup system at the same time. We need to spread the sustainable generation capacity from just solar and wind to include hydro, tidal, tidal stream and even new nuclear technologies like Thorium.

Wind farms: the Marmite of energy generation - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

You can think of wind turbines as necessary temporary measures which will hopefully head of catastrophic climate change which will be more permanent. Imagine your view after a 4 degree temperature increase. There is a good chance that today''s windmills will one day not be necessary and the views will be saved for future generations. Without them now there is no chance of that view ever being preserved.

Making hay while the sun isn't shining - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

Diamond company seeks to deliver carbon-neutral mining in five years

This is carbon dioxide "storage", not energy storage. Richard Phillips

Making hay while the sun isn't shining - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

Energy Storage will have to be really , really big to provide demand for more than a couple of days and however big it is there is the danger that it isn''t big enough. As always energy efficiency should be the biggest priority to minimise whatever solution is adopted and we shouldn''t be too fussy about maintaining a gas powered backup network. Gas itself can be a storage medium and can be renewable not necessarily fossil. You could look at it another way. We already have our backup power network, now lets finish the prime renewable network

Scotland unveils winners of ?40m low-carbon innovation fund

100+ times more, 4,000+ million would be a real "boost to low-carbon infrastructure across the country". "a 43m fund" is a more of a DAMP SQUIB than a "boost" - welcome though these small scale green energy projects are. It''s not 100+ times more because of the fiscal framework which First Minister agreed with the UK which strictly forbids the Scottish government from investing billions a year more in Scotland, money borrowed from the central bank, interest free, never repaid but simply added to the Scottish national debt. Why did the First Minister agree with such a bad fiscal framework which cuts investment in Scotland down to pocket money projects? I can lead the transition to 100% renewable energy in Scotland but this is going to cost 10s of billions. Scottish Scientist Independent Scientific Adviser for Scotland https://scottishscientist.wordpress.com/ * 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

Next Government must prioritise renewables to boost economy, says RenewableUK

No renewables are able to generate electricity on demand. As renewables grow, so will the necessity to have demand-lead power stations on standby. But the intermittent use of these units is uneconomical, so private funds are reluctant to invest in them. If renewables are that good and cheap, cut all Government support, let them stand alone in a free market. But they are a "nice little earner" at the moment, with Government support, hence the support by RenewableUK. Richard Phillips

Science based targets: a journey of discovery - The Carbon Smart blog

I''m sure you are aware of this, but your readers may not be: The Coca Cola Company (global entity) has not adopted a science based target for GHG emissions reductions. It is two of the European bottlers that have had their SBT approved: Coca Cola Enterprises, Inc., and Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company AG. Investors are waiting for The Coca Cola Company to commit to a SBT for the company''s global operations. PepsiCo, on the other hand, has committed "to working to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions across our value chain (scopes 1, 2, and 3) by at least 20% by 2030 from a 2015 base year."

Toyota drives 'Digiman' project to develop 50,000 fuel cell stacks by 2020

Hydrogen powered fuel cells are all very well, but where does the hydrogen come from??? The response of "electrolysis" is only half an answer, since all renewable sources are chaotic in their generation, and fossil fuel sources .are criticised for their CO2 by-product. This leaves only nuclear generation. But the conversion efficiency is only about 80% or less. Reforming of methane produces CO2 as well. The cleanest option is the adoption of an iodine/sulphur process powered by a high temperature reactor capable of running at some 900C. As a liquid fuel it is not easy to handle, and needs large volumes since it has a low density. As a gaseous fuel, high pressure storage is unavoidable. Handling facilities have to be very specialised due to its very large explosive range with air. It is all not that simple". Richard Phillips

Philips: Smart lighting systems can champion the circular economy

Smart Growth: bringing together business and society to tackle climate change - The BITC blog

If EDF really wanted to reduce crbon emissions they would shut down all the UK AGR nuclear reactors which are cooled by carbon dioxide which is then routinely discharged into the atmosphere. Nuclear is NOT low carbon.

Report: England loses ?600m a year on waste crime

Waste fly tipping would be eliminated if councils allowed all waste to be delivered to proper waste recycling sites free of charge (no gate charge) hence eliminating the huge cost of clearing the fly tipped material.

Air quality plan: Why is the Government's strategy 'woefully inadequate'?

The 2012 Health and Social Care Act requires public protection from exposure to nuclear radiation; when are nuclear regulators and politicians going to enforce this requirement with a zero emissions policy for all nuclear waste and decommissioning contracts, immediate closure of all UK AGR reactors which are at increasing risk of core meltdown due to progressive, age related structural degradation. Everyone knows this and yet the AGRs have been granted lifetime extensions; WHY?

Air quality plan: Why is the Government's strategy 'woefully inadequate'?

I agree that this a disaster, Shell informed the public with their video in 1992 and promptly kept on pumping Oil and profits. The various Governments and Industry have also sat on their hands and made profits or MPs Pensions and nothing has happened. Conferences and speeches which have cost million and this is all that the present government can offer. Even though people have been made ill as a result of their lack of understanding/dual agenda/ deception what ever anyone wants to call it. Marc Stanton, You are right in one sense Diesels will run on Hydrogen but they tend to use a lot hydrogen. Agree that there would need to be a lot of H2 Fuel stations at massive cost and who pays. There is a H2 IC engine in development which will alter what I have just agreed, Firstly it has a second phase and will not use as much H2 secondly the Team are looking at having and On Board the EV Fuel system. A belgian in Italy, he also helped with the Compressed Air engine being marketed in India. There is also HyPulJet.2.0 a concept for a H2 Rotary Engine-generator to power EVs Zero CO2, NOx, and Particulate matter. Again this has a 2nd phase which will improve performance and lower fuel usage, again it will allow on board fuel production, in this case On demand fuel production of Hydrogen and Oxygen. There is a Hydrogen On Board the EV unit being trialed in New Mexico with a Fuel Cell. All three groups and people are members of Global Hydrogen Ambassadors. Iain W, You are correct why don''t these people join forces. Some may have dual agendas and some have rules fixed by others. Example for you, I entered the above Concept HyPulJet.2.0 in the Technology Developer Accelerator Program being run by Advanced Propulsion Centre. Whilst this body recognised by government and recieving funding (Joint funding of 1 billiion over 10 years Nick Hurd MP recent response to my letter) The Government policy is Zero Emissions and the public image of the APC is to find the Z in Zero emissions. I enter a Concept which is covered by Three UK Patent Applications and in late 2016 was assessed by Professor Ed Richardson of Southampton University finding this new engine type to be "Plausible". Not accepted for Accelerated Development Program. No contact from APC until a few days back and two days later I get a reply letter from the Minister Nick Hurd MP via my MP John Mann, to say that Government does not have control and that APC is an industry led body. London Taxi Company promoting a New e.Taxi as Zero emissions, Load of Rubbish it plugs into the Grid and that has an average mix of Fossil Fuels near to 50%. It also has a petrol engine range extender generator most certainly not Zero emissions. I offered the CEO to look at the datails of HyPulJet.2.0 since the H2 Rotary engine-generator would be a fairly easy replacement for the petrol generator and also would not cause an increase in price. Sorry Mr.Scott "we are not going in that direction" As you can see, there is a public image of searching out Zero emissions but the reality is that such concepts are side lined or stifled from funding. Marvellous rules require that have to connect to a company in the Auto Trade or such, the reality is that the Auto Industry know this and do not even respond in the main. (CEO of London Taxi Co most certainly a gentleman) I have been pushing for 18 months and if you look here on Edie net you will find comments on many articles, Linked In and Twitter etc. The problem with the people running things such as the Mayor of London is that they have advisors who are either still part of the energy or Auto world and the reality is that they will not want things to change too much and they would not even know or look for new innovation. My latest advice from my recent contact at APC is that I will have to go through the normal channels of Open Funding Competitions which will take 12 months to be awarded funding and then further time to make a start. Connecting to a University which has just been awarded funding to improve a Wankel Engine is not going to go too well. My question, is the Wankel project Hydrogen or is it petrol like the new engine being developed for/with McLaren, or is it just another step change to reduce emissions whilst still continuing with Fossil Fuels. Please feel free to contact me through Linked In and please feel free to support the push for Zero emissions HyPulJet.2.0 Best Regards Al Scott thehydrogenanswer

Air quality plan: Why is the Government's strategy 'woefully inadequate'?

What we need is a Hydrogen economy. All diesel vehicles can be converted to run on Hydrogen but we need a Hydrogen refuelling infrastructure. This could be easily installed. All electric vehicles can have Hydrogen range extenders fitted to increase the range for 80 miles to 300 miles. Hydrogen is completely pollution free.

Air quality plan: Why is the Government's strategy 'woefully inadequate'?

So why don''t all the above names get on and do something - form an action group and get the public on side rather than just criticise the government. We all know that Governments of any political colour are ineffectual at change management and action when compared to private companies. Where is the UK''s Elon Musk to just get on and bring solar/battery technology into an irresistable package for consumers. Subsidies are a misguided and simplistic solution to challenging situation.

Government distances itself from diesel scrappage scheme in air quality plan

Yet again we have "the 40,000 premature deaths from air pollution each year". This expression is a total misunderstanding of a statistical term used by epidemiologists, that term is "equivalent lives" 40,000 people do not die in the UK every year as a result of air pollution. Yet that figure, as respiratory physician Professor Tony Frew explained to me on my TalkRadio show this week, is zombie statistic however many times you try to kill it, it comes back. And it " s simply not true. So what is the truth? The Royal Colleges of Physicians and of Paediatrics and Child Health, quoted by Mr Khan, actually says "40,000 EQUIVALENT lives are lost each year as a result of all outdoor air pollution which is actually only a few hours or days each over a population of 65 million. Only a tiny fraction of this is down to diesel cars, or indeed to any cars. Please would edienews take note of this item, and if necessary contact Prof. Frew. Misinformation is worse than no information Richard Phillips UKAEA retired

ISO 14080: New standard set to play an 'essential role' in climate change agenda

This is the type of policy that puts the SDG''s into action which is got to be a good thing!!

Air quality plan: Why is the Government's strategy 'woefully inadequate'?

Totally agree - waste of time - with no real time resoultion

Air pollution lawsuit set to go ahead despite delayed Government plan

After 7 plus years and this is all they can manage, the UK needs a miracle to come out of Brexit with any thing left if this is the best that Tory Politicians can arrange. This is the time to say move all transport to Clean Energy that is Electricity generated by Renewable Generation. Excludes All Fossil Fuel generation and creation of energy with a End Date when only these type of vehicles will be allowed to be sold. Have the various Low-carbon bodies search out and fully fund any Hydrogen Clean energy means of generating electricity on boards an electric vehicle. Fund the development of Hydrogen production on board the EV.

Government distances itself from diesel scrappage scheme in air quality plan

4 years ago I retired and bought a new diesel Kia, following the governments recommendations on diesel. Now I find that diesel fuel is not a good thing, the value of my car has dropped like a stone, the likely scrappage payment will be minimal, so how can I afford to purchase a similar vehicle on apension?

Natural capital: Credible concept or spurious sustainability approach?

The problem is that the gulls are of no value to any business save, perhaps, a fertiliser one. The Natural Capital approach is not helpful in this instance or too many similar ones. Also, the value of clean water to any business is infinite as no business could operate without it. The NC approach doesn''t help here either. I get that businesses should value the services that nature provides and make sure they are preserving the nature underlying those services. But that doesn''t and shouldn''t need numbers. What is needed is multi-criteria qualitative analysis coupled with strong and enforced environmental protection laws. Simple cost-benefit analysis simply cannot be used (not even in theory, let alone practice) in making these kinds of decisions.

Environmental gearing: Bridging the gap between sustainability and finance - The Adnams blog

Sounds like a great concept and well applied. I wonder though how keeping natural capital qualitative will enable it to be compared and combined with the other forms of capital, such as social and manufactured; or is this not necessary, do you think? Ian Bateman''s TIM model tries to do this and I am concerned myself with how meaningful it is to meld such disparate areas. Do you think there may be some middle ground, such as using money as a metric, but noting confidence limits in some way during the analysis? Also, do you think it is natural capital per se that should be measured, or the services derived from it? I will be very interested to hear your thoughts. Thanks, Angus.

UK energy storage predicted to grow 100-fold by 2020

Critical to this subject is not merely the number of mega watts at which a facility is rated, but the number of hours for which it can sustain that rate of energy supply. The quoted 407 MW is half a conventional power station. Quite recently the top ten battery installations in the world could do no better than provide for a few hours, less than a day. Battery storage, the current favourite, cannot be reduced, physically in size, the required chemicals cannot be compressed, and the costs are very, very, high. But with subsidies, a wonderful business venture. Richard Phillips

Flybe wastewater challenge solved by Enso

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Natural capital: Credible concept or spurious sustainability approach?

As with many things simple answers are not sustainable in the medium or long term. Natural capital accounting may well be appropriate for governments and help to inform policy-making. The cost of cleaning up the mess from poor municipal waste practice and treating seas and other water bodies as self-cleaning or infinite systems, or spoiling pristine environments for short-term (50 year) gains is perhaps only going to be addressed when the ''real'' cost is recognised. Businesses will generally respond best when it directly affects them - either by cost increases or simple prescriptive legislation. No sensible person argues with real H&S legislation now (exclude the urban myths) and energy and environmental legislation and policy simply needs to follow the same route. Cynics will always exploit weakness and beefing-up the rules and policing them sensibly is the only way to deal with it.

UK energy storage predicted to grow 100-fold by 2020

Energy Storage is the key to long term stability of the "renewables" system but we can not nor must not rely on "chemical batteries" or think these will magically solve the problem. We need to maximise our pumped storage hydro (PSH) capacity by converting current "one way" hydro into PSH then starting to develop large scale Compressed Air Storage. Large scale storage working alongside domestic small scale {battery} systems will make the demand/supply equation much easier to balance in the long term.

Admiring the view - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

Typically since I posted this blog entry the weather has changed dramatically and the NW Highlands are the warmest part of Britain. I jest not when I say we have had temperatures up here of 20 C plus this week with wall to wall sunshine and barely a cloud in sight. As we say up here "if you don''t like the weather wait 15 mins as it''s bound to change" :-)

Natural capital: Credible concept or spurious sustainability approach?

I think Adnams is a fantastic example of a business using sustainability as a business driver but Richards "seagull example" is not wrong, its incomplete - he didn''t follow through with the concept. If the oil under the island is worth 1bn to extract its important to then cost in ALL of the impacts of extracting and using that fossil fuel on natural systems and how that impacts globally on all of us......which is very likely to be a much higher cost than the profit made. Has Richard understood the concept and principles of Natural Capital accounting - possibly not. I do however agree that its not always appropriate to cost everything to the nth degree.

Natural capital: Credible concept or spurious sustainability approach?

An alternative approach then is not to use as a common means of comparing value, but instead use something less abstract. To use the example given, Value of seagulls = 1000 pairs nesting seagulls for example + dependant ecosystem. Value of oil = 1000 pairs lost seaugulls, - value of related habitat destroyed - cost of cleaning up CO2 emissions. The oil also happens to be useful as a means of fuel and chemicals but no attached to it.

Natural capital: Credible concept or spurious sustainability approach?

Interesting article, but it makes the fundamental mistake of claiming that natural capital "puts a price on nature", which (even when deploying financial metrics), it does not. "The suggestion that we put a price on nature , is one I am often confronted with. While these concerns are well-intentioned, I believe the charge is a category error. We don t price nature, we illuminate the value that we already receive from it. You don t pay a price for the air that you breathe, but does that mean that it holds no value?" http://huff.to/2ceswwS This is a vital distinction. Price and value are not one and the same. A price is "the amount of money expected, required, or given in payment for something". Value is "the importance, worth, or usefulness of something", these concepts differ in fundamentally important ways. The truth is that many parts of the natural world simply couldn''t be given a ''price'', even if we tried. Perhaps you should also add a poll asking "Should businesses value nature?", and compare the results. This would show how important it is to use the right language here. The suggestion that seagulls are worth x, but oil is worth x x1000, therefore businesses will always choose oil, is also a misunderstanding of the concept. Natural capital approaches allow businesses to measure and value their impacts and dependencies on nature and natural systems. Seagulls are not material to extractive industries, i.e. there is no dependence on them, so it would be very surprising if an extractive company was to leave $1 billion of oil in the ground because of a flock of gulls. However, a coastal farm may well recognize that gulls provide a valuable pest control service, which reduces the need for pesticides. This represents a financial saving, a healthier local ecosystem, and a safer work environment for employees. In this case, money and time may well be spent in order to protect the gulls. As a brewery, Adnams is dependant on fresh water and fertile soils in order to grow their raw materials and process their product, however, they are not dependant on zebras, and it is disingenuous to claim that because a natural capital approach is unlikely to make Adnams value zebras more than they value fertile soil, therefore the concept is ''spurious''. A safari operator however may well value zebras above fertile soil, and so on...The idea is not that every company values every element of natural capital and turns into a conservation body over night, but that businesses are able to see the operational benefits (i.e. value), that they receive from nature, free of charge, and to understand how they need it in order to succeed in the future. Once businesses understand this, there is no longer the need for a business case to protect this aspect of nature.

Science based targets: a journey of discovery - The Carbon Smart blog

London's Square Mile Challenge on course to recycle 500,000 coffee cups

Hi Hildegard, thanks for your comment. To confirm, our description in this article is correct - the lining of modern-day coffee cups is polyethylene (plastic), not wax, which would melt under high temperatures. I have had this verified by a couple of industry experts. Thanks, Luke (Editor)

European Union enforces new air pollution limits

40,000 people do not die in the UK every year as a result of air pollution. Yet that figure, as respiratory physician Professor Tony Frew explained to me on my TalkDadio show this week, is zombie statistic - however many times you try to kill it, it comes back. And it's simply not true. So what is the truth? The Royal Colleges of Physicians and of Paediatrics and Child Health, quoted by Mr Khan, actually says "40,000 EQUIVALENT lives" are lost each year as a result of all outdoor air pollution - which is actually only a few hours or days each over a population of 65 million. Only a tiny fraction of this is down to diesel cars, or indeed to any cars. This the correct explanation of the "Death" figures. As Marie Curie sais "Nothing in life is to be feared; it is to be understood" Richard Phillips

London's Square Mile Challenge on course to recycle 500,000 coffee cups

I was told by WRAP that the lining is wax, not plastic as you state in the above article. The wax makes the cups unsuitable for recycling with Tetrapak and other food cartons. Who is telling porkies?? Hildegard Hill Two Hoots, Hall Road, Mount Bures CO8 5AS

London's Square Mile Challenge on course to recycle 500,000 coffee cups

I was told by WRAP that the lining is wax, not plastic as you state in the above article. The wax makes the cups unsuitable for recycling with Tetrapak and other food cartons. Who is telling porkies?? Hildegard Hill Two Hoots, Hall Road, Mount Bures CO8 5AS

'The scales have tipped': Majority of investors taking action on climate change

Sustainable investing is rapidly growing. There are now more than 80 sustainable funds in the UK alone. Practices have also changed. It started with solely exclusion practices, such avoiding companies linked to issues such as genocide or war. However, now large variety of sectors or business practices can be excluded such as tobacco, alcohol, gambling, pornography, weapons, GMOs, animal testing, intensive farming, palm oil, nuclear power generation and more recently coal or fossil fuels, based on client demand. In addition to negative screening some sustainable investment strategies are looking for positive contributions from businesses in environmental, social and governance criteria. So funds investing in specific environmental opportunities such as renewables and water continue to grow, and as such, I think sustainable investing will see an ongoing incline.

Science-based targets 'critical' to achieve 2C world, BITC survey finds

The introduction of science into the debate is long needed. The problem, however, is to distinguish between science and the robust assertions of parties with vested interests. You state "Using science-based targets to reduce emissions in line with the level of decarbonisation required to keep global temperature increase below 2oC is seen as a critical step in the low-carbon transition". This would be all very well if there was a science based value for a value of CO2 concentration in order to keep global warming down to 2oC. In the first place, the figures for global warming have in so many cases been "adjusted", and then we have no definitive understanding of all the parameters dominating global temperatures, even the mechanism of the heating produced by CO2 is not known with any certainty. National governments have no interest in promoting such research, and certainly politicians in general are appallingly ignorant in scientific matters, and quite unwilling to do anything but repeat assertions which the real scientific community know to be in error. Were we to be properly informed on these matters, we would expect at least one of the 150 plus climate models would produce results in keeping with reality, but not one of them does. Alas Richard Phillips

Mercedes-Benz brings energy storage units to the UK

No cost mentioned, even a ball-park figure. Richard Phillips

Beware false sustainability solutions - The BITC blog

a great article, we spend Billions on Wind / Solar farms and new nuclear plants being built by china- all of which is funded by taxpayers in some way. Yet if we tackled waste full on, we could reduce our need for energy projects, our demands on agriculture and water. And it would create jobs here.

EV batteries and robotics first in line for BEIS ?1bn innovation fund

I agree with Richard P below. Batteries appear to have been chosen as the only option when I have a concept for a Hydrogen Rotary Engine-generator a Novel engine evaluated as "Plausible" by Southampton University and yet sidelined by the Advanced Propulsion Centre from their Accelerator Program. It is intended that the rotary engine will have On-demand fuel Production system on board the EV. No need for recharge point or Hydrogen fill points at major infrastructure costs. A static generator version will not need Wind or solar panels to power dual low-voltage circuits. 12 volt circuit Batteries will be charged by the generator or by connecting the car when parked.

Ministers under fire over bid to delay publication of air pollution plan

What an absolute load of rubbish, the department should have published the report in a timely manner. It is perfectly clear to any one involved in this area that the answer is simple, No1 priority, to enact a law that Auto Makers make Zero Emissions vehicles available to consumers at affordable prices within two years. "Zero emissions means for example there is no connection to energy created by the burning of Fossil Fuels." Battery EVs plugging into the Grid are not Zero emissions unless the electricity paid for is guaranteed from renewable generation. For any Auto maker whingeng that this is not possible, sorry you have had since 1993 when Shell published their Video telling everyone that Oil and Gas was a future problem and then like Tobacco and smokers promptly did nothing. Governments have gone along with this because it will cause upset to the motorists and haulage and transport sector in general. We cannot continue pussey footing around the problem for another 25 years, at some point Government has to call time. I have a Zero emissions concept and I have recently come to the decision based on the ignored emails, the answers which say " we are not going down that route" and being sidelined by the Advanced Propulsion Centre from their Technology Developers Accelerator Program. There is a major question from this; "The APC is tasked with the Government Policy of searching out Zero Emissions for the transport sector, when presented with a concept for a Hydrogen Rotary Engine-generator, previously evaluated by Southampton University that the Novel engine was "Plausible", signifying that HyPulJet.2.0 concept has exceptional potential to deliver Zero Emissions low cost EVs, Why has the APC not taken such a Golden opportunity and in fact sidelined such a project.????? " For instance, I am confident that HyPulJet.2.0 Hydrogen Rotary Engine-generator would be an easy replacement for the Petrol IC engine range extender generator in the New London Taxi Company e.Taxi. It could in all probability lower the price. It would be Zero emissions not plugging into the Grid with Natural Methane Gas as 45% of the mix. The type of vehicle at the moment which uses a petrol Range extender generator could all be Zero emissions and more than likely be retrofitted. BMW i3 and i8 GM Volt and the Nissan e.Note, Would people believe that these Auto makers have shown no interest in taking a look at the details so they have no idea that it will work or not. Sorry these companies do not deserve any more time to continue to pollute the atmosphere and injure peoples health. I have one possibly answer and they have ignored the potential. APC have ignored the potential Why?

EV batteries and robotics first in line for BEIS £1bn innovation fund

" 246m investment to help businesses seize the benefits of battery storage," Money up for grabs!!! And those batteries again. The storage is chemical, and heavy for a given charge, there is little room for reducing weight or volume. And all the polluting activities are in their manufacture, well out of sight. Cheap they will never be. Richard Phillips

Green Alliance: UK energy system unprepared for EV and solar growth

The need for renewables to replace fossil fuels to reduce global warming has been known for a very long time and it beggars belief that a country like the UK, with its excellent science and engineering core, has not moved towards energy storage and a smart grid before now, given that our existing grid was designed long ago, around central electricity generation, in the days when power production was in national hands as all strategic assets should be. Sadly we are now in the market led environment where profit, not national power security is king and we all know who introduced that nonsense. We are slowly picking up the impetus to correct this but we need strong, competent, central government leadership to make it happen - and soonest!!

Britain set for first coal-free day since the industrial revolution

Perhaps another word on biomass might be apposite. Wood, in the form of wood pellets, is the fuel used in the biomass furnaces at the converted section of the Drax power station. This power plant burns approximately 7,000,000 tonnes of wood pellets per year The major constituent of wood is cellulose, a carbohydrate, C6 H10 O5. The hydrogen and oxygen components of this material are, during combustion, emitted as water vapour, and contribute no heat to the process. Thus Drax emits some 3,000,000 tonnes of water per year from its furnaces. All the heat evolved from the combustion of wood is derived from the combustion of the carbon. However, the heat derived from the carbon combustion, in an "open-to-air" process, is depleted by the spontaneous heating of this water to 100oC, and its evaporation. Further heat is adsorbed by the heating of this water vapour to 190oC, the temperature of the flue gas. This is equivalent to the output of some 200 4MW wind turbines, off-shore. I fear that our electricity generation system is not all it might be. I would settle for nuclear, and natural gas, preferably from the UK. Richard Phillips

Britain set for first coal-free day since the industrial revolution

This is only a part of the picture, and depends upon a decision not to use coal in favour of another generator. Coal power will still be AVAILABLE. It is mandatory that all renewable generators are sources used as sources of priority; they have fist bite at the cherry, if they can be used they will be, above all other generation. This does not make them demand lead sources, indeed they never will be. They are "grab it if it available" sources, relying entirely upon fossil and nuclear generators to take up the duty when they are become incapable. And their times of impotence is totally out of human control. For ever. The greater the proportion of renewable energy available and obliged to be used as fist resort, the greater has to be the fossil or nuclear backup. This all makes our power expensive, and the poorest in out society pay the same proportion of their bill to support renewables as do the richer members with money-making solar panels on their roofs. Hardly social justice. But HMG do not understand this. Having a Cabinet without any member with scientific or engineering knowledge above A level at the very most, is no help to the dilemma in which we find ourselves. Mr Shatwell is quite correct in drawing attention to gas fired generation, at this moment 17.24GW, 46.7% 0f demand. Biomass is simply immoral and inefficient. Richard Phillips

Compost, degrade, recycle: the truth about plastic bags - Advancing the circular bioeconomy

Thank you for your clear explanation on this topic. Interesting to read there is no legal definition of biodegradable perhaps this is something that could be addressed during (and after) the current election?

Britain loves onshore wind, contrary to popular belief

In response to your article on the popularity of onshore windfarms. I think they are really great things to see, particularly against a blue sky and big white clouds .Modern ,clean, efficient silent, very safe, progressive ".The ideal power generator" They are ,after all ; only modern "windmills" they are silent, clean, efficient and they produce cheaper power.So what is there to object to? "Wild life" seem to like them (there are more birds around the local windfarm here than before and birds are not stupid, they don''t fly into winfarms they fly around them.). The last person i heard objecting to the local farm was an" incomer" to the area and misread the local feeling about the farm,she thought i was one of the owners of the farm simply because i said that i thought the farm a big plus for this run down coastal holiday area .and i thought it " a wonderful sight particularly up close. The same "objector" to this coastal windfarm parked her car and 5 dogs appeared ,non on a lead.the dogs proceeded to do their business on the carpark and then ran onto the beach to do the same there. Steve .24/4/2017.

Britain set for first coal-free day since the industrial revolution

While this is an important moment in our energy history it must be taken in context. Coal has been in the process of being phased out for some years but those coal fired stations that remain where still burning coal last Friday as they would have still been "ticking over". This week we will almost certainly have to rely on them for extra power generation as it is going to be cold. Also how much of Friday''s electricity needs were provided by gas? Still it is a start on reducing our reliance on solid carbon but we must not "dash for biomass" to replace it as wood pellets are not as "green" as they are made out to be as they still produce particulate matter.

Green Alliance: UK energy system unprepared for EV and solar growth

They fail to realize that the grid is design is for centralised power generation. The interconnection grid network isn''t designed for the maximum demand reverse flow of energy from battery EV cars or storage. The entire infrastructure will need to be revamped at the sub distribution level (interconnections at domestic/commercial connection levels). The same 6 cars charging in a close local area will have the same effect as powering the grid. The amount of copper within the infrastructure still wont support the reverse flow of energy. Smart meters will need to be incorporated into these EV cars to safely control the reverse flow of energy as the same issues exist regardless of energy direction to or from EV or batteries. This summer will see the lowest energy consumption in the UK, the grid is now offering incentives for users to draw more power so that the base load generation can still operate (gas coal nuke), 25% renewables currently could cause the grid to collapse from uncontrolled solar and wind energy production entering the grid. http://www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk/

Big businesses unite in Square Mile coffee cup recycling challenge

Interesting read, thanks for sharing.

Green Investment Bank sold to Macquarie in ?2.3bn deal

* Modelling of wind and pumped-storage power * Scotland Electricity Generation my plan for 2020

Green Investment Bank sold to Macquarie in ?2.3bn deal

Time to repeat my offer to serve as the Governor of a public-sector British Green Investment Bank to transition the country to 100% renewable energy - to be capitalised with an investment stream of 100 billion a year directly from the Bank of England, interest free and with no schedule for repayment of capital expected either. Scottish Scientist Independent Scientific Adviser for Scotland https://scottishscientist.wordpress.com/ * 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 po

Compost, degrade, recycle: the truth about plastic bags - Advancing the circular bioeconomy

Hi David Great reply article and brilliant factual information here too. I supply a compostable bag here in Ireland that is made with Natural Resins and Modified Pollyester. I have personally put these bags through an inhouse commercial composter and they ''Disappeared in 17 days''. Had the bags and food waste placed inside a nylon net bag so as to retreive and monitor the bags journey. The Green cornstarch variety only break down circa 50% in the same time frame with any undegraded material being landfilled with all other blow off materials at end of process. Our bag also takes 20kg + in weight and is heat resistant to 70'' + for commercial use. Denis Lawlor www.brownbinrescue.ie

Primary school teachers want to bring sustainability back to school

Hi, Please could you let me know the name of the report that this article references and/or where I could get hold of it. Many thanks

Compost, degrade, recycle: the truth about plastic bags - Advancing the circular bioeconomy

Great article and adds clarity! One question... What is the relevant standard and logo we should be looking for on compostable bags?

Compost, degrade, recycle: the truth about plastic bags - Advancing the circular bioeconomy

Great article and adds clarity! One question... What is the relevant standard and logo we should be looking for on compostable bags?

Electric vehicle energy storage provides 'perfect opportunity' for UK

V2G is a great concept, visioning low carbon energy infrastructure that we all contribute to. In the short term the most important reason for growing the EV sector is to decarbonise transport and reduce air pollution.

Compost, degrade, recycle: the truth about plastic bags - Advancing the circular bioeconomy

David, thanks for challenging our blog: have you anything more to add as our response will come shortly? Luke (Clear Public Space Ltd)

Christiana Figueres: Peak emissions by 2020 'crazy but achievable'

H.L.Mencken The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed and hence clamorous to be led to safety by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. Marie Curie Nothing in life is to be feared, it is to be understood Daniel J. Boorstin The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge. Richard Phillips

Nottingham University's carbon-neutral laboratory receives highest green building accolades

Excess energy generated . . . this building is indeed special as it ignores the Law of Conservation of Energy - that you cannot create or destroy it, rather you convert it from one form to another!!

Government pours ?6m into University of Sheffield's CCS research centre

CCS must be coupled to utilization as well, absolutely essential. We cannot simply store the vast quantities of this gas and trust that it will never escape en masse - it will - with devastating consequences local to the escape. Also, the main reason for CCSU, as it will become, is reduction in global pollution, reducing our ability to breathe and acidifying the oceans - not global warming.

Government awards ?24m for district heating projects

Whilst the District Heat center may be super 100% efficient some HIUs installed in newly built apartments feature poor efficiency ratings. In fact some perform so badly the customer would be far better off using an obsolete BAXI bermuda back boiler. To add insult some heat providers claim to offer a price promise guarantee yet fails to take into account the efficiency rating of the supplied HIU. Also worth checking out the Heat Trust website - currently they ask the heat customer to enter the district heating units used and then somehow calculates an alternative gas cost. Allegedly the scheme to protect customers fails to recalculate the customers units taking into account the energy loss after the meter measurement. Allegedly by including poor efficiency hikes up the alternative gas comparison unfairly. Heating hot water from 43c to 60 in a 150Litres tank needs 2.98kWh of energy. However it has been recorded a heat-only HIU requires twice amount - by doubling the units and then multiplying by 1.25 as a comparison is a misrepresentation

Largest UK energy storage portfolio to come online in 2018

This report reflects Anesco''s own press release, which does not distinguish between how much energy will be stored (MWh) and the power available (MW) when it is released. Different technologies have different characteristics, e.g. capacitors can store relatively small quantities of energy but can deliver high levels of power for a very short period, while at the other extreme storage as hydrogen or simulated natural gas can store more energy but delivers it over a much longer period of time. I''m a layman, but I can appreciate that for grid balancing purposes we need a variety of storage systems with different characteristics - at the capacitor end to deal with everyone switching on their kettles at the end of a popular tv programme, and at the other end to deal with major generation outages or unusually cold weather. I recommend the REA 2016 report, referenced in and linked from the Edie report of 10/10/2016 entitled "REA calls for energy policy reform to unlock storage megashift." The REA report addresses these issues

Friends of the Earth launches air quality proposals ahead of impending Government plan

Diesel scrappage sounds good but scratch the surface and you realise you are just creating (demand for) more new cars, which is far more polluting than running an older car - albeit the pollution is occurring in a different location. Out of sight, out of mind?

Largest UK energy storage portfolio to come online in 2018

Hi Martin and Ian - thanks for flagging this up. Anesco is number 78 in the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 league table, which ranks Britain s private companies with the fastest-growing sales over the latest three years. http://www.fasttrack.co.uk/league-tables/fast-track-100/league-table/ To clarify, Anesco is not on the Disrupter 10 list. The changes have been made to the original article. Thanks, George

Scotland viewed as ideal location for closed-loop CO2 market

CO2 is very much a gas of choice now, at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries we are really seeing a large growth of businesses wanting the Q-ton installed. Its great to see that more uses and applications for the gas are being found. Scotland is always at the forefront of renewable technology, well done!

Largest UK energy storage portfolio to come online in 2018

@Ian. one for Edie to investigate then! This link shows that they are in the 2017 Global Cleantech 100 (https://i3connect.com/gct100/the-list) and I know they are good at getting awards but the disruptor didn''t seem right.

Three degrees of plastic bags and how they degrade - The Clear Public Space blog

We at the Co-op are the only major UK retailer to sell EN 13432 certified compostable carrier bags in our stores. The aim is not that you can bury them in your garden and they will biodegrade. It''s much more positive than that. They are sold in areas where the local authority will accept them for food waste collections, thereby making it cleaner, more convenient, and cheaper for customers to support those food waste collections. They are clearly labelled as to their purpose, and they also carry a message saying not to recycle them. In addition, they carry the OK Home Compost registration, so they will biodegrade in a home compost bin, but much more slowly than in an industrial compost system. Again, the aim is not to biodegrade the bags, it''s to help customers to home compost their vegetable peeling, etc.

Largest UK energy storage portfolio to come online in 2018

@Martin - good spot - I can''t see them on the 2016 list, nor are they in the Fast Track 100, to which the Virgin Media list feeds in. Oddly Anesco''s own Press Release doesn''t make this claim - at the point in the text where edie have inserted it, Anesco actually say "recognised as one of the top 100 cleantech companies in the world", which is much harder to prove or disprove! The Anesco storage seems to be a distributed portfolio, linked into a single network through software to create a virtual battery. It would have been good to know a little more about the where and exactly when this will be linked up.

UK leads G7 on 'decoupling' emissions reduction from wealth creation

I do hope that Lord Howard will ensure a copy of this report is sent to his former Cabinet Colleague, Lord Nigel Lawson

Largest UK energy storage portfolio to come online in 2018

http://www.fasttrack.co.uk/league-tables/fast-track-100/disruptor10-ones-to-watch10/ Are Anesco on the Disruptor 10 list?

Cummins embeds new innovations to reduce key environmental footprints

Awesome! I am so proud to have Beetech part of this process. So many companies talk a good game when it comes to sustainability, but Cummins puts their time, money, and talent where there mouths are! Bravo!

Three degrees of plastic bags and how they degrade - The Clear Public Space blog

Hello Luke, This is a good article, I am implementing the Zero waste to landfill policy at my manufacturing facility. It is difficult to work with various grades of plastics. However, there is a lot of demand for LDPE & HDPE in the recycling market in the UK and a lot of waste companies are happy to take these off you and sometimes even pay for the plastic waste.

Three degrees of plastic bags and how they degrade - The Clear Public Space blog

Excellent report and yes they are recyclable and we have developed a proven, sustainable and environmentally beneficial process to manufacture heavy-duty range of structurally engineered products that are already being used to construct groynes, revetments, jetties, sluice gates, drainage channels, weirs and boardwalks. All this in place of traditionally used, unsustainable sourced tropical hardwood. Less expensive, last far longer and maintenance free! Rod Fox, M.D. Revaluetech Ltd.

Oil giant inks carbon capture deal with Norwegian Government

Shame the UK Government decided to abandon the CCS project here. If we could have combined efforts with Norway maybe we would have been leading the world rather than sitting on the sidelines

Government awards ?24m for district heating projects

Those of us who have District Heat know that the current suppliers overcharge, far from 30% cheaper we believe it is 300% more expensive (my bill is about 1,500 a year for a 3 bedroom flat, if I had gas it would be about 500 a year). There is no appeal to this over charging. We have tried OFGEM, Ombudsman, ASA, MP s etc. Some of us are taking the suppliers to court but they settle before we can be heard. The HEAT TRUST is significantly influenced by the supply side with Jeremy Bungey of E.On being a director, on the committee and a director of the Holding Company District Heat needs regulation not funding. https://www.facebook.com/groups/districtheat https://www.theguardian.com/money/2017/feb/05/district-heating-fuel-bill-regulation https://www.asa.org.uk/rulings/eon-uk-plc-a15-301757.html http://www.staticwhich.co.uk/documents/pdf/turning-up-the-heat-getting-a-fair-deal-for-district-heating-users---which-report-399546.pdf https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2015-11-19a.813.7&s=speaker:25379#g813.8 What more do we need to do to get a fair pricing policy? Please lobby against funding until there is proper regulation in place

Three degrees of plastic bags and how they degrade - The Clear Public Space blog

Excellent Information since didnt know that there are no plastic bags which really do not rot biologically. Nice Picture by the way, since Storks are extremly rare in Germany. Maybe they will survuve in such courntries like Transylvania.

Towards a New Plastics Economy: Achieving global sustainability through collaboration - The Procter

It isn''t the technical challenges that are the problem, it''s the economics. If P&G insisted on a minimum recycled content in all its packaging, that would create the market for recycled plastic and make the process work economically.

Sustainability unleashed: How Pets at Home is delivering huge energy savings

Hi Jason. The supplier for the lighting was LED Eco and the BEMS supplier was Resource Data Management. Other suppliers involved in the project were Forest Rock and Ignite Energy. I hope that helps with your query. Thanks, George.

Sustainability unleashed: How Pets at Home is delivering huge energy savings

What company was it that implemented the LED lights?

RBS eyes £3m energy savings through employee engagement scheme

would be interesting to know how the 500,000 cups were recycled?

CCS key to meeting climate change targets say ETI

I''d disagree with edie''s reporting of this, but not with the underlying ETI report. The ETI are urging investment in large-scale projects now and saying that by doing it sooner, deployment costs may be be reduced. However they are not saying that it is "the most cost effective way of meeting climate change targets" and acknowledge that the challenges are commercial (ie. about cost) rather than technical. As such they urge that investment should be in early deployment of existing technologies with the aim of reducing costs, rather than going away and inventing new technologies.

Wake up and smell the coffee: our shared responsibility to manage food and drink packaging waste

Simple use glass

Scotland and California agree joint climate change deal

Excellent news! Since President Donald Trump s antediluvian approach to climate science is threatening (another) great flood, a climate change agreement with California would serve well as a modern rainbow covenant - our promise never again to allow the world to be flooded. Picture - Rainbow over the Golden Gate Bridge https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1468/24571220056_947ca129fd_b.jpg My scientific advice to deal with California''s pollution WILDFIRES - harvest wildfire-prone areas for wood fuel for biomass power stations, which can be fitted with clean-burning technology. This kills two birds with one stone - it manages wildfires and provides back-up power when intermittent renewable energy generators can''t because there''s no wind for turbines power and no sun for solar power. CARS - replace internal combustion engines with hydrogen fuel-cell powered electrical motors, the hydrogen fuel gas can be generated using surplus wind and solar power from electrolysis of water. Scottish Scientist Independent Scientific Adviser for Scotland https://scottishscientist.wordpress.com/ * 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

Wake up and smell the coffee: our shared responsibility to manage food and drink packaging waste

This is a fantastic article presenting a balanced view of single service products and would like to add, I Think we have to keep in sight why the paper cup was invented, it was on heath and Hygiene grounds, where a single metal cup on a chain was being used on a train to serve water creating a huge health hazard, in some ways we could be encouraging the use of reusable''s that then creates the spread of germs, the best way to get a mug clean is through a dishwasher, and many vendors do not have the space for a dishwasher at sites like, event catering, street vendors, very small coffee shops, transport catering i.e buses, trains and planes.

Big businesses unite in Square Mile coffee cup recycling challenge

actually think this makes a lot of sese. It doesn''t take much.

First-class sustainability: How Royal Mail is leading the way on employee engagement

Never heard of any of this in my delivery office, one of the largest Royal Mail has. Judges you have been conned. More bullshit from Moya & co. Looks like you all had a jolly good piss up though.

VIDEO: Inside Gatwick's 'world-first' waste management plant

Very Interested in knowing which company has put together this sorting and dehydration plant followed by the incinerator and power generation unit as we manage the wastes in all the major airports in this region Dubai, abudhabi, Doha etc. Please revert to me at madhu.mohan@dulsco.ae Madhumohan Director waste Management Dulsco LLC

Sadiq Khan launches real-world air quality vehicle tracker

It is absolutely infuriating. I have a Hydrogen Zero Emissions Rotary Engine-generator for Electric vehicles Concept which needs funding for development. It will have its own fuel production system on board the EV. Three UK Patent Applications. Late 2016 Professor Ed Richardson of Southampton University (Prof.Sharkh) evaluated the Novel engine Design, Methods and Processes and found that the intended engine was "Plausible" Feb-March 2017 entered for Technology Developer Accelerator Program being run by the Advanced Propulsion Centre whose public quest "Who can put the Z in Zero emissions" and when presented with a concept with excellent potential to provide Zero Emissions for EVs and they did not accept the HyPulJet.2.0 for accelerated development. WHY? One reason given "you are not focused enough" WHAT? These people are supposedly looking for something to move Transport to Zero emissions, they are supposedly tasked with carrying out Government Policy and that policy is to move the Transport Sector to Zero emissions. HyPulJet.2.0 will be an east fit to replace the Petrol Range extender engines in BMW i3 and i8 as well as the Nissan e.Note. HyPulJet.2.0 fitted to the GM Volt/Ampera would be a Zero Emissions Hydrogen Electric car for no extra cost that would be at least 20,000 less than present H2 Fuel Cell EVs, The new London "Petrol Range Extender" Taxi, could also be Zero Emissions at no extra costs. When asked if LTC (Geely) Volvo (Geely) both CEO s gave a similar response, "that is not a route we plan at this point in time" What is going on? This refusal to look at the details and to Develop the Potential Zero emission Hydrogen engine, is by no means one or two companies it is a concerted effort, WHY? Either London and the country, Europe and the World are led to believe that all these companies and official bodies and the Government are pushing for Zero emissions, That is not true from where I am at present, someone or some people are working against this policy.

Article 50: What we know (and don't know) about the environmental impact of Brexit

At present, the impact of Brexit on the environment continues to remain unclear. We need to ask ourselves what legacy do we want to set for our environmental ambitions. For example, can we create a market place through sustainability opportunities involving the environment? This is the time to think differently and lay our stake in the ground. We are an island nation with limited resources so we need to maximise our opportunities and export our innovation.

Battle cry: Where should the War on Waste go next?

Extract - Use - Dump thinking and grovelling around looking for best end of pipe solutions. Energy and resources are still way too cheap - hence easier and more "economic" to dump and extract further rather than think closed loop. Why are WRAP and the government not starting the ball rolling on this? Supermarkets calling the shots? After the Irish demonstrated its success took UK almost 15 years to impose a minimal charge on plastic bags - and then made it unnecessarily bureaucratic. Lets prove the principle - impose a 50p deposit on all drinks containers from all outlets and returnable to same outlets - and watch what happens to the waste and litter.

Aviva chief: It's time to make sustainability a competitive sport

Interesting idea.

Businesses will defy Trump in low-carbon transition, say climate experts

Fully agree. Trump is delusional if he thinks any private investor is going to build a new coal fired power station for example to help "bring back jobs" to the coal industry.

Can UK plc set the pace on energy?

Good question and I suppose anything is possible. After all, the UK government is so clueless as to have no idea what to invest in that they systematically under-invest requiring the Bank of England to invest 100s billions in Quantitative Easing funds. If that scale of investment goes via UK plc into the renewable energy schemes which I recommend then yes, yes we can. Scottish Scientist Independent Scientific Adviser for Scotland https://scottishscientist.wordpress.com/ * 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

Energy transition of 'exceptional scope' can unlock $10trn annually

"the report claims that carbon capture and storage (CCS) will offer fossil fuel assets the chance to recover investments and minimize stranded assets" ____ Forget so-called "carbon capture and storage" which I take to be a fraudulent exercise by the fossil fuel industry. Typically, with CCS fraud, most of the carbon dioxide which may be captured won''t be stored for long before it is sneakily vented to the atmosphere by cowboy operators because there will be a profit in doing so. Leaking CO2 will always be cheaper than storing CO2. Storage can''t be policed. Indeed the fossil fuel industry has no intention of policing CCS. The CCS fraud is simply promoted to serve as a slogan and an excuse for ignorant government ministers to repeat, while continuing to support the business-as-usual fossil fuel industry and dodging valid criticisms of fossil fuel burning causing global warming and environmental damage. Certainly the world need leadership towards a 100% renewable energy future but it is scientists like myself who offer that leadership, not stooges for the fossil fuel industry. Scottish Scientist Independent Scientific Adviser for Scotland https://scottishscientist.wordpress.com/ * 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

Battle cry: Where should the War on Waste go next?

What next....Pallets! The unsung hero that keeps the worldwide supply chain moving, or a BIG problem that we chose to sweep under the unit load (the carpet is one of the exceptions) If we think that paper cups are an issue just look at these numbers: Over a billion new pallets enter the US supply chain every year. Over 600Million new pallets enter the EU supply chain every year. Only 12% of the total volume is provided by rental pool pallets, the rest are 1-3 trip ponies and then what. What goes in must cum out, allowing for some market growth. That''s a lot of wood going to waste and whare does it all originate from? Every truck with 24 pallets onboard is carrying up to 500kg of dead weight (wood) that''s up to a tonne on a double-decker truck a lot of wasted energy in just moving them, and what about the return logistics if they are pooled. They transfer pathogens and disease across the globe, are a fire and safety hazard. This is a serious waste issue that receives little or no attention, it''s about time we looked a little more closely at this Elefant in the ...factory.... warehouse... DC...backn of the store.... builders merchants...DIY retail store.....Industrial estate car parks.... builders skips....incinerator fuel stockpiles...and Bonfires on the 5th of November. The odd bits of DIY garden fence and recycled garden furniture won''t solve the issue. How about not using pallets at all in any form, plastic, wood or pooled, just think of a different way to move stuff around. There is a way, it not only irradiates the requirement for any form of consumable pallet it provides a raft of efficiency and environmental gains in all the locations that the concept is deployed! Hugh Frost (Freight Lift -Pallet-Free Materials Handling)

Can the UK become a world-leader on decentralised energy post-Brexit?

Decentralised energy must also rule out any new nuclear build and enforce the 2012 Health and Social Care Act requirement to protect the public from exposure to nuclear radiation.

Thames Water hit with record ?20m fine for 'catastrophic' Thames pollution

So they get fined the equivalent of one weeks investment for what the court describes as wicked acts. Is this the sort of punishment that will make a company of this size and level of income think again before they let another few million litres pollute the environment, I think not!!!

Breakthroughs for biofuel in aviation and transport sectors

Most major UK sewage treatment works have harvested the methane produced by their anaerobic digestors for decades. It''s usually used to power generator sets on the sites, providing the electricity for pumps, compressors, screen rakes, lighting and heating offices, etc. Any excess electricity is fed into the local grid.

Breakthroughs for biofuel in aviation and transport sectors

So, biogas from annual wastewater from 50,000 inhabitants can send one car on 6 return trips to the Moon. More relevantly, this would fuel the 25,000 cars that these 50,000 inhabitants actually use a grand total of 200km each, or about 1 week''s worth of driving. Pointless headline-grabbing statistic masks what is a very modest development.

British tampons and nappies set to fuel power stations

Greenpeace slams 'jaw-dropping' inaction on marine pollution from soft drinks firms

Hi Wilf, thanks for your comment. We do usually provide links through to the full versions of reports and industry papers that we write about, but had some trouble with the external link for this one. I have retrospectively added a hyperlink through upon first mention of the report, which should now be working and will take you through to the full thing. Thanks, Luke (editor)

London support scheme launched to help SMEs scale up circular business models

How can I connect with LWARB s chief operating officer Wayne Hubbard ?

Nine London boroughs selected to champion food waste awareness

I would like to get involved in food waste recycling in the borough of Lambeth. Can some one sign post me. Thanks

Greenpeace slams 'jaw-dropping' inaction on marine pollution from soft drinks firms

Thank you for reporting this .It would help if a journalistic practice became giving specific reference to access the perimary document ie the report. Wilf MOUND

Water retail competition savings will be 'more than expected'

Water retail competition savings will be 'more than expected'

A Water Retailer WaterScan Ltdrunning a tender for Sainsbury? Are you serious? How is that a water retail competitive tender? Really Sainsbury what are you thinking

The UK's ever-changing energy mix: 2015 in charts

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The UK's ever-changing energy mix: 2015 in charts

I really think this article is very useful. Thank you!

Green light for first UK hydro storage project in 30 years

Excellent news indeed in a technology we need much more of, following in the footsteps of the superb Dinorwig and Cruachan schemes and, once built, generating zero waste and pollution. Hopefully wind turbines will be included to move water from bottom to top reservoirs more frequently and increase the generating time of the station. Good luck to the project team for a successful and timely completion.

SUEZ invests £250,000 into 'ground-breaking' MDF recycling technology

Guys, This all sounds very laudable but several plants have already been built in the UK that recycle the fibre board and produce new boards using a steam process which was operating about 20 years ago. So NOTHING new there so who is kidding who as this is NOT new technology and why would such a large group invest in such a small plant???? John Squire

Shell opens its first UK hydrogen refuelling station

Keep it going! Hydrogen and electric vehicles can save the UK!

SUEZ invests ?250,000 into 'ground-breaking' MDF recycling technology

Isn''t that chipboard in your picture, rather than MDF?

Hyundai unveils hydrogen vehicle concept with boosted driving range

From where does the hydrogen originate, and by what means is it stored on the car? What is the power rating of the vehicle? Richard Phillips

UK carbon emissions fall by 5.8% in 2016, analysis finds

@KAREN BAINES We do need to keep the strict rules in place on smokeless fuels only in residential areas. However, biomass (wood pellet) burning power stations (with strict emission-control standards applied) are much less polluting compared to the same amount of wood burned in a forest fire. Biomass burning is indeed carbon neutral over the life cycle of the plant so it offers a low cost back up power supply to intermittent renewable energy. Biomass-burning done right is a good renewable energy solution.

UK carbon emissions fall by 5.8% in 2016, analysis finds

"But Holmes, my patients are still suffering from breathing London''s polluted air, lower carbon emissions notwithstanding" Watson complained. Holmes jabbed his finger out of the window of number 221b at the traffic moving slowly along Baker Street. "There''s your culprit Watson. The internal combustion engine, millions of them in London alone!" Holmes proclaimed. "What''s to be done, Holmes?" Watson asked. "We simply can''t go on like this!" "Hydrogen fuel-cells for electric vehicles, to speed up refuelling and make range-anxiety a thing of the past", Holmes opined, thoughtfully. "For buses, commercial and heavy goods vehicles too, Holmes? Is it practical? Is it affordable?", a note of doubt entering Watson''s voice. "Show me Holmes, I want to see it with my own eyes." "There''s a demonstration fleet of 10 hydrogen buses in Aberdeen, Scotland, according to this web-site." Holmes said as he clicked his mouse, his curiosity aroused. aberdeeninvestlivevisit.co.uk/ Invest/Aberdeens-Economy/City-Projects/H2-Aberdeen/Hydrogen-Bus/Hydrogen-Bus-Project.aspx Scottish Scientist Independent Scientific Adviser for Scotland scottishscientist.wordpress.com * 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

Could this compostable coffee capsule solve the great circular economy challenge?

But are the capsules home-compostable? If not they could cause problems for home and community composting. And... Maybe there''ll soon be an organic coffee option?

ESOS: Companies still non-compliant as Environment Agency turns to enforcement action

The fact that there was no compulsion to implement recommended measures made sure that ESOS had no teeth. It also meant that the audits were not as rigorous in evaluating opportunities, leaving final action plans too woolly for implementation without further development.

Budget 2017: Chancellor confirms electric vehicle funding, announces new recycling targets

"solar PV installers now facing a potential 800% hike in business rates" - I think it''s installations that''s meant! Actually, in cash terms they are not always huge, but nonetheless it''s disappointing that what they give with Feed-in tariffs, they then take back with increased business rates.

Could this compostable coffee capsule solve the great circular economy challenge?

David is correct, it''s a great idea, but not new. However, saying that the capsules can be put in food waste collections is disingenuous. This local authorities that do food waste collections only allow food waste in them, not packaging of any sort. The only other thing that is allowed is a liner. Before we can promote such coffee capsules, we need to get them accepted.

ESOS: Companies still non-compliant as Environment Agency turns to enforcement action

If ESOS (and previous schemes like CRC) is to prove successful in driving down energy wastage non-compliance needs to be punished at a level punitively higher than the costs of compliance. I and I''m sure others have no doubt of that.

Almost half of British public would support diesel scrappage scheme, research finds

Would be much better to be searching out, supporting and developing Clean energy- hydrogen projects for transport and all other areas where Fossil Fuels/hydro-carbons are burnt to create energy. I was amazed recently that having entered my concept for a Hydrogen rotary Engine-generator for the Technology Developer Accelerator Program being run by the Advanced Propulsion Centre, it was not taken forward. I am quite clear that it does need considerable support, but I am saying that at the outcome it will be Zero emissions and have its own fuel on board the EV. Now, unless there was a better more advanced concept/project with greater potential to deliver Zero emission, any one would have though that this should be chosen for the accelerated program. NO! APC have held conferences and gatherings. before the judging panel took place "Can anyone out the Z in Zero emissions" and after the decisions, "Well to Wheels ....the pathway to Zero CO2" hosted by JLR. It appears to me that they are not really serious about attaining Zero emissions, because any reasonable person, would think that anything which has a 50% chance of achieving zero emissions, should be started ASAP. It should not be sidelined for an independent evaluation when it was recently assessed by Southampton University Prof. Ed Richardson, finding the new engine type to be "Plausible." HyPulJet.2.0 shows that there is at least on option for potential to have Zero emissions EVs which need neither the grid or Hydrogen network. Is it being stifled.

UK carbon emissions fall by 5.8% in 2016, analysis finds

But switching power stations from coal to wood pellet burning and promoting wood stoves and boilers with RHI incentives has created its own problems due to the increase in PM2.5 emissions especially in residential areas: https://www.chathamhouse.org/expert/comment/wood-not-carbon-neutral-energy-source

Report: Brexit offers escape hatch from £2bn EU waste policy costs

I hope to see some journalistic analysis of this report as it was full of glaring omissions and poorly-evidenced. For example, the only benefit of CE which they acknowledge (beyond a very narrow interpretation of resource efficiency) was that of climate change. They frequently claimed ''it is hard to see'' on issues where the answers have been exhaustively set out in the Circular Economy package workstreams and updates; it was even factually inaccurate in several places, referring to ''gate fees'' per ton for RDF export, rather than the Transfrontier Shipment of Waste notification fees payable to EA, on a per shipment basis.

Danone and Nestl? Waters pursue 100% bio-based plastic bottle rollout

The bottles may be bio- based but they are not biodegradable. Like the Coca Cola bottle made from sugar cane, what is the point ? Simply to substitute oil ? Ok that is fine too, but if the bottles are not collected they will not rot down in the environment just because they are bio-based. They do not resolve the recycling conundrum ! Only fully functioning collection for recycling will do that and probably that has to pass through a deposit scheme. Why is industry resisting that ?

Could this compostable coffee capsule solve the great circular economy challenge?

Welcome this news but fairly certain that such coffee capsules have been available from BASF bioplastic for at least 2-3 years. What is missing to make such circular recovery work is obligatory food waste collections. If only 40% of English councils collect foodwaste, it means these capsules sold in the other 60% will not be recovered at all. And this is the tragedy of failed English waste policy- food waste going to landfill is a climate crime and a resource waste.

Almost half of British public would support diesel scrappage scheme, research finds

The knee-jerk reaction of a large body of opinion from politicians to members of the public, must surely illustrate the general ignorance of the stringent limits set by the euro6 vehicle emissions limits demanded for the MOT test. Emission limits for petrol and diesel engines are almost identical; there being a larger allowance for carbon monoxide emissions from petrol engines, and a slightly greater emission limit for nitrogen oxides from diesel engines. The differences are marginal. In the face of this it would seem that a more rational approach would be to ensure that, like exercises to prevent unlicensed and uninsured cars being on our roads, non-MOT compliant vehicles should also be policed and removed. Scrappage is ridiculous, diesel engines are more thermodynamically efficient. Richard Phillips

Sustainability reporting frameworks lack comparability to attract investment, say experts

RE: "we ll need to get a common currency against all of our impacts" All kinds of activities/interventions/policies both in private and government/not-for-profit sectors have have one thing in common - they have impact on health, which is the common denominator. However, many people including experts often regard sustainability from narrow and/or specific point of view (individual business or industry). Then, they get a kaleidoscope of specific facts from which some of them try to establish a pattern. In most cases a "tick-box system" can not even identify a pattern, let alone to provide comparable and universally applicable indicator. Paper offers a solution based on model which provides universal explanations & predictions for impacts on health (the common denominator) for all kinds of activities/interventions/policies both in private and government/not-for-profit sectors https://goo.gl/UZINJR

Canary Wharf Group launches circular coffee waste system

While this initiative is a broadly positive step, it doesn''t qualify as ''FULLY embracing the Circular Economy'', even if you only limit the context to coffee cups. Here''s hoping it''s a step in that direction though.

Land Securities is world's first property firm to have science-based targets approved

Well done Land Securities. Its an interesting article because whilst National Grid might not have the same approval process in place, they have had a ghg strategy and action plan that tracks its performance against the UK government target for its businesses globally and has done since 2006. I know because I wrote the first strategy and five year plan. At the time there was no standard so the data was externally verified.

Burger King linked to alleged South American deforestation practices

THE destruction of this WORLD''S Forests is Alarming Whether its to Produce Bio-Fuels or other Products that are NOT Bio- degradable and not- reusable to benefit Mankind . The Deforestation of Lands in Bolivia and Brazil for the sole purpose of Producing SOY are in my opinion A tragic waste of the WORLD''S Natural Resources ! The Practice of clearing HUGH Tracts of Land will eventually lead to or result in nothing but DESSERTs and end up like Northern Africa !!

Green movement 'greatest threat to freedom', says Trump adviser

''Higher priced energy and academics'', as opposed to the burning a polluting non renewable resource and ignoring facts! Hell is empty and all the devils are here!

Sustainability reporting frameworks lack comparability to attract investment, say experts

Here is the correct link: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/sustainable-population-health-indicator-success-sdgs-jordan-panayotov

Wind farms: the Marmite of energy generation - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

Reaching the UK's 2020 renewable energy targets by utilising the power of AD - The Greener for Live

These people need HyPulJet.2.0 Hydrogen Rotary Engine-generator for EVs and other energy needs and applications. Own fuel production, powered by generator driven by a separate drive output shaft. Zero CO2 emission and Zero NOx Most of the Auto Makers and funding bodies such as Innovate UK do not fund this and have failed to look at the details. I have to think that this concept is being stone walled, the people running these bodies have not decided that it will not work, they appear to be frightened to look at the details because it will work and that will make all that they have been saying and funding wrong. Support needed and this will be the biggest disruption since the jet engine.

Getting ahead of the curve on energy efficiency - Andy's Energy Musings

we need more insulation. why spend energy when you can work on buildings that can keep heat or cold inside the houses... more education on subject is needed. Marcelo fiszner

WWF: Third-party sustainability standards can advance SDG progress for business

Hi Kirsty, looks like the link break originates with WWF as the same error message appears using the links on their site. We''ll investigate and update as soon as we hear back. Thanks, the edie team.

WWF: Third-party sustainability standards can advance SDG progress for business

The link to this report isn''t working. Can you refresh or post the amended link? Thanks,

Wind farms: the Marmite of energy generation - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

I almost hesitate to reply, as reply on the widfarm potential of the SwanseaTidal barrier just didn/t get onto his site - even though I sent it twice! But of course Kieron has a point, i.e. there is great need for better itegration of & on windfarms with other renewable energy generation & of course the 1st & most important factor of all i.e. Energy Efficiency: I write as someone variously involved in these matters since the early 1970s & who recently spoke in favour of onland Wind Turbines here in West Dorset, albeit to no avail due to those against! Oh & by the way, within sight of Cambridge, where I come from, I well recall a windmill, & similarly nearby out in the Fens, there was e.g. one at Wicken Fen i.e. helping the drainage, as so many used to. Meanwhile back here in the Dorset of today there''s a mgnificent watermill at Sturminster Newton + elsewhere on the Stour has several water electricity generating turbines Philip Jordan

Greenhouse PR certified as sustainable business

Great news, but I think you''ll find Forster Communications beat you to first place.

Wind farms: the Marmite of energy generation - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

@Steve B - thanks for your reply. I do agree that wind turbines can be quite aesthetic at times. Gently spinning in the breeze like giant, white versions of kids windmills. Watching them sat in farmers fields in Denmark and Norfolk they look like sentinels watching over the crops. The problem with wind farms is more often their location. Towering over the mountains of the Lakes or the Highland Glens they are totally inappropriate in my mind but strung out along the M4 or the M8 they hardly make any impact to the visual environment, at least no more than pylons and electrickery lines. Good luck with the job

National Trust champions on-site solutions in renewables revolution

Biomass burning is an environmental disaster that is adding to global warming. The government have wasted 450 M on this blunder and misled the public. Pellet boilers and wood stoves are dirtier than coal and wood-burning is now responsible for 79% of the UK''s air pollution (killing 50 000 per year) according to DEFRA''s latest report (page 10 - DEFRA Emission Statistics) See the references to the Chatham House report here: :http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-39053678 Time to expose this shameful wood-burning programme for what it is - a scam that has only served to make the sector, and its corrupt ex-politician Chris Huhne, wealthier.

Is it time for a plastic bottle tax?

I don''t see why it shouldn''t be possible to take non-food bottles (e.g. cleaning products) back to the supermarket for a refill.

Is it time for a plastic bottle tax?

I suspect that the demand for base material PET would be insufficient to soak up more than a small fraction of the bottles produced (and discarded) today. So a return to glass may help, but I recall when glass bottles first became non-returnable that the excuse was they had a thin polymer coating that reduced breakages but prevented re-use (and that the value of glass as cullet was too low to make it worthwhile collecting them). Clearly the solution must lie in changing the culture to encourage people to bring their own bottle (and mug to coffee shops, which is an even more obvious candidate for a charge on single use containers). In turn, we must accept that there needs to be a way for retailers to maintain a profit from selling non-prepackaged drinks so that, ultimately, the only losers are likely to be the container manufacturers. This may also need clearer volume marking on containers, so retailers know how much of a refill is being given. As an aside on the final point, in Cambodia motorcyclists often but fuel in small quantities from roadside stalls, selling it in re-used bottles. Western branded whisky bottles are popular, as the motorcyclist feels assured that if it''s a litre bottle that formerly held Johnny Walker whisky, it really does contain a litre of fuel!

Heineken couples sustainability and financial reporting as emissions tumble

We love to see this kind of efforts. We know that in Spain, Heineken has the posibility of reducing the Co2 emissions by giving their brewers spent grains to www.lpernia.com (bagazo de cerveza y cebadilla de cerveza)

Is it time for a plastic bottle tax?

I remember as a kid hunting around for discarded glass soft drinks bottles so we could take them back to the sweet shop, get the refund and buy a bag of "penny" chews. The glass bottles went back to the manufacturer and were reused. This was in the 70''s. Would a deposit scheme work today? I don''t see any reason why not and as plastic drinks bottles (PET) can be turned into clothing and other synthetic fabric items it opens up a development opportunity. While it might not reduce the number of plastic bottles being produced if it stops plastic bottles getting into the water system that has got to be a good thing. I can see kids hunting for plastic bottles to get the refund to buy mobile phone top ups in the future

Sainsbury's becomes first retailer to commit to 100% plastic-free cotton buds

Sainsbuy''s seemly are prepared to control plastic in our food chain BUT have refused to commit to selling only tinned fish that have been caught by Pole and line. Seemly Sainsbuy''s are happy with the horrendous "By Catch" where many many marine animals are killed in a catch all trawl net. John West is the worst manufacturer..Other supermarkets have taken this step and do not stock any John West products untill they demonstrate unequivocally that they no longer support any company using the catch all trawl

Wind farms: the Marmite of energy generation - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

Hello Kieron Just a quick reply as I am on my way to a job. I think wind turbines are great. They are only modern windmills after all. . I live not far from a place called Bridlington they built a small group of w /turbines next to the beach just south of Bridlington. .The local objectors were up in force .However it was built and to my mind on a clear "blue sky day it is "the best looking thing on the coast" modern, clean, ,silent and efficient. Quite a contrast to the sort of "tacky" appearance of the area. Even the birds like them as they gather around them in the fields as they used to before they were built. You mention the Dutch wind farm location .I lived in Holland for a while and have great admiration for them as a people.They seem to do and get everything "right".. The Dutch used their original windmills to power pumps for draining the land and even to power machinery which allowed them to build wooden sailing ships in record time.Wonderful practical,problem solvers. Wish we could get rid of the 4 wheel drive nimby voters. Steve..B

edie publishes free ISO 14001 guide for environmental professionals

I have only just started to read this but I am not sure about the statement on Page 4 under "What are environmental aspects?" The list near the end of the paragraph is a mix of aspects and impacts. Land, water and air pollution are impacts: the relevant aspects would be emissions to land, water and air. It is these which are potentially under the direct control of the organisation. I would add use of energy as another important aspect and transport is often considered separately.

London to enforce world?s 'toughest' vehicle emissions charge in October, says Sadiq Khan

In my opinion it is more important to ensure that the manufacturers are willing to produce the Zero emissions vehicles. It is equally important to recognise that so called zero emissions Plug in EVs are nothing like Zero emissions. There may well not be any emissions where they are used, however the grid leads to power stations which belch out CO2 and other toxic pollutants along with heavy metal particulate matter, along with millions of tonnes of steam. Gas fired power stations may be a little better but "natural Methane gas" leaks from fracking sites and is more than 20 times worse than CO2. I agree with Keiron S but it is not just London it is everywhere, go through any bus station/interchange and it is difficult to breath. I would like to get a message to Mayor Khan.. Your proposal to make this charge against diesels is completely missed by the London Taxi Company. I read an article that they were working on a Zero emissions Taxi and Electric Plug in version. So having a concept for a Hydrogen Rotary Engine-generator for EVs I emailed the CEO to ask if they would like to look at the details of the three UK Patent Applications. The benefit for them, would be smaller battery packs, less weight lower cost. Zero emissions both CO2 and NOx and no need to plug into the Grid and send emissions anywhere and everywhere. The greatest benefit being that HyPulJet.2.0 will produce its own fuel from water, basically. You would think that the London Taxi Company would jump to look at the details and decide whether it was viable and that it would be good for their sales and the Cab Drivers. You would be wrong, the CEO stated that this is not the way that they are proceeding, ""What"" Zero emissions on board fuel production and they did not even look???? Late 2016 Southampton University assessed the Hydrogen Rotary Engine-generator. They found that the descriptions and drawings in the three UK Patent Applications covering a Novel engine Design, Methods and Processes was "Plausible". (The Uni did not assess the on board fuel, not a part of the Patent Applications. There are several options on linked In and I am looking at three such options, one already working but will not work with Fuel Cell.) This is not some scam, they are not being asked for money, they are being asked to look at the details to decide if it will work and if they would like to support and fund the development of this Novel engine. Message to Mayor Khan, the main players in the Clean Air for London are failing to search out the True Zero emissions options when there is every possibility that they could produce Zero Emissions London Black Cabs in two years time if they set their stall out. Message for Mayor Khan and other Politicians and Officials who claim to be moving transport to Zero emissions. I have entered HyPulJet in Technology Accelerator Development Program with Advanced Propulsion Centre. There are problems meeting the criteria and after three years of trying to join with an OEM when the OEMs which do reply are like LTC whereas most simply do not reply. I have asked that they view my innovation and provide the connection with an OEM so that what may be as important as the Jet engine might get tested out. Yes I am posing a major question here, Are these Officials and Auto Makers really wanting Zero emissions or is there some kind of block if there is a disruptor which does not do things in the way that has been decided even though it is clear that present options have failed. There is also a challenge, because I have been advised to offer HyPulJet.2.0 to CARB - ARB and their Mid term review of Hydrogen infrastructure and alternate fuel systems. Will a Brit Invention be British or will it become American? Al Scott

First-class sustainability: How Royal Mail is leading the way on employee engagement

Reducing waste and avoiding filling landfill sites is certainly good. But I thought the core function of Royal Mail was to cost effectively and efficiently deliver the mail. If their employees are not focussed and engaged on the core function of Royal Mail, I think this celebration is misplaced.

Consumer engagement: Fitting the final piece of the food waste puzzle

Good article, there is clearly no one thing that will sort out food waste, waste packaging and best uses for both. Over production on land, to supermarkets driving BOGOF''s and two for one offers are different problems. Offers drive up household waste before food preparation but have little influence on after (plate scrapings, peelings) so each point of waste should be looked at in isolation and addressed accordingly. I would like to address one of these points. We have an incinerator in our area. in fact we have three within 40miles of each other accounting for 700,000t/y. Their income is driven by the tonnage they put through their plant. They have a certain amount of steam they need to produce to drive their generating equipment. For example 100t/hr, if they produce all the steam they need within 45mis then their throughput is down although power efficiency is up. So to be able to take the full hour to produce the steam required and so increase their tonnage throughput, they have to add water in the form of food to reduce the calorific value of the material they burn. So there is a reluctance for incinerators to remove food waste from their input. So food waste does not help to generate power but the opposite, its to make incinerators less efficient. So I believe the only way that this can be addressed is by government policy change. Not to stop incinerators. (they have an important part to play) but either to ensure that they work at their most power producing efficiency and penalised if they don''t or to ban food waste from entering them in the first place by forcing food waste collections on local authorities. Unlike other issues we do have an alternative to incineration for food waste which is far more productive than burning in the form of AD. I do wonder how plastics to landfill ban in 2020 will affect AD. if they cant put plastics to landfill and so have to put it through incineration then even more food waste is going to have to find its way into it.

UK must prepare for 'inevitable changes' of climate risks, warns advisers

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London to enforce world?s 'toughest' vehicle emissions charge in October, says Sadiq Khan

Mr Khan how about making it illegal for taxi''s and other diesel engined commercial vehicles to leave their engines idling while parked? So many times you walk past a taxi rank to see a line of black cabs all belching out stinking fumes while they wait for the next fare. A standard car battery can power the radio for hours without going flat so there is no need for them to keep the engine running.

Every breath you take: Population growth v CO2 - Sustainabilty Musings from the Cesspool of Life

I remember an article back in the 1980''s I think in the journal of the Royal Society of Chamistry which was my introduction to the concept of Climate Change. That (Maybe tougue in cheek) advocated the "Couch Potato" solution on the basis if we''re in that postion we''re not driving cars or expending Carbon in other ways. That was of course before wide screen TV''s, PC''s , Gamestations etc....

Brickworks could make use of sludge

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