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A group of six medium sized waste collection companies are protesting that Defra’s proposal to introduce exclusive commercial waste collection franchises or “zones” is based on a flawed analysis and could drive them out of business. Are their concerns well-founded?   Separation principle Defra included the suggestion of franchising in its Consultation on Consistency in Read more >

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Hello, my name is Maurice and I’m a second-life teddy bear. I was rescued from a reuse shop by a team of Eunomia consultants on a site visit, and now I spend my days at the company’s Bristol office, enjoying pats, cuddles and tummy rubs. I like to think that I brighten up the working Read more >

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A clear sign of how big a problem criminal activity in the waste sector is now perceived as being is that the Government dedicated an entire chapter in its waste and resources strategy for England to the issue. While the waste and resources sector has known for a long time that both its environmental efforts Read more >

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via Ensia.   Climate change solutions — like solar energy, wind energy and electric vehicles — depend on rare earth elements. How we secure those elements matters. The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on climate change argued that we must cut global emissions in half by 2030 in order to meet the goal Read more >

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Nestled amongst the palm trees of Kerala, India, with a stunning stretch of sea on one side and meandering ghats on the other, sits the considerable complex of Amritapuri, home to one of India’s few female gurus. There are 3,500 people living here permanently and several thousand more visitors at any one time in search Read more >

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Feeding a growing global population is placing increased pressure on agriculture to produce more protein for consumption. The global demand for meat is expected to more than double from 2000 to 2050. Meeting it would entail a drastic increase in production of both crops and animal feed, an expansion in the amount of land used Read more >

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For the second year running, figures for collected waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) have fallen short of Government targets. In fact, in 2018, Defra’s statistics show that the total tonnage collected fell by around 30,000 tonnes to a little under 495,000 tonnes. In view of this and the increased WEEE Directive targets, producers have Read more >

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  Amid all of the impacts that we are learning Brexit might have, one neglected area is the potential effect on the UK’s renewable energy sector. The general assumption seems to be that, because the UK’s Climate Change Act 2008 (CCA) has set targets that are more stretching and look further ahead than any EU Read more >

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  The date set in law for the UK’s departure from the EU is now less two weeks away. Unless the UK government is able to agree an extension, as is now its policy, or decides to withdraw its Article 50 notification, that is the date when it will cease to be an EU member Read more >

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  In 2015, emissions from international aviation totalled 530 million tonnes (MT) of CO2, excluding any non‑CO2 emissions. In the same year, the UK reported its national emissions at around 496 MTCO2e. That means aviation is already emitting on a scale greater than the (then) fifth-largest economy in the world. The position is worsening. The International Civil Read more >

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