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A little known fact

18th October 2011 Posted by

I had the pleasure of being on the panel at events held at all three Party Conferences over the past few weeks, hosted by Policy Exchange and culminating with the Conservative party conference where Charles Hendry, Minister for Energy, represented the party at our debate. The subject centred on the decarbonisation of the UK through the implementation of the UK’s

Reinventing the wheel

12th October 2011 Posted by

I was pleased to attend last week the launch of a new report by Green Alliance, the environmental think tank, entitled ‘Reinventing the wheel: a circular economy for resource security’. By sponsoring the creation of this thoughtful and timely report SITA UK helps lift the issues surrounding how we can best facilitate an improvement in resource efficiency.

Between a ROC and a hard place

13th September 2011 Posted by

The Government’s renewable energy market reform is intended to ensure a reliable, affordable and low carbon energy supply. It’s expected to deliver a replacement for 25 per cent of all existing capacity by 2020, equating to around 30 per cent of all our electricity needs coming from renewable sources.

The power of ratings

18th August 2011 Posted by

The shock waves are still reverberating around the financial markets following Standard & Poor’s financial downgrading of the US, which saw billions wiped off the stock values of companies in the US before spilling over into the Eurozone with equally devastating effects. In the aftermath, one can reflect that if a similar downgrading occurred in one of the many sustainability

Is a nudge enough

29th July 2011 Posted by

The ‘nudge theory’, which was borrowed by the Conservatives from the Obama administration, was a central ideological platform at the last election. The idea of ‘nudge’ is to incrementally push society towards positive behavioural change. However, as with the concept of the ‘big society’, it is perhaps ideological in its desire to reduce the activity of the State.

Mind the gap

7th July 2011 Posted by

I have been consistent with my messages over the past two years related to the inertia of waste planning decisions, the desperate need to find new sources of energy and the role that energy-from-waste could play in bridging the energy gap.

Time to review the question?

20th June 2011 Posted by

As the inevitable media storm around the Waste Review and the Government’s decision not to reintroduce weekly bin collections begins to subside, we need to ask ourselves what the lasting impact of this review will be.

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