Author Archives: Dustin Benton

About Dustin Benton

Head of energy and resources at Green Alliance. Tweets at @dustin_benton.

The EU’s circular economy package is about a lot more than just recycling

A version of this post first appeared on BusinessGreen. The European Commission this week fired the starting gun on its circular economy programme, and the panoply of documents released shows that it will be a marathon, not a sprint. As … Continue reading

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The surprise death of UK CCS is the real energy reset

Forget the cuts to the RHI. Ignore halving ECO. The biggest change to the UK’s energy strategy didn’t appear in yesterday’s autumn statement. Instead, a two line note snuck out an hour or so after George Osborne finished his speech confirmed that … Continue reading

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5 things you should know about government and your energy bill

Energy bills are back in the news, with the Office of Budget Responsibility calculating new figures for the cost of low carbon power, the Competition and Markets Authority investigating energy companies, and both IPPR and Policy Exchange releasing reports in the … Continue reading

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Ring-fences and roller coasters: why the Budget looks bad for DECC

Last week, Green Alliance outlined how pre-election Conservative Party spending promises might affect DECC’s budget. The headline was that 90 per cent of DECC’s staff budget could vanish by 2018-19 due to four factors:

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Building a circular economy, one smartphone at a time

Smartphones, tablets and laptops are ubiquitous in the wealthy world, and the makers of these devices have their eyes set on selling to the next five billion consumers in emerging markets. And why not? Access to the internet is a … Continue reading

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Why using CCS for industry as well as power makes sense

The case for carbon capture and storage (CCS) is increasingly confused. The IPCC suggests CCS makes quick, low cost decarbonisation much more feasible, and the prime minister recently declared the technology “absolutely crucial.” But a recent UCL study found that … Continue reading

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Why greens should embrace digital technology, but not abandon politics

This post first appeared on the Huffington Post. Technological innovation is intoxicating. Digital technologies have evolved so quickly that technology prophets are predicting a ‘digital disruption’, in which vast material bounty is created at such low marginal costs that big … Continue reading

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The cost of a food waste landfill ban? What the Treasury’s sums missed

Earlier this month, the Treasury released its analysis of the costs of opposition policy, including the effect of a landfill ban for food waste on government expenditure. It’s important to understand the costs of green policy, but these Treasury calculations … Continue reading

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What the Green Investment Bank’s first project tells us about funding green infrastructure

‘On time and on budget’ are five words any project promoter loves to be able to boast, especially for a first project. One year and five months after the Green Investment Bank (GIB) was set up, its first project has … Continue reading

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More jobs, less carbon: why we need landfill bans

Our latest infographic below shows the benefits to the UK economy of keeping resources out of landfill. [click on the image to expand]

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