Category Archives: Circular Economy

Sub-category to Resource Stewardship

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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How resource efficiency can also reduce unemployment

Pretty much everyone who is in favour of a new industry or development will claim that it creates jobs. Yesterday I typed “create thousands of jobs” into Google and got over 227,000 results back for this exact phrase. Everyone from broadband … Continue reading

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City devolution is exciting for the circular economy

A version of this post first appeared on BusinessGreen. The 21st century has been widely heralded as the century of the city. 2008 was the tipping point when half of all people lived in urban areas for the first time. … Continue reading

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A review of new EU and UK ambitions for a circular economy

A version of this post was first published on BusinessGreen. It’s only years after its 1970s inception that the circular economy concept is really beginning to gain traction. The publication this summer of a clutch of policy proposals and recommendations from … Continue reading

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What Wales and Scotland can teach us about the circular economy

A version of this post was first published on BusinessGreen. With memories of the world cup fading fast, something that has stayed with me are the many scenes of jubilant fans, perhaps because these reminded me of happy times spent … Continue reading

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The huge wasted economic opportunity of inconsistent recycling

Our new report, Wasted opportunities, marks the end of the second year for the Circular Economy Task Force of leading businesses. It reveals that outdated recycling systems are losing the UK economy £1.7 billion in wasted plastics, electronics and food. The report comes at a … Continue reading

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Big manifesto ideas: responsible pensions, help to heat and a resource target

With the 2015 general election on the horizon, we’ve asked leading thinkers and experts for their one big manifesto idea. The one they think will make a real difference to a greener Britain. Today we’re posting ideas 13,14 and 15. … Continue reading

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Are new eco technologies fit for a circular economy?

Brighton’s Eco Technology Show is fast rising up the list of ‘must go to’ events for anyone in the resource stewardship arena. Aimed particularly at local authority thinkers, doers and buyers, it showcases green transport solutions, all the latest building … Continue reading

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What horsemeat can teach us about minimising risk

This post first appeared on BusinessGreen. Have you ever eaten horse? Not consciously perhaps but last year’s meat adulteration scandal suggests it’s more than possible. The scandal revealed just how clueless some of the biggest and most trusted UK brands … 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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