Category Archives: Recycling

Sub-category to Resource Stewardship

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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Get new materials right from the start and everyone benefits

A version of this post first appeared on BusinessGreen. Environmentalists and techno-optimists aren’t always the most comfortable bedfellows. The relationship has been strained by an approach to climate policy, popular amongst Bush-era Republicans, that suggests there is no need to … Continue reading

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The EU has the power to switch on innovation

This post first appeared on Business Green. Think of innovation and what comes to mind? Blue skies, blank sheets of paper, keeping your thoughts showering and definitely outside of any boxes? These might be helpful for great leaps forward, but … Continue reading

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Will the EU’s new circular economy plans live up to expectation?

A version of this post first appeared on BusinessGreen. After months of speculation, we will soon have clarity on a debate that’s been rumbling on for months. No, I’m not talking about who’s going to run the country, but what … Continue reading

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Low resource prices are no reason to go slow on better productivity

A version of this post first appeared on BusinessGreen. Resource prices have been in the news again of late, although this time for the refreshing reason  that they’ve been tumbling instead of skyrocketing. Falls in food and transport prices have … Continue reading

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Scotland could use the oil price crash to kick-start CCS

This post first appeared on Guardian Sustainable Business. Such was the shock of the oil price’s precipitous decline in recent months that tongues were set swiftly wagging about what the explanation could be. Killing off electric vehicles, US shale producers, or … 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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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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