We are all bombarded with a wide range of terms, phrases and buzz words daily at work and in our personal lives. The recent proliferation of ‘Zero Carbon’ is a recent example resulting no doubt from the school climate strikes, the Greta phenomenon and the UK government’s commitment to “almost” zero carbon by 2050. Stemming … Continue reading Do ‘Circular Economy’ and ‘Zero Waste’ mean the same thing?
Globally the built environment contributes approximately 40% of global carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions and is therefore a significant piece of the puzzle when planning for the zero carbon transition globally. This article will recap on the current status of government policy relating to both the zero carbon agenda and building energy policy before discussing … Continue reading Zero Carbon: Transitioning the Built Environment
According to the latest public attitudes survey by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), 80% of the UK population are either fairly concerned (45%) or very concerned (35%) about climate change. This concern about the fossil fuels we continue to emit into the atmosphere is disproportionately held by younger people as seen … Continue reading Climate Change: Reflections on Current Progress & Attitudes
A report has been released in October 2018 by the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Politics and the Grantham Institute summarising the U.K. body, it's strengths, achievements and lessons to be learnt by the CCC and the U.K. government. The CCC was created in the pioneering 2008 Climate Change Act and advised government on … Continue reading UK Government risks judicial review by not following Climate Change Committee policy advice more closely
Authors Note: This is an extract from an academic paper I wrote in January 2018. That paper contained commercially sensitive information and was for an in-house audience only; therefore I have extracted the drivers and discussion for a wider audience as another example of the circular economy in action. Thermal generation assets (coal, biomass) produce … Continue reading Biomass Ash – A Greener Option
It's been a few years since I last did a Climate Change training session so it has been a while since I last had to defend climate change to an audience. This article in The Guardian, reminded me of one of the main resources I would refer to back then - the Cook et al. … Continue reading 97% global warming consensus paper surpasses half a million downloads
A recent article in The Guardian seems highly relevant to my recent series on Global Mega Trends so I thought I would share it with some thoughts. The fact that it takes a positive view is also a good thing as we must believe in our ability to reduce and adapt to climate change in … Continue reading Seven Megatrends that could beat global warming
British Standard 8900 is a guidance document providing organisations (both public and private) with a framework to continually improve and meet stakeholder needs along a path towards sustainable development. Here, sustainable development is defined as the enduring, balanced approach to social progress, economic activity and environmental responsibility. I have written recently on my problem with … Continue reading An introduction to BS 8900 Guidance for Managing Sustainable Development
The latest version of ISO 14001: 2015 Environmental Management Systems (EMS) has introduced the concept of interested parties. Referred to elsewhere as stakeholders, the revised standard goes further than previous versions by requiring organisations to identify interested parties relevant to the EMS, their needs and expectations, and which of these the organisation will make into … Continue reading Identifying Interested Parties
The term sustainable development has been defined many times over the years, but I always like to refer back to the traditional Brundtland definition which defines the term as “development that satisfies the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations to satisfy theirs”. It is often represented by the three pillars … Continue reading Is the term sustainable development a hindrance?