Do ‘Circular Economy’ and ‘Zero Waste’ mean the same thing?

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?

Zero Carbon: Transitioning the Built Environment

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

Climate Change: Reflections on Current Progress & Attitudes

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

UK Government risks judicial review by not following Climate Change Committee policy advice more closely

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

97% global warming consensus paper surpasses half a million downloads

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

An introduction to BS 8900 Guidance for Managing Sustainable Development

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

Identifying Interested Parties

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