Biomass Ash – A Greener Option

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

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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

Counting Carbon – The Devil is in the Detail

In a recent article in Analysis, Energy Barry Saxifrage reviewed the recent BP Statistical Review of World Energy and pulled out a series of ‘missing charts’. The most important was the total fossil fuels used over time shown below: Disappointingly, his analysis showed that global fossil fuel consumption had increased to an all-time record of … Continue reading Counting Carbon – The Devil is in the Detail

Ecosystem Collapse – Global Mega Trend Part 8

Ecosystems around the world are coming under increasing pressure with significant potential impacts for the global population. These pressures are linked very much to the other global mega trends discussed in this series. Population growth (GMT 1) and urbanisation (GMT 2) first of all are literally increasing the global land area covered by our cities … Continue reading Ecosystem Collapse – Global Mega Trend Part 8