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Date and Time: 
Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 08:30 to 13:00

London

This seminar discusses progress and next steps for waste management, recycling and the circular economy in the UK.

With the pending waste and resource efficiency report by the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, and with waste infrastructure forming part of the NIC’s 2018 National Infrastructure Assessment, this seminar will bring together policymakers with key stakeholders to consider the policy priorities, and additional approaches that can be adopted, to better manage waste production in the UK.

Sustainability: can society save itself?

By Robert Lyons on 15th August 2017
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 19:30 to 21:00

University of East Anglia

It’s the question of our generation: is society on the verge of collapse, or might it still save itself from the twin ecological and economic crises of our era?

Join us for a lively panel debate where renowned thinkers and practitioners in sustainability, innovation, and public engagement from across different sectors will outline their views on the opportunities, risks and challenges of delivering sustainability as a panacea to a failing society.

This European Environment Agency report explores the circular economy from a product perspective, applying a systemic approach and transition theory. Drivers of product design and usage are discussed in the context of emerging consumption trends and business models. For governance to be effective, it has to address the product life-cycle and the societal context determining it. Indicators and assessment tools are proposed that can help fill the current data and knowledge gaps.

Reusing waste water for non-drinking uses in decentralised plumbing networks may improve the efficiency of water supply in urban areas, a new study has found.

International Water Association Efficient 2017

By Robert Lyons on 20th June 2017
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 08:30 to Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 17:15

University of Bath

Waterwise and partners are hosting the ninth International Water Association Conference in Bath, UK. Topics include drought and resiliency planning, climate change, and the energy and water nexus. More…

Europe aims to obtain 20 per cent of its growth from industrial processes by 2020 and at the same time has set itself incredibly ambitious environmental targets.

The latest report from the Circular Economy Task Force recommends four positive steps to solve the problem:

  • standardised recycling collections;
  • waste-generating companies to contribute to council costs;
  • responsible companies should pay lower producer responsibility fees;
  • enable councils to charge those households which don’t recycle properly.

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Using food waste as pig feed

By Robert Lyons on 22nd November 2016
Found in: Research and Resources

This FCRN blog post by Karen Luyckz argues that instead of feeding virgin crops like soy, barley or maize to pigs and chickens, we should allow these omnivores to eat our leftovers, as they’ve done for thousands of years. In fact, in the UK, during both world wars leftover food was the only thing they could eat at all, as it was illegal to feed pigs any food that was deemed fit for human consumption.

A new report by a research team at Cardiff University presents the results of an ESRC-funded project which examined the behavioural and attitudinal impacts of the English plastic bag charge, introduced in October 2015.

This implementation guide from Resource Efficient Scotland, a programme from Zero Waste Scotland, describes how organisations can effectively measure and monitor their use of energy, water and raw materials, in order to identify patterns of wasteful behaviour and opportunities to reduce resource use, improve environmental performance and save money.  It provides a clear five-step guide:

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