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New research from the Centre for Environmental Strategy, at the University of Surrey, examines how globalisation and fast fashion have changed the sustainability of the Western European Textiles and Clothing supply chain. Between 1995 and 2009 there were absolute reductions in supply chain carbon emissions, but social inequities remain high and need tackling. The authors suggest that increasing supply chain wages and passing prices through to consumers could reduce both emissions and social inequities.

A recent Imperial College London report, commissioned by environmental management firm Veolia, outlines the business case for adopting a circular economy. The report is the first to put a figure on the potential of a circular economy in the UK, highlighting that adopting a circular economy could contribute £29bn or 1.8% of current GDP to the UK economy by 2025. While the World Economic Forum has forecast that the circular economy will contribute $1tr a year globally by 2025, this is the first time a separate figure and breakdown has been provided for the UK.

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 12:00 to Friday, July 3, 2015 - 17:00

University of Leeds, UK

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 17:00 to 20:00

London, UK

Date and Time: 
Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 18:30 to 20:00

London, UK

With globalized trade, a significant share of the environmental impacts linked to a country’s consumption of goods and services takes place outside its borders. There is a growing interest among policy-makers in many countries in finding ways to reduce such external environmental impacts of consumption. But it is not always clear what policy instruments might offer the most efficient ways of doing so. This policy brief outlines steps that governments can take to identify policy instruments they can use to reduce their countries' extra-territorial environmental footprints.

PLATE Conference 2015- ‘Product Lifetimes and the Environment’

By Bridget Elliott on 9th April 2015
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Date and Time: 
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 10:00 to Friday, June 19, 2015 - 16:30

Nottingham, UK

In a recent publication in the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Anna R. Davies and Ruth Doyle of the Trinity College Dublin’s Department of Geography reported on empirical findings from a practice-oriented participatory (POP) backcasting process focused on home heating, personal washing, and eating.

An Environmental Protection Agency funded project that examines issues of sustainable household consumption on an all-Ireland basis has recently launched high level findings emerging from its latest strand of research, the CONSENSUS HomeLabs. The HomeLabs project recruited ten households (five for washing and five for eating) to experiment with social and technical innovations designed to facilitate more sustainable washing and eating practices.

This new report by WRAP and Green Alliance finds that growth in the circular economy, whether modest or transformational, can create a wide variety of employment opportunities which directly tackle challenges faced by the British labour market. For example, regional unemployment disparities may be reduced by a broad geographical spread of employment opportunities in circular economy activities, which will be of particular benefit in higher unemployment regions. Occupational mismatch may be reduced by new opportunities across all skill levels.