The European Resource Efficiency Platform (EREP) was established to provide high-level guidance to the European Commission, EU Member States and private actors on the transition to a more resource-efficient economy. Following its final meeting on 31st March, EREP has developed their final set of policy recommendations. The recommendations accompany those made in June 2013 and together form part of the Platform’s ‘Manifesto and Policy Recommendations’ document, which is available online via its website.
The seventh session of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals commenced on Monday 6th January and runs until Friday 10th January. Themes to be considered as part of the seventh session include: sustainable cities and human settlements; sustainable transport; sustainable consumption and production (including chemicals and waste); and climate change and disaster risk reduction.
Leading research journal Global Environmental Change has dedicated its latest issue to the topic of grassroots innovation for sustainability. The special issue contains six original research articles Guest Edited by Adrian Smith and Gill Seyfang, and a special editorial introduction. The articles were selected from papers presented at a research workshop held at Sussex University in May 2012. Fifteen full papers and six PhD posters were discussed at the workshop by thirty researchers from eleven countries.
Written by an economist and an investment professional, this book addresses the economic and environmental implications of how we treat food. The book examines each aspect of the ‘food chain’, from agriculture, to production and processing, retail, preparation, consumption and waste. Consideration is given to whether the financial credit crunch could ameliorate or exacerbate the emergent environmental credit crunch.
This World Resources Institute Working Paper is the second instalment in a series that forms the foundation of the ‘World Resources Report 2013-14: Creating a Sustainable Food Future’. The document contains preliminary research, analysis, findings, and recommendations aimed at stimulating discussion and critical feedback to influence on-going debate on emerging issues. This study examines how approximately 24 per cent of all calories currently produced for human consumption are lost or wasted.
A new web-based tool known as the N-Calculator has been developed by scientists at Lancaster, Virginia and Oxford universities, and allows anyone living in the UK to calculate their own ‘nitrogen footprint’. The tool asks users to enter information on topics such as their food consumption, transportation choices, and housing situation in order to calculate their likely effect on the environment in terms of nitrogen pollution. Nitrogen pollution is a major environmental problem that is causing significant damage to air and water quality across the UK.