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KPMG launches Green Tax Index

By Bridget Elliott on 15th May 2013
Found in: Research and Resources

The UK has recently been named by audit and tax advisory company, KPMG, as one of the six most active countries in using tax as a tool to drive sustainable corporate behaviour and achieve green policy goals. The findings are the result of KPMG’s Green Tax Index, a tool created to increase awareness of the ‘complex, fragmented and rapidly evolving’ green tax landscape worldwide. The index analyses green tax incentives and penalties in 21 major economies, focusing on key policy areas such as energy efficiency, water efficiency, carbon emissions, green innovation and green buildings.

This new book by Arjen Hoekstra explains how the concept of a ‘water footprint’ can be used to quantify and map the water use behind consumption and guide reduction of water use to a sustainable level. A number of case studies are included in the book that illustrate water use along supply chains, and how water consumption at one place is often linked to water use at another. For example, it is calculated that it takes 15,000 litres of water to produce 1 kg of beef, or 8,000 litres of water to produce a pair of jeans.

Defra publishes policy evidence plans

By Bridget Elliott on 15th May 2013
Found in: Research and Resources

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has produced a series of evidence plans for different policy areas which make significant use of formal evidence, including plans for water, waste and resources, sustainable economy, sustainable land and farming, and climate change. The evidence plans will be used to help ensure the link between evidence and policy development and implementation. The evidence plans set out evidence needs for a 5 year timeframe and will be updated roughly annually to reflect any major changes in evidence needs as a result of changing policy.

Straw Wars

By SDRN on 14th February 2013
Found in: Case Studies

LOCATION: Soho, London.

AIM: To inspire a movement that will encourage bars and restaurants to eradicate plastic drinking straws.

Sustainable Clothes Swishing

By SDRN on 14th February 2013
Found in: Case Studies

LOCATION: UK-wide.

AIM: The concept of ‘swishing parties’ is to reduce waste through swapping unwanted clothes for those unwanted by other women, rather than throwing them out.

Annual Conference 2012

By SDRN on 1st December 2012
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 09:00 to 17:00
The Sustainable Development Research Network (SDRN) Annual Conference 2012 took place on 29th November at the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Conference Centre in London.

Annual Conference 2011

By SDRN on 11th October 2012
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 18:00 to 21:00

There was no Annual Conference in 2011 as funding for the new phase of the Network was confirmed too late to allow sufficient time for conference organisation. However, an evening event was held in December 2011 to mark the launch of the new phase of the Network.

Brixton Remade

By SDRN on 3rd May 2012
Found in: Case Studies

LOCATION: Brixton, London.

AIM: To promote local waste reduction, reuse and recycling; to develop skills of remaking and repair important for the creation of local green enterprises and sustainable employment.

GreenWorks

By SDRN on 5th April 2012
Found in: Case Studies

LOCATION: London

AIM: To maximise the re-use of redundant office furniture, both to protect the environment and to make quality office items available at affordable prices to charities, the community sector and small businesses.

Low Carbon West Oxford

By SDRN on 29th March 2012
Found in: Case Studies

LOCATION: West Oxford

AIM: To reduce the carbon footprint of West Oxford through encouraging and enabling more sustainable lifestyles amongst residents.

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