E-waste: the fight for the right to repair
With clean technology being the proverbial buzzword these days, the onus is on all technology companies to produce products, processes and services that reduce waste and require as few non-renewable resources as possible.
The reason for this is clear: e-waste is becoming an increasingly burgeoning problem, not only from a financial perspective, but also environmentally.
One of the biggest contributors to e-waste is planned obsolescence and, if we’re honest, this is not a new concept. For the uninitiated, this is the phenomenon that occurs when designers deliberately create a product to have a limited life span.
Study predicts 10 million EVs on the road by 2035
A new study has challenged some of the ‘scare stories’ around electric vehicles (EVs) and predicted there could be 10 million on British roads by 2035.
The new study by Aurora Energy Research claims EVs will reach cost parity with petrol/diesel cars in the next decade, with the crossover happening soonest for smaller and lower range cars.
It forecasts that by 2035 there could be 10 million EVs on the road, representing 30% of the total number of vehicles in the country.
The survey also adds that if battery costs fall faster than expected, then that number could top 15 million by that date.
Last year, the government announced a string of measures to encourage the take-up of EVs, including plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2040..
Rejected recommendations a travesty for food waste
In November, the government publicly rejected recommendations from a group of senior MPs on the best way to tackle food waste. Philip Simpson discusses why this move is yet another unnecessary setback for the UK
Nearly six months on from the submission of food waste reduction guidelines from the environment, food and rural affairs committee, DEFRA finally published its response to this challenging report. A lukewarm response at best, two key recommendations were rejected – the adoption of a national food waste reduction target (which would bring the UK in line with the EU), as well as the requirement of all large food businesses to publish their waste figures.
Making plastic more recyclable
RECycling of Used Plastics (Recoup) is a charity which aims to promote, develop and increase the amount of plastic being recycled in the UK.
The charity recently published a series of case studies to help plastic manufacturers and designers make their packaging more recyclable.
Environment Journal spoke to Recoup’s chief executive, Stuart Foster, about the organisation and how the plastics industry is working to ensure more packaging is recycled.
From military base to ‘green town’
Being asked to incorporate biodiversity into a new development is challenging enough, but imagine being asked to help transform a former military base into a ‘green town’ that will become home to 22,000 people by 2030.
That’s precisely the challenge set by East Hampshire District Council and the Whitehill and Bordon Regeneration Company to consultants EPR, which has been working on plans to turn the former military garrison into a healthy and eco-friendly place to live.
Robin Hood Energy – the drive to break even
As one of the leading council-owned energy companies in the country, Robin Hood Energy is under intense scrutiny in local government and energy circles alike.
The company was launched by Nottingham City Council in 2015 to other cheaper electricity tariffs to customers across the country and posted a loss of £7.6m for the year to end March 2017.