Understandably there is a lot of current discussion about the rapid rise in pollution Particularly its effect on global warming, the changing of landscapes, erosion of land and coastline, impact on wildlife and indigenous people. As a consequence of this there are initiatives around packaging waste, plastic bags, plastic lined paper cups, reuse of plastic in roads, displacement of chemicals and harmful materials, alternative energy sources and recycling strategies . All of these are helpful but they are only scratching the surface. Continue reading “Consumerism out of Control ?”
Not all waste is obvious. There has rightly been an increase in awareness of plastic waste with campaigns initiated after the Blue Planet series, relating to the plastic waste in our oceans. In particular, single use plastic in consumer items such as straws, cups etc. It is laudable that campaigns run by some of the larger retailers such as Waitrose will eliminate such items. Unilever, who is regarded as one of the more ethically minded and sustainability minded large corporations have responded by removing plastic from teabags. It is easy to castigate large organisations for not responding to these issues quick enough. However, this is a social problem, and once awareness of such issues is heightened by such programmes as Blue Planet, then society will apply the appropriate pressure. Consumers need to change their buying behaviour and be prepared to accept less of these products, by buying into the concept of multi-use, recycling and low impact products. This concept has been known about for some time, so what is different ? Unfortunately, like it or not, humans are both creatures of habit, and are “lazy”, which means they seek the path of least resistance, low risk for them, comfort, and “repeatability”. This of course compounds the issue, and thus is a clear factor that will reduce the pace of change.
How do companies fit into this cycle? Continue reading “Reducing the Hidden Waste in a Challenging Environment”
I was energised and enthused by being made aware of the recent advances in technology in the Offshore Energy Industry at the recent EEEGR Offshore Wind Week at Orbis Energy in Lowestoft. It’s not just about technology advances, but overall collaboration.
Continue reading “Leveraging Technologies and Service Collaboration”
Another interesting article below on “Renewables”. It looks as though there is a stronger move in this direction, and potentially away from Nuclear Fission . People are really thinking about the bigger picture with respect to “Energy”. As always, there is a real business driver not just a desire to go “cleaner”, but in this case with the advent of feed-in tariffs, this has really helped the shift in thinking. I read another recent article around how the growth of “renewables” is now also having an impact on research projects such as nuclear fusion research. If we go back to the 80’s was going to be the holy grail of energy generation.
Continue reading “Renewable Energy Drive in Japan”
Interesting recent post from the World Economic Forum . At a global level solar energy supply will surpass nuclear energy by the end of the year in terms of generating capability in Gigawatts.
Continue reading “Solar Power”
It is great to see that the most recent rounds of CfD ,Contracts for Difference, that renewable energy (see link to Carbon Brief report for detail ) is becoming considerably cheaper with the unit prices of wind energy and solar, continually coming down.
Continue reading “Cheaper Wind Energy”
The UK government has recently given the green light for the next phase of the EA Wind Farm off the coast of Norfolk. It looks like Scottish Power are going to have some stiff competition in the bidding process from DONG Energy.
Continue reading “Green Light for WE Wind Farm”
There was a very interesting article in the June TCE (Chemical Engineer Magazine) around battery recycling particularly in respect to EV’s, in an article called “Back from the Dead”. A company called Aceleron, ar looking behind the science, data and technology for getting the most out of Li Ion cells used in EV batteries.
Continue reading “Extending the Life”
If you hear the words rubber roads a number of things come to mind. As a amateur racing driver, I think potentially more “grip”. There is a new phenomena taking place. The concept of recycled plastic containers and bottles being combed from our seas and waste dumps, to be converted and substituted for the bitumen that binds our road asphalt. India has been doing it since 2002, and the Netherlands is now actively pursuing it.
Continue reading “Rubber (Plastic) Roads”
There is a lot in the press at the moment about sustainable transport , e-cars, hybrid cars, hydrogen trains, LNG powered super-tankers, but what about e-bikes. These are gradually gaining profile.
Continue reading “Alternative Transport”