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 ?”
Sustainability aside, having a long term viewpoint on where the global market is heading is good business. If you are part of a supply chain, keeping an eye on where you are sourcing raw materials and confirming compliance with conflict minerals and anti-slavery legislation is increasingly becoming part of any RFQ and tender processes. Creating an agile business provides the strength to anticipate and respond swiftly to market fluctuations – so have you anticipated the ground swell movement against plastic, and in particular single use plastic?
This week, sees the major supermarkets signing up to the UK Plastics Pact which has been launched by WRAP which brings together businesses, NGOs and UK Government to tackle plastic packaging waste by redesigning out waste and establishing reuse with targets set for incorporation of recycled plastics into products. The pact which is the first of its kind in the world Continue reading “Is your Business Plastic ?”
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.
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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.
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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.
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For as long as I can remember we have lived in a boom-bust economy. Our GDP linked to global markets – at the mercy of the next world economy to come on stream wanting to develop infrastructure and create commercial growth as far as the money lasts. We gear up to meet demand, and then fall into recession when the bubble bursts, creating hardship and casualties for those caught up in fallout.
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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.
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The first Hydrogen Train has been successfully tested in Germany. Another major step on the journey to “zero” emissions. Still a lot to be done to make these commercially viable, but we keep edging closer. Passenger trials are set to start in 2018. It is pleasing to see that fuel cell technology has not been abandoned, and with design development and “lean” thinking the trains will become even more effective /efficient.
The term “Scorched Earth” has been used widely as a military term for removing potentially useful things away from a withdrawing or advancing enemy in the field of battle. However, I would also like to use this as a metaphor for just destroying anything rapidly, without a great deal of thought.
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