Environment

Policy matters

United Kingdom - Sustainable Consumption and Production

New report details water management good practices
14/07/2016
A European Commission-funded project has published a guide for city planners on how to tackle the four main water management issues that urban areas face: flooding, water scarcity, water conservation and water quality. The report, from the POWER project, analyses best practices in each of these...
Economy of plastics must go circular, report argues
26/01/2016
The environmental costs arising from the production and use of plastic currently outweigh the plastic industry's global profits, but a “new plastics economy” based on circular principles is possible, according to a new report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the World Economic Forum. The...
Project proposes policy packages for servitisation
13/07/2015
Servitisation, or selling the functions offered by a product rather selling the product itself, could play a major role in a more circular economy in the future. Servitisation already exists in a number of forms, such as the leasing or hire of vehicles or appliances, but in many other areas there...
'Clean and Cool' missions promote UK eco-entrepreneurs in major markets
30/09/2013
The United Kingdom is promoting its eco-innovative small and medium-sized companies through a series of The United Kingdom is promoting its eco-innovative small and medium-sized companies through a series of “Clean and Cool” missions that take entrepreneurs to explore the cleantech market...
Regions test indicators of sustainable development
11/06/2013
A project backed by the European Union's INTERREG IV C programme has been working to show that an alternative is available. The For decades, the best way to measure the development and progress of societies and nations has been debated. Gross domestic product (GDP) as the main indicator of...
Steel supply chain innovations deliver green benefits
19/09/2011
A better integrated supply chain and consumption-based accounting would enable more efficient use of steel and less waste, so helping reduce the industry’s environmental footprint. The steel sector needs to think about how it can provide the same services with less steel, Julian Allwood from...
Waste is food: going all the way on sustainability
27/10/2010
Ten European regions have created a network to share best practice in waste prevention and management by applying the cradle-to-cradle concept for sustainable development. The idea that there is no such thing as waste, only raw materials yet to be put to good use, underpins the cradle-to-cradle...
Rising tide of marine energy to lift the UK
21/01/2009
The United Kingdom is at the forefront of marine energy research and development, and many believe this growing sector could in the future meet a fifth of all British energy demands. The development of marine energy is progressing at a fast pace in the UK. Through the combined efforts of both...