Local power is more efficient and consumers can benefit

Solar_Sheep_--_Lightsource_Renewable_Energy_1140_641_s_c1Community power schemes are starting to take off and can benefit both consumers and the environment.  In this blog post 10:10 argue for the Government to change its stance on local energy supplier rules so that energy provision can be relocalised.  This will create significant efficiency gains and consumers will pay less for locally generated energy. Continue reading “Local power is more efficient and consumers can benefit”

Is the game up for petrol and diesel cars?

 

Rush hour traffic fills an avenue leading up to the Arc de Triomphe which seen through a small-particle haze at Neuilly-sur-Seine, Western Paris
Rush hour traffic leading to the Arc de Triomphe

France looks set to completely ban the sale of all petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 as part of a major push to meet its climate change targets says the Huffington Post.

It adds …  France isn’t the first country to start phasing out combustion engines in favour of low-carbon vehicles powered by electricity or hydrogen.  Last year one of Norway’s leading national newspapers confirmed that the country would be phasing out all petrol and diesel cars by 2025, while both Germany and India have expressed plans to cut out combustion engines by 2030.

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An electric car charging Creative Commons

The UK Government also wants to end the production of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 as part of its obligation to adhere to the targets under the Paris climate accord and reduce emissions to zero by 2050.

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British consumers admit confusion over recycling

52% of respondents to our household sustainability scoping survey [1] say recycling is an indicator of sustainable living.  This article makes the case for new thinking on the issue of recycling, recovery and resource management so that less items are sent to landfill.

[1] The RSA’s Sustainable Households Project Group surveyed householders’ views on sustainability early this year, and received 157 responses, mostly from Fellows who are members of the Sustainability Network.

101 ways to live cleaner and greener for free by Anna Pitt

 

101 Ways to Live Cleaner and Greener for Free  offers lots of simple tips on recycling and on reducing food, water and energy waste.  These are also areas that our scoping survey has identified as concerns for many UK householders.

You may find some ideas in this book are new and others are familiar. Do pass on tips that you find helpful.

Anna Pitt is a writer and environmental educator specialising in waste reduction and sustainable living.

 

 

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Recycling rates in England drop for first time

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Why are household recycling rates in England starting to fall?

After 14 years of continuous growth household recycling rates in England dropped for the first time in 2015.  English households recycled 43.9% of waste in 2015 compared with 61% in Wales.

67% of respondents to our Sustainable Households scoping survey[1]mentioned waste reduction in their top three sustainability concerns.  This category includes effective recycling, reducing excessive plastic and other packaging waste and minimising food waste.  Recycling challenges include limited local facilities, the use of non-recyclable packaging that will end up in landfill and lack of information about how to dispose of items at the end of their useful life.  Respondents also express strong views about over-packaging of household goods and foodstuffs.

[1] The Sustainable Households Project Group surveyed householders’ views on sustainability early this year. 157 people have responded to the survey, the majority of whom are from the RSA’s Sustainability Network

The Concerned Conscious Consumer

The Concerned Conscious Consumer

Our responses have been flying in from our first Sustainable Households questionnaire and we have identified some really important environmental practices and concerns. On the whole, the majority of respondents appear engaged conscious householders who are striving to reduce their impact on the planet. Continue reading “The Concerned Conscious Consumer”