For many people, Christmas is a time of joy and celebration, for sharing gifts and feasting with family and friends. It’s certainly a lavish time of year, so here at Circular Ecology we have put together a few simple tips to help you enjoy a greener Christmas:
Turkey’s a winner: Christmas wouldn't be complete without an elaborate roast dinner. If you eat meat, the modern tradition of turkey is a winner. It has a low water footprint (for a meat) so it's a good option for the centrepiece of your meal.
In the world of carbon footprinting, the emissions factors from the UK government are a seminal resource. Each year that they are updated gives new insight into the decarbonising UK electricity supply. The 2018 factors are now available. So, what do the “UK Government greenhouse gas (GHG) conversion factors for company reporting” tell us about the UK’s progress towards decarbonising the national electricity supply? Are the ambitious carbon reductions of UK electricity on track? Or is it yet more disappointment. The latest factors reveal the answers.
We have some excellent news for users of the Inventory of Carbon & Energy (ICE) database (http://www.circularecology.com/embodied-energy-and-carbon-footprint-database.html).
Work has now started to update the ICE database.
The ICE database is an embodied energy and carbon database for building materials and has been downloaded by over 20,000 users from around the world.
We have managed to obtain funding to update the ICE database, with a release expected hopefully later this year. It will allow the database to remain freely available and fully independent - both of which were key criteria.
The funding has been kindly provided by:
We are very much at the start of the update. We will keep our networks informed of key developments through our email lists, our website, and on our LinkedIn page for more regular updates (Follow
Watch this space for further updates.
On our recent ‘life admin’ trip to the supermarket, we were pleasantly surprised to find that it now sells a range of ‘wonky veg’ and at a fraction of the price of the ‘non-wonky’ variety. Realising the environmental benefit of using these veg provides some simple satisfaction, but it also poses some important questions. Upon closer inspection of the vegetables, I can’t help scratching my head on how most of these ended up being classified as ‘wonky’ in the first place.
Take a look for yourselves, the picture on this article shows the vegetables (and wonky fruit) themselves. It makes me wonder how things could have become so silly - that perfectly edible fruit and vegetables have been previously discarded because they don’t conform to superficial ‘norms’. What has driven us to such irrational reasoning? Has it been led by supermarkets themselves, or was it driven by consumers? Perhaps, as I suspect, it was a bit of both.
Finger pointing aside, it’s great to now see some parts of the industry selling the ‘wonky’ fruit and vegetables. It feels like bit by bit progress on the long and windy road to sustainability.
In regards to the benefit of using these wonky veg, let’s look at the environmental impacts of fruit and vegetables, starting with their carbon footprint….
This is Part II of the article, part I revealed how the HM Treasury stated that…
“Reducing carbon reduces costs” – HM Treasury, 2013
The Infrastructure Carbon Review (2013) made this bold statement. It appears word for word in the report. However, such a bold statement should not be taken out of context and it should not be considered in isolation. Why is this...
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