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IEMA's December/January events.
BOOK CLUB: Cradle to Cradle by Michael Braungart and William McDonough
22 NOVEMBER 2018
In our next interactive book club, we will be discussing a work that has become a classic in its authors’ lifetimes – Michael Braungart and William McDonough’s Cradle to Cradle. However, don’t think that just because this book is widely read that the authors’ arguments have been adopted by industry, or even accepted by sustainability professionals.
The authors mock the concept of eco-efficiency as ‘making the wrong things less bad’ and instead promote eco- effectiveness: redesigning products and buildings to make them nourish the world. Is this really possible, or just a green dream? Whatever your thoughts on this provocative book, join us to share them with our host, Marek Bidwell.
Book your place at bit.ly/2OUqmkn
Wissington sugar factory
13 DECEMBER 2018
Take the opportunity to explore how British Sugar has found new uses and markets for co-products that come out of the sugar-making process. The factories operate an advanced manufacturing model that avoids waste by turning process outputs into inputs for a wide range of co-products. This focus on driving up productivity has huge environmental benefits, including lower waste and carbon emissions.
To book, visit bit.ly/2DON7oK
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Waste management: keep compliant and keep out of the headlines
10 January 2019
Find out how good waste management compliance is a result of strong leadership, engaged people and robust process.
For more information and to book, visit bit.ly/2RkUFTj
Trees and air pollution – an ironic duality
17 January 2019
An event for those who are involved in planning, ecology or site works, or who want to learn more about how trees can benefit our environment.
For more information and to book, visit bit.ly/2BG0MMU
Saltire Print Centre
12 January 2019
We will explore the print centre to discover the newsprint process and learn how the site minimises its environmental impact For more information and to book, visit bit.ly/2TYWc34
Image credit: iStock (Suger)
In Elliott-Smith v Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the claimant applied for judicial review of the legality of the defendants’ joint decision to create the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS) as a substitute for UK participation in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS).
None of England’s water and sewerage companies achieved all environmental expectations for the period 2015 to 2020, the Environment Agency has revealed. These targets included the reduction of total pollution incidents by at least one-third compared with 2012, and for incident self-reporting to be at least 75%.
Global greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture are projected to increase by 4% over the next 10 years, despite the carbon intensity of production declining. That is according to a new report from the UN food agency and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which forecasts that 80% of the increase will come from livestock.
Half of consumers worldwide now consider the sustainability of food and drink itself, not just its packaging, when buying, a survey of 14,000 shoppers across 18 countries has discovered. This suggests that their understanding of sustainability is evolving to include wellbeing and nutrition, with sustainable packaging now considered standard.
Billions of people worldwide have been unable to access safe drinking water and sanitation in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a progress report from the World Health Organisation focusing on the UN’s sixth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 6) – to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030”.
New jobs that help drive the UK towards net-zero emissions are set to offer salaries that are almost one-third higher than those in carbon-intensive industries, research suggests.
IEMA has today urged the UK government to focus on developing green skills and expertise across business, industry and civil society following the publication of an alarming report from the Climate Change Committee (CCC).