The HM Government OUR WASTE, OUR RESOURCES: A STRATEGY FOR ENGLAND was launched on 18th December 2019. The consolidated view from Michael Gove is:
As a research practice, our MD, Dr David Greenfield, shares his thoughts on the new strategy, having been part of separate workshops held by Defra, the Local Authority Waste Network Chairs and SUEZ. SOENECS, under David's leadership also created an extended producer responsibility data model for local authorities, commissioned by SUEZ.
Dr Greenfield comments "The Strategy is very bold in its ambition, indeed, calling for a move to a Circular Economy, a new Extended Producer Responsibility and Deposit Return Scheme are things that the sector have been calling for a while. However, and there is always a however, the ambition should not be confused with an action plan, of which there is not one. The Strategy includes within it 7 different consultations, up to 2022, with all new legislation being implemented by no later than 2023. In many cases, these consultations will be necessary to ensure that all parties have input to the final solutions, but we have to be wary of reducing the ambition. As a sector, we have a once in a generation opportunity to influence a national strategy that will live beyond, in many of our cases, our working lives. Let’s take this opportunity to work together to influence the consultations, whilst not losing the aim of delivering a Circular Economy that respects and protects Natural Capital."
SOENECS are able to offer support to local authorities and private sector companies to help understand the challenges and opportunities presented by the new Strategy, please get in touch if you would like an initial discussion.
Circular Brighton & Hove meeting on 5th September 2018, University of Brighton, Grand Parade Campus
By way of an appetizer for the Circular Brighton & Hove meeting on 5th September 2018, attendees enjoyed a fascinating tour of the Brighton Waste House given by Duncan Baker-Brown, the award-winning architect from BBM Architects. The Brighton Waste House represents the development of a ‘living laboratory’ for ecological architectural design and the building is Europe's first permanent public building made almost entirely from material thrown away or not wanted and is an EPC ‘A’ rated low energy building. Further information is available at arts.brighton.ac.uk/projects/wastehouse.
This was followed by drinks networking with food obtained via the “Too Good To Go” app (www.toogoodtogo.co.uk), enabling attendees to rescue delicious food at great prices from local restaurants and shops whilst saving the environment at the same time.
Dessert took the form of stimulating debate on the subject of “Fashion and Sustainability, are they compatible?”, facilitated by an expert panel, chaired by Dr David Greenfield, organiser of the September Circular Brighton & Hove event, from SOENECS Ltd www.soenecs.co.uk consisting of:
The feedback from attendees was brilliant, with people loving the food from sushi to organic sausage rolls and a lively debate that inspired people to change their perspective of fashion
J Greenfield 13.09.18
The first wednesday of every month is EDC and CEC club night...this month on the 4th April, 16 of met at Grow 40 in Kensington Gardens to discuss all things circular and agree a plan for the next twelve months
There were a few actions agreed, here is a quick summary:
In addition, here are a couple of interesting links:
Article by Peter on CE
The London Mapping results from my London CEC nmapping event
Institution of Civil engineers – CE and the built environment
Westminster Sustainable Business Forum – CE and Built environment
and an article from 2013 I wrote…on CE and the waste Hierachy…enjoy
We look forward to planning the Circular City at our next event on 2nd May 2018 - Venue TBC
The Brighton & Hove “Eco-Dinner Club” and “Circular Economy Club (CEC)” present a Christmas Bubbles and Burgers dinner with the theme of Tech and how to be sustainable…
Prepare for Turkey Burgers and Xmas pud and possibly even a quiz!
The timings for the night are:
7pm – Aperitif served in the members lounge upstairs (ask for The Brighton & Hove Eco- Dinner Club)
7.30pm – sit down for mains and dessert
9.30pm – extended discussions and sampling of Grow40’s extensive wine and port menu
If you would like to join us, please Register and Complete the menu by 30th November 2017 at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YRTXBFQ
We invite a select but diverse group of individuals that we believe will gel and generate innovative opportunities that will lead to action.
To date we have organized the Brighton & Hove Beach & Street Clean, a tour of Shoreham port, supported the Plastic Pledge and expanded the dinner club to West London.
We have visited 7 different venues in the last 12 months are now Nomadic and using venues that gives us sustainable, local and good value food. In May, we visited Silo, in August we had an urban Forage and “use by date picnic”, we have now had two events at Grow40 .
We invite Brighton & Hove colleagues that we feel will bring challenging and innovate approaches to the dinner.
We go dutch until we have a corporate sponsor!
Whatever you want, but generally smart casual – Xmas jumpers if you want!
Paul Fowle (ex investment banker), Richard Vernon (Technical advisor) John Kessels (editor: Cornerstone journal) & myself (circular economy advisor) came together through mutual friends and similar views
We hope that you will be able to attend!
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Brighton & Hove "Eco Dinner" & "Circular Economy Club (CEC)" Dinner - Circular Bubbles & Burgers 1st November 2017
We were hosted by Grow40, Kensington Gardens, in the heart of Brighton’s North Laine, in their cosy, relaxed Members’ snug in their bistro and wine bar where they cook with home-grown food and a great gin selection. Thirteen attended, including designers, engineers, priests with a few environmentalists thrown in!
Over an aperitif of either champagne, cocktails or a virgin cocktail, we networked in the comfy sofas and chairs of the upstairs members’ area. It was a pleasure to meet a diverse range of people and get to know some new faces.
As host for the night, I introduced the Eco-Dinner Club and in Peter Desmond's absence (the CEC Brighton & Hove organiser), I introduced the Circular Economy Club (CEC). This was easier for me as I am also London Local Organiser for CEC. The two Brighton & Hove clubs have agreed that in the spirit of partnership, we will coordinate our events to avoid clashes and ensure that we have complementary activities.
We began with roundtable introductions (who you are, what you do and why food and circular economy is important or of interest to you). Many attendees focused on food waste and the role of retailers in reducing food in stores and at home. We were lucky enough to have Steve Creed, from WRAP, there and he gave a great insight to the work that the whole supply-chain has been doing to reduce waste on the food to fork journey. The challenge is to continue to tackle the enormous amount of food waste generated in our homes; so lets promote not buy more than we need, reduce our avoidable waste and reuse our food wherever we can...then put in a composter or food waste bin.
It was while doing the round table that the burgers of organic beef, fish or polenta were presented with panache and tasted as good as they looked. We continued our discussions until the desserts arrived and were impressed by the colours and taste! All this while supping on light and fruity white and red wines, organic of course.
We agreed that circular bubbles and burgers worked and that we would have the "Dinner" every first Wednesday of the month... (except December when we will meet on Tuesday 5th).
Our outings for next year will be to the Brighton Wind Turbines, urban forages and other events that lead to actual Change, rather than just talking about change.
We look forward to seeing you at one of our next events.
David Greenfield - Co-founder of the Brighton & Hove Eco-Dinner Club @BHEcoDinner