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Making 2020 Zero Waste Work – Achieving a low carbon resource efficient future

July 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Following on from my previous blog post regarding the 2020 Zero Waste Initiative, (please see website link 1 below), an update was given at Coventry’s Friends of the Earth meeting yesterday.

The ‘Making 2020 Zero Waste Work- Achieving a low carbon resource efficient future’ conference will be held on Friday 9 September 2011 at St. Mary’s Guildhall in Coventry.

Starting from 9.00am, there will be a number of speakers and workshops on waste review and best practice examples.

For full details of the programme, please visit the website for more information (please see website link 2 below).


Previous blog regarding the 2020 Zero Waste Initiative
2. Programme Information

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Date created: 22 July 2011 10.40am

Waste statistics – recycle plastic and food waste

May 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Three volunteers from Coventry Friends of the Earth surveyed 100 people to ask for their thoughts on recycling and packaging.

I was told the feedback results from all 100 people showed 90% want to be able to recycle more types of plastic and 84% want kerbside collections of food waste.

Danny, of Coventry Friends of the Earth, said: “If the government helped councils to improve services and worked with businesses to make products longer lasting and easier to recycle, we could send much less rubbish to the incinerator. Recycling waste is not only more environmentally friendly, it’s also more cost-effective”.

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Date created: 25 May 2011 7.50pm

Green printing option – Vegetable-based inks reduces the impact on the environment

April 18, 2011 1 comment

Vegetable inks are another option to consider when you’re looking to print in a green way.

There are a number of environmental benefits!  In comparison to the mineral/petroleum inks, vegetable-based inks are derived from renewal resources, made from sources such as linseed oils and also have less impact when recycled.   There are less toxins from the metals, such as cadmium which is in mineral-based inks.  Lower volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions are emitted during printing, which are carbon-containing gases.

There is also less damage to the health and a reduced impact on the environment from using vegetable-based inks.

There are a number of printers/suppliers who offer the option to print using low VOC products and vegetable-based inks.

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Date created: 18 April 2011 5.40pm 

Green ICT Standards

February 4, 2011 Leave a comment

In December 2009, I was informed by one of my contacts at the British Standards Institution (BSI), of a number of Green ICT Standards/Publications. During this time, there were developments being made in new work around Data Centre Design. Since then, there has been some progress made.

The information below was sent in the Giving Time and Solutions December 2010 Newsletter.

“ISO/IEC JTC1 is the Joint Technical Committee 1 of the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).  It deals with all matters of ICT and its official mandate is to develop, maintain, promote and facilitate ICT standards required by the Global Markets meeting business and user requirements.

ISO/IEC’s JTC1 set up a special group on Green ICT (SGGICT) in Oct 2009. SGGICT, like all the ISO/IEC special groups, intentionally began this journey by surveying the current activities of ‘standards developing organisations’ (SDOs), which include the British Standards Institution (BSI) and its national equivalents in other countries – plus other organisations and consortia.  The SGGICT wished to ensure it was reaching out to other parties active in this space to avoid duplication.

In fast-emerging topics like Green ICT, ISO/IEC welcomes best practice initiatives from other sources and the formal standards-making process is a transparent one.  Work continues across a range of topics which are all aimed at addressing ICT’s operational energy efficiency.

There are four factors that underpin the concept of Green ICT:
1. reducing the use of hazardous materials
2. recycling and reusing ICT products
3. maximizing energy efficiency
4. utilizing ICT products and technologies into other sectors for environmental improvement

SGGICT has decided, in turn, to further adopt the two definitions of ‘Green ICT’, namely ‘Green of ICT’ and ‘Green by ICT’. ‘Green of ICT’ means environmental improvement of ICT products and technologies (which covers the first 3 listed factors), whereas the last  listed factor is handled by the other subsidiary terminology of ‘Green by ICT’ which means environmental improvement of other sectors by using ICT products and technologies.

At the last meeting of SGGICT, held in November 2010 in Belfast, the Group identified some ‘use cases’ – examples being ‘smart grid’, ‘telemedicine’ and ‘virtual meetings’. Future topics identified for possible standardization include the areas of ‘home network devices’ and ‘life cycle assessment methodology”.

Giving Time and Solutions Ltd are an authorised affiliate of BSI (not owned or operated by BSI).   For more information, please see website link 1 below.


1. Giving Time and Solutions Ltd.

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Date created: 4 February 2011 12pm

Categories: Green IT

The 2020 Zero Waste Initiative

January 7, 2011 1 comment

At the last Coventry Friends of the Earth meeting, which was held in November 2010, an update on the 2020 Zero Waste Initiative was given.

“The 2020 Zero Waste Initiative began in October 1999 at a public meeting organised by CRACIN (Coalition for Recycling and Against Coventry Incinerator) to discuss greener low carbon alternatives to the proposed giant waste incinerator. Coventry’s Director of City Development, John McGuigan, set the meeting the challenge of finding a long-term solution in waste which would be both economically and environmentally viable.

Over the last year, the ‘2020 Zero Waste Initiative’ has begun to take shape.  It has drawn people together from the main areas involved or interested in developing ‘waste’ as a resource.  Over a hundred people have attended meetings and have come from public bodies such as WRAP and DEFRA, local business and commerce, environment and recycling groups, Garden Organic, councillors and officers, community groups, professional bodies and from our two universities.

There have been three meetings over the last year. The first two were addressed by the leading speakers on Zero Waste, both international and national, Professor Paul Connett and Peter Jones OBE respectively.  The third meeting was organised by the ‘Building Research and Innovative Networks’ (BRAIN) Dept at Coventry University.

There could now be scope for Coventry to become an exemplar in Zero Waste at a National level.  The Government Waste Review has as its central aim; to put a ‘zero waste economy’ at the centre of sustainability, ‘for environmental protection’, economic renewal and addressing climate change as well as for wider social involvement, localism and the ‘big society’. Our submission to this Review has resulted in an invitation to discuss the project further with Defra.”

I will be providing further updates when there are more developments on the 2020 Zero Waste Initiative.

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Date created: 7 January 2011 12.30pm

Reducing carbon dioxide emissions and saving costs through IT Power Management

November 13, 2010 1 comment

Large organisations can make HUGE savings in reducing the IT energy wasted.

Ideally, all organisations should have policies in place which state a PC should be turned off or put into a low power mode when not in use. Practically, this does not always happen though. This can be addressed through effective communication and marketing though.

As mentioned in earlier blog posts, IT is an enabler to other organisations in reducing costs, reducing energy usage and reducing carbon emissions.

Electricity prices are rising and organisations are generally looking for cost saving measures. It is therefore best to apply PC power management settings.

However, it seems (as I’ve been told many times!), setting an individual’s own PC’s power management to sleep/standby (depending on the machines operating system) or hibernate mode appears to confuse some users and is not as user friendly.

There are a number of software products that can:-

  • automatically power down PCs
  • close down applications
  • encourage user engagement
  • measure energy consumption
  • provide reporting
  • save open documents

Some provide more accurate measurement and auditable reporting, as is required for the UK’s Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme.

There are a number of companies globally who have saved costs and reduced their energy usage and carbon footprint through IT power management tools.

Bearing in mind, it’s not just overnight when PCs and monitors should be turned off or put into lower power mode – lunch breaks, time spent in meetings or away from the desk collectively in an organisation can be quite considerable!

There is often a need for some PCs to be left on though, to support particular critical business processes.

    • Are maintenance and upgrades provided free?
    • Can PCs be switched on automatically as well?
    • Does it run on client/server or is it web-based?
    • How would you know which PC Power Management product fits the needs of your business and is the most cost effective?
    • Is it pricing per device?
    • What are the features?
    • What are the set up costs?

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Date created: 13 November 2010 4.00pm

Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme – changes since the Spending Review

October 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Following on from the Spending Review last week, the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme have had some changes.

1. The first allowance sales will be in 2012, not 2011.

2. The revenues from the allowance sales will no longer be recycled to the participants. Instead this will be given to support the public finances.

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Date created: 28 October 2010 12.00pm