© Earthly Gains Ltd 2017

News

Electric Vehicles are on the

move

Earthly Gains Ltd is proud to be working for Oxford City council and with Green TV on a major event to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles. The Oxford EV Summit features some of the leading players in electric vehicle development. Over two days it will allow participants to learn from the leaders and engage to identify opportunities to help overcome barriers to the uptake of electric vehicles.

Enter the Sustainable City

Awards

If your business has achieved something on sustainability, you can enter the Sustainable City Awards. It is open to any organisation across the UK. Our Director, Martin Gibson, helps to judge the Sir Peter Parker Award, which recognises the leading application from a business.

Refreshing qualifications

Martin Gibson first joined the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment in 1993. Having rejoined a while ago, he was pleased to attain full membership in January 2018 and become a Chartered Environmentalist. This adds to his existing membership status in the Institute of Directors and the Royal Society of Biology. He is also a Chartered Biologist. 

Resource Efficiency with

Fit for the Future Network

In December, Martin Gibson ran a resource efficiency workshop for the Fit for the Future Network. The event was held at a seasonable snowy Blenheim Palace. In an interactive session, delegates were briefed on how to work from the top of the waste hierarchy to help manage resource and waste issues. Four groups worked on different issues to identify key actions.

Resource Availability 2017

The Veolia Foundation and Oxford Martin School held an excellent event on November 2nd and 3rd looking at the availability of materials. There was an emphasis on materials that are mined that are needed in technologies that will help us move to a low carbon economy. The consensus seemed to be that such materials would not limit the move to low carbon technologies but that they will need to be managed well. We look forward to seeing the next steps.

Helping Blenheim Palace

with resource efficiency

Martin Gibson led a workshop to help the green team at Blenheim Palace with their aspirational goals for improving sustainability. He reviewed the hierarchy for thinking about resource use and waste and the team then looked at actions to help reduce waste production and improve waste management. Martin was impressed by the enthusiasm and engagement of the team.

Commuting by bicycle

proves very good for

health

Cycling can replace polluting forms of transport. It has also been shown in the past to be good for health, even in polluted areas like London. A new study shows that cycling commuting is good a reducing cardiovascular disease, cancer and all cause mortality (i.e. you are less likely to die, despite the risk of accidents). (7 Sep 2017)

Where next for Climate

Change action?

Although president Trump is taking the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement, it has been interesting to see the response from other players in the US. Many big corporations and states say it won’t stop them committing to action. One of the presidents reasons for extracting the US from the deal was because he saw it as economically unfair. This means that less US money will go to poor developing nations to help them combat the causes ans effects of rising global temperatures. Michael Bloomberg is pledging to donate $15 million to the UN to help make up the shortfall from the US.  

Packaging is in the news

The PM programme on Radio 4 ran a week of reports on packaging from January 11th. It led to considerable feedback from consumers. The bottom line was that there is a lot of concern over excessive product packaging. While some companies are reaping the benefits of better design, many seem to be in denial and want to blame consumers or poor recycling facilities.

Consultation on standard

for circular economy

BSi have launched a consultation on the proposed new standard: BS 8001. Called the ‘Framework for implementing the principles of the circular economy in organizations’.  The consultation closed on 15th January, so amendments are now awaited.

Martin Gibson speaks at

IMechE conference

Martin Gibson was the key note speaker at IMechE’s Pneumatic Conveying conference on 29th November. He talked about Implementation of the Eco-Design Directive and pointed out the benefits of good design.
© Martin Gibson, trading as Earthly Gains, 2017

News

Electric Vehicles are on the move

Earthly Gains Ltd is proud to be working for Oxford City council and with Green TV on a major event to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles. The Oxford EV Summit features some of the leading players in electric vehicle development. Over two days it will allow participants to learn from the leaders and engage to identify opportunities to help overcome barriers to the uptake of electric vehicles.

Enter the Sustainable City Awards

If your business has achieved something on sustainability, you can enter the Sustainable City Awards. It is open to any organisation across the UK. Our Director, Martin Gibson, helps to judge the Sir Peter Parker Award, which recognises the leading application from a business.

Refreshing qualifications

Martin Gibson first joined the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment in 1993. Having rejoined a while ago, he was pleased to attain full membership in January 2018 and become a Chartered Environmentalist. This adds to his existing membership status in the Institute of Directors and the Royal Society of Biology. He is also a Chartered Biologist. 

Resource Efficiency with Fit for the

Future Network

In December, Martin Gibson ran a resource efficiency workshop for the Fit for the Future Network. The event was held at a seasonable snowy Blenheim Palace. In an interactive session, delegates were briefed on how to work from the top of the waste hierarchy to help manage resource and waste issues. Four groups worked on different issues to identify key actions.

Resource Availability 2017

The Veolia Foundation and Oxford Martin School held an excellent event on November 2nd and 3rd looking at the availability of materials. There was an emphasis on materials that are mined that are needed in technologies that will help us move to a low carbon economy. The consensus seemed to be that such materials would not limit the move to low carbon technologies but that they will need to be managed well. We look forward to seeing the next steps.

Helping Blenheim Palace with

resource efficiency

Martin Gibson led a workshop to help the green team at Blenheim Palace with their aspirational goals for improving sustainability. He reviewed the hierarchy for thinking about resource use and waste and the team then looked at actions to help reduce waste production and improve waste management. Martin was impressed by the enthusiasm and engagement of the team.

Commuting by bicycle proves very

good for health

Cycling can replace polluting forms of transport. It has also been shown in the past to be good for health, even in polluted areas like London. A new study shows that cycling commuting is good a reducing cardiovascular disease, cancer and all cause mortality (i.e. you are less likely to die, despite the risk of accidents). (7 Sep 2017)

Where next for Climate Change

action?

Although president Trump is taking the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement, it has been interesting to see the response from other players in the US. Many big corporations and states say it won’t stop them committing to action. One of the presidents reasons for extracting the US from the deal was because he saw it as economically unfair. This means that less US money will go to poor developing nations to help them combat the causes ans effects of rising global temperatures. Michael Bloomberg is pledging to donate $15 million to the UN to help make up the shortfall from the US.  

Packaging is in the news

The PM programme on Radio 4 ran a week of reports on packaging from January 11th. It led to considerable feedback from consumers. The bottom line was that there is a lot of concern over excessive product packaging. While some companies are reaping the benefits of better design, many seem to be in denial and want to blame consumers or poor recycling facilities.

Consultation on standard for

circular economy

BSi have launched a consultation on the proposed new standard: BS 8001. Called the ‘Framework for implementing the principles of the circular economy in organizations’.  The consultation closed on 15th January, so amendments are now awaited.

Martin Gibson speaks at IMechE

conference

Martin Gibson was the key note speaker at IMechE’s Pneumatic Conveying conference on 29th November. He talked about Implementation of the Eco-Design Directive and pointed out the benefits of good design.