Please join me for a conversation on International Women’s Day
I will be talking with Rosamund Addo-Kissi-Debrah, Co-founder of the Ella Roberta Foundation, Dr Maria Neira, W.H.O Director of Environment, Climate Change and Heath, clean air advocate Penny Hosie and host Andrea Carey Fuller
Thank you for your response to my previous letter regarding incineration and climate change. I am writing to you ahead of the publication of the CCC 6th Carbon Budget advice to government to draw your attention to serious failures in your previous analysis of this issue.
Continue reading “Burning waste: Letter to Climate Change Committee”
If all the incinerators in our planning process are built in the next few years we will double our capacity to burn waste and double greenhouse gas emissions. So if government aims to reduce the waste we produce, do we have less recycling or import more waste?
Continue reading “Incineration vs reuse and recycling”
My Clean Air (as a human right) Bill has been submitted to the Lords today and will hopefully reach a 2nd reading in a few months. It is one of five separate Bills being put forward by MPs and local authorities to promote the idea of a Clean Air Act. Continue reading “Clean Air Bill goes to Lords”
I find it infuriating that Labour and Lib Dem councils are still approving waste from energy incinerators while their national parties declare a Climate Emergency. Labour have passed a motion at their conference aiming for zero carbon by 2030, but contracts between local authorities and incineration companies will last well beyond this timescale.
waste incinerators officially accounted for 10.5 million tonnes of greenhouse
gases and that total is going up rapidly as we burn more waste. The real
total is double that according to analysis done by the ‘No
Incinerator UK’ campaign, who point out that the amount of plastic being
burnt has gone up rapidly since 2011 when the government last calculated the
mix of waste that was being put into incinerators.
A quick glance at oil company profits from recent years shows
that plastic production has become crucial to their profitability with plastics
accounting for half of global oil consumption
growth to 2040. Oil, in the form of plastic, is the ideal fuel for incinerators
and enables them to reach the temperatures where everything else burns nicely.
We want to stop cars using petrol in the next ten years, so why are we happy
for incinerators to use it?
Boris Johnson has written an article in The Times describing the Environment Bill which will be in the Queen’s Speech on Monday. As a quick measure of how green this Environment Bill really is, here are five policies that it must include: Continue reading “Green tests for the Environment Bill”
Over two years ago, I predicted that we would now be reaching the point where we burnt more household waste than we recycled and the 2018/19 figures from DEFRA, due to be published this December, will confirm that I was right. I have been warning that this would happen since my time as a London Assembly member, when it became clear that several London boroughs were tied into incineration contracts that inevitably led to them recycling far less than neighbouring boroughs. Continue reading “Burning more than we recycle”
Today Jenny wrote to Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions (CAGNE), the volunteers behind the ‘Pledge to Fly Less’ environmental campaign to say:
Jenny supports you; she thinks it is vital to put the brakes on airport expansion to save the planet
Continue reading “Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions”
The Times has taken up the campaign for a new Clean Air Bill to ensure that everyone has the right to breathe unpolluted air. Hopefully that means my Clean Air (Human Rights) Bill is one step nearer being adopted by the government. Continue reading “Making Clean Air a legal right”