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News round-up 20/3

EEB urges smart product design; GIB handbook revealed; Rogerson litter picking; Scottish doggy bags

EEB urges smart product design

The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) has released a new report outlining how smart product design can help to drive a circular economy.

The report, Delivering Resource Efficient Products, claims that setting requirements on resource use would provide benefits to both businesses and consumers and reduce resource consumption within the EU.

Carsten Wachholz, policy officer with the EEB, said that this will lay the groundwork for the Bureau’s recommendations on product design as part of their circular economy proposals to the EU.

European Environmental Bureau

GIB handbook revealed

The Green Investment Bank has published a handbook outlining the methods used to assess the effectiveness of its green investments.

The Green Investment Handbook includes a series of guidelines, checklists and templates that clarify the bank’s strategic approaches.

Gavin Templeton, Head of Sustainable Finance, UK Green Investment Bank, said: “This is our manual, setting out and explaining the practical tools we use day-in, day-out. I hope it will make a significant contribution to the wider movement to improve the standardisation of green impact assessment across the investment community.”

Green Investment Bank

From minister to litter picker

Resource minister Dan Rogerson has been picking up litter along the River Thames (see photo) ahead of Community Clear Up Day on 21 March.

A joint initiative between Keep Britain Tidy, Defra and the Department for Communities and Local Government, Community Clear Up Day aims to encourage residents and consumers to keep their local environment’s litter free.

Rogerson said: “While we have made great progress in recent years, we still need to get to a place where everyone takes responsibility for their own actions and their own rubbish – initiatives such as this help us achieve that by bringing individuals and communities together to take pride in their areas.”

Press release

Scottish doggy bags reduces food waste

A new scheme from Zero Waste Scotland offering doggy bags to restaurant customers has been extended across Scotland following dramatic reductions in food waste.

The Good to Go trial found a 42% reduction in food waste over the 16 restaurants that took part.

It was found that 92% of consumers ate the meals that they took home with them.

Eateries across the country are now being urged to sign up for the scheme.

Zero Waste Scotland

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