Top 5 technologies for 2014; will they be a hit or miss?

For many years the recycling and environmental sectors have lagged behind many other industries in their application of technology. Having now worked in IT for a quarter of a century I thought it was time to reflect on what the real benefits of technology are, and then predict how different technologies may be adopted in this sector over the coming year. ToTop Technology put it in simple terms, technology (when implemented correctly) brings one of two benefits; it either improves efficiency or it provides reliable and appropriate information upon which better decisions can be made. I have chosen five technologies that fall into one or both of these categories, and I would predict that at least four of them will be a hit during 2014. What do you think, hit or miss? Continue reading

Tesco Club Card can aid Smart Cities

Just read the Smart City article in the Resource Efficient Business magazine (www.rebnews.com) for October. It’s a good read. Sad bloke that I am, I was Other supermarkets have loyalty schemes as welllooking in my own bins wondering how much potentially recyclable material we as a family put into the general waste bin – quite shocking really, I will have a word with myself. Continue reading

Technology: the strong arm of the law?

It’s a long time since the metal trade made the news with such regularity. From the tap-rooms in local pubs all the way up to the Houses of Parliament, the discussion around metal theft has never been so vociferous. Metal theft has become a national issue and Jason Fazackerley discusses how technology is leading the fight to combat it.

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IT Carbon Footprint & the Cloud

Most organisations in the UK recycling sector are focused on carbon reduction. Some already measure carbon usage, though often in a simplistic way. Waste producers are demanding more and more that their recycling partners can compete on minimising carbon usage as well as minimising prices against their competition. Here I provide an insight into the much publicised ‘Cloud’ to see how it can help recycling companies meet their sustainability objectives. Continue reading

UK falls miles behind China in low-carbon energy race?

When faced with the issue of climate change, many of us try to do our bit. But we are all fairly certain that anything we can do as an individual pales into insignificance when compared to the efforts that an entire government can make. For many years, the biggest, baddest threat to climate change has been the rapidly developing industry of the new world and more specifically China.

Does it surprise you then that in fact (according to a table published by the US Pew Environment Group – http://tinyurl.com/4oqmagm) China leads the world in investment in low carbon energy technology. Even more disturbing is that is shows the UK has slipped out of the top 10 thanks to the swingeing government austerity cuts.

Mind you, with the massive disparity in population between our nations, maybe this doesn’t represent such a great achievement for the Chinese and maybe it also highlights that there is still very much more they can do. However, it also shows quite starkly that the UK is dodging its responsibilities.

Renewable, low carbon energy is absolutely vital to the long term survival of our current way of life. The uprisings in the Middle East and Africa show just how little control we actually have world matters, particularly when it comes to those all important oil-producing nations. No one likes to say, but the general belief is that we have reached the point we are finding less oil than we are using and that means it IS going to run out. Failing to invest in viable (ie. Non-nuclear) alternatives is essential and the UK is lagging behind.