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Brexit will force a renewed focus on Resource Efficiency

Enormous pressure on capital expenditure and project budgets in the wake of the Brexit vote will force organisations to focus on resource efficiency and the economic and environmental sense of adopting circular economy programmes. This new impetus derives from a compelling need to conserve cash as well as resources.   Middle managers who have rarely had to consider the detail of the waste management and procurement decisions they make will be forced to think again:  how we can get more from…

Posted on 11 July 2016

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At last Europe awakes to the value of waste

Yesterday’s announcement by the European Commission of what it calls an ambitious new circular economy package was something of a eureka moment.   In future all of us are going to have to pay attention to how we use and consume resources.  We are going to have to get used to thinking a lot harder about the materials that adorn our personal and commercial worlds.  There will soon be legislation to force us to do it, but at Flute we have…

Posted on 4 December 2015

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New lease of life for the student accommodation business

In the race to build more and more purpose built student accommodation blocks, one important thing has been overlooked by developers:  what students actually want. The latest crop of brand-heavy student dwellings feature bedrooms straight from ‘Ibis Hotel world’ – bland, minimalist pre-fab boxes.  Cheap and quick to build, you can see why developers like them so much.  But students may beg to differ, particularly when they are paying upwards of £300 a week for the privilege of living in…

Posted on 24 November 2015

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The right solutions will always be found - eventually

We are proud to become one of the very first suppliers to the new Dyson School of Design Engineering at Imperial College London – the first new engineering department at the university for 20 years. For a company like ours, aspiring to be a leader in sustainable design innovation, there can be few greater accolades: we are working with our heroes. Most people are familiar with Dyson’s fantastic achievements since finally cracking the problem of how to make vacuum cleaners…

Posted on 8 June 2015

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Subtle, constant change can save the NHS

Begone with centralisation, enterprise-wide solutions, and top-down management. The future of the NHS can best be safeguarded by allowing local trust staff to work out for themselves what works best – and then pass the ideas on gently to other trusts. This approach was the unanimous view of the workgroup I was lucky enough to be part of at a recent NHS sustainability day held in Leeds. Heads of sustainability, communications, energy, environment, and estates gather every month in different…

Posted on 22 October 2014

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