The view from WRAP

  • Minimising food waste and food loss - a cause worth championing

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin Posted: 22 Jan 2016
    There is one issue that contributes to 8% of the world’s global greenhouse gas emissions. If it were a country, it would be the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gases, only behind the USA and China. This same issue, also costs the world $940 billion annually –almost a trillion.   I am talking about food waste, and food loss. A third of all food is either being lost from farm...
  • WRAP’s response to the European Commission’s Circular Economy package

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin Posted: 4 Dec 2015
    This was the week that the European Commission unveiled the long awaited Circular Economy Package. In the Commission’s own words, the package is an opportunity to “stimulate Europe's transition towards a circular economy which will boost global competitiveness, foster sustainable economic growth and generate new jobs.”I can’t argue with that sentiment, our own work shows the huge potential for...
  • Why Generation Y Should Fight Food Waste

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin Posted: 16 Nov 2015
    Dr Liz Goodwin writes for the Huffington Post on the importance of eliminating food waste, for World Food Day 2015. Why should young people care about food waste? Because they will be one of the first generations to really feel the effects of the world's rapidly growing population, such as increased food demand, food shortages and higher prices. And what can they do about it? Be the...
  • Try Trading In… Good For You, Good For Us

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin Posted: 16 Nov 2015
    Dr Liz Goodwin writes for CIWM Journal on the benefits of more circular business models and trading in.  Can you imagine buying a brand new car and driving it for just a few years? Probably. But then can you imagine, once you want to change it, scrapping the car, regardless of whether it’s in working condition or not, just because you no longer want it? It’s an idea that sounds...
  • From Brussels to Birmingham

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP Posted: 15 Sep 2015
    Having just returned from a resource efficiency debate in Brussels, I’m now looking forward to this year’s RWM. Two occasions, with one shared goal – to advocate the benefits of the circular economy.I was invited to Brussels to take part in a debate on resource efficiency in the circular economy and the challenges for European SMEs. The event focused on adoption of the circular economy, what...
  • China, consumption and the challenges ahead

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP Posted: 25 Aug 2015
    Much has been said this week about the economic downturn in China, ‘Black Monday’, and if the country sneezes does the rest of the world catch a cold.How important the developments are on the rest of the world, and here in the UK are highly debated, but I was particularly struck by one report on how consumption plays into the discussion.A professor on the Today programme this morning spoke of how...
  • Why voluntary agreements work

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP Posted: 29 Jun 2015
    Last week in a speech at the Resourcing the Future conference, I advocated that the new EU circular economy package should contain voluntary agreements as a vehicle for galvanising action.It was clear from the conference that some contest the value of voluntary agreements in bringing about action, with a number favouring legislation as the means for change.As I said on the day, I am not anti-...
  • A new driving force for recycling

    By: Marcus Gover Posted: 26 Jun 2015
    As Recycle Week draws to an end, it’s an opportunity to reflect on where we are as a nation when it comes to recycling and of course increasing recycling rates. After an inspiring key note speech by Defra Minister for Resource Management Rory Stewart at this week’s CIWM conference, highlighting his ambitions to see the UK essentially being a benchmark for other countries to aspire to, I feel an...
  • Time for a revolution

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP Posted: 22 Jun 2015
    I just want to start by saying how grateful I am for the positive comments I have received in regards to my OBE for services to business resource efficiency and the environment.The award is recognition for all staff at WRAP, past and present, who have worked tirelessly in their pursuit to bring about the actions that will make the world a better place.But recognition too for those who have...
  • Dr Liz Goodwin receives OBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours

    By: Liz Goodwin Posted: 13 Jun 2015
    Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP:“I’m honoured to receive this award which I see very much as recognition for all the staff at WRAP, who have worked tirelessly to make the world a better place.We have a collective responsibility to review how we value and use our precious resources to meet today’s needs and those of future generations.That’s where mine and WRAP’s efforts will be focussed as we head into...
  • Creating an environment for growth

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP Posted: 8 Jun 2015
    Dr Liz Goodwin writes for Edie about WRAP's future direction.Only by being on another planet could you have avoided hearing about the economy in the last few weeks, and for good reason. Just as creating growth and jobs was a central theme during the General Election campaign, so too it is likely to be for the next five years and beyond.We all want job creation, and a prosperous future, and I...
  • How to bust the biggest myths about the circular economy

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP Posted: 12 May 2015
    Dr Liz Goodwin writes for Guardian Sustainable Business dispelling the misconceptions of the circular economy. When China began to emerge as one of the major global economies, the dominance of English as a global business language was challenged by Mandarin. Would this lead to barriers? Apparently not. The reality is, it doesn’t matter what language you speak, as long as it’s the universal...
  • A little less conversation a little more action please

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP Posted: 2 Mar 2015
    The stage is set once again this week to tackle economic and environmental issues that will affect our futures.The highly anticipated Resource event at the ExCeL is billed to ‘realise the opportunities of a circular economy’, and we have to ensure we do just that. Because opportunity knocks, and failure to answer the call will result in a door slammed shut on the hopes and aspirations of future...
  • The circular economy – it works for Wales

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP Posted: 24 Feb 2015
    They say actions speak louder than words and this has been illustrated in Wales this week. William Scott, from Bridgend, is a case in point - he has seen the benefits first hand.  His recycling collections business, Scott Waste Management, has recently been able to purchase three new vehicles amongst other items to improve his business. Consequently, revenue is now up 100%, and what’s more,...
  • Preventing history from repeating itself - lessons from Easter Island

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP Posted: 6 Feb 2015
    Dr Liz Goodwin writes for Guardian Sustainable Business on why we need a circular economyWe hear a lot about how we are running out of resources, but for many people it is hard to visualise. Sometimes I’m asked: “Could it really happen?” The simple answer is yes, it could. And a lot sooner than we might think if change isn’t initiated soon. In fact, we have examples of where it has already...
  • Business leaders will be empowered if they drive sustainability into their business

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP Posted: 3 Feb 2015
    Are business leaders ready to drive the sustainability movement into their businesses? Dr Liz Goodwin writes for EdieI am often asked the question - are business leaders ready to drive the sustainability movement into their businesses? This also reflects some of our experiences at WRAP - many leaders do seem reluctant to confront the challenges associated with driving sustainability, such as...
  • Best of British

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP Posted: 29 Jan 2015
    When it comes to food, buying British has once again become the mark of quality, and it’s great to see. Exports of British food are on the rise, and we are even selling tea to China, and cheese to France as Defra Secretary of State, Elizabeth Truss recently said in her interview with The Times. Incredible.Making sure we keep these fine goods from being wasted is still a challenge, but again this...
  • Reflecting on the EU Commission’s decision on the circular economy package

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP Posted: 16 Dec 2014
    The European Commission made clear this week that it wants to focus its efforts on ‘big things like jobs and growth’, as reported on Letsrecycle.com. All very sensible it would seem and the perfect platform for circular economy to help shape this agenda.Which is why I am surprised and disappointed that the European Commission has dropped the circular economy package proposed by its predecessor...
  • Why charitable status is important

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP Posted: 8 Dec 2014
    WRAP has experienced some landmark moments over the years, but it’s hard to think of many more significant than confirmation that we are to become a registered charity.Ever since the charity idea was first mooted as part of the long term strategy, I have been clear in how important a step I believe it could be for WRAP, and our work.For me, its importance can be set out in a few steps.Firstly, in...
  • Delivering a Resource Efficient Wales

    By: Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO, WRAP Posted: 31 Oct 2014
    Yesterday’s buzz in the WRAP Cymru office is on my mind today, for very good reason. Hot on the heels of recent success from the conference, WRAP Cymru is now working on a new partnership with Carbon Trust. We have won two contracts together from the Welsh Government worth over £1 million - to deliver resource efficiency support to Welsh businesses and public sector.  This all falls under...