The Change Points Toolkit is online

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The Change Points Toolkit in online now. It supports users in developing interventions that unlock unsustainable practices so that alternative, less intensive patterns of consumption can emerge. It is not like any existing behaviour change toolkit. Rather than focusing on the individual – ‘the customer’, ‘the user’, ‘the consumer’ – this toolkit aids users to explore possibilities for ambitious, innovative forms of intervention that engage in the social and material fabric of everyday life.

The water–energy–food nexus at home: New opportunities for policy interventions in household sustainability

Online open access at: https://doi.org/10.1111/geoj.12257 

A new output from the nexus project work, lead authored by Mike Foden with the rest of the project team, published in The Geographical Journal. This paper contributes to the nascent transdisciplinary research agenda of translating home practices research into wider conceptualisations of “intervention”, with a specific orientation towards academic and non-academic stakeholders who are interested in influencing systems of sustainable consumption and production within, and across, the WEF sectors.

Foden M, Browne AL, Evans DM, Sharp L, Watson M. The water–energy–food nexus at
home: New opportunities for policy interventions in household sustainability. Geogr J. 2018;00:1–13. https://doi.org/10.1111/geoj.12257

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New report: Energy use, flexibility and domestic food practices: implications for policy and intervention.

pdf-iconEnergy and kitchen practices report

DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.16398.46405

This report introduces a new approach to understanding the role of everyday household practices in domestic resource consumption and addressing the policy challenges this presents. To demonstrate this ‘change points’ approach we focus on one such topic: tackling energy use in the provision of food at home. Providing food in the home uses large quantities of energy, with 30-40% of the evening peak in electricity demand in the UK accounted for by food practices. In light of societal concerns over energy, reducing total energy use in domestic food provisioning, or shifting that energy use away from peak electricity demand, are worthwhile objectives. Continue reading “New report: Energy use, flexibility and domestic food practices: implications for policy and intervention.”

New report: Food waste, food safety and kitchen practices: implications for policy and intervention

pdf-iconFood waste and safety report – nexus at home

doi: 10.13140/RG.2.2.10747.62243

This report, produced in consultation with the Food Standards Agency, is one of four reports introducing a new approach to understanding the role of everyday household practices in domestic resource consumption and addressing the policy challenges this presents. To demonstrate this ‘change points’ approach this report focuses on one such topic: household food waste and its relationship to food safety concerns. Reducing food waste has been a major UK policy concern for a decade. It has an important role to play in meeting future food demand while minimising environmental impact. Households account for 70 per cent of post-farm-gate food waste; reducing household food waste is therefore a key challenge for food policy. Responses to this challenge can, however, sometimes sit in tension with food safety advice. This report synthesises evidence to help understand how householders negotiate these conflicting concerns on a daily basis and how food ends up being discarded in home kitchens. Continue reading “New report: Food waste, food safety and kitchen practices: implications for policy and intervention”

New Report: Food waste and kitchen practices: implications for policy and intervention

pdf-iconFood waste report – nexus at home

doi: 10.13140/RG.2.2.23212.56960

This report, developed for and in consultation with Defra, is one of four reports introducing a new approach to understanding the role of everyday household practices in domestic resource consumption and addressing the policy challenges this presents. To demonstrate this ‘change points’ approach this report focuses on one such topic: household food waste. Reducing food waste has been a major UK policy concern for a decade. It has an important role to play in meeting future food demand while minimising environmental impact. Households account for 70 per cent of post-farm-gate food waste; reducing household food waste is therefore a key challenge for food policy. This report synthesises evidence to help understand how food ends up being discarded in home kitchens. Continue reading “New Report: Food waste and kitchen practices: implications for policy and intervention”

New Report: Fats, oils, grease and kitchen practices implications for policy and intervention

pdf-iconFOG report and kitchen practices – nexus at home

doi: 10.13140/RG.2.2.13146.24005

This report, developed for and in consultation with Waterwise, is one of four reports introducing a new approach to understanding the role of everyday household practices in domestic resource consumption and addressing the policy challenges this presents. To demonstrate this ‘change points’ approach this report focuses on one such topic: household disposal of fats, oils and grease (FOG). The problem of FOG in UK sewers has attracted increased attention in recent years. Industry responses focus on removing sewer blockages and reducing the FOG that enters sewers from commercial sources. However, around three quarters of sewer FOG comes from domestic sources, making household disposal a key priority for change. Continue reading “New Report: Fats, oils, grease and kitchen practices implications for policy and intervention”

Talking FOGs with Pennine Water Group

PWG_Logo_NBEarly in the project we worked with our partner organisations to identify four specific issues, through which we can explore the new light that nexus thinking, together with a focus on everyday kitchen practices, can shed on ongoing policy challenges. One such issue, identified in collaboration with Waterwise, is the widespread disposal of fats, oils and grease (FOG) via kitchen sinks, leading to severe blockages in drains and sewers.
On 16th March two of the project team, Liz Sharp and Mike Foden, presented initial findings from our work on FOG to some of the water engineers in the University of Sheffield’s Pennine Water Group, as part of their regular seminar series. Our aim was to test out our ideas and get some feedback from a more technically minded audience.

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