The Government has recently announced the turnover threshold for companies under the Modern Slavery Act. The threshold has been set at £36m - that was the lowest suggested amount in the consultation document.... read more
I remember watching a BBC Panorama programme on the abuse of human rights by Apple in the manufacturing of their products earlier this year. As I have grown accustomed to doing, I tweeted and posted about it on social media to highlight the atrocities.... read more
If you don't have any plans, Sunday 27th September might be a good day to visit Paris. Earmarked as La Journee sans voiture - literally, 'the day without cars' - city officials will will be closing off a large portion of its downtown area to cars between 11am and 6pm in a bid to reduce local air pollution in the City of Love.... read more
There is always a competitive edge to sustainability ratings and rankings and the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) is no different. However in the race to earn the highest scores and become an industry leader it is easy to lose track of the real value and purpose of the index. ... read more
Be honest, how do you feel about the imminent publication of ISO14001:2015? Does it make you reach for the panic button, groan at the prospect of non-value-adding paperwork, or relish a real and significant opportunity to help you in running your business?
If you answered either panic or paperwork, then I have some good news: For many, the new version will actually be a blessing in disguise, improving business efficiency and management control. You might even get to enjoy a few free biscuits‚¬¦
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Zero Waste is a developing philosophy that encourages the reuse or redesign of all products and waste. With ideals of absolutely minimal rubbish sent to landfill, the process is inspired by the way natural resources are reused in the environment. Chadwicks Recycling MD Sean Chadwick discusses...... read more
The new Conservative-led UK Government has been in power since 7 May, and in the subsequent three months it has managed to wind back the clock 10 years in the world of renewables and the agenda to build low and zero-carbon housing in any volume.... read more
A regulation on conflict minerals has been on the EU agenda for some time. In June 2013, a public consultation on a possible initiative on responsible sourcing of minerals originating from conflict-affected and high-risk areas came to a close.... read more
Whole Government reports have been devoted to the subject of innovation in the UK water industry. The general gist is that, despite all of the money and effort that has gone into upgrading the UK's water infrastructure since the industry was privatised 25 years ago, much more needs to be done to encourage the uptake of new technologies that could help to improve overall operational efficiency.... read more
In late June/early July, Solar Impulse 2 set the world records for the longest and farthest flights in a solar-powered craft when it flew over 3,500 miles in approximately 80 hours - the longest non-stop solo flight without refueling in history.... read more
It has been established that liquid petrolium gas (LPG) does not contribute to global warming in any capacity. This characteristic of being environmentally-friendly sets it apart from other carbon base fuels.... read more
The world has changed. We used to "clock on" at 9am and "clock off" at 5pm - now we work longer hours and our buildings are open for even longer. But have you considered the effect this has on energy use and carbon emissions?... read more
Claudine Blamey, chair of the ICRS and head of sustainability and stewardship at the Crown Estate asks what skills CRS (corporate responsibility and sustainability) professionals need to keep pace with the changes in sustainability reporting. ... read more
In this new and exclusive edie blog, Asia Pulp & Paper's managing director of sustainability Aida Greenbury explains the importance of collaboration to address the ever-important issues of land conflict and deforestation.... read more
We know that humanity is going to grow to about nine billion people by 2050 and about 70% of them will be living in cities. If we want all of those people to live safely, healthily and comfortably, we're going to have to do things differently. We're going to have to innovate...... read more
The debate on how best to tackle the issues of climate change often regurgitates familiar concepts of resilience building, risk management and opportunities to improve efficiency across industry. It has been suggested however that we should bypass these ideas and instead innovate our way out of trouble. Here in the UK, we are certainly not short on blue-sky thinkers, with small-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) constituting the majority of the environmental technology sector. However, as technologies become more advanced, it raises the question of whether the current regulatory environment can keep up with this increasingly innovative and fast-moving market, and if not, what alternatives can SMEs turn to.... read more
Anyone who has been to climate change or sustainability conferences during the last decade will have heard the words 'you can't manage what you don't measure' so often that they now develop a rash whenever they are uttered. ... read more
Hugh Jones, managing director of Carbon Trust Advisory, looks at the compelling business case of energy efficiency and how businesses can take advantage of the UK Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) to improve business performance.... read more
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.... read more
With the election campaign in full swing it is safe to assume that there will be little escaping televised political debates, carefully choreographed interviews and other full throttle electioneering over the coming weeks.... read more
It doesn't take a genius to understand the advantages of getting the best raw materials at the best prices. One way to do that, and an increasingly important part of our procurement strategy, is to take advantage of industrial biotechnology.... read more
We live in a world where consumers are increasingly concerned about the impact of the products that they use, resources are growing scarcer and where regulators are increasing the requirements for products to be more environmentally friendly.... read more
In Groundsure's first blog post, the organisation's managing director Dan Montagnani explains the risks associated with the redevelopment of contaminated land, and how the regulatory framework has changed accordingly.... read more
Being National Storytelling Week, it got me thinking about my eighteen year old nephew, Jack, and about his generation of teenagers. By 2050, many of them will be in their fifties. They may have children, or even grandchildren by that age. I think about how they will describe their younger years. ... read more
Asset International, the UKs leading manufacturer of Weholite large diameter plastic pipes, has just unveiled its new promotional video, 'Flow... the noble art of manufacturing', which gives viewers a glimpse into life at the company's impressive production facilities in South Wales....
Air Products (NYSE: APD) is pleased to announce that two of its projects have successfully been awarded funding from the Hydrogen Refuelling Stations (HRS) Infrastructure Grants Scheme, run by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).
The Government has recently announced the turnover threshold for companies under the Modern Slavery Act. The threshold has been set at £36m - that was the lowest suggested amount in the consultation document....
I remember watching a BBC Panorama programme on the abuse of human rights by Apple in the manufacturing of their products earlier this year. As I have grown accustomed to doing, I tweeted and posted about it on social media to highlight the atrocities....
18/11/2015 to 25/11/2015Innovation Birmingham Campus, Holt Street, Birmingham Science Park Aston, BirmiThe Innovator Catalyst is an eight-day intensive residential workshop, which is aimed at overcoming market, technical, social, and other challenges that building professionals face when constructi...