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According to Forum For the Future's David Bent, the rise in technology and new business models would create a competitive advantage for those that embrace change with open arms

Disruptive technology: The 'great hope' for widespread business model shake-ups

EXCLUSIVE: The unstoppable rise of "disruptive" technology such as cloud storage and the Internet of Things (IoT) will inevitably pave way for new and more sustainable business models, but entire industries will have to embrace this transitional period in different ways to accelerate the shift towards a circular and sharing-based economy.

Ford found that a single vehicle can produce more than 64 ounces of water each hour, which is enough to produce around four bottles of water

On-the-go H2O spearheads Ford's company-wide innovation drive at 'record pace'

Motor giant Ford's recent innovation push is being driven by employees across all areas of the business at "record pace", with a prototype that turns condensation from air conditioners into drinking water just one of the 3,500 innovations submitted this year.

Ford’s newly established City Solutions team will aim to expand these services worldwide as part of the Ford Smart Mobility initiative

Ford launches new shuttle and bike-sharing services as part of City Solutions initiative

Motor company Ford has created a new City Solutions team, which will seek to solve congestion issues in the world's busiest cities, starting in San Francisco where the acquisition of a crowd-sourced shuttle service will streamline transportation in the area.

Listen to exclusive interviews with Doddle's chief customer officer and the new chief executive of the Sustainable Restaurant Assocation

The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 09 - Doddle deliveries and zero-waste restaurants

What happens when the sharing economy meets parcel delivery services? Have we reached a crucial tipping point in consumer awareness of key CSR issues? And what does the sustainable restaurant of the future look like?

The real heroes of the resource revolution are the people and businesses that are ready to address the real challenges and make real shifts

Coming of age: The heroes and villains of the circular economy

The circular economy is growing up; moving beyond simple radical resource efficiency, towards an authentic triple-bottom-line. As with any transition, not everything is great. Business model innovation is the battleground for success - and while there are heroes, there are also villains holding back the real transformation that is needed.

Able to reach 0-100km/h in less than five seconds, the near-silent BladeGlider uses advanced display systems to highlight current speed, battery charge and regeneration modes

Nissan unveils world's first bio-ethanol electric vehicle and zero-emission sports car

Low-emission vehicle specialist Nissan has unveiled the world's first fuel-cell powered vehicle that runs on bio-ethanol power, which also has an unprecedented cruising range of more than 600km, as well as a new sports car model.

The Pokemon Go app set a new Apple record for most downloads in one week, and has been downloaded more than 75 million times across iOS and Android, surpassing Twitter and Tinder

Pokemon Go: Green business opportunity or environmental headache?

As people of all ages roam the streets in search of Pokemon, has this new, interconnected age of smartphone capabilities provided a green business opportunity for a fully fledged sharing economy, or will the increased energy demand spoil the environmental potential?

Amazon Flex isn’t viewed by Nimber as “threat”, but rather as an example of how more companies can turn to crowd logistics to usher in new forms of the sharing economy

Inside the access economy: Amazon and Nimber forge different paths to optimise logistics

EXCLUSIVE: As Amazon and Sainsbury's ramp up efforts to improve delivery times, the chief executive of 'social delivery' service Nimber has claimed that the next few years will be a defining era for crowd logistics and the sharing economy.

BT Group's head of sustainability Niall Dunne told delegates at the Business and Climate Summit that disruptive business models will help to decentralise the world's energy systems

Internet of Things paves way for connected cars of the future, says BT's sustainability chief

The automotive industry has the power to become a lynchpin of the 'Internet of things' (IoT) phenomenon, connecting cars with homes and transforming the way we use and store energy, BT Group's head of sustainability Niall Dunne has said.

An ongoing commitment to lowering water consumption has seen Ford earn an “A” grade for water stewardship from global environmental disclosure agency CDP

Ford focuses on innovation as energy use and emissions tumble

US car manufacturer Ford has unveiled the results of its ongoing sustainability push, with reductions in water and energy use and carbon emissions highlighted in its 17th annual Sustainability Report, which was largely focused on a renewed innovation drive.

Westminster City Council has installed new charging infrastructure to supplement the increase in EVs, which are available to Zipcar members for a £7 hourly rate

Westminster set for electric vehicle boon with new car sharing scheme

Westminster City Council has today (7 June) unveiled a new car sharing scheme that will offer 40 hybrid electric vehicles (EVs) to car club members at a cost-competitive price, with new charging infrastructure also added to boost the initiative.

Veolia's Forbes McDougall stated that a growing middle class and the the influence of millennials has created the perfect backdrop to introduce servitisation models

Servitisation is the 'posterchild' for the circular economy, says Veolia

EXCLUSIVE: Companies looking to accelerate the transition to a resource-efficient future by adopting closed-loop principles should take advantage of servitisation - dubbed the "posterchild" of the circular economy by Veolia's head of circular economy at edie Live today (17 May).

The interactive map enables staff to message other users who most closely fit their needs to plan their journey share

Bristol NHS Trust slam brakes on emissions through journey-sharing app

A specially-developed journey-sharing app is helping NHS staff across Bristol and South Gloucestershire reduce congestion, CO2 emissions and travel costs by enabling them to find walking, cycling or car-pooling "buddies" to share their daily commute to work.

Hydrogen cars could share the future automotive market with electric vehicles (EV) by optimising a sharing economy policy

How a sharing economy could catapult hydrogen vehicles into the mainstream

EXCLUSIVE: Embracing a sharing economy could allow hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles to carve out a niche route to accelerate into the mainstream vehicle mix, but only if efforts to boost infrastructure productions are increased.

Clyde Arc bridge reflected in river Clyde Glasgow. Zero Waste Scotland is hoping to drive a business-led circular economy across the country

Scotland's SMEs urged to 'seize opportunity' of resource revolution

Scotland's circular economy body Zero Waste Scotland has today (18 March) launched an £18m fund to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) explore and pioneer ways to develop a circular economy.

Ecosurety lists lower emissions, reduced congestion, travelling costs and improved punctuality as benefits in using a sharing economy scheme

New sharing economy platform launched to depollute morning commute

A new online sharing economy platform offers employees from different organisations in the UK the opportunity to 'buddy up' and share their commute to work, reducing transport costs and emissions.

Forum for the Future’s director of sustainable business David Bent is a partner of the edieLive 2016 Innovation Zone (scroll down for video)

The time is NOW for green innovation and creative destruction, says Forum for the Future

EXCLUSIVE: The world needs to adopt a zero-tolerance approach to incrementalism and embrace innovation and creative destruction if we are to achieve the bold emission reduction pledges set out at the Paris climate talks.

The Nimber delivery function was added to certain Friday-Ad product categories on the website last week

Friday-Ad embraces sharing economy delivery solution

Users of classifieds marketplace Friday-Ad can now have their items delivered thanks to a new partnership with Norwegian 'social delivery' firm Nimber.

DECC is expected to see budget cuts of around 30%, with up to 200 staff made redundant

Autumn Statement and Spending Review: The green business wish list

Chancellor George Osborne will deliver his update on the Government's plans for the economy, known as the Autumn Statement, in Parliament today. The hopes are high, but expectations are seemingly low among green groups and industry.

Akzonobel eyes global shift to water-based paints

EXCLUSIVE: Dutch paint manufacturer AkzoNobel is set to begin a global, industry-wide push to move away from solvent-based paints towards more environmentally-friendly water-based paints.

Both IKEA and B&Q are making strides towards the adoption of non-linear, more sustainable business models

Kingfisher and IKEA poised for business model shake-up

EXCLUSIVE: DIY retailer Kingfisher and flat-pack furniture maker IKEA have both indicated a strong desire to move towards the sharing economy and servitisation, as a "natural progression" of their business models.

The smart roads could be used to charge electric vehicles while driving

Highways England tests wireless charging for UK's motorways

Britain's roads could soon be fitted with wireless charging technology for electric cars following a new pilot scheme announced Tuesday.

The Facility is being launched today at Edinburgh's Ocean Terminal shopping centre

Scotland opens shared circular economy design hub

A new communal working space designed to encourage fashion and textile workers to work more sustainably has opened in Edinburgh.

Renault deployed a fleet of Twizy's to help stranded Londoners in the tube strike

Renault's tiny Twizys come to the rescue during London tube strike

As Londoners grapple with the tube strike, Renault has set up a free shuttle service using its tiny 'Twizy' electric cars.

The electrical cycle hub will aim to encourage cycling and decrease traffic

Leicester embraces pedal power with plans for electric cycle hubs

Leicester City Council is planning to add cycling to the city's sustainable transport network using new Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycle (EPAC) hubs.

'Get to the Game' travel platform could help save fans £100,000 each week

Sharing economy could save football fans a million car miles

The sharing economy picked up an unlikely new advocate this week as the Football League announced a new partnership with to encourage fans to travel to games as efficiently as possible.

Shoppers can now trade-in their unwanted gadgets at Argos stores up and down the country

Argos launches nationwide gadget trade-in scheme

Argos is embracing the circular economy with the rollout of a new gadget trade-in service across the retailer's 788 UK stores.

The average city dweller's car is only used for 4.6 hours a week, meaning that the vehicle is actually parked for 97% of the time.

TFL targets one million Londoners in car clubs

A plan to get one million Londoners into car clubs by 2025 was launched today in the capital.

City Car Club will operate 27 vehicles from parking bays across the borough with 25 cars and two vans

Car sharing service parks up in London

The sharing economy is set to make headway in London's transport system with the introduction of car sharing scheme City Car Club into the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Nimber has reduced carbon emissions in Scandinavia by almost 200 tonnes

Peer-to-peer delivery service arrives in UK

The sharing economy could be about to disrupt the UK delivery sector with successful Norwegian 'social delivery' service Nimber aiming to "plug a sustainability gap" in Britain.

The town of St Andrews has launched the E-club to help reduce carbon emissions, while contributing towards the University of St Andrew's goal of becoming the UK's first carbon-neutral University

St Andrews launches Scotland's largest electric car club

The University of St Andrews has teamed up with Transport Scotland and operators E-Car Club to launch Scotland's largest all-electric community car club.

Charlotta Lyon says the Carlsberg Circular Community has driven transformational change for the Danish brewer and its value network

Businesses must 'think outside of the box' with sustainability strategies, says Carlsberg

EXCLUSIVE: Today's business models are not fit for purpose if we are to deliver the transformational change needed to create a sustainable future, and firms need to be willing to step out of their 'comfort zone' to drive positive change.

The sharing economy's economic, environmental and lifestyle benefits make it a powerful business proposition

System revolutionaries: Sharing economy will destroy inactive incumbents, says Forum for the Future

EXCLUSIVE: Forum for the Future's director of sustainability David Bent believes the rapid growth of innovative new business models such as the sharing economy and servitisation is putting large, incumbent firms at risk of being left behind in the transition to a sustainable future.

Zero Waste Scotland wants to show people that second-hand isn't second-best

Zero Waste Scotland urges shoppers to embrace sharing economy

Zero Waste Scotland is bringing the 'sharing economy' concept to Glasgow with a week of activity planned to encourage shoppers to swap and pass on their old goods.

The study considers downloads, stickability and environmental impact

Ebay, Kindle and Skype are 'greenest' apps going

Ebay has been named the best app for encouraging sustainable behaviour with Kindle, Skype, and Google Maps also making it into the top ten.

The sharing economy thrives on connecting the demand of consumers or businesses to spare capacity or spare assets. Early pioneers include companies such as Zipcar (recently acquired by Avis) and Airbnb. Pic: 360b/

UK's top five sharing economy models valued at £9bn by 2025

The top five sharing economy sectors could generate £9bn of UK revenues by 2025 as advances in technology, resource scarcity and social change start to interact with each other, according to new analysis by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

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