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.
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 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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'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.
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.
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 Liftshare.com to encourage fans to travel to games as efficiently as possible.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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).