What a competition tells us about the circular economy

What a competition tells us about the circular economy

Can we get over our fear of second hand?

Can we get over our fear of second hand?

Everyone enjoys having something new to play with. For many adults, the thrill of opening the packaging on a new mobile phone is almost as great as unwrapping presents on Christmas morning when they were a child. But apart from the novelty of a box fresh product, is there any sound reason why new should be considered superior to a refurbished second-hand product?

Why ‘fitness as a service’ could determine the future of the circular economy

Why ‘fitness as a service’ could determine the future of the circular economy

It's always been the case that the customer should be at the heart of everything a company does. Firms that ignore this golden rule tend to go out of business. But the emergence of the 'product as a service' model involves a subtle change in emphasis. Rather than focusing on transferring ownership of a product, it concentrates on its performance. If it works successfully, such an approach should increase customer satisfaction.

Three trends that will power the circular economy in 2017

Three trends that will power the circular economy in 2017

Last October witnessed a major milestone for the green economy. The adoption of the Paris Agreement was a huge achievement, with such a decisive, unified response underlining how far sustainability has moved up the agenda.

Helping businesses to draw the perfect circle

Helping businesses to draw the perfect circle

With the concept of the circular economy entering the mainstream, there are new opportunities on the table for the business community and for those who fund them.

Turning up the dial on the energy efficiency agenda will reap rewards

Turning up the dial on the energy efficiency agenda will reap rewards

Despite a pressing need to cut energy use to meet EU targets, investment in this crucial area hasn't taken off in the same way as, for example, funding for renewable energy.

A rising tide on the corporate agenda - Overcoming the world's water challenges together

A rising tide on the corporate agenda - Overcoming the world's water challenges together

Seen from space, it looks like there's water everywhere on earth - roughly 70% of our planet's surface is covered by it.

Water - a sector brimming with opportunity

Water - a sector brimming with opportunity

"The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word 'crisis.' One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger - but recognise the opportunity." - John F. Kennedy.

Taking a fresh look at your waste - the key to unlocking value

Taking a fresh look at your waste - the key to unlocking value

The sustainability movement is gaining momentum. This is fantastic, but further progress depends on the continuous changing mind-set amongst the business community. We need to challenge some long-held assumptions, and that takes time.

Sustainability: A brave new world of opportunity

Sustainability: A brave new world of opportunity

With thoughts turning to the crucial Paris climate talks, I find it extremely encouraging to see corporates warming to the idea of sustainability.