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There's a new generation of entrepreneurs. They see themselves as change-makers, activists building businesses to save the planet. Like Greta Thunberg, they know that time is running out. Fed up with what they see as 'corporate inertia', they're calling on big business to become activists themselves.

Black Friday is the antithesis of sustainable business, but there's an alternative

It's that time again. Today is Black Friday, the biggest sales event of the year, as Britain's retailers stack high and sell low before Christmas. Sustainable Development Goal 12 (sustainable consumption and production patterns) seems all but forgotten for the time being.

The Zipcar e-Golfs are available as part of the firm’s pay-per-minute Flex service, which allows members to “drive and drop” cars for one-way trips within London

Zipcar's new London EV fleet clocks up 20,000 trips in three months

Car-sharing firm Zipcar has revealed that its customers have made more than 20,000 trips in its new London-based fleet of electric vehicles (EVs), three months after the fleet was launched.

Volkswagen launched “We Share” after its own research found that the uptake of on-demand vehicles in Europe is set to rise by 15% annually

Volkswagen to launch electric car sharing initiative in Berlin

Volkswagen has announced that it will launch a car-sharing pool of 2,000 fully electric vehicles in Berlin, in the same week that new research revealed that Europe-wide sales of new electric vehicles (EVs) grew by more than 40% in the first half of 2018.

The announcement comes as Zipcar starts to introduce the first of 325 shared Volkswagen e-Golfs to the streets of London

Zipcar unveils 2025 London EV car sharing vision

Zipcar UK has outlined its target to get 800,000 Londoners actively using 9,000 zero-emissions, shared cars in the capital by 2025.

According to a study by GM Insights, the global car-sharing market is expected to increase by one third annually between 2017 and 2034

Auto giants launch EV-sharing platform in China

Chinese ride-sharing firm Didi Chuxing (Didi) has partnered with 12 automakers, including Geely Auto and the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, to launch a new app-based, electric-vehicle-sharing platform.

Uber will roll-out the Clean Air Fund next month with a £2m investment

Uber to scrap all diesel and petrol vehicles by 2022

Uber is adding a 35p green fee charge to all rides in London to facilitate a £150m funding pot that enables all drivers to transition to electric vehicles by 2022.

Why a responsible business is a sustainable business

As a sustainability consultant, I have been following the meteoric rise of the 'gig economy', and the news around some of the best-known companies in the space.

What a competition tells us about the circular economy

In July, I was privileged to be asked to join a brainstorming session with the Amsterdam Economic Board. This regional advisory body works with businesses, government agencies and knowledge institutes to sustainably enhance the prosperity and wellbeing of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, which has a population of more than 2.3 million people.

Millennials are 2.4 times as likely to shop for resale items because of the environmental impact of clothing

Carbon footprint of UK clothing on the rise, despite uptake in resales

The carbon footprint of clothing has climbed by 9% since 2012 in the UK, despite the amount of clothing in household residual waste falling by 50,000 tonnes in the same period, although changes to shopping habits could alleviate environmental pressures.

Around 2kg of carbon could be saved for every journey under three miles where a commuter has walked instead of taking a car

Businesses should target employee commutes to lower emissions, says Ecosurety

Office-based, service businesses looking to reduce emissions should target employee commutes ahead of other energy-saving programmes, resource efficiency specialists Ecosurety has claimed.

Car club operators can regularly renew fleets to respond to emerging technologies and car club vehicles are now emitting 29% less CO2 than private ownership cars

Sharing economy makes inroads to combat London's air pollution

A rise in car club members in London is reducing the number of diesel vehicles on the roads, leading to less air pollution and a reduction in vehicle carbon emissions.

Ford envisions a time where autonomous vans can transport deliveries on the ground, before drones pick up the packages for the “final leg” of the journey

Drones and autonomous vehicles: Can Ford’s delivery vision take flight?

As online shopping becomes the norm, retailers are casting eyes to the emissions of the fleets that transport goods around the country, but could electric and autonomous driving and drones act as a viable method to transport deliveries? Ford seems to think so.

The UK’s sharing economy is on track for continued rapid growth this year, as activity is primarily driven by more structural, longer-term trends

From disruptors to established leaders: Britain's sharing economy set for 60% upsurge in 2017

Sales generated by the UK's five biggest sharing economy sectors could grow by as much as £8bn this year, driven by an increasingly digitally literate and entrepreneurial population, according to new predictions from professional services firm PwC.

Are car sharing clubs the future of low-carbon transport in the UK? And which green innovations will take off in 2017?

The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 16 - Sharing cars and driving green innovation

The countdown to Christmas has begun, and this week edie brings you a cracker of a podcast episode, featuring exclusive interviews with car sharing service Zipcar, advisory firm the Carbon Trust and green innovation group Climate-KIC.

BMW's corporate headquarters in Munich, where car sharing has been introduced around the city

How BMW is revving up for an electric vehicle circular economy

EXCLUSIVE: The ongoing electrification of the transport sector looks set to open up new avenues for improved resource management and closed-loop practices for carmakers looking to push beyond regulatory compliance, BMW's environmental programmes manager has said.

More than 260m parcels are expected to be delivered during November & December 2016

Click and collect shopping can deliver 'greenest Christmas yet', says Doddle

With the festive season just around the corner, new research from parcel delivery company Doddle has revealed the carbon footprint hidden inside Christmas present deliveries.

The 100% digitally powered “Nissan Intelligent and Go Micra” scheme was revealed at the Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal

Nissan launches 'social network' car-share ownership scheme

Japanese carmaker Nissan has unveiled the world's first social network-powered shared car ownership scheme, which invoices individuals based on the monthly usage of a nearby fleet of Nissan Micra Acentas.

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.

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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.


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