UK environmental performance metrics — a patchwork of ill-defined objectives

23 April 2019

The Government’s overall objectives do not fit with the UK’s environmental protection metrics and are not given due consideration in decision-making, according to a recent report from the National Audit Office (NAO). The report shows that cross-departmental action on environment isn’t working as it should. John Barwise explains what’s going wrong and how environmental performance can be fixed — with the right approach.

How AI is changing our world

17 April 2019

Unnerved by HAL in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey? Charmed by R2-D2 and C-3PO in Star Wars? Like the films, the role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in modern life brings both opportunity and cause for concern. Laura King considers the role of AI today and tomorrow, as well as some of its inherent risks.

Is it time to take meat off the menu?

17 April 2019

Agricultural livestock production is on track to overtake fossil fuels as the world’s biggest contributor to climate change. John Barwise explores the impact of excessive meat production.

Employees and EMAS: the benefits of involvement

8 April 2019

The Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) was developed by the European Commission to help organisations evaluate, report and improve their environment performance. Paul Clarke reports.

Making renewable energy while the sun shines

8 April 2019

This year could see solar power become the UK’s cheapest subsidy-free green energy source. Offshore wind costs are also continuing to fall as one of the world’s “Seven Sister” oil and gas giants predicts that renewables will provide 30% of world electricity by 2040.

How to encourage active commuting

2 April 2019

It’s Walk to Work Day this week. Laura King looks at options for encouraging active commuting in your organisation.

Managing the change to sustainability

2 April 2019

Penny Walker looks at what environment and sustainability professionals need to understand about managing their organisation onto the path to sustainable development.

Corporate social responsibility guide

26 March 2019

Gone are the days when the only focus for businesses was their profit margin. Now, a business’s social responsibility to their stakeholders holds as much weight as the profits they bring in. Croner consultant, Carol Smith, explains corporate social responsibility.

Recasting waste as a resource — what it means for businesses

19 March 2019

The Government is proposing a radical overhaul of waste management in England, which will extend producer responsibilities, improve recycling collections and introduce a new tax on plastic packaging. In this article, John Barwise explains how the changes are likely to impact businesses.