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Latin America is now much more on British businesses’ radar than ever before, says Gabriela Castro. However, they may encounter a few blips, in the form of various countries’ protectionist practices and trade barriers.
Nearly 40 years ago, the European Commission published its first public procurement directive, arguing that the billions spent every year by public bodies could, if opened up to more competition, provide a huge boost to the economy. The same ideas are perhaps even more valid today. Paul Clarke examines the current state of play with regard to harnessing the spending power of central and local government and looks at recent ideas such as using procurement to promote the drive towards sustainability.
The first article in this series explained the concept of the circular economy: a model based on natural ecosystems where both biological and technical “nutrients” are cycled repeatedly rather than being lost to final disposal. In this second article we examine what the circular economy looks like in practice, through case studies of organisations that have already “tightened the circles”.
The “circular economy” is the latest buzzword in the world of sustainability. Journals, conference speeches and politicians’ statements all pay homage to this new ideal and set out strategies for achieving it. But what exactly is the circular economy, and is it any different from other green concepts such as closed loop recycling or resource efficiency? In the first of three related features, Caroline Hand explains what is meant by the circular economy, and asks whether today’s economic constraints and fears over resource security make this the right time to shift to a greener economic model.
Rapidly improving international relations, government reforms, the second biggest economy in the world and increasing foreign investment — the opportunities for doing business in China are bountiful and, for the adept, go-ahead and skilled operator, a simply mouthwatering prospect, according to Dr Glenn Wood of Wood & Associates International Ltd.