Trends in energy and the environment for 2012

5 January 2012

The UN has declared 2012 as the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All, with a clear message that renewable energy can challenge poverty. In this article, Vicky Kenrick explores future trends within the energy and environment sector, specifically identifying how these critical global trends lead to growth areas within renewable energy, energy management, carbon and climate change and waste management.

How to start your own school

5 January 2012

Free schools are very much in the news at the moment. Michael Evans knows what it’s all about — he started his own school from scratch some years ago. Here’s his story.

Northern Ireland passes pleural plaques law

5 January 2012

Northern Ireland’s finance minister Sammy Wilson announced that the Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 would come into operation. It did so on 14 December 2011.

CSR reports routinely flawed, says research

5 January 2012

A comprehensive review of corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting has found that some of the world’s largest companies are routinely using incorrect and misleading information.

Saving face — will video conferencing meet business needs?

4 January 2012

Many industry experts are predicting that the business travel industry as a whole will shrink in the face of advanced telecommunications technologies. Cisco, for instance, reports that it reduced its travel budget from $740m to just $240m by using video conferencing (VC) systems. Another company that used VC technology effectively was global architectural and design firm Woods Bagot, which saved $440,000 on travel costs alone in just one year as part of a pilot program to connect its Sydney, Dubai and San Francisco offices with video collaboration technologies.

Shot by both sides

4 January 2012

The Big Four are facing a pincer movement from the EU and UK authorities, but do the proposed reforms to the audit market make sense, asks James Daughtrey