Article commissions currently being written include:
- Working Title: ‘Sustainability’
- To view Article Briefs, please click here (PDF).
- Publication: ‘Industry 4.0′ in The Times, 7 March.
- Working Title: ‘Water-Energy-Food Nexus’
- To view Article Brief, please click here (PDF).
- Publication: ‘Future of Energy’ in The Times, 8 March.
To discuss content, in the first instance, please contact Jim.
New writing… Pleased to say I have had another article published in The Times newspaper, as part of a special Raconteur report on the Future of Infrastructure.
The piece looks at the fight to accommodate more and more people, plus deliver on promises of prosperity, whilst still safeguarding our current and future needs on the planet. It is an urban dilemma. Caught in the crossfire between the forces of urbanisation and decarbonisation, cities are the clean-growth battlegrounds of the 21st century – where booming populations need their demands met, but impacts mitigated.
Clean growth is doable, but difficult. To meet climate goals, PwC has calculated carbon intensity of the global economy needs to fall by 6 per cent a year, twice as fast as ever before. With infrastructure always the solution, but often a problem, cities are where this war on carbon will be won or lost.
You can read the full story (with no paywall) here:
• ‘Cash-strapped cities are battlegrounds for clean energy’.
The full 16-page Future of Infrastructure report is available to view/download here.
New writing... Pleased to say I have had another article published in The Times newspaper, as part of a special Raconteur report on Cloud for Business.
In this digital age of lives lived online and businesses built on megabytes, my latest piece looks at the urgent and rising need to clean the cloud. With impending impacts of innovation, ranging from cryptocurrencies to 5G, the tech community and its clients are increasingly conscious of responsibilities regarding environmental unsustainability of skyrocketing datacentre energy consumption and inflated carbon footprints.
Going offline is not an option, but going green is…
You can read the full story here (with no paywall) here, on:
• ‘The need to power datacentres sustainably’.
The full 16-page Cloud for Business report is available to view/download here.
New writing… My latest piece for Eniday looks at the urban resilience opportunity to be found over our heads. Where clean meets green, it is as much about plant power as power plants and offers real-estate owners and property developers, architects and engineers, planners and ecologists the promise of smart-city biodiversity for the 21st-century. To learn more, read the full story of unrealised potential that is ‘Up on the Roof: Birds, Bees & Biosolar’.
New writing… My new article for NRG Energy Stories is now live, asking whether blockchain and cleantech can combine to bring power to the people? It focuses on digital energy currencies – something of a crossover phenomenon. Bridging worlds of virtual networks and physical infrastructure, these cryptocurrencies inhabit a space where the emerging digital economy meets the evolving energy sector. They mark a commercial sweet-spot for innovation among both the tech community and the engineering profession. In particular, the piece looks at their rising rôle in collective energy models such as community solar, from Brooklyn, USA, to Perth in Australia.
For a fuller exploration of the trend, drivers and benefits, follow the link to read the story in detail: ‘How Digital Energy Currencies May Impact the Market’.
New writing… Pleased to say I have had another article published in The Times newspaper, as part of a special Raconteur report on Enterprise Agility.
The piece looks at how advocacy in the digital age calls for greater agility on the part of campaigning organisations such as Amnesty UK. It also explores how the way people consume news is changing in the 21st century and what that might mean for human rights, as the ongoing creep of hyper-personalised content contributes to the ‘echo chamber’ effect and brings into question what will ultimately happen to the ‘mainstream’.
You can read the full story (with no paywall) here:
• ‘Advocacy goes online in the digital age’.
The full 16-page Enterprise Agility report is available to view/download here.
New writing… My latest piece for JLL Real Views is now live, looking at an emerging investment trend in clean power: floating renewables. Whether it is a wind farm off the coast of Scotland, or a solar plant on a former coalmine in China, these recent record-breaking energy schemes are helping developers realise new opportunities, either by accessing deeper waters offshore, or freeing-up valuable land onshore, or both. For a fuller exploration of drivers and benefits, follow the link to read the story in detail: ‘The Rising Tide of Floating Renewables’.
New writing… Pleased to say I have had another article published in The Times newspaper, as part of a special Raconteur report on Responsible Business.
The piece discusses how companies and their supply chains are becoming increasingly involved in safeguarding human rights, as they grapple with the complexities of business responsibilities in a broader context. The discussion includes insights from global names such as CIPS and M&S; also comment and case studies from campaigning and advocacy organisations involved in protecting Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) at risk and bringing their causes to the attention of the wider world.
It is a tough challenge: From product miles in a hi-vis vest to violence in the humble avocado of your guacamole, supply-chain stories can be complex, even criminal. Nevertheless, responsibility is real and inescapable – you can read the full story online (with no paywall) here:
• ‘Human rights are now part of business’.
The full 16-page Responsible Business report is available to view/download here.
New writing… My latest piece for Eniday takes us to Africa, where fintech meets cleantech to bring the green power of mobile money to the unbanked and the grid-unconnected, on a continent larger than the US, China, India and most of Europe put together. To learn more about how cellphones and solar panels are together transforming lives, read the full story of: ‘The Leapfrog Generation”.*
* In a footnote to the story above, activity continues apace in the renewable energy market, with recent news that French global utility ENGIE Group is to acquire Fenix International, the African solar home systems pioneer mentioned in the piece.
New writing… Pleased to say I have had another couple of pieces published in The Times newspaper today, as part of a special Raconteur report on the Future of Water.
The Overview article which opens the report discusses how 21st-century businesses and brand are tackling the challenges of water stewardship with success, but also with focus, vigour and rigour, plus investment of time and money. The discussion includes insights and info from global names such as Levi’s, Ford and M&S:
• ‘Taking steps to cut global water consumption’.
My second piece on Page 10 argues for rethinkng wastewater as resource, embracing the innovation of the circular economy and saving liquid assets and money literally going down the drain:
• ‘Why the value of wastewater is vital for a sustainable future’.
The full 16-page Future of Water report is available to view/download here.
Posted in Articles: The Times
Tagged Circular Economy, Climate Change, Conservation, CSR, Drought, Responsible Business, Stewardship, Sustainability, Utilities, Wastewater, Water