Journalism: Work in progress…

Article commissions currently being written include:

  • Working Title: ‘Long-Term Sustainable Infrastructure with a Clean Growth Strategy’
  • To view Article Brief, please click here (PDF).
  • Publication: Future of Infrastructure’ in The Times, 15 Feb.

To discuss content, in the first instance, please contact Jim.

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Up on the Roof: Birds, Bees & Biosolar

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’.

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Digital Energy Currencies: Blockchain Meets Cleantech

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’.

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Amnesty in Action: ‘Enterprise Agility’ in The Times

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.

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Rising Tide of Floating Renewables

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’.

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Human Rights: ‘Responsible Business’ in The Times

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.

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Africa: The Leapfrog Generation

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.

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Cars, Jeans & Beer, to Muck: ‘Future of Water’ in The Times

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.

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India: The Power of Rain

New writing My latest piece for Eniday is now live, looking at the relationship between drought and energy outages in India, as extreme weather events take their toll. Last year, no fewer than 18 thermal power plants experienced shutdown as a direct result of water shortages. For a deeper exploration of the water-energy nexus, follow the link to read the story in full: ‘The Power of Rain’.

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Sustainability & Waste: ‘Future of Packaging’ in The Times

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 Packaging.

The Overview article which opens the report discusses whether sustainable packaging is ready yet to make the leap from niche to mainstream:

‘Resolving the Riddle of Sustainability’.

My second piece on Page 7 argues that tackling the number one problem of packaging waste demands upcycling the way wethink about the industry and the resource it produces :

‘Thinking outside the Burger Box’.

The full 16-page Future of Packaging report is available to view/download here.

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