Breaking: Reaction to US Withdrawal from Paris Agreement

Andrew Steer, President & CEO, World Resources Institute:

“This decision shows a stunning disregard for the well-being of people and the planet. President Trump will now have to answer for walking away from one of the most hard-fought and popular global achievements in recent memory. Withdrawing from the Paris Agreement will leave the U.S. diplomatically adrift, at odds with nearly 200 countries. There are now 194 countries united in their determination on climate, while a group of three – Syria, Nicaragua, and the United States – stand apart.

“New coalitions of states, cities and businesses will help fill the void, but people will not forget that the Trump administration let them down at this critical moment. For a self-proclaimed dealmaker, this decision is a clear loser. President Trump has flushed away years of hard work and skillful diplomacy, leaving Americans and future generations less secure and more isolated in the face of this existential challenge.”  @worldresources


Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor, IEMA:

IEMA – Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.
Portraits of Martin Baxter
Photograph by Amit Lennon

“The decision of the US Government to unilaterally withdraw from the UN Paris Climate Change Agreement is deplorable and flies in the face of scientific and economic evidence.

“The effects of climate change impact everyone, everywhere. The reckless actions of a single government must not be allowed to undermine the consensus reached in Paris in 2015.

“The transition to a low-carbon economy provides significant opportunities and those countries that face up to the challenge will be the ones that gain most economic benefit.  The US risks missing out following the backwards step from the Trump Government.

“We urge US business and State leaders to make decisions based on scientific and economic evidence and continue to invest in renewable energy and low-carbon technology.” @iemanet

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Intangibles and an ‘Internet of Assets’

New writing... Pleased to say I had another piece published in The Times newspaper this month, as part of a special report on Asset Management, by Raconteur. It looks at how the rise of non-physical assets in the form of  intangibles, plus ongoing digital transformation leading to emergence of an ‘internet of assets’ can both help an embattled asset manager get their voice heard by the C-Suite:

‘How to manage “internet of assets”‘.

The full 16-page Asset Management report is available to view/download here.

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What Green Finance Could (and Should) Look Like


New writing My recent piece for Guardian Sustainable Business is now live. Running in their paid-content section on Rethinking business, sponsored by ING, the article explores how sustainable investment is moving mainstream and an ESG-based collaborative ethos now underscores a new breed of funder. Supporting everything eco, from multi-party circular economy initiatives to rooftop solar leasing for SMEs, this approach signals ‘What green finance could (and should) look like in 2017 and beyond.’

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PropTech: Why the Future Is Digital and Personal

New writing… My latest for Real Views looks at the emergence of the PropTech phenomenon in the built environment. Property technology, ‘PropTech’ for short, is a catch-all term for a disruptive new breed of data-based startups and intelligence innovators now applying their skills with analytics and algorithms to real estate.

It might be early days for the marriage of property and technology, but signs of a sector on the rise are already there, as seen in: ‘PropTech: Why the future is digital and personal’.

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We are outlaws again… !

Just when you thought environmental sustainability had become so mainstream as to be safe and tame, maybe even have sold out its rebel roots a little in the race for acceptance… Politics in the US and UK lurch to the right – suddenly, the fight is back on. With eco more warrior than worrier, once more, we are outlaws again!

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