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.’
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’.
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!
New writing… My recent piece for Eniday is now live, looking at the trend amongst tech companies for investment in clean and green energy. Of course, it is partly about energy saving and security in their data centres, but there is more it than that. Their willingness, even eagerness, to broadcast their achievements in renewable energy is tantamount to advocacy and tells its own story. Typically, these are companies and brands staffed by and selling to Millennials who ‘want purpose over paychecks’. As such, they are now home to the clean power generation. Follow the link for a fuller answer to the question: ‘Are tech giants going green?’
New writing... Pleased to say I have another piece published in The Times newspaper today, as part of a special report on Smart Cities, by Raconteur. It looks at why business, the built environment and wider community must embrace constant change and lifelong learning to benefit fully from intelligent and responsive digital cities of the future:
The full 16-page Smart Cities report is available to view/download here.
New writing… Pleased to say I have another piece published in The Times newspaper today, as part of a special report on the Industrial Internet of Things, by Raconteur. It looks at how and why the West is playing global catch-up, as manufacturers in the Far East race ahead with IIoT:
The full 16-page Industrial Internet of Things report is available to view/download here.
The Overview article which opens the report looks at how energy is not only being stripped of carbon emissions post-Paris, but it is also being disrupted by digitisation:
My second piece on Page 4 reviews how progress on renewable energy has suffered setbacks in the UK, but opportunities ranging from the continent of Africa to the coffee shops of London show green alternatives to coal, oil and gas still offer long-term promise:
The full 16-page Future of Energy report is available to view/download here.
New writing… My piece for Real Views is now live, looking at the emergence of Nairobi, which has long been known as one of Africa’s most dynamic cities. Now, as its growing economy and rising prosperity levels fuel a development boom, it’s fast building a reputation on the world stage and Kenya’s capital has soared to tenth in JLL’s latest City Momentum Index, despite only entering the top 30 last year.
My article explores the reasons ‘Why Nairobi is a global city in the making’.
New writing… Pleased to say I have had another piece published in The Times newspaper today, as part of a special report on Supply Chain Strategies by Raconteur. It looks at the reasons why, despite numerous and worthy initiatives, keeping track of ethical standards in fashion supply chains is still such a challenge:
There is also a case study (please scroll down): ‘Plight of supply chain refugees’.
The full 16-page Supply Chain Strategies report is available to view/download here.
New writing… My latest piece for Eniday is now live, looking at the cutting-edge innovation being employed by breweries, comparing the approaches of three well-known leading beer producers: Adnams who have long produced the UK’s first carbon neutral beer (in bottle and on draught); Heineken, owners of the world’s first carbon-neutral brewery, opened this year in Göss, Austria; Sierra Nevada, the US pioneers of sustainable craft ales. Pour yourself a cold one and raise a glass to the pioneers ‘Brewing great beer, clean and green’!