Clean and Green: The Energy of Choice

New writing… My piece for Real Views is now live, looking at why the business case for clean and green energy is making more and more sense for corporate-investor and real-estate portfolios alike, plus how tech is leading the way. As renewables break all records worldwide for generation, the article touches upon the push-and-pull of post-Paris politics and how sustainability plays out in a […]

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From farming and energy, to future cities

More of my journalism and blogging pieces have been published in the last few months and I have provided a brief update menu of articles below, with links to original copy. Fields of Thought and the Seeds of Time: GM Debate Reaches Deadlock Opinion on genetically modified foods remains divided, but can such agricultural technology help to avoid widespread and imminent famine? […]

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Powering the future: 5 innovations of interest

A version of this article first appeared in a Special Report on ‘Powering the Future’, published in The Times, 1 May, 2013. BIOFUELS FROM ALGAE A near-perfect poster child for sustainable energy, algae is both a biodegradable living organism and literally green. Cultivation is possible on lands unsuited to traditional agriculture and with minimal demand on freshwater resources. Research and […]

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Greening the footprint of Big Data

A version of this article first appeared in a Special Report on ‘Low-Carbon Business’, published in The Times, 3 September, 2012. What do New York, Oregon, Colorado and North Carolina have in common with Norway, Finland, Iceland and New Zealand? The answer is that all are home to ‘green’ data centres. The physical carbon footprint of virtual lives lived online […]

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Smart Cities: When efficiency is not enough

A version of this article first appeared in a Special Report on ‘Smart Cities’, published in The Times, 7 June, 2012. Efficiencies in technology and infrastructure will bring multiple benefits to inhabitants of Smart Cities – saving them time and money, energy and water, waste and space – but cannot alone guarantee wellbeing and improved quality of life. “There is […]

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A True Measure of Performance?

Article on Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for UK-GBC supplement ‘Building for the Future’, published in The Times, 22 September, 2009 In much the same way as GCSEs are intended both to drive academic performance across the Education sector as a whole and inspire effort and achievement in individuals, so should EPCs (and DECs) raise standards in Property and Construction and deliver better […]

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Waging War on Carbon

Article on Zero-Carbon New Buildings for ‘Smart Energy Management’ supplement, published in The Times, 15 September, 2009 In terms of property-related impacts and emissions, Great Britain is effectively at war with Carbon. The offensive started in earnest back in July 2007, with the announcement of a Government proposal for all new homes to be required to be ‘Zero Carbon’ from 2016. Following […]

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