Construction: Inclusivity, collaboration and ethics

More of my journalism and blogging pieces have been published in the last few weeks and I have provided a brief update menu of articles below, with links to original copy.

Constructing an Industry for the 21st CenturyIMG_1161

Summary: The construction industry is replenishing the UK’s housing stock, building new infrastructure and helping restore the economy, but challenges remain if it is to attract and retain a forward-looking workforce, with inclusivity and collaboration watchwords for the future.
Published in: ‘Future of Construction’ Special Report, ‘The Sunday Times’ (14 Jun, 2015)

Supply Chain Collaboration is a Must-HaveIMG_1162

Summary: Improved management and performance of supply chains are central to the growth and prosperity of the UK construction sector in a period of expansion, with ethical sourcing an emerging trend.
Published in: ‘Future of Construction’ Special Report, ‘The Sunday Times’ (14 Jun, 2015)

Clean + green, in black + white (Pt II)

2014-07-10 19.06.55 HDR-2Recent months have seen a few more of my journalism pieces published in the press and I have provided a brief update menu of articles below, with links to original copy.

Shaping up to the Future
Summary: 3D printing has the potential to shape the future – in factories, on building sites, in schools, hospitals and homes.
Published in: ‘3D Printing’ Special Report in ‘The Times’ (11 December)

Taking the Wraps off Innovation
Summary: Packaging plays an essential part in selling, but continues to battle a bad image despite growing demand and ingenious innovation.
Published in: ‘Future of Packaging’ Special Report in ‘The Times’ (19 November)

Welcome to the Grand Transition
Summary: The UK may at last be approaching a new age of grand transition as sustainable clean energy moves on to the balance sheet.
Published in: ‘Powering the Future’ Special Report in ‘The Times’ (15 October)

Megaprojects Revolution
Summary: It’s the stuff that makes the country work, creates employment and promotes growth; without renewed infrastructure Britain would gradually grind to a halt.
Published in: ‘Project Management’ Special Report in ‘The Times’ (11 September)

Clean, green + blue, in black + white

2014-07-10 19.06.55 HDR-2Recent months have seen a number of my journalism pieces published in the press and I have provided a brief menu of articles below, covering topics from water and energy, carbon, construction and the circular economy, to ethical sourcing and supply chains, with links to original copy (please scroll down to view all).

Stop Water Going down the Drain
Summary: The water industry is facing a near-perfect storm of rising demand and supply under severe pressure.
Published in: ‘Asset Management & Maintenance’ Special Report in ‘The Times (7 May)

Are Oil and Gas Reserves an Economic Curse or Cure?
Summary: When governments and other national stakeholders take control of oil and gas reserves, there can be disadvantages as well as the seemingly obvious advantages.
Published in: ‘Oil & Gas Outlook’ Special Report in ‘The Times’ (8 May)

Time for a Fracking Charm Offensive?
Summary: It has split public opinion and tempers are still rising. Fracking for shale gas is a contentious issue, but supporters claim it holds huge potential benefits for the UK economy.Published in: ‘Oil & Gas Outlook’ Special Report in ‘The Times’ (8 May)

Sweatshops Show Need for Transparency
Summary: Controversy over child labour in Asian sweatshops producing cheap clothing for the UK market has highlighted the need for greater control over supply chains. (Article entitled ‘From High Street to Hollywood’ in print edition.)
Published in: ‘Future of Retail’ Special Report in ‘The Times’ (24 June)

Supply Chain Delivers Retail Revolution
Summary: A shake-up in retail logistics, driven by internet sales and deliveries, is turning buying and selling upside down. (Article entitled ‘Revolution with Fries and a Shake’ in Print Edition.)
Published in: ‘Future of Retail’ Special Report in ‘The Times’ (24 June)

The Future Is Unbuilt
Summary: Construction may be booming, but the industry must rebuild itself to face a challenging future.
Published in: ‘Future of Construction’ Special Report in ‘The Times’ (25 June)

Straight Talking on the Circular Economy
Summary: Construction and demolition, the largest producers of waste in the UK, may only be paying lip service to green initiatives.
Published in: ‘Future of Construction’ Special Report in ‘The Times’ (25 June)

Shrink Carbon Footprint, Grow Profits
Summary: Energy efficiency in business not only helps to maximise profits, but by reducing carbon footprint, it also enhances sustainability for the good of the company – and the planet. (Article entitled ‘Carbon Counts, So Do the Maths’ in print edition.)
Published in: ‘Low Carbon Business’ Special Report in ‘The Times’ (22 July)

6 New Technologies Cutting Carbon Footprint
Summary: Snapshot showcase of 6 innovations designed to help reduce energy consumption and emissions.
Published in: ‘Low Carbon Business’ Special Report in ‘The Times’ (22 July)

 

 

 

Race against time for future cities

A version of this article first appeared in a Special Report on ‘Future Cities’, published in The Times, 26 March, 2013.

Make it on BroadwayAccording to data from the UN, in 2008, the proportion of the world’s population living in urban areas passed the 50% mark, heading for 70% by 2050. By 2030, the total for city dwellers globally is estimated to hit around five billion. These inhabitants already consume 75% of the planet’s natural resources and contribute to urban activities responsible for 80% of all greenhouse gas emissions. All this happens on a mere 2% of global land mass.

The numbers are daunting.
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Urban Greening: Nature is back in town

A version of this article first appeared in a Special Report on ‘Future Cities’, published in The Times, 26 March, 2013.

2012-11-28 08.49.04 copyAccording to received wisdom, it is not possible to put a price on Nature, however, to much debate, that is exactly what has been happening increasingly of late, as policymakers and markets strive to develop robust metrics to determine the value of living-planet assets and liabilities.

The UN has estimated world ecosystems deliver essential services worth in excess of $70tn a year. In the UK alone, the National Ecosystem Assessment generated figures claiming responsible stewardship of green spaces could be worth at least £30bn a year to the economy, in health and welfare benefits. With a view of green space worth up to £300 per person, provision of good access to same for every household in England could knock £2.1bn off the country’s annual healthcare bill.
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