Davos: Holding out for a hero

Photo: Evangeline Shaw on Unsplash

New writing… My latest piece for The Hub – the award-winning content platform curated by Mitsubishi Electric – looks at the stories coming out of the 50th anniversary meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos, in the Swiss Alps. Following hard on the heels of the COP flop in Madrid, the annual get-together was under some pressure to deliver something, anything, collectively. Please click the link to read the post in full and learn more about climate celebrities and the Circularity Gap, plus how, ultimately, Davos is still Holding out for a hero‘.


Image Credit: Photo by Evangeline Shaw on Unsplash



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Carbon + circularity: ‘Future of Construction’ in The Times

New writing… Pleased to say I have had another couple of articles published in The Times newspaper, as part of a special Raconteur report on the Future of Construction.

Exploring how sustainability in the built environment calls for a change in mindset, the pieces examine both the prospects for a circular economy and the rate of radical decarbonisation that is required of the construction industry, as a whole.

According to the OECD, world consumption of raw materials is set to double by 2060, with construction a major part of the problem, as urbanisation runs riot around the globe. In fact, associated construction waste is forecast to rise almost twofold within just a matter of a few years, by 2025.

Amounting to an alarmimg 40% of total emissions, the carbon footprint of the built environment also represents a major hurdle in greening the sector and the UK Construction 2025 deadline for a 50% cut looms large.

The clock is ticking fast. So, to learn more about the challenge facing construction and the industry response, please check out the articles in full, complete with expert insights, comment and analysis, by clicking here:

‘Carbon, carrots and sticks: Can the circular economy in construction really work?’

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



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Guest Blog: Are you an unwitting polluter?

GUEST BLOG: Eco-conscious consumers are cutting plastic, but confused about how they can help most…

When it comes to recycling, do you have the best of intentions, but not always the information or knowledge to match? Are you an unwitting polluter? In this SustMeme Guest Post, Yanyan Ji, SVP Marketing at Gazelle, a known leader in electronic waste, talks us through the findings of a representative survey of British consumers, which explored their environmental beliefs and lifestyle behaviours, plus, in some cases, the disconnect between the two…

YJ: New research finds 83% of Britons are doing more than ever to cut the amount of plastic they use and throw away. Women are leading this plastic-cutting charge with 90% saying their desire to use less is higher than ever.

However, the survey, which was carried out by the phone-recycling company, Gazelle, also found that over 35 million Brits (57% of those surveyed) are still risking dangerous chemicals leaching into the ground and contaminating our soils and waterways, by throwing away electronic gadgets such as old phones. Read more

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