Cities & Clean Growth: ‘Future of Infrastructure’ in The Times

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

The piece looks at the fight to accommodate more and more people, plus deliver on promises of prosperity, whilst still safeguarding our current and future needs on the planet. It is an urban dilemma. Caught in the crossfire between the forces of urbanisation and decarbonisation, cities are the clean-growth battlegrounds of the 21st century – where booming populations need their demands met, but impacts mitigated.

Clean growth is doable, but difficult. To meet climate goals, PwC has calculated carbon intensity of the global economy needs to fall by 6 per cent a year, twice as fast as ever before. With infrastructure always the solution, but often a problem, cities are where this war on carbon will be won or lost.

You can read the full story (with no paywall) here:

‘Cash-strapped cities are battlegrounds for clean energy’.

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

Need for a Green Lining: ‘Cloud for Business’ in The Times

New writing... Pleased to say I have had another article published in The Times newspaper, as part of a special Raconteur report on Cloud for Business.

In this digital age of lives lived online and businesses built on megabytes, my latest piece looks at the urgent and rising need to clean the cloud. With impending impacts of innovation, ranging from cryptocurrencies to 5G, the tech community and its clients are increasingly conscious of responsibilities regarding environmental unsustainability of skyrocketing datacentre energy consumption and inflated carbon footprints.

Going offline is not an option, but going green is…

You can read the full story here (with no paywall), on:

‘The need to power datacentres sustainably’.

The full 16-page Cloud for Business report is available to view/download here.

Up on the Roof: Birds, Bees & Biosolar

New writing My latest piece for Eniday looks at the urban resilience opportunity to be found over our heads. Where clean meets green, it is as much about plant power as power plants and offers real-estate owners and property developers, architects and engineers, planners and ecologists the promise of smart-city biodiversity for the 21st-century. To learn more, read the full story of unrealised potential that is ‘Up on the Roof: Birds, Bees & Biosolar’.

Digital Energy Currencies: Blockchain Meets Cleantech

New writing… My new article for NRG Energy Stories is now live, asking whether blockchain and cleantech can combine to bring power to the people? It focuses on digital energy currencies – something of a crossover phenomenon. Bridging worlds of virtual networks and physical infrastructure, these cryptocurrencies inhabit a space where the emerging digital economy meets the evolving energy sector. They mark a commercial sweet-spot for innovation among both the tech community and the engineering profession. In particular, the piece looks at their rising rôle in collective energy models such as community solar, from Brooklyn, USA, to Perth in Australia.

For a fuller exploration of the trend, drivers and benefits, follow the link to read the story in detail: ‘How Digital Energy Currencies May Impact the Market’.

Rising Tide of Floating Renewables

New writing… My latest piece for JLL Real Views is now live, looking at an emerging investment trend in clean power: floating renewables. Whether it is a wind farm off the coast of Scotland, or a solar plant on a former coalmine in China, these recent record-breaking energy schemes are helping developers realise new opportunities, either by accessing deeper waters offshore, or freeing-up valuable land onshore, or both. For a fuller exploration of drivers and benefits, follow the link to read the story in detail: ‘The Rising Tide of Floating Renewables’.

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