Radical change: ‘Industry 4.0’ & ‘Future of Energy’ in The Times

New writing… Pleased to say I have had another couple of pieces published in The Times newspaper this week, as part of special Raconteur reports on Industry 4.0 (Wednesday 7th March) and the Future of Water (Thursday 8th).

In Industry 4.0, my article on sustainability questions whether incrementalism is no longer enough to deliver the ambitious global change required for alignment with the SDGs. It discusses how the technological advances of the Fourth Industrial Revolution might be successfully embraced to achieve transformational shift:

‘It’s time for sustainability to get radical’.

My second piece provides the overview intro to the Future of Energy report and looks at the Water-Energy-Food nexus. It explores how, in the tangled relationship with water resources and food production, energy efficiency is saving livelihoods and lives, in communities from Africa to Afghanistan:

‘Life-and-death struggle for energy efficiency’.

The full 16-page Industry 4.0 report is available to view/download here.

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

India: The Power of Rain

New writing My latest piece for Eniday is now live, looking at the relationship between drought and energy outages in India, as extreme weather events take their toll. Last year, no fewer than 18 thermal power plants experienced shutdown as a direct result of water shortages. For a deeper exploration of the water-energy nexus, follow the link to read the story in full: ‘The Power of Rain’.

Breaking: Reaction to US Withdrawal from Paris Agreement

Andrew Steer, President & CEO, World Resources Institute:

“This decision shows a stunning disregard for the well-being of people and the planet. President Trump will now have to answer for walking away from one of the most hard-fought and popular global achievements in recent memory. Withdrawing from the Paris Agreement will leave the U.S. diplomatically adrift, at odds with nearly 200 countries. There are now 194 countries united in their determination on climate, while a group of three – Syria, Nicaragua, and the United States – stand apart.

“New coalitions of states, cities and businesses will help fill the void, but people will not forget that the Trump administration let them down at this critical moment. For a self-proclaimed dealmaker, this decision is a clear loser. President Trump has flushed away years of hard work and skillful diplomacy, leaving Americans and future generations less secure and more isolated in the face of this existential challenge.”  @worldresources


Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor, IEMA:

IEMA – Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.
Portraits of Martin Baxter
Photograph by Amit Lennon

“The decision of the US Government to unilaterally withdraw from the UN Paris Climate Change Agreement is deplorable and flies in the face of scientific and economic evidence.

“The effects of climate change impact everyone, everywhere. The reckless actions of a single government must not be allowed to undermine the consensus reached in Paris in 2015.

“The transition to a low-carbon economy provides significant opportunities and those countries that face up to the challenge will be the ones that gain most economic benefit.  The US risks missing out following the backwards step from the Trump Government.

“We urge US business and State leaders to make decisions based on scientific and economic evidence and continue to invest in renewable energy and low-carbon technology.” @iemanet

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