New writing… My latest piece for The Hub – the award-winning content platform curated by Mitsubishi Electric — looks at the lessons that the construction industry can learn from other sectors, Being such a big, hungry and dirty beast, construction stands apart as a sustainability challenge. Taming this beast is a monster ask — and the industry needs all the help it can get, including the input of ideas and innovations drawn from elsewhere. Fresh perspectives and new thinking could perhaps come from some relatively unlikely sources, such as cars, fashion or even food. The point is… construction needs to be open and receptive, plus a quick study — so, please click the link to read the post in full and explore some of the possibilities for ‘Construction: lessons to be learned‘.
New writing…Pleased to say I have had another article published in The Times newspaper, as part of a special Raconteur report on Future of Food.
Despite population growth and increasing famine, 1.6 billion tonnes of food is lost or wasted worldwide, every year. With an estimated carbon footprint of 3.3 billion tonnes, this food waste eats up 28 per cent of the world’s agricultural area and drinks enough water to fill Lake Geneva three times. My piece explores some of the many innovations happening worldwide around food waste: from industrial-scale anaerobic digestion, via almond hulls and shells being put to good use in California, to beer made from surplus bread, plus simple sustainability hacks for bartenders that could save over 60,000 limes in London alone. For all the exciting opportunities engaging farmers, manufacturers, entrepreneurs and start-ups, however, policymakers still need to come to the party in numbers and force, if the headline stats are really going to change. You can read more about both the ongoing problem and the emerging solutions, here:
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:
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: