Category Archives: Circular Economy

Sub-category to Resource Stewardship

Banks are waking up to the advantages of a circular economy

Green Alliance was among the first organisations to recognise the potential of the financial sector to drive sustainability.   In 1992, alongside the Rio environment summit, UNEP brokered a Statement by Banks on Environment and Sustainable Development, and Green Alliance encouraged UK … Continue reading

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The EU has the power to switch on innovation

This post first appeared on Business Green. Think of innovation and what comes to mind? Blue skies, blank sheets of paper, keeping your thoughts showering and definitely outside of any boxes? These might be helpful for great leaps forward, but … Continue reading

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What does the spectacular rise of the sharing economy mean for the environment?

Over the past five years there’s been a lot of hype about the sharing economy. Hundreds of start-ups are popping up (many of which epically fail) providing opportunities to share everything from sofas to secrets. There’s still much debate about what … Continue reading

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Top 10: circular economy resources

A representative of a leading US company recently told me that it was seeking a bigger presence in the UK because of our “thought leadership” on the circular economy. That is in large part due to more than fifteen years … Continue reading

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Will the EU’s new circular economy plans live up to expectation?

A version of this post first appeared on BusinessGreen. After months of speculation, we will soon have clarity on a debate that’s been rumbling on for months. No, I’m not talking about who’s going to run the country, but what … Continue reading

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Building a circular economy, one smartphone at a time

Smartphones, tablets and laptops are ubiquitous in the wealthy world, and the makers of these devices have their eyes set on selling to the next five billion consumers in emerging markets. And why not? Access to the internet is a … Continue reading

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Low resource prices are no reason to go slow on better productivity

A version of this post first appeared on BusinessGreen. Resource prices have been in the news again of late, although this time for the refreshing reason  that they’ve been tumbling instead of skyrocketing. Falls in food and transport prices have … Continue reading

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Scotland could use the oil price crash to kick-start CCS

This post first appeared on Guardian Sustainable Business. Such was the shock of the oil price’s precipitous decline in recent months that tongues were set swiftly wagging about what the explanation could be. Killing off electric vehicles, US shale producers, or … Continue reading

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Lessons from Easter Island about why we need a circular economy

This post is by Liz Goodwin, CEO of WRAP. It first appeared on Guardian Sustainable Business. We hear a lot about how we are running out of resources but, for many people, it is hard to visualise. Sometimes I’m asked: … Continue reading

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What’s the role of the environment in business success?

This post first appeared on the CBI’s The Great Business Debate. The environment has been the bank that keeps on giving for business:  it is the source of materials, and the sink for waste products. The sheer size of our oceans … Continue reading

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