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Megatrends: The game-changers that are shaping the future of sustainable business

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:20:00 GMT

by Luke Nicholls - What will the world look like in five, 10, 50, or 500 years' time? It's a question that ultimately underpins the raison d'etre of corporate sustainability. But a definitive answer can be incredibly difficult, and in some instances impossible, to be sure of.

Sustainability Leaders Awards 2017 speech

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 12:41:16 GMT

by Luke Nicholls - In case you missed last night's Sustainability Leaders Awards ceremony, here is the short opening address I gave at the London Hilton on Hyde Park, in celebration of those who are driving the green industrial revolution.

A brave new era of sustainability leadership

Mon, 9 Jan 2017 12:14:07 GMT

by Luke Nicholls - It's fair to say that 2016 will go down as one of the more memorable years in our history, but perhaps for all the wrong reasons.

Time to upgrade: Building an operating system fit for the future

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 12:15:11 GMT

by Luke Nicholls - While thousands of us begin downloading the new iOS 10 operating system for our iPhones today, it is society itself that is urgent need of an upgrade if we are serious about evolving into a low-carbon, resource-efficient world.

The Overshoot Olympics: a world record we must not break

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 11:33:40 GMT

by Luke Nicholls - We humans have now used up all of the Earth's resources for 2016 and are overexploiting the planet at a faster rate than ever before.

The story of sustainability, green policy and Brexit (in 24 hours)

Wed, 6 Jul 2016 13:14:34 GMT

by Luke Nicholls - For anyone working in, or remotely interested in, the worlds of sustainability and CSR, all of the setbacks, uncertainties, opportunities and successes of the green economy are encapsulated by what has happened over the past 24 hours.

Life after Brexit: A new road for the green economy, but the destination remains the same

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:57:47 GMT

by Luke Nicholls - What a devastating week.

Better together on sustainability, better together in the EU?

Wed, 8 Jun 2016 12:33:13 GMT

by Luke Nicholls - Last week, I was sat in a bar in the beautiful (and very green) Austrian village of Göss, about 100 miles south of Vienna.

Breaking barriers: How to build a circular economy fit for the future

Wed, 1 Jun 2016 12:16:24 GMT

by Luke Nicholls - Two weeks ago, I was sat on the Leaders Stage at the edie Live exhibition in Birmingham, chairing a session on 'new business models'.

The ‘decade of disruption’ starts NOW: an edie Live primer

Wed, 11 May 2016 13:00:12 GMT

by Luke Nicholls - As thousands of sustainability professionals, energy managers and resource efficiency experts prepare to descend upon the NEC Birmingham for edie Live 2016, it's worth reminding ourselves of the big pledges, initiatives, collaborations and innovations that have together ignited a green industrial revolution at just the right time.

The known unknown of Britain's low-carbon progress

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:50:00 GMT

by Luke Nicholls - At last week's Effective Energy Management Conference, Rolls-Royce's director of energy gave a frightfully honest answer to a question about how his firm will reach an ambitious 50% energy reduction target.

Beyond borders: an international road to the new climate economy

Wed, 20 Apr 2016 11:00:00 GMT

by Luke Nicholls - In New York, the United Nations prepares to welcome more than 130 global heads of state and political leaders to its headquarters for the official signing ceremony of the Paris accord.

The 'Panama Papers' of effective energy management

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 12:37:54 GMT

by Luke Nicholls - As the impact of the biggest leak in the history of data journalism continues to snowball around the world, an equally compelling document came across the edie editorial desk this week - a document that contains information that could surprise the CEOs of some of Britain's biggest organisations.

Renewable energy investment: a tale of two continents

Thu, 31 Mar 2016 18:57:05 GMT

by Luke Nicholls - It was the best of times, it is now the worst of times.

George's little red briefcase is lacking big green ideas

Wed, 16 Mar 2016 12:00:00 GMT

by Luke Nicholls - George Osborne has just set out the 2016 Budget, confirming a reform of business carbon taxes and agreeing the next round of funding that will be allocated to new renewable energy projects.

Life is like a game of Jenga for green building developers

Wed, 9 Mar 2016 12:00:00 GMT

by Luke Nicholls - "Wow. People are doing so many great things in this area, there is just so much happening right now - this is an outstanding set of initiatives."

Brexit: Another hokey cokey dance for green business?

Wed, 2 Mar 2016 12:00:00 GMT

by Luke Nicholls - In, out, shake it all about? One thing is for sure: green policy issues will not be high on the list of deciding factors in the build-up to Britain's EU referendum. But the outcome of the vote in June will undoubtedly have an impact on edie readers - an impact that will be even more profound if we stake David Cameron's "gamble of the century" and opt for Brexit.

Who do you think you are kidding DECC and Defra?

Wed, 24 Feb 2016 12:00:00 GMT

by Luke Nicholls - Don't panic! DECC and Defra have everything under control. The two departments say they will "deliver an energy infrastructure fit for the 21st century", "champion the environment", "tackle air pollution" and "provide security against floods" in their new five-year plans.

Robot Wars and the circular economy uprising

Wed, 17 Feb 2016 12:00:00 GMT

by Luke Nicholls - Life's too short for our mobile phones. Broken, out of fashion, replaced by a shinier version - electronics are being used for a decreasing amount of time before being disposed of, according to a new report released this week.

Are you ready for the new era of sustainable business?

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 12:00:00 GMT

by Luke Nicholls - "The Paris agreement was fabulous in one way and terrible in another. It was fabulous because it gives us a very strong ambition and a strong steer. It was terrible because there is no commitment to action."