Archive for the 'Sustainable Business' Category

The imperative to save energy and financially viable technology to do it

October 30th, 2015 by Richard Lord

Eric Rondolat, CEO of Philips Lighting, speaking to the Business for the Environment Climate Summit conference in London (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Eric Rondolat, CEO of Philips Lighting, speaking to the Business for the Environment Climate Summit conference in London (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Frenchman Eric Rondolat, CEO of Philips Lighting, didn’t mince words when he spoke at the Business for Environment conference in London in September 2015.

“We absolutely need to save more energy than we do today and we need to do it faster,” he said.

There’s an absolute sense of urgency to this quest because of two striking facts.

The climate is changing and our demand for energy is increasing because the global population is growing, people are moving from rural areas to cities, there is a rising middle class, and an ageing population.

Demand for energy is growing twice as fast as the rate that we are currently saving energy.

The good news is that there are financially viable technologies available to save energy. Continue reading

Fossil fuel asset exposure poses clear risk to investment portfolios

September 25th, 2015 by European Climate Foundation

German coal fired power station with steam coming from the cooling towers (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

German coal fired power station with steam coming from the cooling towers (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

According to the Arabella Advisors report published on 22 September 2015, the movement to divest from fossil fuels and invest in renewable energy and climate solutions has grown 50-fold in the last year to reach $2.6 trillion.

More than 400 institutions and 2,000 individuals have pledged to divest from fossil fuel investments.

Recent pledges have come from the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, the Norway Pension Fund, the Canadian Medical Association, the World Council of Churches, and the University of California system.

These commitments include governments and investors from 43 countries and multiple sectors, including pension funds, health, education, philanthropy, faith, entertainment, climate justice and municipalities. Continue reading

Channel Islands Skills Academy launch post graduate diploma in Strategic Leadership

June 27th, 2013 by Events

The Channel Islands Skills Academy (‘CISA’) announce the launch of a new post graduate Diploma in Strategic Leadership – a qualification branded by UK industry as the “Practical MBA”.

This 10 module programme will provide executive leaders with the strategic foundations to lead and manage their organisation in today’s challenging world.

This programme is delivered over a 12 month period and carries a fee of £4995.

CISA have further enhanced its growth strategy by partnering with JIBS to deliver a suite of Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment programmes from September 2013.

CISA will hold an information evening on 22 July 2013 from 5.30 pm at the OGH Hotel, St Peter Port.

This will provide an excellent opportunity to meet the team and to learn more about CISA’s pan island offering. Light refreshments will be served.

Please email: to reserve your place.

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Free Waitrose Guernsey seminar on reducing business waste

June 11th, 2013 by Events

The Guernsey Chamber of Commerce invites you to a Waitrose sponsored lunch time seminar from midday to 2 pm on 20 June 2013 at the St Pierre Park Hotel, St Peter Port..

Mike Walters, Operations Manager, Recycling & Waste, John Lewis Partnership (JLP) will speak about efficiencies in reusable waste, including a number of initiatives to reduce packaging, waste and CO2 emissions for which the company has won a number of awards.

There will be information presented on how Waitrose achieves zero food waste to landfill. The Waitrose philosophy is to minimise the company’s impact on the environment.

Waitrose staff are partners in the Company, which champions British farmers, and builds long term relationships with local suppliers, and supports local charities through Community Matters.

There is no charge for this seminar but places do need to be reserved by emailing:


PF+A company gives staff financial incentive to not drive alone to work

June 7th, 2013 by PF+A

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Alex Whitmore, Director of PF+A, in front of the car, used for car sharing, with other PF+A employees who cycled to work (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

PF+A employees have traded in their cars and solo trips to work for more sustainable and less polluting alternatives thanks to a new incentive scheme launched by the company.

The 14 strong team at the design office in St Peter Port are given £0.50 – £1.00 every time they make their journey to work in a more environmentally friendly way than driving alone to work.

The scheme has seen employees dust off their bikes, hop on the bus, and car share, all of which qualify for a contribution to their personal ‘green fund’ which can be redeemed at the end of the financial year. Continue reading

Is a society guided by sustainability still possible?

April 13th, 2013 by Island Press

(click book cover to go to publisher's website)

(click book cover to go to publisher’s website)

In today’s society, the word “sustainable” has become practically meaningless, with most sustainable products just a step less bad than conventional alternatives.

Because of the power of “sustainababble,” the world has largely ignored the rich spectrum of political, cultural, and technological changes that would set us on the path to a truly sustainable future.

Although the science of sustainability is clearer than ever, we still face the question of whether transforming our society into one guided by sustainability is even possible.

This new volume of State of the World 2013 — which features contributions from experts at the Worldwatch Institute as well as from environmental thought leader David Orr, freshwater Continue reading

Island Analysis compares social, economic, and environmental performance of island jurisdictions

April 12th, 2013 by Island Analysis

Island Analysis has released the first of four 2013 Island Monitor Reports covering 14 of the 100 islands, which it monitors.

The first Report focuses on government income and expenditure trends in 14 islands shown on the map.

(click map to expand - map courtesy of Island Analysis)

(click map to expand – map courtesy of Island Analysis)

The primary aim of the Island Monitor is to review economic, social, and environmental activity in islands around the world and to identify best practice.

The first quarter Report highlights the fact that islands worldwide are currently experiencing some serious challenges impacting on economic performance.

Consequently, for the first time, Island Analysis is developing an economic life cycle for islands which will assess where islands are on this life cycle and what progress islands are making in terms of sustainable economic development and diversification. Continue reading

Beneficial to integrate sustainability into SMEs’ core business strategy

March 29th, 2013 by HW Fisher & Company

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SMEs are a vital part of the value chain where there is a growing demand for sustainability management both from customers and suppliers (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

These days, the word ‘sustainability’ is ubiquitous, appearing on corporate agendas, in government policy and across current affairs.

Despite this, it is a term that is still often fundamentally misunderstood and therefore often avoided as a concept.

Sustainability is coming to everyday business and mainstream accountancy. It is to be embraced and not feared.

Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) might consider sustainability a topic for large corporations, but as SMEs account for over 98% of all business in the developed world then collectively they could effect a greater impact than multinationals.

SMEs are also a vital part of the value chain where there is a growing demand for sustainability management both from customers and suppliers, especially for those businesses who Continue reading

Political & economic short-termism driving civilisation to destruction

March 29th, 2013 by University West

Climate scientists have shown through their research that the ongoing rise in global temperature will cause the sea level to rise, which will drown coastal communities, and cause severe weather, which will kill many people.

So why don’t politicians act on these findings?

Social scientist Stellan Vinthagen shows that today’s power relations prohibit change.

The world is heading towards a catastrophic global average temperature increase of 4°Celsius.

The consequences are a rising sea level, droughts, floods and lethal heat waves.

Stellan Vinthagen, Associate Professor of Sociology at University West in Sweden, states that it is the prevailing power structures that make politicians paralyzed. And he sees social scientists as a key group for this to change. Continue reading

Skills Guernsey 2012 report and plan for action for 2013

March 18th, 2013 by Skills Guernsey

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(click report cover to download report as a PDF file to your computer)

The Skills Guernsey 2012 report outlines the vision and strategy for Skills Guernsey and the plan of action for 2013.

The report and plan, which sets out the vision, aims and future work streams for Skills Guernsey, clearly identifies the key role that Skills will play in Guernsey’s future well-being and prosperity.

It will have a significant impact on the island skills profile in future years.

Skills Guernsey has been in operation, in its current form, for just over a year, and is pleased with the progress that has been made.

A particular success for Skills Guernsey has been the engagement with all sectors of the community, especially businesses.

Feedback on the plan is welcome.

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