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  • Planning for the next power outage
    Lee Stokes, head of sustainability solutions & innovation for Mitie Energy, looks back at August's UK-wide power outage and reveals how businesses can build resilience should the worst happen.

  • One year on: How the IPCC report has redefined sustainable business leadership
    One year ago today (8 October), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published what it described as its "landmark" report on global heating. While the pressure the paper's findings would place on governments was obvious from day one, the study's impact on business has been continually evolving - as explored by edie reporter Sarah George.

  • Introducing the Business Clean Air Taskforce
    In campaigning, as in so many walks of life, the sum is often greater than the parts. That's why Global Action Plan is collaborating with government and business in a new initiative to step up the fight against air pollution.

  • Turning the Resources and Waste Strategy from ambition into action
    Now the industry has had time to reflect on the Resources & Waste Strategy, the consensus seems to be that it is pretty fair and addresses most of the major issues. While much detail is yet to be painted, the Strategy undoubtably provides welcome clarity on the direction of travel.

  • Fairytales, Thunberg and why business as usual is very worried about climate activism
    Greta Thunberg's provoking speech on the pursuit of an economic "fairytale" at the expense of the planet has sparked inspiration, admiration and irritation across the globe. But the fact that she has so many detractors means that change is coming.

  • Three learnings on circular innovation
    Moving to a circular economy requires new thinking, unprecedented creativity and invention, but how do you practically harness this in innovation projects? Chris Sherwin introduces three recent learnings in this hands-on innovation blog.

  • Why fashion needs to slow down to avoid shutdown
    As Extinction Rebellion (XR) protestors call for events like London Fashion Week (LFW) to be shut down, fashion brands remain worryingly silent about slowing product turnover before resource scarcity leaves them with no alternative, edie's reporter Sarah George argues.

  • Why we need a human-centred approach for a successful energy transition
    A transition often implies a need for various technological, regulatory and business developments - new business models, engineering advances and cheaper, greener solutions. However, it is often forgotten that it is people who are the real drivers behind any change.

  • How can businesses have nuanced discussions on climate change?
    It's a well-worn idiom that the biggest issues facing society today are complex. That's why they're still issues. Almost every problem that you'll see with this label cannot be solved with one measure or policy. Or even two or three.

  • Amazon rainforest fires: We must rise above the egos and insults threatening climate change policy
    As the 'lungs of the Earth' continue to burn, discussions at international summits have devolved into a circus of egos and insults that suggest that future collaborative efforts to combat climate change will revolve around petty but powerful people who can't see the wood for the burning rainforest.

  • Good business means helping communities combat climate change
    A number of core principles are considered received wisdom in encouraging pro-environmental behaviour change. Another core pillar of behaviour change theory is that the messenger matters as much as the message. People trust people like them.

  • Seven steps to solution-focused sustainability
    Sustainability has rarely offered such a dynamic and inspiring opportunity for organisations to build competitive advantage, differentiate their brand and engage their people.

  • Overshooting Again: A personal reflection
    Last month, specifically 29 July, marked World Overshoot Day - the date when we have finished this year's natural resource ration. Here, an individual looks at his own impact on that.

  • Well under control
    In The Salmon of Doubt, author Douglas Adams writes: "We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works." These are words that we can and should apply to our experience of technology in the workplace.

  • Sprints, Thinkathons and Hackathons: Getting creative on sustainability
    Everyone wants to be more creative and get good ideas and we'll certainly need this for our looming ecological and climate crisis; but how do you practically do this? This blog unpacks lesson's learnt from recent sustainability-led creative events.

  • Forget ticking boxes, the first step in saving the world is all about mindset change
    In this final instalment of Forum for the Future's eight-part blog series on the Future of Sustainability, chief executive Sally Uren warns against business leaders box-ticking for sustainability, and calls for a full-blown mindset shift instead.

  • Generation Share: The Activistpreneurs saving the planet
    There's a new generation of entrepreneurs. They see themselves as change-makers, activists building businesses to save the planet. Like Greta Thunberg, they know that time is running out. Fed up with what they see as 'corporate inertia', they're calling on big business to become activists themselves.

  • From waste to wealth: Creating a circular electronics industry
    As our use of electronic devices and equipment has boomed in recent years, it has brought opportunities to create new jobs, tackle climate change and other environmental challenges, deliver health care and expand education.

  • What does Governments SDG review mean for business?
    The UK Government's Voluntary National Review (VNR) on the SDGs is a chance for the country to take stock and reflect on the opportunities and challenges it faces, but is also an ideal case for businesses to get on the front foot and drive sustainable development.

  • Can sustainable businesses ride the new waves of consumerism in Asia?
    The way people consume information and make purchases in Asia is changing, providing an opportunity for businesses to introduce experiences, services and products that have sustainable principles built into them from the start.

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