An introduction to BS 8900 Guidance for Managing Sustainable Development

British Standard 8900 is a guidance document providing organisations (both public and private) with a framework to continually improve and meet stakeholder needs along a path towards sustainable development. Here, sustainable development is defined as the enduring, balanced approach to social progress, economic activity and environmental responsibility. I have written recently on my problem with … Continue reading An introduction to BS 8900 Guidance for Managing Sustainable Development

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Identifying Interested Parties

The latest version of ISO 14001: 2015 Environmental Management Systems (EMS) has introduced the concept of interested parties. Referred to elsewhere as stakeholders, the revised standard goes further than previous versions by requiring organisations to identify interested parties relevant to the EMS, their needs and expectations, and which of these the organisation will make into … Continue reading Identifying Interested Parties

Global Trends Impacting the UK Construction Industry

Following on from my series on Global Mega Trends I have decided to re-work a piece I had written previously on those trends that directly affected my own industry of construction. I will inevitably write with a UK and European bias however much of the discussion will be relevant to anyone reading. Of the 11 … Continue reading Global Trends Impacting the UK Construction Industry

Diversification of Governance in the 21st Century – Global Mega Trends Part 11

It has been quite some time since I first started writing about the global mega trends that the European Environment Agency identified in their 2015 report. In this final part of the series I will be looking at changing approaches to governance - the mechanisms used to move society towards beneficial outcomes and away from … Continue reading Diversification of Governance in the 21st Century – Global Mega Trends Part 11

Increasing levels of Environmental Pollution – Global Mega Trends Part 10

At this stage in the series on global mega trends it will be no surprise at all that environmental pollution is a significant and increasing problem. It is also transboundary affecting air, water, soil and ecosystems around the globe. It affects human health (GMT 3) and the natural world (GMT 8). The key driver behind … Continue reading Increasing levels of Environmental Pollution – Global Mega Trends Part 10

Counting Carbon – The Devil is in the Detail

In a recent article in Analysis, Energy Barry Saxifrage reviewed the recent BP Statistical Review of World Energy and pulled out a series of ‘missing charts’. The most important was the total fossil fuels used over time shown below: Disappointingly, his analysis showed that global fossil fuel consumption had increased to an all-time record of … Continue reading Counting Carbon – The Devil is in the Detail