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

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

Ecosystem Collapse – Global Mega Trend Part 8

Ecosystems around the world are coming under increasing pressure with significant potential impacts for the global population. These pressures are linked very much to the other global mega trends discussed in this series. Population growth (GMT 1) and urbanisation (GMT 2) first of all are literally increasing the global land area covered by our cities … Continue reading Ecosystem Collapse – Global Mega Trend Part 8

Climate Change Litigation – Using Existing Laws to Promote Climate Action

This article was inspired by and largely based on a seminar given by Alice Garton (Client Earth) at the Edie conference in Birmingham, UK earlier this summer. Already aware of the work Client Earth has been doing holding the UK government to account on air quality failures, I was intrigued to hear their take on … Continue reading Climate Change Litigation – Using Existing Laws to Promote Climate Action