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Prevent, recycle and reuse

As urban consumers our use of resources leaves a huge footprint on the planet. In Europe alone, 8 billion plastic bags find their way through to waste disposal systems, creating unnecessary environmental problems. The OECD expects that its member countries will generate 45 percent more waste than it did in 1995. A new EU directive… » read more

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Dear all, In San Francisco, the first days of the new year I had an interesting talk with the Business Ethic Professor, Jim O´Toole. One of the topics of the talk was – How to secure a deep and long term awareness and business strategy on Sustainability? See the interview at http://bit.ly/VIOqdy One of the… » read more

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A message for the new year

In the final days of December, one finds oneself looking back at the year that has all but ended and looking ahead to the year that is about to begin. For those of us working in Sustainable Development, this involves reviewing 2012’s disappointing outcomes at the climate negotiations and anticipating the growing problems our planet… » read more

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It’s worrying me that it is so difficult to build understanding between national governments. We are all developing nations and need to understand how conditions are different depending on where we live on our planet. Mayors in cities seem to have a better capacity than nations themselves to create strong networks that support sustainable development… » read more

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I spent three days this week attending the Stockholm+ 40 conference. We were a pretty eclectic group, formed of politicians, business people, young thinkers and legislators from many countries but with one common goal: to try and progress in this very complicated and difficult process to establish concrete changes to secure a sustainable environment changes… » read more

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On 23-25 April 2012 Sweden’s Ministry of Environment and Ministry for Foreign Affairs opens an international conference, Stockholm+40 – Partnership Forum for Sustainable Development. The discussions, which will attract a number of the world’s leading political figures, mark the 30th anniversary of the first UN Conference on the Human Environment held in Stockholm in 1972.… » read more

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Waste,waste,waste…..

It is always pleasing when you look below the surface and see real change in a market, city or organization. No more so than with the low-carbon economy, a market that is growing rapidly and creating a more sustainable model of development. Although the low-carbon economy is not completely synonymous with the term sustainable development,… » read more

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“You do not just get respect, you earn it”. This quote represents a core part of the values-based mission that led to the formation of Respect in 2000. Twelve years later and an increasing number of individuals are earning respect for their contributions to the fields of sustainable development and environment. People are being recognized… » read more

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On friday the 24th of February the European Commission invite stakeholders for consultation in preparation of the 2012 Renewable Energy Strategy. As recently pointed out in the Commission’s Energy Roadmap 2050, renewable energy sources will play a major part in Europe’s long-term decarbonisation efforts. While the Renewable Energy Directive 2009/28/EC sets a clear framework for… » read more

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