Business and technology

Human rights and the FTSE 100 in 2014

Directors of UK companies are required to include human rights issues in their annual reports following the release of “Good Business Implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human rights” by HM Government in September 2013 (HMG, 2013). HMG, 2013 provides general guidance on human rights reporting by reference to the “Guiding Principles on […]

Air and Space Evidence

Recent step changes in satellite Earth observation (EO) technologies now provide greater opportunities to see back in time and to use air and space images as evidence. Because of this the world’s first “space detective agency”, called Air and Space Evidence, has been established in the UK to use data from EO technologies as evidence […]

Human rights challenges in business

The use of limited resources, such as water, by existing and future projects will result in multiple human rights impacts – how should business respond? The major human rights challenges facing business today are twofold: 1. Cumulative impacts on valued environmental and social components, due to the effects of existing or future projects; 2.Multiple human […]

Making a Positive Impact

Over the last ten years sustainability has become increasingly important to the event industry, yet confusion still exists on exactly what it means and how to implement it. I want to share five grassroots initiatives, led by Positive Impact, which are transforming sustainability from being a purely academic term to one that can inspire action. […]

Who's ERIC

The Environmental Regulation and Information Centre – ERIC – is a legal environmental consultancy. There are not many out there but we have been successfully going for 7 years now. So what are “legal consultants” and what type of work do we do? Although most of our team members are legally qualified as Solicitors or Barristers, […]

Aviva sustainable accounting

In September Aviva announced the launch of the Coalition that is calling on UN member-states to adopt “a binding international commitment to develop national regulations which mandate the integration of material sustainability issues in the Annual Report & Accounts; and which provides effective mechanisms for investors to hold companies to account on the quality of […]

Lelystad wind turbine testing facility

Early in February, an innovative new wind turbine prototype testing and certification site, the largest of its kind anywhere in Europe, opened its doors for business.  Located on the leafy campus of Wageningen University and Research Centre in the Netherlands, Test Site Lelystad is scheduled to start testing the next generation of wind turbines later […]

Can technology save the planet?

In general, the existence of intellectual property rights (IPRs) provides a powerful incentive for the transfer and utilization of clean energy technology between companies and across different countries.  The main purpose of IPRs is to provide an exclusive right of ownership to those companies or organisations that have invested resources and time in the development […]

Sahara solar breeding

Desertification and land degradation caused by climate change may be ‘the greatest environmental challenge of our time’ and a ‘threat to global well being,’ but it looks as if deserts can help the planet too.  At least that’s the theory of the University of Tokyo researchers behind the Sahara Solar Breeder project, an initiative that […]

Mobile battery charging

Many of us are used to that sinking feeling when our car runs out of petrol and we are forced to trudge along the roadside to fill up a jerry can at the nearest petrol station.  Although inconvenienced, most people caught out in this way know that fuel is at most only a few miles […]