The Economist, on 21 April, published a special report on manufacturing and innovation, entitled A Third Industrial Revolution. The report posits innovation helps to reduce trade deficits and creates opportunities in the growing ‘clean’ economy, such as recycling and green energy. Find out for yourself how innovation through sustainability & CSR is driving profitable business growth for an increasing number of companies – and how it could for yours – by attending the Sustain Worldwide Innovation seminar.
Sustain Worldwide is in ongoing talks with representatives of organisations in China (China UKTI and RHS), Brazil (Sustainable Hub) and sub-Saharan Africa (Consortium Africa) to forge close working relationships. The talks’ ambition is to open up new business openings e.g. to supply knowledge, technical services, and to generate development opportunities for Sustain Worldwide members and broader alliance in each of the developing markets. To register your interest in learning more about the opportunities being opened up, email events@SustainWordwide.com.
The Architecture Forum in Guangzhou is a flagship event for Construction, Architecture Design, Creative and Environment sectors in South China. This year’s Architecture Forum in Guangzhou is scheduled for 28 June, under the theme “Eco-Metropolis & Regeneration”.
The objectives are:
To promote UK excellence in the areas of Green Building, Green Urban Regeneration, Low Carbon Construction Technology and Sustainable Master Planning via a high profile thematic forum
To provide a platform to showcase Green is Great; Technology is Great; Creativity is Great
To create a high value media impact in South China as a prelude to the 2012 London Olympics through one-to-one interviews, and media coverage on the widest circulated regional newspapers and magazines, such as Guangzhou Daily, Yangcheng Evening News, Modern Weekly.
UKTI is leading the forum and will jointly deliver the above objectives by working with China Britain Business Council and the British Chamber of Commerce. The Target audience is the general public, local authorities, government officials and top developers in PRD/South China.
UK companies with specified expertise are welcome to deliver speech in the Forum under OMIS (Overseas Market Introduction Services, which a chargeable service provided by UKTI), other services under the OMIS package include attending the VIP lunch with key governmental stakeholders & top developers in South China, possible one-to-one business matching activities. For further information, in the first instance contact events@SustainWordwide.com.
Sustain Worldwide has achieved the EcoStep Bronze award through the implementation of an Environmental Management System (EMS). An EMS assesses a business’s strengths and weaknesses, helps to identify and manage significant environmental impacts, saves money by increasing efficiencies, ensures compliance with environmental legislation and provides benchmarks for improvements. Sustain Worldwide’s EcoStep Bronze certificate and Environmental Policy can be viewed at http://www.sustainworldwide.com/governance.html.
Members’ News In Brief
Andermatt Swiss Alps reports Robert Fellermeier, the previous Head of Destination Operations, has taken over as Managing Director of Andermatt Swiss Alps. Christof Birkhofer, previously Head of Special Projects Real Estate at Orascom Development Holding AG, has been appointed the Head of Real Estate.
Hotel in a Box principal Katrina Craig reports her activities continue to be focused on asset managing the Kempinski Gravenbruch Hotel and evaluating other potential acquisitions in European gateway cities. She has additionally taken on the COO role in SE Asia for Hotel Solutions Partnership.
Medina Palms announces its sumptuous show house is now open for inspection as featured in The Daily Telegraph. Further news: Africology Spas have been selected to run the luxury spa facilities at the Kenyan beach residences, and a Medina Palms-led team undertook a comprehensive mangrove planting programme.
Oliver Burns, an award winning interior design, architecture and development practice which specialises in creating luxury homes in London and the South East, has achieved the EcoStep Bronze award. The practice, founded by Joe Burns and Sharon Lillywhite, is already a Certified CarbonNeutral® company.
Pegasus Capital Advisors L.P., a US-based private equity fund manager, through one or more of its affiliates, has entered into a binding agreement to acquire the Bangkok-based ultra-luxury resort and spa business of Six Senses Resorts & Spas for an undisclosed sum.
Kestrel Renewables announces it has taken orders for its hybrid (solar and wind) lighting units from the Government of Trinidad & Tobago, and a new housing project in Barbados. Furthermore, Kestrel has structured an agreement to promote the Cynar system that converts waste plastic to diesel.
How important is sustainability to your company’s philosophy, strategy and practices? I am from the mountains – the French Alps – so sustainability is an extremely important issue to my company and me.”
What is the biggest sustainability challenge facing your company e.g. Supply chain, consumer buy in? Building in the mountains creates many sustainability challenges, when you are at over 1800 metres altitude the heating required uses a huge amount of energy which is not always ‘clean’, of course.
What is the one sustainable aspect or feature at your resort that you are most proud of? We plan to introduce a wood pellet form of heating fuel on a large scale which is much cleaner than oil or electricity.
Do you think developing sustainably is a moral imperative or a business decision – and are the two mutually exclusive? It is a moral imperative. Again being from the mountains I have a duty to sustain this beautiful environment that we are fortunate enough to live in for future generations!
What would encourage your company to strive for even higher sustainability aspirations e.g. Corporate social responsibility, tax breaks, consumer demand? Consumer demand would of course push us and other developers to strive for even higher sustainability aspirations. However, the consumer would also have to be willing to pay for it as the costs are of course considerable –it is one thing wanting and aspiring for these things however it also has to be financed. Obviously, tax breaks would be a huge incentive.
Are developers in general engaging sufficiently with sustainability given that 40% of CO2 emissions are from the built environment? In France, the standards and obligations are becoming more and more rigorous. However, I do believe that across the board more could be done; it is financial constraints that pose the biggest hurdle in the current economic climate.
If you had a super power what would you use it for – within a sustainability context? Heating our chalets throughout the winter. This is one of the hardest and most damaging aspects of construction at altitude in the Alps.
The Golf Environment Organisation (GEO) has published guidance for the sustainable development and renovation of golf facilities. Designed to support a wide audience including the international golf development community, plus government, environment and community-based organizations, the document sets out practical ideas to help golf projects comprehensively and consistently deliver against the mainstream sustainability agenda. Sustainable Golf Development: Creating a Positive Legacy is available to download on the GEO website.
Gordon Miller, co-founder of Sustain Worldwide, will be moderating a breakout session at The Boutique Hotel Summit 22 May, in London. The session will ask how is the sector addressing the issue of sustainability, and what are the most cost effective ways to make your hotel eco friendly?
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