The Travel Foundation, in partnership with Forum for the Future, has launched a white paper Survival of the Fittest: Sustainable Tourism Means Business.
The report argues the tourism industry is facing a “perfect storm” as destinations face the impact of climate change alongside economic volatility and rising costs. The paper calls for the industry to consider its stance on sustainability, set ambitious targets and work as one to grab the opportunities as well as meet the environmental, economic and social challenges ahead.
Stephanie Draper, Forum for the Future, said: "With the economic challenges that everyone faces it’s easy to get caught up in short-term thinking. The world’s "green" economy is worth £3,000 billion annually and is forecast to grow by a quarter over the next five years, outpacing overall growth. The question businesses have to ask themselves is whether they are ready to evolve and capitalise on this opportunity, as business as usual is no longer an option".
Sustain Worldwide delivers tangible results against 2012 targets
Sustain Worldwide’s executive set itself clearly defined and measurable targets for 2012 for the benefit of our members and broader alliance. Just over halfway through the year we are delighted to announce we are demonstrably achieving the targets we set in our core activity areas of communications, education, and network. Prime examples of the progress made include exponential growth in Twitter and Linked-In social media platforms, and on target press visibility. A very well-received Innovation through Sustaiability seminar was delivered in May; planning is underway for an autumn event. Sustain Worldwide has achieved the EcoStep Bronze accreditation, and chaired panels at events including the Boutique Hotel Summit. Our alliance has grown to more than 40 worldwide, and strategic partnerships are in development globally. But, we are not resting on our laurels. After a well-earned summer vacation, we will return refreshed and ready to deliver a dynamic second half to 2012.
Sustain Worldwide business delegation to visit Gujarat, India
Sustain Worldwide, in partnership with our India-based sustainability sector specialist partner SEnS, is planning a tailored business mission to Gujarat, India, from 8-13 January 2013. Gujarat is India’s most progressive state, one in which economic activity is outperforming the prodigious national average. Gujarat outshines its peers in offering uninterrupted power supply, state-wide gas grid, rich gas reserves, extensive road and rail network and airports which makes it conducive for all types of investments to thrive.
Those joining the Sustain Worldwide and SEnS hosted mission, which will be limited to 8 participants, will receive senior level introductions to companies seeking British and European partners with specialist sustainability knowledge and services. One-to-one meetings and group networking events will be arranged for you to forge new business opportunities, build partnerships, impart best practice, share knowledge and develop supply chains. Delegates will be assisted to identify potential customers or partners and to arrange meetings with them prior to leaving the UK. Delegates will also have the time and opportunity to pursue their own contacts.
INNOVATION & EDUCATION
Commercial energy efficient retrofits market worth $151.8 billion by 2020
Global energy efficient retrofits for commercial buildings will nearly double by 2020, according to a new report by Pike Research. In 2012, the market value is $80.3 billion, but the technology research firm estimates it will be worth $151.8 billion in 2020. Western Europe will remain the market leader, with Asia Pacific a close second. The market drivers for energy efficient retrofits in commercial buildings cited include a reduction in operational costs, an increase in property value, CSR and environmental concerns.
Sustainable Innovation 12
Sustainable Innovation 12 will be held 29-30 October at Alanus University, Bonn, Germany. Sustainable Innovation 12 will provide a platform to discuss the opportunities and challenges related to resource productivity, innovation and lifestyles related to products, services, technologies, infrastructures and business models. The organiser welcomes conceptual and research-based papers focused on sustainable innovation related to resource productivity and lifestyles. More information at http://cfsd.org.uk/events/sustainable-innovation-2012/.
New Cree LED-based spotlight promises one-year payback
Cree, which makes LED light sources and lamps, has announced improvements in LED performance that mean its latest spotlight, the CR6-800L, emits more light than previous versions, at 800 lumens. If it is used six hours a day, the LED light could last more than 20 years. Priced around £45, CR6-800L is designed to fit into the recessed cans on ceilings and replace incandescent or compact florescent lamps. Likely end users include hotels, commercial offices and public buildings.
Sustain Worldwide: a growing global alliance
Sustain Worldwide’s international alliance continues to grow in size and geographically: The executive is in discussions with representatives of the EEN to provide business development, communications, and educational services to European companies seeking to enter or develop their business in the UK’s construction, clean tech and sustainability sectors.
Also, in addition to taking a mission to Gujarat, India, Sustain Worldwide continues to forge closer working relationships with representatives of organisations in Brazil, China and sub-Saharan Africa. The ambition is to open up new business openings e.g. to supply knowledge, technical services, and to generate development opportunities for Sustain Worldwide’s alliance in each of the identified developing markets.
Members' news in brief
Climaveneta has installed an HVAC system combined with solar panels and geothermal probes at Pernera Beach hotel in Cyprus that provides 90% of the energy needs of the hotel and is managed by an advanced building management system.
Medina Palms the British coastal Kenya-based developer is working with Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club’s charity arm – Albion in the Community – the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and Tackle Africa to run a high-level football coaching and HIV awareness training course in Watamu for 30 East African youth.
MGM French Property has launched a rare opportunity to buy plots of land with planning permission on which purchasers can build their own bespoke villas in Provence, southern France. The smallest plot is 19m2, priced €200,000. It’s suitable for the construction of a two-bedroom villa at a cost of circa €250,000.
What does innovation through sustainability mean to you? It means to focus our experience and know-how in every design and manufacturing choice to make our solutions more efficient and environmentally friendly. It means to employ leading edge technologies to deliver solutions that ensure optimum comfort conditions using less resources whilst ensuring the best return on investment in indoor climate control.
How important is sustainability to your company’s philosophy, strategy and practices? As we operate in a sector – HVAC – that represents the lion’s share of energy consumption and hence of the environmental impact of a building, sustainability is at the same time a moral imperative and a source of competitive advantage. Climaveneta conceives sustainability as the synergistic interaction of three elements: higher environmental respect through increased energy efficiency; optimised return on investment; and perfect comfort. Being able to deliver the solution that achieves the best integration of the three elements in each project is the key to our success.
What is the biggest sustainability challenge facing your company e.g. Supply chain, consumer buy in? Sustainability is a very sensitive but also an extremely complex issue. I believe the biggest challenge is to approach it in a pragmatic, realistic and truly result oriented manner. I think the key to do that is to develop a complete vision, considering the indirect implications, for every option. Given the complexity of each issue, too often incentives and actions do not consider all the consequences and their final result can be very modest. For example: promoting the use of slightly more environmentally friendly refrigerants, which heavily impact a unit’s performance, might seem a good step towards increased sustainability. However, once considerations are made as to how much additional energy is required, the advantage in terms of ozone conservation obtained – because of the changes to the new gas – could be almost completely negated. A further big challenge is the need to integrate technologies. If you think about a building, its environmental impact is caused by a number of factors and systems, which are at the moment developed and controlled by different agents. To be effective these systems need to be properly designed and integrated to optimise performances through a synergistic approach.
Do you think developing sustainably is a moral imperative or a business decision – and are the two mutually exclusive? In addition to my answer above, we believe the first challenge to truly improve sustainability, especially in a sector as challenging as ours, is to understand that leadership requires a vision. Our vision is to conceive business as a way to improve how our industry works and impacts with society as a whole. In taking this position, we act in everyone’s best interest to bring advantages to all stakeholders. We are then rewarded for doing so. So, in our opinion, to be sustainable means to undertake business following the moral imperative of providing long-term advantages for all our stakeholders.
What would encourage your company to strive for even higher sustainability aspirations e.g. Corporate social responsibility, tax breaks, client demand? In this respect I am a pragmatist. I think the most decisive factor in encouraging sustainability is the rising cost of energy. This is the trigger both for enhanced focus on building green as well as for higher attention to energy consumption of systems. This, together with tougher legislation on energy consumption of building and systems, will put more and more pressure on manufacturers and developers to innovate for sustainability.
Also, I am aware that Climaveneta, as major world player in HVAC, has a huge responsibility to accelerate this process, which is an opportunity for us. I believe that we can truly make a difference by focusing on our core competences: improving the efficiency of our solutions; making them easier to apply; extending their life cycle. So I would say that what will encourage us to invest even more in innovation for sustainability will be the awareness of the changes of the context, and the will to take full responsibility for the role we play and the opportunity this offers us.
What new business opportunities are you seeking e.g. In which countries, sectors e.g. private, commercial? Despite the fierce economic situation in Italy as well as in the whole EU, we are very committed to an expansion programme. This refers both to markets where we already have a leading role, as in the UK and Europe in general, where we strongly invest to promote the most advanced, custom-made solutions and to partner with the most demanding designers and envisioned developers to emulate and exceed their expectations. But it means also to strengthen our presence in relatively less mature markets for us, such as the Middle East, India, and South America, where we can apply our expertise to the climate and cultural idiosyncrasies of these markets. In considering the applications, our core business has always been large commercial buildings, which will remain so in the future, with a particular focus on office buildings, hotel applications and data centre solutions. As concerns products, besides continuous technological innovation we are strongly investing in supervision, measurement and control devices to optimize our chiller plant performances and to enable the easiest and most effective integration with the building’s BMS.
What services and USP’s do you offer clients? The largest range of HVAC & HPAC solutions conceived to guarantee perfect comfort conditions in any application, from office buildings to hotels and retail, with highest energy efficiency, fastest pay back of the initial investment and longest life cycle. Climaveneta has a unique expertise that enables the customisation of solutions to enable the systems to be able to adapt to even to the most challenging requirements of the most futuristic projects. Ultimately, Climaveneta provides a sustainability-oriented vision of HVAC – sustainable comfort – blending, perfect well-being, environmental consideration and highest ROI in real estate to each stakeholder in each interaction, from pre-sales support, to after-sales service.
If you had a super power what would you use it for – within a sustainability context? I would make transparent and intuitive to everyone the true impact of each sustainability-oriented action (making it easier to distinguish between green commitment and green washing).
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