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How business is rising to the challenge of the resource crunch

26 February 2014 | News

Launch of new report at the House of Commons, looking at how businesses are future proofing their business models in today’s resource-constrained world.

James Smith, Chair of the Carbon Trust, launches the report

A new Carbon Trust report, looking at how businesses are adapting their business models to survive in a world where resources are coming under increasing strain, was launched at an event at the UK Parliament earlier this week.

Over 100 guests attended the event at the House of Commons on Tuesday 4 February 2014, hosted by Alan Whitehead MP. The report, titled 'Opportunities in a resource constrained world: How business is rising to the challenge', looks at how businesses need to build sustainability into their DNA in order to thrive in a changing environmental and commercial landscape.

James Smith, Chair of the Carbon Trust, and James Wilde, Director of Policy & Innovation, introduced the report, which provides real life examples of how big businesses are building sustainability inside their organisations. The report looks at the opportunities and challenges for UK plc, taking examples from leading companies who are demonstrating particularly successful approaches to the challenge of resource efficiency, to improve efficiency, strengthen long-term resilience, and drive business returns.

Guests at the event included Directors from a number of leading companies and the Rt Hon Caroline Flint MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Climate Change.  Attendees were able to speak directly with representatives of the companies profiled in the report – Bord Bia, BT, Stagecoach and Whitbread – sharing insights in how to continue to build sustainability inside their own organisations.

See photos from the event at the House of Commons below:

 

Alan Whitehead, MP introduces the event

Guests at the event at the House of Commons

Alan Whitehead MP with the RT Hon Caroline Flint MP Shadow Secretary of State for Climate Change at the event

Guests networking at the event

Padraig Brennan, Manager Sustainability Development, Bord Bia

Gabrielle Giner, Partnership, Director, BT and Steven Moore, Net Good Consultant, BT

Chris George, Head of Energy and Envirornment, Whitbread

Steven Stewart, Director of Corporate Communications, Stagecoach

Attendees at the event

Alan Whitehead MP and Doug Parr, Chief Scientist, Greenpeace UK

James Wilde, Director of Innovation and Policy, Carbon Trust

Guests networking at the event

Hamish Macleod with other guests networking at the event

Andrew Eastwell with other guests networking at the event

Guests networking at the event

James Smith, Chair of Carbon Trust, launches the event

 

Download the report: Opportunities in a resource constrained world: How business is rising to the challenge (PDF)

How is your business taking action on the resource crunch? Join in the conversation on Twitter with @thecarbontrust using the hashtag #ResourceCrunch.

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