O2 is a leading provider of mobile and broadband services to 22m UK consumers and businesses. They are part of the Telephonica Europe group which comprises integrated fixed/mobile businesses in Spain, UK, Ireland, Germany, Czech Republic and Slovakia. O2 is committed to be an “agent of positive and sustainable change”. Their Think Big initiative advocates greener products for customers, services that do less harm to the environment and a £5 million social action program for youth.
Green Urban Infrastructure: Assessing Potential Ecosystem Services in Urban Cities
Cities all over the world are currently experiencing climate change caused by rapidly increasing atmospheric greenhouse gases (GHGs). Fortunately, cities may mitigate GHG concentrations by incorporating vegetation into green urban infrastructure (GUI) to develop parks, green roofs, waterways, and other structures. For example, plants sequester carbon (C) by removing atmospheric CO2 and incorporating it into their tissues through photosynthesis, behaving as carbon sinks1. GUI may also remove urban air pollutants,...
Recap: 4 Interesting Takeaways from the NAEM 2016 EHS & Sustainability Management Forum
As the old adage goes, all good things must come to an end. The 2016 NAEM EHS & Sustainability Management Forum officially wrapped up on Friday, Oct. 28 in Denver, Colorado, and it was a fantastic event. The 24th annual event drew hundreds of EHS and sustainability professionals and industry leaders to the Mile High City for three days of inspirational speakers, incredible learning sessions and great networking. For those of you who were unable to attend, we’ve compiled some of the top takeaways to...
Sustainable use of nature is good for the economy
Nature provides all kinds of goods and services that offer economic opportunities, such as a water, food, building materials and recreation areas. However, this `natural capital` is under pressure due to the growing world population and increased economic prosperity. Businesses, civic organisations and governments are therefore looking for sustainable ways to profit from natural capital, now and in the future. While this is leading to various innovations, many opportunities are still being overlooked. It is time...
Looking beyond headline indicators: water and sanitation services in small towns in Ethiopia
This paper presents findings on water and sanitation service levels from 16 small and medium towns in four regions of Ethiopia. In these settlements, the proportion of people with access to improved water and sanitation services is found to be high and consistent with other major datasets and reports for urban Ethiopia. However, when service characteristics such as reliability, quality, quantity and accessibility (including travel and queuing time) of water are considered, and for sanitation, quality and use, a...
How 7 Different Industries Benefit from EHS & Sustainability Consulting
When it comes to designing, implementing and managing EHS and sustainability programs, each industry faces unique requirements, challenges and opportunities. There’s no one-size-fits-all approach, and many companies find they lack the resources or expertise to create programs that meet compliance and add business value. If this is what you’re experiencing as you work to implement or refine your company’s programs, enlisting the help of an EHS and sustainability consultant may provide the...