Nicholas Simpson of Suez
Jason Longhurst of Central Bedfordshire Council
The UK Business Council for Sustainable Development is leading business in the transformation to profitable, sustainable growth. We demonstrate how the practical delivery of sustainable development creates outstanding opportunity for our members; and share best practice and valuable insight across our cross-sector network of leading organisations.
Priority Activities for 2014
Our focus groups work towards delivering WBCSD’s Vision 2050 and Action 2020 Programmes in the UK. They are member-led and bring together companies from across the UK who may not ordinarily work together to deliver projects and create new business opportunities. Each Group aims to catalyse change through leading research, delivering practical activity to inform policymakers and support businesses implementing change, and sharing good practice within and across sectors
Energy Group: The Energy Group continues to deliver exemplar site visits, ongoing research programmes with partners, and focusing on removing barriers to energy efficiency investment and improving energy security through awareness raising, project delivery and identifying funding opportunities to support implementation.
Its objectives for 2014 are:
Manufacturing and Engineering Focus Group:Promote best business practice in the implementation of sustainability in engineering and manufacturing. The Group has recently completed research on Sustainability and Reshoring and the development of local supply chains and will deliver events on the Future of Sustainable Manufacturing
Natural Capital and Ecosystems Valuation: - The NCEV Group provides business input to policymakers, and aims to raise awareness of the importance of natural capital and ecosystems services to business through designing and delivering projects which test and challenge the tools available and introduce new thinking into the relationship between business and the natural environment. The Group is represented on a number of policymaking bodies, is a member of the Natural Capital Coalition, and will deliver or complete three innovative projects in 2014 relating to:
All projects have member-input and the Group is also engaged with projects relating to Resilience and Biodiversity Offsetting
Water Focus Group: Exchange best business practice in process water efficiency and management. It is currently leading a research project on benchmarking for water intensive industries with member Heriot Watt U and will be considering the economics of water in the UK and the implication of the proposed new water legislation
The UK BCSD also supports a regional network to work directly with national and local government. The network will deliver common events relating to good practice and to examine the need for policy change on the cross-cutting themes of Sustainable Skills and Behavioural Change. In addition