ISO 20121 is an international standard that specifies the requirements of an event sustainabilitymanagement system to improve the sustainability of events. It is applicable to all types and sizes of organisations involved in the design and delivery of events and accommodates diverse geographical , cultural and social conditions. At the same time it requires organisations to recognise their relationship with and impact on society and society’s expectations of events. The standard is based on the earlierBritish Standard BS 8901, which was developed in 2007, and had gained a large amount of traction.
Following the successful September event focused on the Limits of Growth, the Beyond Business as Usual series will take it a step further in December to look at how firms are practically tackling the strategic issues of sustainability and then recalibrating their models.
Globalization means that we are all connected—for good or for bad. Systems are connected across countries and sectors. For instance, food production is intimately connected to energy, water, and finance, and drought in the United States can raise food prices for people all around the world. Changes in one or a few factors in interlinked systems may trigger crises that cascade across time and space in unpredictable ways.
A new WRI issue brief, Weaving the Net, explores how complex, global crises can have profound impacts on low-income, vulnerable households. In many cases, climate change can exacerbate these impacts. The world experienced this fact—to dramatic effect—when the food crisis unexpectedly erupted in 2008.
Scientists have struggled for years to pinpoint the cause of the global crash in bee populations, an affliction known as Colony Collapse Disorder. Everything from pesticides to poor nutrition to automotive exhaust has been blamed for the apian apocalypse. But if British scientists are right, bees that pollinate much of the world’s crops are dying because they’re stressed out.
What if someone came to your house and threw every third meal – breakfast, lunch or dinner – in the trash before you had a chance to take a bite? You’d probably be pretty upset. Yet every day around the world that’s essentially what we’re doing. We’re throwing away nearly one-third of the food produced globally for human consumption. Below we take a look at where we lose or waste food as it travels from farm to fork—and offer a few ideas for getting the most out of the food we produce with increasingly scarce land and water resources.
"TIGERS and human beings cannot occupy the same space," says Prashanth Kumar Sen, former director of Project Tiger. Human-wildlife conflict arises whenever people and predators share terrain. It is acute in India, where large carnivores like tigers and leopards coexist with dense human populations. Although only 5% of Indian land is classified as protected, India's population of 1.24 billion means that 5m people dwell inside the country’s natural havens.
In this special mid-month session of Green Drinks, PUB’s Chief Engineer for Drainage Planning, Ridzuan Ismail shares their strategic approach in drainage design and flood management in Singapore. Following this, we have a panel discussion moderated by Grace Chua of The Straits Times, with Ridzuan, Eugene Heng from Waterways Watch Society, and Liew Yien Phin from Black & Veatch.
Singapore's first tidal turbine test-bed was launched in Sentosa on Wednesday.
Designed, built and installed by a group of engineers from NTU, and in collaboration with the Sentosa Development Corporation, the system tests the feasibility of tapping tidal energy to generate electricity.
Though tidal energy is a new field in Singapore, its key advantage as a renewable energy source is that tidal cycles are predictable, unlike conventional wind and solar energy, which are highly susceptible to weather fluctuations.
The system already produces energy to power the lights at Sentosa Boardwalk Turbine Exhibit.
In the coming year, it will further analyse how low-flow tidal energy can be used efficiently and made cheaper and more reliable.
The informative exhibition, which is part of the Sentosa Sustainability Plan, will have information about tidal energy and showcases a miniature tidal turbine prototype. The exhibition is open to public.
Dr Michael Lochinvar Sim Abundo, research fellow at NTU’s Energy Research Institute, said: "This location (Sentosa Boardwalk) is a very good spot for tidal occurrence because it is channelled between two islands - Singapore and Sentosa, which causes an acceleration of the flow much like a funnel."
Mike Barclay, chief executive officer at Sentosa Development Corporation, said: “We do have some pretty good tides around Sentosa, quite strong tidal flows so we can extract energy from them, generate electricity and prove something that could be scaleable for Singapore as a whole, something that really works for us."
Singapore Exchange CEO Magnus Bocker calls on all Singapore-listed companies to better disclose and report their environmental, social and governance footprints, and highlights the role of efficient capital markets in helping responsible companies grow
30% less energy will be used for lighting by 2020 compared to 2006, Philips reveals (30% less energy will be used for #lighting by 2020 compared to 2006, Philips reveals http://t.co/dPHkp5uU43 #sustainability)...
Sabah is a step closer to becoming the first state in Malaysia to get into the business of carbon trading amidst growing global concerns on climate change.
Last week, the state legislative assembly approved an amendment to its Forestry Enactment, paving the way for the Sabah Government to collect revenue for carbon sequestration – which is a process of storing carbon from the atmosphere – by maintaining its forests.
Scientists have blamed the high levels of CO2 for the rise in global warming, which leads to climate change.
“We are now in a position to deal in carbon trading,” said state Forestry Department director Datuk Sam Mannan here yesterday.
Sabah, he said, would offer its existing Class 1 forest reserves or forests undergoing rehabilitation such as those in Ulu Segama on the east coast for carbon sequestration.
“It has been shown that forests in equatorial zones such as ours are the most efficient in sequestering carbon and this is required in tackling global warming,” added Mannan.
He said the state had recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a British-based firm on carbon trading as part of an ongoing international interest in reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation.
Under the Kyoto Protocol, industries in developed countries are allowed to pay for the reduction of CO2 in developing countries as a way to offset their own emissions.
Mannan said the firm had six months to come up with a business plan on carbon trading, which the state would adopt should it find this satisfactory.
During the tabling of the Forest Enactment Amendment, Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister Datuk Ellron Alfred Angin had said that the Bill would allow the definition of forest produce to include “carbon commodity embedded in the forests”.
He said the amendment would allow the state government to collect revenue from carbon sequestration, noting that there was a huge untapped potential in carbon trading in Sabah.
Renewable energy sources can generate up to 10 per cent of Singapore's power demand by 2020. According to a white paper released by SEAS, this can be achieved without government subsidies but requires an estimated S$4 billion investment from the from the private sector over the next 12 years
URA Master Plan: With changing demographics and aspirations among Singaporeans, new housing estates must cater to varying needs and preferences. To meet the requirements of this generation and those to follow, a range of housing forms and living environments will be provided in both new and mature estates.
On November 28, CaliberLink, in collaboration with Green Drinks Singapore, will hold a “Green Career Pathways” networking session. This is in response to the positive feedback on CaliberLink’s “Working in the Green Sector” workshop in August 2013. The workshop helped PMEs understand the different types of business models, government grants and policies under the green entrepreneurship space. It also covered the skills required and how PMEs can reposition themselves to enter the growing green job market. Speaking in this event is Seetha Raghupathy from AECOM and Atul Harkisanka from LinkedIn. If you are Professionals, Managers, Executives who are interested in green entrepreneurship or a career in sustainability, please join us on:
FSC’s participation in Sustainable Brands London results from a comprehensive, global study of consumer attitudes on sustainable brands, conducted by GfK in 11 countries. The study aimed to profile the green values and purchasing habits of global mainstream consumers; investigate loyalty to green brands; look at the influence of for-profit brands on purchasing of FSC certified products; and investigate barriers to green behavior.
FSC’s Business Development Director, Marcelle Peuckert, hailed FSC’s participation in Sustainable Brands London as a strong indication of the global recognition of the FSC trademark as a trusted mark of forest products sourced through responsibly-managed forestry practices.
“With this research, FSC has gained crucial insights that demonstrate what we can all be doing to better reach global consumers and encourage more sustainable consumption habits. Ensuring the health of our forests is the planet's best defense against climate change, and consumers have told us clearly that partnering with for-profit brands to share this message can be good for people, the planet and the bottom line,” said Ms. Peuckert.
Sing Yin is not a particularly rich institution. Like USGBC's other winning school, Uaso Nyiro Primary School, in Kenya (which we covered here), it lives within its means. "What we like about both of them is that they defy the notion that green schools are for the haves, the privileged. These are low-income schools," Gutter says.
South Asia is likely to become the fastest growing region of waste by 2025, according to a paper published in the Nature journal on Thursday.
The paper said that although the member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) are the largest waste generators, producing around 1.75 million tonnes per day, East Asia today is the world’s fastest growing region of waste.
The authors of the study said that in the past century, as the world’s population has grown and become more urban and affluent, waste production has risen tenfold, and that by 2025 it will double again.
“Rubbish is being generated faster than other environmental pollutants, including greenhouse gases. Solid-waste management is one of the greatest costs to municipal budgets,” said Daniel Hoornweg, Perinaz Bhada-Tata and Chris Kennedy, in a commentary on Nature journal.
Following the successful September event focused on the Limits of Growth, the Beyond Business as Usual series will take it a step further in December to look at how firms are practically tackling the strategic issues of sustainability and then recalibrating their models
National water agency PUB will start 36 projects in the next 12 months, on top of the 170 on-going projects, to improve Singapore's drainage system against heavy rain and floods.
On Thursday, Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan posted a map of new and ongoing projects on his Facebook page. These include drainage works at Chai Chee, and the widening and deepening of major canals like the Alexandra and Rochor Canals.
The PUB will also put out a tender for the construction of a canal to divert stormwater from the upstream end of the Stamford Canal, and is piloting a flood-forecasting system in the Marina Catchment area.
The Meteorological Service Singapore has predicted that there could be up to 20 per cent more rain than usual in December and January, which are traditionally the year-end rainy season to begin with.