Introduction to CSEM-BMP

We have for many years had a power point Introduction to CSEM-BMP.

Here is the latest version.

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Releasing our Handbooks for Private Study

We are pleased to release our handbooks for Private Study.

Please note that at this time they may only be used for private study. Any other use will still require our written permission.

However we do plan to release updated versions of the handbooks under a Creative Commons licence.

2008-09 Participant Handbook

Also note that some handbooks have not been updated recently and some of the material is out of date.

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Advocacy – Climate Change – Random Ideas

From ‘Sustainability Essays’ – for our Masters participants: our Advocacy re: Climate-Change – Random Suggestions – How have these stood up?

Some random ideas on things to do about Climate Change:

  1. Establish regarding the Government’s Head of Atmosphere (can’t remember his exact title) how much he has wanted to spend on educating our citizenry (£20-£30 m) and for how long he has had no joy from his masters – and how his masters think about this.
  2. Assemble a digest of all the UNFCCC’s IPCC-based scenarios & the Government Chief Scientist, Professor Sir David King’s communications on this matter since the beginning of 2004 – and convey them to all MPs, Members of the House of Lords and elected local government Councillors, asking what if anything they are planning individually to do. In regard to the 635 or so MPs, start with a telephone survey to establish their knowledge – and current personal attitudes. Then publish it – and follow-up every quarter until something happens.
  3. Locate and do a similar survey of the top 100 advisers to the government on a) CC & GW and b) departmental Environmental Management/SD. Could be fascinating!
  4. Locate and do a similar survey of the HSE directors of a) the largest 100 companies and b) Local Government – and their sense of ‘Responsibility’ (sic) to lead on the basis of their superior knowledge!
  5. Assemble a consortium (coalition of the willing!) of all willing leading investigative journalists and Programs to find out why the UK government has not been communicating and leading – perhaps there is a carpet to lift… Perhaps we are all in denial…
  6. Very carefully investigate the dimensions and the particulars of the lobbying effort with regard to the government to not take it seriously or ‘scare the horses’ (focusing on the lobby firms, their paymasters, et al)…
  7. Investigate any relevant hold the US has over our government. Is it our politicians’ desire once in the hot-seat to stay close to mother or father? Or is it that we will be subject to sanctions if we don’t, e.g loss of access to intelligence, control over ‘our’ weapons sourced from across the Atlantic (if so which etc), loss of financial support in the next financial crisis, or anything else…
  8. Survey all members of the IEMA (the Institute of EM and Asessment) and ask them how much they could reduce GW emissions (in tonnes) if they had non-interest bearing returnable loans from the government to run projects that would be self funding (say) in 3 months (in the first year), 6 months in Year 2, one year in Year 3……
  9. It would probably be sensible to ask the question of the IPCC and the UNFCCC.  There may be someone at home in either organisation of whom one can ask their thoughts about what is ideally needed to raise awareness and public pressure for action. These are the ‘official’ international bodies and they ought to have worked on this – and possibly been well-funded to do so.
  10. There are widely different ideas ‘out there’ about what will happen on present or likely policies – and by when. The IPCC work is really not well known in the UK and is probably the best – but from what I have seen still doesn’t really communicate. It is more a musing between experts and avoids nasty things like probable death counts. If alongside the CO2 curves, temperature curves, we had probable death curves – this might begin to do the trick.
  11. We need to have properly thought out ‘soft landing’ requirements – what by when to achieve what by when.

Based on emails dated 20/08/2004 21:54 and 1/08/2004 11:11.

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Companies Act – Maximising Shareholder Value – Time for Change

Something that has been suggested by Finance Directors attending our Environmental Accounting seminars over the years is that the Companies Acts need to be brought up to date in what they require of company directors. The suggestion has been made several times that the requirement to maximise shareholder value, which may have been appropriate in the nineteenth century – is now inappropriate as it stands.  Points such as these have been made: Continue reading

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Sustainable Business and Integration

Increasingly we recognise environmental (and social) limits.  With this change comes opportunity.  Companies can best meet this with an integrated approach.

[ The CSEM-BMP Sustainability Leadership Programme includes an Integration module.  The following essay is based on insights gained from running that module. ] Continue reading

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10 Actions to Save the Planet

Here are 10 actions to save the Planet. Continue reading

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Taking Responsibility for Sustainability

You cannot outsource responsibility; responsibility is something one must take oneself. By admitting that things could be better, that a change is needed, one can become part of the change, can become physically and emotionally invested in seeing the change happen and to ensuring its success.
Yet Green CO2, commenting on the recent launch of their green travel service for business, claims that the scheme, “provides employers with a CSR programme at no cost”.
The scheme itself is a good one. Providing “perks for the unperked employee”, it facilitates employees to save up to 35 per cent on the lease of a car and up to 50 per cent off travel by bus or the purchase of a bicycle, using tax relief and reductions in NI contributions. Getting people out of old, polluting cars and either into newer, more efficient ones or – even better – onto bikes or public transport is unarguably positive.
But the notion that Green CO2 can provide Corporate Social Responsibility to someone else is wrong. If every organisation taking part in Green CO2’s scheme, having signed on the dotted line, sat back on their laurels and said “well, that’s our CSR taken care of” it would be nothing short of a disaster for the planet.
Employee travel is just one aspect of the overall impact a business has on the environment. All organisations need to examine their complete environmental footprint and this will involve logistics, emissions, product design, sourcing of raw materials, HR, accounting and more. Only by taking responsibility for every aspect of their own activity can a company step beyond what amounts to token CSR gestures and transition towards true, profitable, ecological sustainability.
Taking responsibility does not mean going it alone. CSEM-BMP provides a comprehensive seminar programme and a Masters degree in Integrated Sustainability Management for Business to help organisations make the transition. Click here to contact us for further information.

You cannot outsource responsibility; responsibility is something one must take oneself. By admitting that things could be better, that a change is needed, one can become part of the change, can become physically and emotionally invested in seeing the change happen and to ensuring its success.

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Bridging the Gap

High street retailer GAP released their fourth social responsibility report last week. Outlining the measures the company is taking to “make their clothes more sustainable” and to foster “a culture that supports responsible business practices”, the report is available online only and contains an impressive list of goals and progress against those goals. Continue reading

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Food Security and Sustainability

Today the UK Select Committee on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have published their report on Securing food supplies up to 2050: the challenges faced by the UK.
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‘Fish Technology’ for Severn Estuary?

In ‘Fish technology’ draws renewable energy from slow water currents the University of Michigan News Service describe a machine called VIVACE (Vortex Induced Vibrations for Aquatic Clean Energy).

VIVACE has also been featured recently as “Ocean currents can power the world, say scientists” by Jasper Copping of the Daily Telegraph.

The main benefits of VIVACE are that it works in lower speed currents than turbines and requires less area than wave power machines.

As well as the noted benefits, VIVACE would likely be a more cost effective, and less environmentally damaging means of extracting energy from tides in the Severn Estuary than a tidal barrage.

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