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New book- ‘Beyond Certification’

By Bridget Elliott on 16th June 2015
Found in: Research and Resources

Can certification deliver urgently needed improvements to complex problems like deforestation and the exploitation of people? In this new book, Scott Poynton, founder of The Forest Trust, makes a compelling case for a new approach to social and environmental problems that goes 'beyond certification'. The book offers an alternative model, ‘VT-TV’, based on Values, Transparency, Transformation and Verification, which the author has been exploring and implementing with over 70 companies and industries around the world.

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 12:00 to Friday, July 3, 2015 - 17:00

University of Leeds, UK

This new book gathers influential views from natural capital leaders across business, finance, accounting, government, research and NGO communities, illustrating theory with hands-on practice. It provides a succinct and expert introduction to natural capital, including: what natural capital is and how it links to other capitals; the business case for using it in decision-making; where natural capital accounting and valuation fit in the sustainability and financial toolbox; and what real life early adopters of natural capital in business are doing.

Cambridge Architectural Research's report for the Campaign to Protect Rural England shows what energy and carbon savings are possible by upgrading homes. Empirical evidence drawn from interviews with householders in three locations around England is presented, providing examples of the savings achieved by proactive households.

Date and Time: 
Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 17:15 to 18:30

Central London, UK

With globalized trade, a significant share of the environmental impacts linked to a country’s consumption of goods and services takes place outside its borders. There is a growing interest among policy-makers in many countries in finding ways to reduce such external environmental impacts of consumption. But it is not always clear what policy instruments might offer the most efficient ways of doing so. This policy brief outlines steps that governments can take to identify policy instruments they can use to reduce their countries' extra-territorial environmental footprints.

Envecon 2015: Applied Environmental Economics Conference

By Bridget Elliott on 3rd February 2015
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Friday, March 13, 2015 - 08:45 to 19:30

The Royal Society, London, UK

A new briefing note outlines evidence on the role of the Public Forest Estate managed by the Forestry Commission in helping to tackle physical inactivity. It draws on research into the health benefits of forests but also greenspace and green infrastructure in which trees are often an important or key component. It argues that the Public Forest Estate in England is extremely versatile and has the potential to contribute to cost effective solutions for the health sector targeted at preventing ill health and also in recovery and treatment programmes.

ISIE Conference 2015- 'Taking stock of industrial ecology'

By Bridget Elliott on 20th January 2015
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 09:00 to Friday, July 10, 2015 - 17:00

University of Surrey, Guildford, UK

The Environmental Audit Committee has released a report which follows up on its 2011 report on Air Quality. Since then further scientific evidence has emerged on the link between air quality and health. The European Commission has started proceedings against the UK for failure to meet pollution limits on Nitrogen Oxides.

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