o Sustain to keep from failing or sinking over prolonged periods; to endure without giving way; keep going continuously' Def: Business practical, systematic; relating to work, management, trade, commerce; buying and selling' On a straightforward level, a Sustainable Business is one that is able to withstand the bumps and pit-holes of everyday life and therefore continue into the future.
Therefore any measure that supports a Sustainable Business is essentially promoting good management practices. However, in addition to this, the concept of Sustainable Business is usually referred to within the context of Sustainable Marine Renewables Development. Sustainable development means different things to different people, but the most frequently quoted definition is from the report Our Common Future (also known as the Brundtland Report) 'Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs' While there are strong ethical reasons for pursuing the sustainable development route, there is also a strong business case to be made. A sustainable business is likely to be more competitive, more resilient to shocks, more responsive to change and more likely to attract and hold customers and the best employees. It can also be more at ease with regulators, banks, insurers and financial markets. Companies that care about the environment are more likely to be successful in the long-term than those who don`t.
The renewable energy industry in Wales is providing the potential for new Wood Energy Businesses to be established by entrepreneurial individuals or co-operatives. www.woodenergybusiness.co.uk A Wood Energy Business will need: 1. A guaranteed, local supply of wood or processed wood fuel.
Sustainable business policies will be profitable but companies are led by, and serve, people with vision and values. In the long-term, companies that do not reflect these visions and values will not survive. Therefore, a sustainable business is one that: Protects and enhances the environment through responsible use of materials, efficient use of energy and minimisation of waste; Invests in its workforce and local community and builds trust through transparency and credibility; Contributes towards a vibrant local economy; Meets needs locally wherever possible; and, Considers the environmental, social and economic impacts of all its decisions.
Enabling local business to appreciate the opportunities that Sustainable Businesses practices bring has both political and economic support. For example, the East of England Regional Economic Strategy states that, The quality of (the) natural and built environment will play an important part in the region s economic success. All business sectors will realise the potential of environmental technologies, waste minimisation and recycling.
While the Regional Development Plan states that, Sustainable development practices are encouraged recognising the mutual dependence of the economic, social and environmental consequences of investing in employment and skills. Greater awareness and understanding of what this means in practice is required . We hope that the information on this site, along with the links that visitors can make from it, will help to meet these aims. ©2004 - Beds & Luton Sustainable Business Partnership.
ESW is concerned with the search for globally sustainable, whole and ecologically sound technologies and ways of life. Within this search the role of ESW is to explore and demonstrate a wide range of alternatives, communicating to other people the options for them to achieve positive change in their own lives.
Inspiring - instilling the desire to change by practical example
Informing - feeding the desire to change by providing the most appropriate information on renwables
Enabling - providing effective and continuing support to put the change into practice.
ESW has a holistic approach to its work, integrating ideas and practice relating to land use, shelter, energy conservation and use, diet and health, waste management and recycling.
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'Social enterprise and the environment' event June 25, 2011
FREE Training - how will climate change affect your community? June 25, 2011
Greener Living Fund launch - first pictures June 25, 2011
Greener Living Programme launched June 23, 2011
The third sector gave us the welfare state, can it give us the sustainable state? June 22, 2011
UK Climate Projections launched (significant!) June 18, 2011
Funding Central launched June 17, 2011
Third Sector Climate Change Declaration June 15, 2011
Real Help for Communities: Volunteers, Charities and Social Enterprises June 7, 2011
Every Action Counts Film June 5, 2011
The difficulty of engaging with people has meant that Bryony isn’t sure how accurately they’re sticking to their pledges. “I’m hoping that the new scheme where you can make your own pledges will improve things” she says. “It’s a good move for this audience where people are probably already doing some of the standard pledges”.
The renewable energy industry in Wales is providing the potential for new Wood Energy Businesses to be established by entrepreneurial individuals or co-operatives. www.woodenergybusiness.co.uk A Wood Energy Business will need: 1. A guaranteed, local supply of wood or processed wood fuel 2.
The Government has set targets for the number of UK households that will have installed solar panels to their home. Contrary to popular believe the UK has over 65% of the radiation that Spain receives which is more than enough to guarantee a the function of a Solar PV system. With the Government's feed-in tariff in place that allows an income to be produced from installing solar energy the number of homes that rely soley on solar power is set to rise.