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SSE price freeze: good news for energy customers but it comes with a price

Energy company SSE’s price freeze announcement on Wednesday morning is good news for consumers but comes with a price. SSE makes its move 24 hours before Ofgem, the energy regulator, is expected to announce a full competition inquiry into the UK energy market. While this can be seen as...


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Ethical retailer of the week: Equal Exchange

Equal Exchange is a workers co-operative selling organic and fairtrade products that guarantee “a fair deal for farmers and the environment”. The co-op’s beginning dates back to 1979, when volunteers started to buy coffee from Bukoba on Lake Victoria in Tanzania after having worked in Africa. Nowadays, Equal Exchange’s...


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Sustainability in the city: Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico City is perhaps not an obvious choice for recognition as a sustainable city. In many areas, it lags behind the other metropolises studied in this series. However, the Mexican capital – identified as the most polluted city on the planet in 1992 – has recently been praised for...


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VisitEngland: sustainability ‘secures a successful future’ for tourism

VisitEngland chief executive James Berresford speaks with Blue & Green Tomorrow ahead of the eighth international Responsible Tourism in Destinations (RTD8) conference. Taking place at Manchester Metropolitan University on April 3-5, the event coincides with both English Tourism Week – which is co-ordinated by VisitEngland – and Responsible Business...


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Understanding desire: how brands can respond to what people want

With the launch of her book, Anna Simpson proposes a new role for brands: not manufacturing desire through clever campaigns, but responding to it with integrity. When we’re looking for a solution, more often than not we head to the shops. We don’t necessarily know what it is we...


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Blue & Green Daily: Wednesday 26 March headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. Active ownership: investing as ‘responsible stewards, not absentee landlords’ TEDxEastEnd organiser: TED is not the ‘end point of your exploration’ F&C: responsible...


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Active ownership: investing as ‘responsible stewards, not absentee landlords’

Alex Blackburne explores the long-term financial benefits of active ownership. There was a time when investors at both an institutional and retail level would be almost entirely disconnected from what their assets were doing. The norm was to invest, sit back and collect the (hopefully healthy) dividend each quarter....


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TEDxEastEnd organiser: TED is not the ‘end point of your exploration’

A platform for world-changing ideas or a “recipe for civilisational disaster”? TED, the popular conference series that shares “ideas worth spreading”, divides opinion – but the woman behind a recent independently-organised TEDx event firmly believes it is a force for good. Maryam Pasha from the Migrants’ Rights Network (MRN)...


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Blue & Green Daily: Tuesday 25 March headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. Will Oulton plans top slot for First State responsible investment Which? says impartial advice ‘critical’ to protecting pensioners Labour urged to take...


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Will Oulton plans top slot for First State responsible investment

First State’s Will Oulton speaks to Alex Blackburne about stewardship, engagement and being in the sustainable investment community’s favourite band. Will Oulton doesn’t like to talk about responsible investment, which for a man who is global head of responsible investment at First State Investments is perhaps a bit unusual....


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On this day in 1989: the Exxon Valdez oil spill disaster

Twenty-five years ago today, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground in Prince William Sound, leading to 11m gallons of oil spewing into the sea off the coast of Alaska. The effects of the disaster are still being felt today. The oil spill remains one of the largest to...


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Blue & Green Daily: Monday 24 March headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. Boeing: sustainability is ‘the right thing to do for business’ Manchester event to kickstart social economy to ‘benefit the 99%’ China: supply...


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Boeing: sustainability is ‘the right thing to do for business’

The leading aircraft manufacturer talks energy efficiency, ‘green diesel’ and reducing aviation emissions. This article originally appeared in Blue & Green Tomorrow’s Guide to Sustainable Transport 2014. A report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) previously estimated that 2% of manmade carbon emissions came from aviation. This was...


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Charity of the week: Marie Curie Cancer Care

Marie Curie Cancer Care, which assists terminally ill patients, is running its annual Great Daffodil Appeal throughout March, to raise funds to assist its nursing care in hospitals. The charity, named after Nobel Prize-winning physicist Marie Curie, was founded in the early 50s with the aim of raising funds...


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Sustainable tourism is an instrument to ‘protect nature and alleviate poverty’

The eighth international Responsible Tourism in Destinations (RTD8) conference takes place in Manchester on April 3-5. Elise Allart, sustainable tourism manager at the Dutch tour operator TUI Nederland, is among the speakers at the event. She will be delivering a keynote speech on April 4 on the responsibilities of...


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