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On the surface of it, the infrastructure industry has a dilemma. Building more efficient infrastructure will reduce emissions in use, but the very process of building will result in emissions associated with the manufacture, transport and installation of the associated materials. So, which is better? Or, should I say, least bad?


The 2009 climate talks in Copenhagen may have not met the world's expectations, but hopes are high for Paris 2015. But why should we be more optimistic about the likelihood of success this time around? Well, a lot can change in 6 years: scientific evidence for climate change has become overwhelming, a number of significant extreme weather events have helped underline the urgency of reaching agreement, and pollution has become intolerable in many major cities.


Not many would deny that mutual benefit is important when it comes to corporate social responsibility - common sense tells us that schemes must help both businesses and charities if they are to work in the long run. But it’s now more than good sense driving through CSR initiatives in big businesses, it has become fashionable to ‘give back’ to those less fortunate than ourselves.


The Ipsos MORI SRI report ‘Britain: A Paler Shade of Green?’, confirms what most of us already knew: in 2007 the ‘Environment’ briefly overtook the ‘Economy’ in terms of the percentage of the population identifying it as an “important issue facing Britain today”; however the recession restored the normal order of things … with a vengeance. So, is it possible to recession-proof sustainability, and if so, how?


I don’t know about you but I overindulged on the number of sporting spectaculars on show this summer - the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the Commonwealth Games, Tour de France, Wimbledon… At times my family played second fiddle to the successes and failures of our global sporting heroes. Unsurprisingly, the same factors that caused successes and failures during this year’s summer of sport also heavily impact Health and Safety performance. Let me explain.


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