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Issue 4, 2013: 8th April

News & comment on sustainable development

Towards a circular economy

In its final report the Ecosystem Markets Task Force looks to a new economy that integrates the value of nature. The European Resource Efficiency Platform has called too for a transformation to a circular economy and society.

We also look this month at a new e-learning resource aimed at procurement professionals in both the public and private sectors, the consultation on a new sustainable development strategy for our health and social care systems, the MOD's work on sustainability, and a report from Chatham House on its investigation into the shifting global political economy of key resources.

Nick Saltmarsh, Editor -

The circular economy »

Realising nature’s value: Ecosystem Markets Task Force final report »

The independent task force argues for a new approach to business, integrating the value of nature into business thinking to maximise opportunities and manage future risks.

» From our archive: Can payment for ecosystem services help safeguard the environment?

Manifesto for a Resource-Efficient Europe »

European Resource Efficiency Platform calls on business, labour and civil society leaders to support the transformation to a circular economy and society.

» From our archive: Virtuous circles for sustainable food, energy and water

» From our archive: Circular economy business toolkit

UK Government news »

Responses to Defra’s consultation on new sustainable development indicators »

Defra has published a summary of responses to its consultation on new sustainable development indicators to meet commitments to sustainable develoment and transparency.

Consulting on a new sustainable development strategy for health and social care »

The NHS SDU consultation and engagement programme on a new Sustainable Development Strategy for the health, public health and social care system.

» NHS Sustainability Day

» From our archives: Adapting to tomorrow’s climate in health and social care

New e-learning resource to open up sustainable procurement savings »

New sustainable procurement e-learning modules will help realise cost savings by implementing more sustainable practices when procuring goods and services.

» From our archive: New carbon literacy e-learning resource

MOD works to combat climate change »

In Climate Week, the MOD demonstrated its progress to "green" operations and procurement and help combat climate change.

» MOD Northwood Permanent Joint Headquarters leads by example on sustainability

Business news »

A roadmap towards zero waste events »

Zero waste events: a 2020 vision, a new roadmap initiative for the event industry from WRAP, aims to ensure that UK events are sending no waste to landfill by 2020.

» From our archives: Hospitality and Food Service Agreement to reduce waste

International news »

UN Human Development Report 2013: The Rise of the South »

The UNDP 21st Human Development Report, The Rise of the South, explores growth in the leading economies of the global south, its impact and what it means for the future.

» From our archive: 2010 Human Development Report: The Real Wealth of Nations

World Water Day 2013: highlighting water cooperation »

World Water Day focused on cooperation around water, as well as the importance of freshwater and the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

» From our archive: Feeding a thirsty world: threats and opportunities for water and food security

National and local news »

Green cities: using city deals to drive low carbon growth »

A recent report from Green Alliance examines how cities can drive low carbon growth and looks at the city deals process as a means of achieving this.

» From our archive: Vision and long-term planning make a sustainable city

Improving sustainability in civil engineering: award for Olympic Park »

The Olympic Park has been recognised for its outstanding contribution to improving sustainability in civil engineering at the 2013 CEEQUAL Outstanding Achievement awards.

» From our archives: The Olympic Park: showcasing sustainable construction »

Research news »

The new political economy of resources »

Chatham House has reported on its investigation into the shifting global political economy of key resources, analysing their inter-linkages in production, use and trade.

Events »

Shifting Gears: Making cycling a policy priority for health and sustainability »

Exploring the new opportunities created by the changing policy landscape for cycling and the challenge of increasing levels of physical activity.

Greening Education 2013: The foundations of a sustainable future »

Govtoday’s Greening Education Conference and Exhibition: The foundations of a sustainable future is presented in association with The Carbon Trust and Solar Schools.

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