Sustainable initiatives help Canada’s retailers save money, say RBC and Retail Council of Canada

Canadian retailers who adopt sustainable business practices are differentiating themselves in an increasingly competitive marketplace and also significantly reducing their costs, according to a new report released today by RBC and Retail Council of Canada (RCC). Sigue leyendo

Brasil. Primer estadio de fútbol con certificación LEED platinum

El “Estádio Nacional de Brasilia” tendrá más de 50.000 metros cuadrados de paneles solares, la instalación de energía solar más grande del país, que generará energía suficiente como para dar electricidad a 1.000 hogares

Según informa la revista Forbes, Brasil está construyendo nada menos que 12 nuevos estadios de cara al mundial de 2014. A unos pocos kilómetros de la capital de Brasil, Ian McKee y Vicente Mello se concentran en construir en 200 días el primer estadio del mundo que podrá obtener el certificado LEED Platinum, la calificación más alta en construcción sostenible. Sigue leyendo

Digital retail: A sustainability opportunity?

Technology will make shopping more personalised, connected and accessible but will it improve environmental impact?

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Kindle Fire

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos with the new Kindle Fire tablet. His company is set to overtake Walmart as the world’s biggest retailer, but can digital retail be more sustainable? Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

I was on a panel this week to launch BT’s Retailtopia, a study event which examines the immense impact that information technology is likely to have on shopping over the next 10 years. On current trends, online shopping will account for over half of all purchases in a decade, with Amazon set to overtake Walmart as the planet’s biggest retailer. And although UK companies are currently world leaders in online and digitally-enabled shopping, I think that very few of the big retail players are really prepared for the scale of the changes to come. Sigue leyendo