Celebrate Earth Day by Riding a Bike!

Nearly two years ago, I did a series on how ICT services change our daily lives.  One of my favourite posts from that series was this one on the Capital Bikeshare program and how well planned program that leverages smart technologies can make a real impact on how we live.  Since I first wrote about the program in 2011, it has grown from strength to strength both in the number of bikes and stations in operation, but also in the number of areas served.  

Today, as we mark Earth Day, I think it’s important to remember that doing something

read more

The Pros and Cons of Being Big


The food sector has faced a barrage of issues recently. Much of it is summarized in this report launched recently by Oxfam America called “Behind the Brands”.  The report analyses the largest food companies (in the interests of full transparency many of them are BT customers) across a range of sustainability dimensions, including nutrition and obesity, environment, tracing and trust, poverty and international development.  There is a well balanced review of the report by Marc Gunther here.

But in contrast we need to consider observations I noticed by Emma Duncan of the Times.  In theUK, and I am sure …

read more

Should We Connect People or Things?

I know I said I was going to go on vacation and not write new posts for the next couple of weeks, but as with all well thought out plans…I got inspired on my last day before vacation.

“Connected society” and “the internet of things” are terms that we use more and more frequently. But what could they mean for sustainability and building a better future for consumers ?

 

 

Connected Society

There is certainly the possibility to achieve improved sustainability through person to machine interfaces;  how we employ ICT technologies to enable conscientious, environmentally collaborative relationships between people …

read more

A Pioneering Approach to Carbon Footprint Measurement

A couple of months ago BT was asked by the European Commission to participate in a pilot test to measure the carbon footprint of ICT products.  BT formed a consortium with Alcatel-Lucent and Cisco to test out BT’s wholesale internet solution.  Using the same protocol that BT employed to assess the carbon impact of the ICT solutions it is providing for the 2012 Olympic Games being held inLondon later this month, the three companies set about establishing best practices for measuring the carbon footprint of communications services and growing a low carbon economy.

In this podcast Gabrielle Giner, a program …

read more

Forget the Informed Consumer – Make the Sustainable Decision the Easy Decision

There are a number of apps that provide information that will help us be more sustainable.  I looked at one recently that had won awards and would help me determine the financial savings of a CFL compared to an incandescent bulb.  There are apps that let you switch your home devices on and off from your hotel, check the charge on your EV from the living room, and assess the sustainability credentials of a product while in the store.

I have written and even made videos about some of these.

But I am increasingly of the opinion that they …

read more

ICT in the Environment: The Connected Car

ICT in the Environment: The Connected Car from Kevin Moss on Vimeo.
ICT services impact our every day lives from how we work, to how we travel to how we make purchasing decisions for our daily needs. In this video series, I examine all of these elements from inside executive offices, to transportation systems and even teleworking in my own home.

The 6th episode in this series focuses on the connected car.  At this week’s Green Monday panel  Dr Thomas Becker of BMW described the prototype Rolls Royce Phantom EV.   The Phantom EV wasn’t at the …

read more

ICT in the Environment: The Sustainable Shopper

ICT services impact our every day lives from how we work, to how we travel to how we make purchasing decisions for our daily needs. In this video series, I examine all of these elements from inside executive offices, to transportation systems and even teleworking in my own home.

In the 5th episode of this video series, I focus on the sustainable shopper.  I joined Harriet Hentges, VP Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at Ahold USA Inc., (owner of Giant), at a local Giant supermarket in Bethesda MD, to explore the potential for applications to help a …

read more

Forbes 2012 Predictions for the Telecom Industry and What They Mean for Sustainability

Forbes has reported on twelve 2012 predictions for the telecom industry. Among the predictions, the primacy of India and China; emerging market companies will gain ground in rankings at the expense of companies from developed countries; focus on machine to machine interfaces (smart grid, logistics); mobile subscriptions will exceed 6bn (half in Asia Pac alone); global broadband penetration will surpass 10% (0.7bn I assume), installed PCs will pass 2 billion; continued focus on cloud computing

What does this mean for corporate responsibility and sustainability in 2012 ?

Well, an ongoing issue with digital divide as some have broadband connected …

read more

ICT to Help the Environment: The Connected Home

ICT services impact our every day lives from how we work, to how we travel to how we make purchasing decisions for our daily needs. In this video series, I examine all of these elements from inside executive offices, to transportation systems, inside grocery stores and even teleworking in my own home.

In this fourth episode, I explore how ICT enables home owners and developers to lower their carbon footprint and other components of their environmental footprint, enabled by creating homes that are connected internally and connected with the outside world.  For this video, I visited the …

read more

ICT in the Environment: Telework


ICT services impact our every day lives from how we work, to how we travel to how we make purchasing decisions for our daily needs. In this video series, I examine all of these elements from inside executive offices, to transportation systems, inside grocery stores and even in my own home.

In this third episode, I explore how ICT enables telework to help organizations lower its carbon footprint, support work-life balance and reduce real estate expenses.

There is a very valid question of whether telecommuting simply shifts the carbon burden from the office to the home. …

read more