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My time at CivTech®

Where in Scotland does the public sector, private sector, community, investors and third sector come together to build innovative, industry defining ideas? The answer is CivTech®.

A unique accelerator programme run by the Scottish Government that empowers public sector organisations to lay out specific challenges for private sector companies to solve. 

My name is Jack and I’m developing our answer to Challenge 6, set by National Services Scotland, “How can we transform the re-use of products for NHS Scotland?”. It was a pleasure to talk with Derek Mackay MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy & Fair Work) about Scotland's growing circular economy...but I wish I had worn a smarter jumper(!)

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Ditto Sustainability thrilled to win CivTech® 3.0's Challenge 6

Ditto Sustainability has been chosen to transform the re-use of products for NHS Scotland. Reducing waste, providing cost savings, and developing skilled jobs; stimulating the Scottish circular economy.

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Going circular with the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)

Dan Botterill, CEO of Ditto Sustainability, explains how Artificial intelligence (AI) can help towards achieving a more circular economy.

The 4th Industrial revolution conjures imagery of all kinds of technology adaptations and evolutions; driverless cars, the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics and AI – the last of which underpins many applications in this area. The wide scale adoption of AI massively divides opinion. The inability of machine learning and probabilistic AI technologies to ‘self account’ or ‘explain’ how they have reached their conclusions is a very prominent concern for many, particularly those writing the law...

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The evolving role of the waste contractor

For those of us who’ve worked in or with the waste industry for a while, it certainly feels like times are changing. A public obsession with single use plastics, rallying cries for better food waste segregation and management, and the emergence of the new agenda in town: the circular economy.

So what does this mean for the oft maligned waste management contractor? How does its role need to adapt and evolve to respond to the progressively more outspoken ethical consumers?

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RWM: Is my waste contractor ripping me off?!

Around 20,000 recycling, waste, resources and sustainability professionals will head to Birmingham’s NEC for RWM Exhibition on 12-13 September 2018. The industry’s most influential names and organisations will attend to discover the environmental innovations shaping the sector.

Join us at stand 4G101. We're also hosting two rather distinct seminars on Wednesday and Thursday...

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Climate change: A scorching August update

Phew, what a scorcher! The Beast from the East was just a few months earlier! California burns. Australian farmers slaughter sheep and cattle as New South Wales is declared a 100% drought state. Temperatures in Portugal and Spain reach 45C; Ireland and the UK seen from space are brown – what happened to the Emerald Isle?

It's called climate change...

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WHITEPAPER: Achieving the SDGs: A Blueprint for Business Leadership

This edie insight report, produced in collaboration with Ditto Sustainability, provides clear, practical steps that can be taken by sustainability and CSR professionals to embed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within their organisation’s business strategy.

You can download our report from edie below...

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The role of AI in sustainability

People have a perception of AI (Artificial Intelligence) which is negative – they are afraid of what robots and the invasion of privacy through technologies will do to our lives. They fear jobs will be lost. They also have only a vague idea of what 'circular economy' means. Indeed Dan Botterill (Ditto Sustainability CEO) recently asked a room of (100+) people to define 'circular economy' in ten seconds. Just four people thought they could. So combining AI (fear) with circular economy (ignorance) equals a lack of understanding of how one can develop the other. 

That is a gigantic, missed opportunity...

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'Will the Circular Economy Save the Planet?' Of course it will

We had a really interesting time together at Ditto Sustainability's event on 27 June at the City of London offices of investor, IP Group. The subject of discussion was 'Will the Circular Economy save the Planet?' and about 50 of us crowded the rooftop room. I acted as compere for this afternoon meeting, and this was really fun because the speakers were well informed, sharp, and up to the task of replying to some rather provocative questions from me and the audience.


Here's the video of the day...

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Get your head out of the sand! AI is shaking up consultancy

Fresh from an epic Netflix binge of the latest Altered Carbon series, I'm feeling very futuristic. Partly excited, partly overwhelmed with what is clearly going to happen to us all over the next century. That is, on the assumption we do survive as a human race and climate change doesn't obliterate us before we can colonise space...  

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