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Research priorities for managing the impacts and dependencies of business upon food, energy, water and the environment

Green, JMH; Cranston, GR; Sutherland, WJ; Tranter, HR; Bell, SJ; Benton, TG; Blixt, E; ... Vira, B; + view all (2017) Research priorities for managing the impacts and dependencies of business upon food, energy, water and the environment. Sustainability Science , 12 (2) pp. 319-331. 10.1007/s11625-016-0402-4. Green open access

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Abstract

Delivering access to sufficient food, energy and water resources to ensure human wellbeing is a major concern for governments worldwide. However, it is crucial to account for the ‘nexus’ of interactions between these natural resources and the consequent implications for human wellbeing. The private sector has a critical role in driving positive change towards more sustainable nexus management and could reap considerable benefits from collaboration with researchers to devise solutions to some of the foremost sustainability challenges of today. Yet opportunities are missed because the private sector is rarely involved in the formulation of deliverable research priorities. We convened senior research scientists and influential business leaders to collaboratively identify the top forty questions that, if answered, would best help companies understand and manage their food-energy-water-environment nexus dependencies and impacts. Codification of the top order nexus themes highlighted research priorities around development of pragmatic yet credible tools that allow businesses to incorporate nexus interactions into their decision-making; demonstration of the business case for more sustainable nexus management; identification of the most effective levers for behaviour change; and understanding incentives or circumstances that allow individuals and businesses to take a leadership stance. Greater investment in the complex but productive relations between the private sector and research community will create deeper and more meaningful collaboration and cooperation.

Type: Article
Title: Research priorities for managing the impacts and dependencies of business upon food, energy, water and the environment
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s11625-016-0402-4
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11625-016-0402-4
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author(s) 2016. Open Access: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
Keywords: Corporate sustainability, Nexus interactions, Environment, Food security, Energy security, Water security
UCL classification: UCL > School of BEAMS
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10037561
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