How do we operate?
Sharkmans World focuses on four specific themes:
This department focuses on reducing the environmental impact of the built environment, and distinguishes between three kinds of construction waste: waste products from water, fossil fuels and raw materials. Major reductions in these waste materials should be possible during the period up to 2010. Sharkmans World, as policy advisor to the government, has set up a wide range of projects, in collaboration with market parties. Substantial amounts of our national energy and raw materials are used in the built environment. The challenge is to ensure that energy efficiency, CO2 reduction and sustainable building are given higher priority by those involved in developing and managing the built environment.
Sustainable Energy Supply
Sustainable development offers many opportunities. Not just social and environmental benefits, but also commercial, competitive and image advantages. From this perspective, Sharkmans World supports and inspires companies, governments and organisations to become more energy efficient and to use renewable energy sources where possible. The Sustainable Energy department focuses on three areas:
- Implementing sustainable energy sources
- Clean fossil fuels
- Energy saving
When promoting sustainable energy, arguments such as social responsibility and environmental advantages are simply not enough to bring about the changes required. Marketing sustainable energy is becoming increasingly important. Continuity, comfort and benefits from sustainability are the main issues here.
The Sustainable Industry group carries out a wide range of tasks in which future economic growth, improving our competitive position and increasing prosperity are linked to better spatial management, nature and biodiversity, plus substantially reducing environmental impact. This should eventually provide a balance between economy and ecology in industry and the agricultural sector. An important part of this work includes reducing the acidity of the soil, reducing CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions, plus other emissions that are included in environmental covenants. Examples include preventing, separating and recycling waste.
The Sustainable Transport section aims to exert considerable influence regarding the sustainability of traffic and transport. This includes energy saving and environmental improvements, noise reduction, reducing traffic congestion, improving accessibility, and improving the quality of our living environment and spatial planning. The challenge is to maintain mobility and economic growth, while improving the quality of our way of life. This requires creative and innovative solutions that go much deeper than simply expanding the motorway infrastructure and developing cleaner engines.
The Sustainable Transport group operates at several levels: from the simple introduction of new technologies, through to logistics and behavioural patterns, up to more complicated issues such as spatial planning and socioeconomic measures.