Building your sustainability vocabulary

When a new field emerges, a new language (or jargon) emerges with it. Knowing the language gives you access to opportunities you might otherwise miss. From time to time, we take a look at some of these words, giving you our interpretation of them.


Leaving the planet in a better condition than we found it – with its environment undamaged and the quality of life of its inhabitants improved.

Factor 10

Reducing use of non-renewable resources by a factor of ten, so that more people can share our quality of life. How can you do what you do now with one tenth of what you use now?


Using the by-products of current processes to generate energy to run the process, selling any excess back to the grid to supply others.

(Originally published in the BCS Update, 2003)

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