• About

    UK BCSD is the UK’s leading and most established business-based organisation for sustainable development. It was launched in November 1999 to bring business leaders together to work on the practical implementation of sustainability and eco-efficiency. Since October 2001 the management and development of UK BCSD has been undertaken by Environmental Business Communications Limited of Birmingham.


    • 34 companies.

    Shared Members with WBCSD

    • (5) BP, ConocoPhillips, E.ON, Lafarge, Shell.

  • Activities

    Building the Business Case

    • UK BCSD focus groups work towards delivering WBCSD’s Vision 2050 and Action 2020 Programmes in the UK. They are member-led and bring together companies from across the UK who may not ordinarily work together to deliver projects and create new business opportunities. Each Group aims to catalyse change through leading research, delivering practical activity to inform policymakers and support businesses implementing change, and sharing good practice within and across sectors.

  • Action2020-related Activities

    Climate Change

    • UK BCSD Focus Group on Energy continues to deliver exemplar site visits, and ongoing research programmes with partners. It focuses on removing barriers to energy efficiency investment and improving energy security through awareness raising, project delivery and identifying funding opportunities to support implementation. Its objectives for 2014 include: 1) Producing a set of guidance documents on energy efficiency and renewable technologies for SMEs; 2) Examining energy and carbon management in the construction of major infrastructure projects in relation to managing energy demand and improving energy security and carbon emission reduction; 3) Raising awareness about finance issues relating to the implementation energy efficiency and security.
    • The Energy & Climate Zero Emissions (ECZE) Initiative. The Energy Group is working for the City Of Birmingham to become a European pioneer city in terms of ECZE. UK BCSD CEO Pat Laughlin is a member of the City’s Green Commission to support its objective of becoming a leading Green City.
    • Develops a Guide on Distributed Energy.
    • Develops an IEE Application project with Poland, Spain, Italy.
    • Undertakes research on the Barriers to Investment in Energy Efficiency and Improving Energy Security.
    • Sustainable Cities is a project on integrated infrastructure, including transport and mobility for regeneration and growth.


    • UK BCSD has a Focus Group on Sustainable Water. It works to exchange best business practice in process water efficiency and management. It is currently leading a research project on benchmarking for water intensive industries with member Heriot Watt U and will be considering the economics of water in the UK and the implication of the proposed new water legislation.
    • Develops and offers Sectoral Benchmarking Tools in water management.


    • UK BCSD has a Focus Group on Ecosystems Services & Natural Capital (NCEV). The NCEV Group provides business input to policymakers, and aims to raise awareness of the importance of natural capital and ecosystems services to business through designing and delivering projects which test and challenge the tools available and introduce new thinking into the relationship between business and the natural environment. The Group is represented on a number of policymaking bodies, is a member of the Natural Capital Coalition, and will deliver or complete three innovative projects in 2014 relating to: 1) Ecosystems services and urban growth and development (Natural Capital City Model); 2) Ecosystems services as a tool for delivering land management solutions (CEV Pilot in South Wales); 3) Ecosystems services and the relevance to supply chains (CECV Lite for SMEs).
    • The NCEV Group is also engaged with projects relating to Resilience and Biodiversity Offsetting.

    Skills and Employment

    • Works on skills development for sustainability.
    • Research on demographics and the ageing population.

    Sustainable Lifestyles

    • Project work on Localized Supply Chains – Manufacturing Close to the Market.
    • Green Deal is a project on supply chain and skills development.
    • Works on Circular Economy.
    • Research on Sustainable behaviour, i.e. behaviour positively contributing to sustainable development.

    Food, Feed, Fibre and Biofuel

    • Is planning to engage in the Food Loss and Waste Protocol, in which the WBCSD is collaborating with the WRI. UK BCSD will contribute through the WRAP, a UK-based initiative to prevent waste, help recycling take off in the country and to create a market for recycled materials.

  • Government Engagement and External Collaboration

    • Supports a regional network to work directly with national and local government. The network will deliver common events relating to good practice and to examine the need for policy change on the cross-cutting themes of Sustainable Skills and Behavioural Change.
    • In Wales, UK BCSD will work in partnership with Cynnal Cymru-Sustain Wales, supporting the introduction of the Sustainable Development Charter for business. Energy security, the importance of ecosystems services and climate change adaptation have been identified as main themes.
    • In Yorkshire and Humberside the focus will be on constructing and managing sustainable buildings and Sustainable manufacturing.
    • In the Midlands, UK BCSD is represented by the Midlands Environmental Business Companies. The Group will be focusing on energy efficiency and energy security with activity around waste to energy technology change, alternative fuels and transportation systems current, and ecosystems services and urban development. In support of this, UK BCSD’s CEO Pat Laughlin is involved locally in developing Birmingham’s objective to become a leading sustainable green city through her work as a member of the Green Commission.

Global Network Collaboration


Action2020 Engagement