What did acumen7 do for me?

Mark Bew is a longstanding member of acumen7 and CEO of Cohesive, an international digital integrator delivering transformational outcomes across the built and natural environment.

Mark gave us a fascinating presentation about the advantages of being a member of acumen7, how that has helped him on his journey from running his own business to the merger with Cohesive, which has developed the first truly integrated approach for the management of critical assets and services.

For more information on The Cohesive Group, visit: https://cohesivegroup.com/


Economic and financial market outlook

Some fascinating insights from Marc Hendriks kicked off acumen7’s June meeting. Marc shared a macroeconomic outlook of the financial markets, and the causes of UK and global inflation. Marc also spoke about why he decided to launch a start-up 18 months ago, GreenGrowth Investments and highlighted the challenges so far. Marc is the Co-Founder and CIO of GreenGrowth, which offers a pioneering investment app enabling retail investors to invest sustainably based on their lifestyle. GreenGrowth aims to make sustainability the new normal for investing, and allows everyday retail investors to participate by investing into these solutions, letting them have a positive impact and healthy financial returns.

For more information on GreenGrowth Investments, visit: Ethical Investment – GreenGrowth


Future Transport Systems

The University of Cambridge’s Director of Research in Transitional Energy Strategies, Professor John Miles, gave a fascinating overview of future transport systems and posed the question: “Are we brave enough to re-think the future?” and covered the use of Affordable Very Rapid Transit vehicles, such as high-speed luxury coaches with autonomous controls that can run in dedicated high occupancy lanes, Hyperloop systems and small hole underground transport systems – the same scale as the Glasgow subway, which is the smallest underground transport system in the world.

For more information on John, visit: John Miles | Department of Engineering (cam.ac.uk)

Technology to improve air quality

Bertrand Rotagnon of Carrier – a leading global provider of innovative HVAC and other automation technologies joined acumen7’s March session to explain that Carrier has developed technology to manage the air quality in buildings to ensure that they are healthy buildings. Poor air quality impacts individuals’ health and productivity, and of course is currently a focus given the pandemic as well. There are three elements to the technology – effectively an air purifier, an air source pump which also helps manage the moisture in the air and UV lighting. The system is effective at removing COVID-19 virus particles, amongst other things, from the air being brought into the building from outside. (It’s good news for hay fever sufferers too.) Further, there is a system that can manage entrances and exits, to ensure a building remains clean. This GPS technology has been available in the USA for the last 10 years and all of the technology can be retrofitted to existing buildings. Five hospitals in France are currently utilising it and it has also been rolled out across classrooms in the USA. There may also be the opportunity to install in on trains and underground systems, the latter being home to some of poorest air quality we breathe. 

For more information on Carrier, visit: https://www.carrier.com/carrier/en/worldwide/

Advanced nuclear for Net Zero

acumen7 were treated to another fascinating presentation from the University of Cambridge’s Tony Roulstone. Tony gave an overview of advanced nuclear – fusion and fission – and how they might play into net zero by 2050. The UK has been at the forefront of both, but things are different now, with both the UK and others around the world looking again at the possibilities of vastly increased energy from nuclear. An interesting development is the importance of private equity – three of the five projects described are privately funded, which was unheard of in fusion until now. 

For more information on the University of Cambridge’s Nuclear Energy Centre, visit: https://www.cnec.group.cam.ac.uk/depts

Climate Risk Reporting: What Directors should know, right now

The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TFCD), chaired by Michael Bloomberg, has been quietly working away on recommendations for corporate reporting of climate change risk. Companies will almost immediately need to take action. As the Wall Street Journal reports: “Working out who might be hit next is challenging for investors. The potential impact and costs of climate change are complex to estimate, particularly given the long time horizon and range of pathways the world might take as it tries to decarbonize. By forcing companies to work through different scenarios publicly, the TCFD reporting should bring some much-needed clarity to risks outside of obvious problem sectors like oil and gas. It should also shed light on climate leaders and laggards within sectors.”

Please see the link to an Insight from acumen7 member Peter Dixon, looking at what Directors should know, right now:

201120 Peter Dixon Insight – Climate Risk Reporting – What Directors Should Know Right Now