Blog and Publications

Paul is often asked to provide thought-leadership articles and opinion pieces for the media and organisations seeking to promote and stimulate debate on sustainable development. In the publication section, articles can also be found on a range of subjects from the built environment to corporate social responsibility. A selection of blogs are provided below.

Can modular housing help fix the housing crisis?

Can modular housing help fix the crisis in our housing market? In the UK we have a chronic shortage of new homes. Around another 240,000 homes are required each year for the next decade to keep up with needs. These houses need to be affordable and good quality. From my perspective quality new homes should

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How the United Nations SDGs can help cities measure perfromance

SDGs CITIES UNA article Toyne February 2018 Paul Toyne’s article on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and how they can help cities. Paul describes plans to assess how London’s quality of life indicators can align themselves to the goals. Published in February 2018 by the United Nations Association.

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Why 2018 must be the year for faster, deeper carbon reductions!

Why 2018 must be the year for faster, deeper carbon reductions! The global picture Back in December 2015 the Paris Agreement further emphasised the political need to establish low carbon economies to restrict the Earth from warming a further 20 Celsius. However, greater urgency and action for deeper faster carbon reductions are required. Why? A

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Construction Climate Challenge London Seminar: Event Roundup

Volvo UK, in conjunction with the Green Construction Board Infrastructure Working Group brought together the supply chains of major infrastructure clients  to understand how through the PAS 2080 standard they could reduce carbon emissions and reduce costs. PAS2080, issued by the UK Government’s Construction Leadership Council and the Green Construction Board, is the world’s first specification aimed

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Emerging trends in property and innovations to support a sustainable built environment

Original article posted on LinkedIn] Which innovations driven by sustainability, and enabled by technology are going to impact on the facilities management profession?  This was the topic  for my recent lecture at the ThinkFM conference “Facilities management in a more connected world” for the British Institute of Facilities Management ( It is a huge topic, here

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