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Where geography meets science to create a sustainable future

Explore how organisations can generate growth, while ensuring a socially and environmentally sustainable world for future generations


What does sustainability mean for organisations

In today’s world, organisations are increasingly recognising the importance of operating sustainably, including the need to take action to mitigate climate change. What this means in practice is protecting the environment and contributing to society, while achieving economic growth and resilience. Esri technology is playing an increasingly significant role in helping organisations achieve their sustainability goals and meet regulation.

Sustainable Supply Chain

Visualise supply chains, understand geopolitical risk and demonstrate social and environmental good practice.

Who is taking a geographic approach to sustainability?

Leaders in business and government apply location technology to help inform and deliver their sustainability strategy. Examples of location intelligence use cases include mitigating climate change, understanding habitat, delivering biodiversity net gain, making communities more sustainable, supporting green energy projects and de-risking supply chains.


NHS Fife

Corporate and public landowners, such as NHS Fife, are adopting ArcGIS to help them understand habitats across their estates and manage their land in a more sustainable way.

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Anglian Water

With the introduction of new legislation on Biodiversity Net Gain, housing and infrastructure developers are also employing ArcGIS to understand the environmental impacts of their projects.  Many of Esri UK’s customers, including Anglian Water, already make effective use of ArcGIS visualisation tools to demonstrate biodiversity improvements over time.


Thirteen Group

Housing associations, such as Thirteen Group, use ArcGIS to better allocate their resources and help make their communities sustainable, safer and healthier.

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City of London Corporation

Even if the world could reduce its carbon emissions to zero tomorrow, London would still be at risk from higher tides, caused by climate changes that are already in motion. City of London Corporation has used ArcGIS to accurately model likely future changes in the Thames and propose developments that will both reduce the risk of flooding and improve the sustainability of the riverside environment for future generations

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Statkraft UK

Statkraft UK, are using ArcGIS to accelerate the transition to clean energy and facilitate the UK Government’s net zero ambitions.

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Bringing it all together


Nespresso uses Esri technology to communicate its sustainability work to customers, a map being a far more effective tool than a report. They also use a sustainability dashboard so that stakeholders can visualise key information about the location of 100,000 farms in their supply chain.

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Economic Sustainability

Partly through legislation and partly through consumer pressure, organisations now face greater scrutiny and need to contribute to an economy that is prosperous but neither unfair nor harmful for the environment. A geographic approach is enabling Esri UK customers to:

Accelerate the transition to clean energy

Find optimal locations for alternative energy installations

Business Resilience

Share global threat intelligence to improve business resilience

Supply Chain

Understand and mitigate geopolitical risk in supply chains

Cargo ships pass through the Port of Rotterdam, where operators use location intelligence to operate more efficiently

Site selection for renewable projects

Sites need to be identified where the conditions are right for generating or storing renewable power, but where impacts on the environment and local communities can be mitigated and costs can be minimised.

Social Sustainability

Understand impacts on society, promote equity and help people live better, more sustainable lives. A geographic approach is enabling Esri UK customers to achieve their goals and publicise their achievements in an engaging way, promoting their mission and the integrity of their brand:

Food Security

Help decision makers balance the needs of agriculture and the environment. Enable planning more effectively to protect food security

Safer and healthier communities

Better allocate resources to help make communities sustainable, safer and healthier

Climate change mitigation

Model sea level rises and better understand risk to local communities

Mapping our changing world

Sea surface temperature is one example of a key indicator that can be mapped to understand climate change impacts and inform severe storm prediction.

Environmental Sustainability

Monitor environmental changes and gain insight to inform new restoration programmes.  Understand habitats across a landscape or estate and manage land in a more sustainable way.  With the introduction of new legislation on Biodiversity Net Gain, housing and infrastructure developers are also employing a geographic approach to understand the environmental impacts of their projects.

Biodiversity Net Gain

Plan, baseline and demonstrate biodiversity improvements over time to meet Biodiversity Net Gain requirements

Carbon Offsetting

Identify opportunities for carbon offset rewilding, habitat restoration and reforestation projects

Extreme weather events

Model the future impact of climate change and coordinate response to extreme weather events

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Monitoring progress of a rewilding project

3D data captured from drones records the development of a scots pine plantation in Scotland, an approach that is particularly useful for monitoring how tall the trees have grown

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