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Meet the Company Refusing to Accept When a Lithium Ion Battery Is ‘Dead’
Meet the Company Refusing to Accept When a Lithium Ion Battery Is ‘Dead’

CLEANTECH - Have a look at the gadgets you have within reach right now. Your cell, your laptop, your tablet, a backup power source – they all have one thing in common. They are powered using a lithium-ion battery, and for good reason. These batteries offer high energy density and high voltage, meaning they can power increasingly sophisticated electronics. They last a long time. And they are relatively environmentally friendly, containing no polluting metals, such as cadmium, lead or mercury.

Circular Business Models Could Unlock £4.4B for Electronics Recycling Sector
Circular Business Models Could Unlock £4.4B for Electronics Recycling Sector

WASTE NOT - The way people buy, consume and discard their electronics is changing — and for the better. A new report by WRAP has revealed that an industry-wide adoption of circular principles could unlock new economic opportunities and drive the economy towards greater sustainability. The research outlined in Switched on to Value: Powering Business Change shows that while only 10 percent of UK households use household recycling schemes to discard their unwanted electrical items, 83 percent of households have demonstrated interest in retailer take-back and trade-in schemes, which can provide customers with a convenient way to properly dispose of products while ensuring data protection and safety.

Dell, HP, Fairphone Top Greenpeace Ranking on Product Repairability
Dell, HP, Fairphone Top Greenpeace Ranking on Product Repairability

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Greenpeace East Asia has released a new IT product guide ranking tech giants according to iFixit’s repairability score. Seventeen IT brands were represented in the study and over 40 best-selling smartphones, tablets and laptops launched between 2015 and 2017 were assessed.

Trending: Pee-Powered Fuel Cells, Flexible Storage Revolutionize Renewables
Trending: Pee-Powered Fuel Cells, Flexible Storage Revolutionize Renewables

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Big news has emerged on the energy front, with a major application of a technology that harnesses the power of pee to generate electricity and new debate about the need for energy storage. The University of the West of England’s Bristol Bioenergy Centre (BBiC) is appealing to festival goers’ senses of humor to power this year’s Glastonbury Festival. The Centre’s signature Pee Power urinals have been installed across the festival grounds equipped with a revolutionary technology that transforms urine into electricity.

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Trending: Battery Storage Solutions Finally Catch Up to Renewables Boom
Trending: Battery Storage Solutions Finally Catch Up to Renewables Boom

CLEANTECH - While renewables are becoming the new normal, battery storage has largely lagged behind. But a new report from global consulting firm McKinsey and the roll-out of new storage pilot projects across the US, Germany and UK are evidence that storage could finally be catching up.

As Cobalt Declines, Demand-Growth Rises by 500%
As Cobalt Declines, Demand-Growth Rises by 500%

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Circular initiatives may be on the rise, but an impending commodity crisis for cobalt indicates that we still haven’t learned our lesson as far as resource depletion is concerned. The ferromagnetic metal is primarily used in the preparation of magnetic, wear-resistant and high-performance alloys and is a critical component of batteries designed for electric vehicles, laptops, smartphones and a host of other electronics. And we’re running out.

Apple Unveils Ambitious Plans to Use Only Renewable, Recycled, Conflict-Free Materials
Apple Unveils Ambitious Plans to Use Only Renewable, Recycled, Conflict-Free Materials

WALKING THE TALK - In its annual Environmental Responsibility Report, tech giant Apple has revealed ambitious new plans to develop a closed-loop model for its supply chain. To achieve this goal, the world’s second largest smartphone producer will focus on using only renewable resources and recycled materials and eliminating conflict materials from its value chain.

McGill Putting Its Bets on Metal Powder as the Fuel of the Future
McGill Putting Its Bets on Metal Powder as the Fuel of the Future

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - While automakers such as Toyota, Tesla, Ford, Honda and General Motors are putting their bets on hydrogen and electricity to power future mobility, Canada’s McGill University thinks metal could be the key to a clean, low-carbon future.

Call to Action: What Will It Really Take to Build Ethical Tech Supply Chains?
Call to Action: What Will It Really Take to Build Ethical Tech Supply Chains?

SUPPLY CHAIN - High-profile incidents, such as the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh in 2013 and the exposé of slavery and human trafficking in the Thai seafood and electronics industries in 2014 have rightly drawn the world’s attention to global supply chains. As shameful as these incidents are, they are not anomalies. Many unethical, unsafe and unsustainable practices persist, under the radar, three or four layers down the supply chain.

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In Search of Sustainable Leadership: Building Antifragile Competitive Advantage
In Search of Sustainable Leadership: Building Antifragile Competitive Advantage

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - This is the second in a series of articles examining ‘sustainable leadership’ and what it entails. Find links to the full series below. We start our search for sustainable leadership with a quote from Buckminster Fuller: “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” This rule has applied to all successful innovations, from the bronze age that replaced the stone age, to the iron age, the industrial revolution, electricity and smartphones; these innovations succeeded because they made what existed before obsolete.

HP Inc. Challenges Tech Industry to Raise the Bar on Electronics Recycling
HP Inc. Challenges Tech Industry to Raise the Bar on Electronics Recycling

WASTE NOT - According to environmental non-profit Basel Action Network (BAN), electronics recycling may not be quite as straightforward as consumers believe. While some electronics are safely dismantled and have their components scrapped or re-used, the recycling process consists of a complex, multi-step supply chain that ends in the developing world, where e-waste is often exported for treatment and oversight is minimal.

Johnson Controls, Aqua Metals Revolutionizing Lead-Acid Battery Recycling
Johnson Controls, Aqua Metals Revolutionizing Lead-Acid Battery Recycling

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Solid and e-waste generation are growing at alarming rates as income and demand for new gadgets, appliances and automobiles rise across the globe. The dangers of rampant e-waste for environmental and human health are significant, but a new partnership announced last week marks an important step towards progress. The world’s largest automotive battery manufacturer Johnson Controls has joined forces with Aqua Metals to change the way lead-acid batteries are recycled globally.

Three Tackles E-Waste, Tech Gap with Reconnected Recycling Scheme
Three Tackles E-Waste, Tech Gap with Reconnected Recycling Scheme

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Communications provider Three UK is attempting tackle the ever-growing e-waste problem while connecting disadvantaged citizens to the digital world with a new recycling initiative aimed at redistributing unused mobile phones across the UK. Three’s Reconnected scheme encourages the public to donate their old or unused mobile phones to people at risk, including the homeless, individuals who have left the military and victims of domestic abuse.

More Affordable Devices Lead to Doubling of E-Waste in China Since 2010
More Affordable Devices Lead to Doubling of E-Waste in China Since 2010

WASTE NOT - The volume of discarded electronics in East and South-East Asia jumped almost two-thirds between 2010 and 2015, and e-waste generation is growing fast in both total volume and per capita measures, according to new research by United Nations University (UNU).

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Apple, HP, Samsung, Sony Join Effort to Keep Child Labor Out of Cobalt Supply Chains
Apple, HP, Samsung, Sony Join Effort to Keep Child Labor Out of Cobalt Supply Chains

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Apple, HP, Samsung SDI and Sony have joined the Responsible Cobalt Initiative, with a pledge to follow the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) guidelines for mining supply chains, which call for traceability and immediate correction of any abuses.

AT&T And Teach For America Expand Computer Science Opportunities To Bay Area Students
AT&T And Teach For America Expand Computer Science Opportunities To Bay Area Students

PRESS RELEASE - Teach For America announced today that it will expand its Computer Science (CS) initiative, bringing high-quality opportunities to teachers and students in the Bay Area with support from AT&T. Through its signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, the technology company will contribute $200,000 to Teach For America–Bay Area toward providing Udacity Nanodegree credential scholarships to help students learn the skills needed for entry-level jobs in the tech industry, and also to provide quality professional development and resources for teachers reaching 2,570 students across the Bay Area.

5 Steps to Building Better Working Conditions in Global Supply Chains
5 Steps to Building Better Working Conditions in Global Supply Chains

SUPPLY CHAIN - According to a recent survey of 287 sustainability professionals, working conditions are the most important sustainability issue in supply chains. That’s not too surprising; in the short time it’s taken to read this far, 153 people around the world have had a work-related accident.

WRAP Advises Electronics Shoppers to Keep Calm and Be 'SMART' This Black Friday
WRAP Advises Electronics Shoppers to Keep Calm and Be 'SMART' This Black Friday

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - As retailers and shoppers gear up for another “highly charged” Black Friday, UK anti-waste advocacy organization WRAP has provided a ‘SMART’ guide for buying electronic products. Each year the UK buys 1.4 million tonnes (or £21 billion worth) of electrical and electronic products; WRAP estimates that consumers discard a similar amount. The SMART guidelines are designed to help consumers keep calm, buy smarter, and avoid unnecessary waste of devices and their components.

Electricity Giants Offer Support to Development Finance Orgs to Meet Paris Agreement Goals
Electricity Giants Offer Support to Development Finance Orgs to Meet Paris Agreement Goals

CLEANTECH - An association of global electricity companies, the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership (GSEP), is offering their expertise to development finance institutions and other international organizations to jointly identify electricity technology investments that can help countries reduce their carbon emissions on schedule in accordance with the Paris Agreement goals.

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Brewing a Better Battery: Researchers Pulling Power from Brewery Wastewater
Brewing a Better Battery: Researchers Pulling Power from Brewery Wastewater

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Engineers from the University of Colorado Boulder (CUB) have developed a bio-manufacturing process that uses a biological organism cultivated in brewery wastewater to create the carbon-based materials needed to make energy storage cells. The process could represent a win-win by reducing expensive wastewater treatment costs for beer makers while providing manufacturers with a more cost-effective means of creating renewable, naturally derived fuel cell technologies.

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