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HPE Sets Goal to Increase its Products’ Energy Performance 30x By 2025
HPE Sets Goal to Increase its Products’ Energy Performance 30x By 2025

PRESS RELEASE - Lara Birkes, CSO at HPE, talks about HPE's bold new goals: Thirty times more efficient in 10 years. That’s the ambitious goal Executive Vice President Antonio Neri announced at the Bloomberg Sustainable Business Summit in New York this week. By 2025, Hewlett Packard Enterprise will increase the energy performance of our product portfolio by 30x from a 2015 baseline.

Ford Offering E-Waste Recycling Program, Education to Shanghai Employees
Ford Offering E-Waste Recycling Program, Education to Shanghai Employees

PRESS RELEASE - Ford has announced that it will offer its employees in Shanghai with ongoing education about the importance of recycling e-waste and access to an e-waste recycling system. The program, financially supported by the Ford Fund, is part of Better World Initiative and done in partnership with Green Initiatives’ [WE] Project. The more than 1,000 employees of Ford headquarters will be able to place used electronics in numerous collection boxes located around the facility. Items can include mobile phones, appliances, storage devices such as external hard drives and USB drives, physical media including CDs and video games, entertainment equipment such as televisions and musical instruments, and electronics of all varieties.

UPS Tests Medicine Delivery by Drone Off Atlantic Coast
UPS Tests Medicine Delivery by Drone Off Atlantic Coast

PRESS RELEASE - Delivery giant UPS and drone manufacturer CyPhy Works have started testing a CyPhy hexacopter to deliver packages to remote locations. On September 22, the companies conducted a mock delivery of urgently needed medicine from Beverly, Mass., to Children’s Island, three miles off the Massachusetts coast. UPS is not new to the drone industry; the Atlanta-based logistics concern acknowledged last year that it was testing drones to monitor stock in its warehouse facilities. That testing is being done at warehouses in Louisville, Ky., and Venlo, the Netherlands. More recently, Houston Mills, UPS Airlines' director of safety, was named to the FAA’s high-level Drone Advisory Committee, which held its first public meeting on September 16.

HPE Commits to 100% Renewable Energy with RE100
HPE Commits to 100% Renewable Energy with RE100

PRESS RELEASE - Lara Birkes, CSO at HPE, talks about HPE's bold new goals: Today Hewlett Packard Enterprise marked an important milestone on our Living Progress journey. We joined RE100 with a commitment to reach 100 percent renewable energy, while setting an interim goal to source 50 percent of our total energy consumption from renewable sources by 2025. RE100 is led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP, as part of the We Mean Business coalition.

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Trending: Consumers Want Fewer Phones, More E-Waste Recycling
Trending: Consumers Want Fewer Phones, More E-Waste Recycling

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Each year, a new wave of computers, smartphones and accessories spill onto the market with smaller components made from increasingly complex materials. Even as awareness of e-waste has grown and the circular economy has begun to spread its wings, progress is being undermined by a disposable culture in the tech industry.

The Internet of Things: Net Positive or Negative for Sustainability?
The Internet of Things: Net Positive or Negative for Sustainability?

CLEANTECH - Despite the hype surrounding the Internet of Things (IoT), its promise of enabling smart connected products, new business models, and delivering better customer experiences is undeniable. Combining physical products with sensors, software, storage, and connectivity will also enable exponentially more “products as a service.” Besides providing unprecedented opportunities for transforming brands’ relationships with customers, it’s also a promising portal to a more sustainable world – reducing waste, emissions and natural capital dependencies. Implicit is the hopeful and exciting potential for improving environmental and, in some cases, social footprints of both consumer and industrial products.

Fairphone Achieves Traceable Supply for All Four Conflict Minerals; Your Move, Industry
Fairphone Achieves Traceable Supply for All Four Conflict Minerals; Your Move, Industry

SUPPLY CHAIN - Today, Fairphone announced it is adding conflict-free tungsten from Rwanda into its supply chain. With this achievement, Fairphone has successfully managed to transparently source all four of the conflict minerals (tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold). Fairphone began in 2010 as a campaign to increase awareness for the use of conflict minerals in consumer electronics. Six years later, the social enterprise has released two smartphones and more than 100,000 Fairphone owners have joined the movement, but this cause is more relevant than ever.

Toyota Advances Safer, Longer-Lasting Rechargeable Batteries
Toyota Advances Safer, Longer-Lasting Rechargeable Batteries

CLEANTECH - Earlier this month, engineers at the Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA) announced they made a breakthrough in magnesium battery technology that could lead to smaller, longer-lasting rechargeable batteries for “everything from cars to cell phones.” Magnesium metal has long been theorized as a much safer and more energy-dense alternative to current lithium battery technology, but research on magnesium-based batteries has previously been limited by a lack of suitable electrolyte.

Spinach, Carrots Are Good for You … And for Making Prosthetics, Say UK Scientists
Spinach, Carrots Are Good for You … And for Making Prosthetics, Say UK Scientists

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Scientists in the United Kingdom are using spinach leaves and carrots to investigate selective formation of metallic nanoparticles in plastics. The researchers are working to form conductive circuits and create antimicrobial surfaces by accelerating the production of metals already embedded in treated plastic materials using chemicals from the plants. If successful, the practical applications include smart prosthetics, medical devices for hospitals, mobile phones, and other ‘smart’ surfaces.

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FIRST LEGO Robotics Competition Challenges Kids to Solve the World’s Waste Problem
FIRST LEGO Robotics Competition Challenges Kids to Solve the World’s Waste Problem

WASTE NOT - The 2016 FIRST® LEGO® League Arabia Open, the largest regional robotics competition in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, took place this past weekend at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. More than 50 teams of children from eight Arab countries competed in this year’s 'TRASH TREK Challenge,' working to find solutions to the world’s waste problem.

Pincvision Awarded for Keeping IT Giant Cisco Sustainable
Pincvision Awarded for Keeping IT Giant Cisco Sustainable

PRESS RELEASE - Each year, the Oracle Sustainability Innovation Award is presented to companies that use Oracle software or other Oracle products to save energy, waste or emissions, design more eco-friendly products or otherwise reduce their environmental impacts while reducing costs at the same time. Cisco was nominated by Pincvision, its partner for over ten years. Cisco is known for its routers, servers, networks and matching software. The company has operations in 165 countries and recorded 47.1 billion US Dollar in sales in 2014.

Nascent's Modular System Enables Shift Towards Sustainable Consumer Electronics
Nascent's Modular System Enables Shift Towards Sustainable Consumer Electronics

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - According to the UN’s Global E-Waste Monitor, roughly 46 million tons of e-waste was generated worldwide in 2014. Of that, just 7.1 tons were recycled or reused, and those numbers are expected to rise five percent annually for the foreseeable future. The recently launched Nascent Objects platform offers an alternative via a customizable system of interchangeable electronic modules that can be used to assemble a variety of consumer products.

Ford Reaffirms Commitment to Sustainable Supply Chain as First Automaker to Join EICC
Ford Reaffirms Commitment to Sustainable Supply Chain as First Automaker to Join EICC

COLLABORATION - Ford Motor Company is proud to become the first automaker to join the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), a nonprofit coalition of leading electronics companies dedicated to improving the social, environmental and ethical conditions of their global supply chains.

Fairphone Achieves First-Ever Fairtrade-Certified Gold Supply Chain for Consumer Electronics
Fairphone Achieves First-Ever Fairtrade-Certified Gold Supply Chain for Consumer Electronics

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - After almost two years of research and collaboration with a variety of partners, social enterprise Fairphone is pleased to announce it has successfully established the first pilot supply chain for Fairtrade-certified gold for the electronics industry. Fairphone is now the world’s first Fairtrade-licensed consumer electronics manufacturer to support responsible gold mining in Peru with the production of the Fairphone 2.

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Sustainability Mythbusters: Is Reducing Product Energy Use Always the Best Solution?
Sustainability Mythbusters: Is Reducing Product Energy Use Always the Best Solution?

NEW METRICS - It's easy to use 'common sense' and make assumptions in sustainability, but does that get you the results you want? As a science-based method, LCA is an excellent tool to bust the myths that surround sustainability. In this series, we look at some common sustainability ideas to see if they are myth or truth. In today’s episode: product energy use.

Intel to Validate Broader Product Base as Conflict-Free in 2016
Intel to Validate Broader Product Base as Conflict-Free in 2016

SUPPLY CHAIN - In his pre-show keynote at CES 2014, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich discussed, among other things, how Intel is addressing a critical issue plaguing the consumer electronics industry — conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) — and challenged the entire electronics industry to join Intel in becoming “conflict-free.” The CEO said Intel had achieved a critical milestone and the minerals used in microprocessor silicon and packages manufactured in Intel's factories are "conflict-free" as concluded by

Report: Mobile Tech Helping Save 180 Million Tons of CO2 Each Year
Report: Mobile Tech Helping Save 180 Million Tons of CO2 Each Year

CLEANTECH - The use of smartphones in the United States and Europe is helping to save more than 180 million tons of carbon emissions a year — an amount greater than the total annual emissions of the Netherlands — according to a new report released this week by the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), authored by The Carbon Trust.

Trucost and TruValue Labs Partner to Provide Enhanced ESG Data for Investors
Trucost and TruValue Labs Partner to Provide Enhanced ESG Data for Investors

CLEANTECH - Trucost and TruValue Labs have announced a partnership to provide investors with enhanced, real-time, environmental, social and governance (ESG) data. The market for responsible finance has grown rapidly over the past 20 years, driven by awareness of the risks and opportunities of climate change. There is a growing divestment movement among investors wanting to reduce exposure to polluting, carbon-intensive business activities. But investors need good quality, up-to-date ESG data to engage with companies and inform investment decisions.

How to Know a Truly Sustainable Company When You See One
How to Know a Truly Sustainable Company When You See One

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - “There was an American comedian 100 years ago that said, ‘If we don’t change direction soon, then we’ll end up where we’re going.’ Where we’re going at the moment is not very pretty.”So said Geoff Kendall, CEO of the Future Fit Foundation, as he opened this breakout session, continuing by explaining that a clear, defined destination is needed for companies to know where they should be headed.“At the start of any journey, the most important step is to understand what the destination is; something that we have been lacking in the sustainability world. That is what the Future Fit Business Benchmark is.”

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Microsoft Helps Launch R2 Ready for Reuse Label Pilot for Refurbished Computers
Microsoft Helps Launch R2 Ready for Reuse Label Pilot for Refurbished Computers

THE NEXT ECONOMY - With an estimated 41.8 million tonnes of e-waste generated in 2014, recycling and refurbishing our machines is an increasingly important issue. Perhaps more importantly, consumers need to be convinced to recycle their devices and that refurbished ones can be trusted as functional and reliable. Luckily, a certification for responsibly refurbished computers is on the way.

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