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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.

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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.”

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.

Trending: Researchers Finding Food Waste, Phytomining Could Yield Plant-Based Electronic Components
Trending: Researchers Finding Food Waste, Phytomining Could Yield Plant-Based Electronic Components

WASTE NOT - What if we could get rare metals for computers and smartphones from plants? What if food and beverage waste could be used to create components for LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes)? We’re one step closer to these realities thanks to scientists from Germany’s Freiberg University of Mining and Technology and engineers from the University of Utah.

University of Missouri Researchers Developing Biodegradable Displays for Electronics
University of Missouri Researchers Developing Biodegradable Displays for Electronics

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Americans, on average, replace their mobile phones every 22 months, junking more than 150 million phones a year in the process. When it comes to recycling and processing all of this electronic waste, the World Health Organization reports that even low exposure to the electronic elements can cause significant health risks. Now, University of Missouri researchers are on the path to creating biodegradable electronics by using organic components in screen displays, which could one day help reduce electronic waste in the world’s landfills.

Trucost Research Points to $10B #BusinessCase for Circular Economy for Electronics
Trucost Research Points to $10B #BusinessCase for Circular Economy for Electronics

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Last month, the Green Electronics Council (GEC) unveiled new research carried out by Trucost that highlights the importance of advancing best circular-economy practices throughout the electronics sector.

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WRAP to Lead €2.1M Raw Materials Recovery Project for Electronics
WRAP to Lead €2.1M Raw Materials Recovery Project for Electronics

THE NEXT ECONOMY - UK waste-reduction charity Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) is launching a first-of-its-kind project to explore commercial opportunities for harvesting critical raw materials (CRMs) and precious metals from everyday end-of-life electronic products. The EU LIFE-funded project, Critical Raw Material Closed Loop Recovery (CRM Recovery), will link collection methods with recovery success.

Skeleton Tech's Graphene-Based Ultracapacitors Could Revolutionize Long-Life Storage
Skeleton Tech's Graphene-Based Ultracapacitors Could Revolutionize Long-Life Storage

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Out of 37 nominated startups, Skeleton Technologies won the Gold ECO15 London Award at the Ecosummit 2015 conference. The company manufactures high-performance, graphene-based ultracapacitors — energy storage devices with much higher power and longer life cycles than batteries.

The Making of Fairphone 2 (or How to Design Products to Tell Sustainability Stories)
The Making of Fairphone 2 (or How to Design Products to Tell Sustainability Stories)

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - “I want our new phone to be a storytelling product.” This was the exciting and daunting challenge laid down to us by Fairphone CEO Bas van Abel, just over a year ago, in the first briefing for their new ethical phone handset design.

Dell Advances Circular Economy Model with CE100, Industry-First Recycled Carbon Fiber
Dell Advances Circular Economy Model with CE100, Industry-First Recycled Carbon Fiber

THE NEXT ECONOMY - On Monday, Dell announced additional progress against its circular economy initiatives, including the expansion of its closed-loop recycled plastic supply chain, introduction of reclaimed carbon-fiber source materials and new industry collaborations to advance global circular practices.

Trending: New Use for Coffee Grounds, 'Uber for Trash' Among Latest Innovations in Waste Reduction
Trending: New Use for Coffee Grounds, 'Uber for Trash' Among Latest Innovations in Waste Reduction

WASTE NOT - You might already be using them in your garden or they might be fueling your commute — but now you can use them in your 3D printer: Coffee grounds seem to be wasted less and less by the day, thanks to waste-to-energy and upcycling efforts across the globe.

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Electronics Industry Launches Factory Worker Protection Program in Malaysia
Electronics Industry Launches Factory Worker Protection Program in Malaysia

LEADERSHIP - The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), a nonprofit coalition of leading electronics companies dedicated to supply chain responsibility, on Wednesday announced the launch of a foreign migrant worker protection pilot program that aims to improve communications in electronics factories by providing workers with more effective ways to report issues related to social, environmental and ethical responsibility.The program, called “Suara Kita”, which is Malay for "Our Voice," will be piloted in Malaysia — given the sizable industry presence and large number of foreign workers there — from September 2015 through December 2016 with plans for it to be rolled out globally afterward.

Startup Says It Holds Key to Better, Cheaper, More Sustainable Batteries
Startup Says It Holds Key to Better, Cheaper, More Sustainable Batteries

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Battery storage has long been one of the last remaining significant barriers to the widespread adoption of solar energy — and a nimbler, more resilient energy grid. But a number of players are quickly emerging with solutions.In May, Tesla Energy dominated headlines when it unveiled a new home battery called the “Powerwall,” which can store solar energy and allow customers to cache grid electricity from non-peak periods to use during peak times. For business and utilities, there is a larger version available called the “Powerpack.”

AT&T, Verizon Pledge to Improve Energy Efficiency of Home Internet Equipment
AT&T, Verizon Pledge to Improve Energy Efficiency of Home Internet Equipment

LEADERSHIP - AT&T, Verizon, and Cisco are among the dozens of internet service providers, equipment suppliers and retail equipment manufacturers to join the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) in announcing a new voluntary agreement to improve the energy efficiency of internet modems, routers and other equipment that deliver broadband to millions of American consumers.Other companies to sign on include Charter Communications, Comcast, DIRECTV, Bright House Networks, Cablevision, CenturyLink, Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable, Actiontec, ARRIS, D-Link, EchoStar Technologies, NETGEAR and Pace and Ubee Interactive.

Stanford Scientists Create ‘Designer Carbon’ That Improves Battery Performance
Stanford Scientists Create ‘Designer Carbon’ That Improves Battery Performance

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Stanford scientists have created a new carbon material that “significantly” boosts the performance of batteries and supercapacitors, according to a new study published in ACS Central Science.Zhenan Bao, senior author of the study and a professor of chemical engineering at Stanford, said they have developed a so-called “designer carbon” that is both versatile and controllable. The material has notable energy-storage capacity, which enables high performance in lithium-sulfur batteries and supercapacitors.

How Tesla Will Help Jackson Family Wines Save $2M in Energy Costs
How Tesla Will Help Jackson Family Wines Save $2M in Energy Costs

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Sonoma County, Calif.-based Jackson Family Wines is among the first winemakers to install Tesla Energy’s new energy-storage technology and currently one of Tesla’s largest installations: An early strategic collaborator in the development of the technology, JFW already has 21 Tesla stationary storage systems in place at its Kendall-Jackson winery and others.

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Verizon Partners with Local Communities to Keep 2 Million Pounds of E-Waste Out of Landfills
Verizon Partners with Local Communities to Keep 2 Million Pounds of E-Waste Out of Landfills

CLEANTECH - In 2010, Verizon set a goal to collect two million pounds — or 1,000 tons — of electronic waste in communities it serves by the end of 2015. The company has announced that that five-year goal was achieved today, eight months ahead of schedule, during Verizon's e-waste recycling rally in Wilmington, North Carolina, as area residents, businesses and Verizon employees safely disposed of tens of thousands of pounds of unwanted computer hardware, TVs and small appliances.The two million pounds collected for recycling over the past five years is equal to the weight of 500 average cars, or roughly 50,000 cathode ray tube computer screens.

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