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Ben & Jerry's and Ford Are Embracing Climate Disruption - and Your Company Needs to, as Well
Ben & Jerry's and Ford Are Embracing Climate Disruption - and Your Company Needs to, as Well

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Is your business embracing the disruptive forces of a low-carbon world as Ford and Ben & Jerry’s are? Over the next 10 years, climate change will drive industrial disruption at rates that previously seemed unimaginable. In response, policy makers must come to terms with the need to keep the mean global temperature rise to 1.5°C.

United Marks New Service to Auckland with Green Flight Operated Under ASPIRE Unitiative
United Marks New Service to Auckland with Green Flight Operated Under ASPIRE Unitiative

PRESS RELEASE - United Airlines marked the opening of its new route from San Francisco to Auckland last weekend with a ‘green’ flight conducted under the Asia and Pacific Initiative to Reduce Emissions (ASPIRE). During the inaugural flight, operated with a Boeing 787-800, the carrier used ASPIRE best practices that included user preferred route and dynamic airborne re-route procedures to follow a flexible fuel efficient flight path that could be changed at various stages to take advantage of favorable winds. Air traffic controllers on the ground at both ends of the journey managed the flight’s arrival and departure to ensure optimal efficiency. Data and metrics from the flight will now be assessed.

UPS Receives German Excellence Award
UPS Receives German Excellence Award

PRESS RELEASE - Hamburg model project for sustainable urban logistics awarded by the German Society for Sustainability DQS

Ford Unveils Latest Sustainability Report, South African Pilot to Deliver Medical, Nutrition Services
Ford Unveils Latest Sustainability Report, South African Pilot to Deliver Medical, Nutrition Services

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Ford Motor Company’s 2015-16 Sustainability Report highlights key environmental benchmarks and the ongoing work of the automaker, including its expanded focus beyond vehicle production to developing mobility solutions for the future. The future of mobility Earlier this year, the automaker created Ford Smart Mobility LLC, a new subsidiary to design, build, grow and invest in emerging mobility services using existing Ford innovations, products and technologies.

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GM invests $10m in Canada plant to boost driverless technology
GM invests $10m in Canada plant to boost driverless technology

PRESS RELEASE - General Motors has announced plans to invest $10m (£6.96m) in a Canadian plant as part of an effort to boost driverless technology and cold weather testing. GM will also hire 1,000 new workers in Ontario to focus on research for connected and driverless cars. Canada, and particularly Ontario, has been promoting its car-making sector as it attempts to compete with Mexico. Canada has been fighting to keep carmakers in the country. Many have been lured to Mexico, where production is cheaper and the cars have the same tariff free access to the US market.Ontario's Premier called the investment a "vote of confidence".

Uber Partners with SF Real Estate Developer to Incentivize Residents to Try Car-Free Living
Uber Partners with SF Real Estate Developer to Incentivize Residents to Try Car-Free Living

COLLABORATION - Between gridlock on bridges, freeways and surface streets and a frustrating dearth of adequate (or affordable) parketing options, anyone who’s ever lived in or around San Francisco can vouch for the fact that having a car is often more of a pain than a plus.

4 Challenges Shaping Tomorrow’s Cities — and How Brands Can Help
4 Challenges Shaping Tomorrow’s Cities — and How Brands Can Help

COLLABORATION - More than half of the world’s population currently lives in cities and this is expected to reach 66 percent by 2050, according to the United Nations, when 2.5 billion people will be added to urban populations — with close to 90 percent of the increase concentrated in Asia and Africa. In the fight against climate change, cities represent the greatest challenge and opportunity — while they generate a vast majority (70 percent) of global greenhouse gas emissions, those who live in them actually have smaller carbon footprints than the national averages.

UPS Foundation, Zipline, Gavi Partner to Drone-Drop Medical Supplies in Rwanda
UPS Foundation, Zipline, Gavi Partner to Drone-Drop Medical Supplies in Rwanda

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The UPS Foundation has partnered with drone manufacturer Zipline and leading vaccine alliance Gavi., to deliver blood, medicines, and vaccines to clinics across Rwanda via a fleet of Zipline drones. Drones can provide a faster, more reliable method of medicine delivery in areas where roads are often impassable, or where products cannot be kept for long without spoiling. The venture is planned as a one-year initiative, with hopes to expand in the future.

BMW, Daimler Expand Car-Sharing Services in the U.S.
BMW, Daimler Expand Car-Sharing Services in the U.S.

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - German multinational automakers BMW and Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler are seeking larger shares of the U.S. urban mobility market. BMW has entered the car-sharing market with the launch of its ReachNow service in Seattle, Wash., while Daimler is merging its route-planning service with a mobile ticketing company to form a North American unit of its mobility services unit, moovel Group.

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Drivy's Peer-to-Peer Car Rentals Fueling Shift from Ownership to Service Models
Drivy's Peer-to-Peer Car Rentals Fueling Shift from Ownership to Service Models

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The private vehicle sector has been one of the first and most pressing to push for a transition in the way we value the consumer economy. Companies such as Uber, Zipcar and Blablacar have stirred both applause and controversy as their disruptive business models have taken the marketplace by storm.

Lyft and GM Launch Express Drive Program
Lyft and GM Launch Express Drive Program

PRESS RELEASE - SAN FRANCISCO – Lyft and General Motors today announced the launch of their Express Drive short-term rental program exclusive to the Lyft platform. The program will make cars available to Lyft drivers at affordable rates with insurance and maintenance included. The launch of Express Drive comes two months after GM entered into a strategic alliance with Lyft to develop an integrated on-demand network of autonomous vehicles.

UPS Named One of World’s Most Ethical Companies for Tenth Consecutive Year
UPS Named One of World’s Most Ethical Companies for Tenth Consecutive Year

PRESS RELEASE - ATLANTA, March 8, 2016 – UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced it has been recognized as a World’s Most Ethical Company for the tenth consecutive year by the Ethisphere® Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices.

UPS Unveils Updated Hybrid Electric Fleet To Extend Range
UPS Unveils Updated Hybrid Electric Fleet To Extend Range

PRESS RELEASE - UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced updates to 125 hybrid electric delivery trucks that extend their range and improve fuel economy as part of the company’s broader Rolling Laboratory approach. A compact, quiet-running 2-cylinder engine replaces a prior 4-cylinder engine to extend their range, improve performance and fuel efficiency. The updated trucks deliver significant fuel economy equivalency gains – up to four times the fuel economy of a gasoline-powered vehicle. They will be deployed in Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Nevada, Ohio and Texas later this year.

AkzoNobel Issues $500K in Carbon Credits to Ships Using Emissions-Reducing Coatings
AkzoNobel Issues $500K in Carbon Credits to Ships Using Emissions-Reducing Coatings

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - This week, paint and coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel issued 126,785 carbon credits – worth over $500,000 – to 16 ships that reduced their emissions by switching the coating on their hulls. The vessels were ‘rigorously assessed’ by an independent auditor, RINA Services and The Gold Standard Foundation, to verify their fuel consumption data.

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Mobility as a Service Charting the Course for Customized On-Demand Mobility
Mobility as a Service Charting the Course for Customized On-Demand Mobility

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - To serve people’s urban mobility needs, cities rely on anything from one dominant, mainly private owned means of transport — the personal automobile — to a complex mixture of publicly and privately financed transport means. Users of these mobility services are usually left to their own devices to identify the optimum (combination of) modes to cover a journey and understand differences in terms of pricing, time and convenience.

GM Launches Maven On-Demand Car-Sharing Service
GM Launches Maven On-Demand Car-Sharing Service

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Less than three weeks after General Motors (GM) announced a $500 million investment in ride-for-hire service Lyft, GM made another big move towards “the future of mobility.” This week, GM launched Maven: an on-demand car-sharing service and “personal mobility” brand.

Ford to Offer Concierge Service, Mobile Payment, Community Hubs
Ford to Offer Concierge Service, Mobile Payment, Community Hubs

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Ford Motor Company has been rather focused on the “future of mobility” since the launch of its Smart Mobility Plan and 25 related experiments. The company has been shifting its focus from being an automaker to changing the way the world moves.

Trending: GM, Ford Launch New Partnerships to Drive the Future of Mobility
Trending: GM, Ford Launch New Partnerships to Drive the Future of Mobility

CLEANTECH - With CES 2016 underway in Las Vegas this week, we are expecting to have announcements about exciting tech advancements coming out of our ears. Case in point: At The Ford Motor Company's press conference this morning, it announced a partnership with Amazon to integrate vehicles with Echo, the e-commerce company’s smarthome device.

UPS to Power Alternative Fuel Fleet With Natural Gas From Landfills
UPS to Power Alternative Fuel Fleet With Natural Gas From Landfills

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - UPS has announced it will supply its fleet in Memphis, Tenn., and Jackson, Miss., with an estimated 15 million diesel gallon gas equivalents of renewable natural gas (RNG) as part of a multi-year agreement with Memphis Light, Gas and Water and Atmos Energy Marketing.

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What Now? How Businesses Are Rallying to Action After COP21
What Now? How Businesses Are Rallying to Action After COP21

COLLABORATION - As evidenced by the unprecedented private-sector engagement in COP21 earlier this month, businesses globally get that they need to innovate (and improve!) their products, services and business models to combat climate change, resource scarcity and unpredictable futures. Aside from the alignment of 195 nations on a climate-action agreement, what did all the talk at COP21 amount to from a business perspective? A lot of initiatives that push forward change and collaboration. But is it all smoke and mirrors, and toothless pledges, or is there real action brewing?

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