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Schneider Electric Launches Network to Help Companies Discover, Vet Energy Prospects
Schneider Electric Launches Network to Help Companies Discover, Vet Energy Prospects

CLEANTECH - Today, energy management and automation specialist Schneider Electric launched a collaborative online platform to help commercial and industrial companies find the right tools and financial vehicles to meet their sustainability goals.

Musk Envisions Tesla at Center of Sustainable Energy, Urban Transit, Sharing Economy
Musk Envisions Tesla at Center of Sustainable Energy, Urban Transit, Sharing Economy

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Billionaire industrialist Elon Musk is doubling-down on the ambitious vision he laid out in August 2006. In a blog post, Musk recently revealed his “Master Plan, Part Deux,” which extends beyond a corporate strategy for his electric car company Tesla, covering the breadth of the sustainable energy chain from generation and storage, to electrification of several types of vehicles, to the sharing economy.

AT&T’s Roman Smith: Here’s How We Can Bring About Tomorrow’s Smart Cities
AT&T’s Roman Smith: Here’s How We Can Bring About Tomorrow’s Smart Cities

CLEANTECH - News Deeply, in partnership with Sustainable Brands, is producing a series of profiles looking at how brands are tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges. The goal is to examine trends and gather insights from a new wave of corporate citizenship – in an era in which the private sector is increasingly expected to play a positive role in improving our lives and societies. This, the 1st article in the series, features additional reporting by Mike Hower.

ByFusion: Creating the Building Blocks for Tackling Ocean Waste
ByFusion: Creating the Building Blocks for Tackling Ocean Waste

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - “It’s all about timing,” says Gregor Gomory, CEO of ByFusion, a startup he believes is about to take advantage of a “perfect storm” brewing as the world wakes up to the enormous problem of plastic waste filling up our oceans. By now, we’ve all heard the statistics: By 2050, there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish, according to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The 4-12 million tonnes of plastic that is spewed into our waters ever year is a problem that can no longer be ignored.

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Innocent Drinks’ App Helps Farmers Cut Water Use by Up to 40%
Innocent Drinks’ App Helps Farmers Cut Water Use by Up to 40%

SUPPLY CHAIN - In the south of Spain, unsustainable water use is threatening Doñana National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Europe’s most important wetlands. Located southwest of Seville, the Park supports millions of migratory birds and is a stronghold of the endangered Iberian lynx.

Achieving Higher Value Chain Efficiency Through Product Life Cycle Analytics
Achieving Higher Value Chain Efficiency Through Product Life Cycle Analytics

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - “What data analytics did for baseball it could do for the environment by shrinking the carbon footprint of thousands of consumer products.

Calling All Food Waste Fighters: New Funding for Closed-Loop Solutions
Calling All Food Waste Fighters: New Funding for Closed-Loop Solutions

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The Closed Loop Foundation (CL Foundation) has announced a new grant and loan opportunity for food waste solutions that are applicable in the United States. Hoping to unlock food waste diversion and reduction at scale, the CL Foundation launched a ‘Food Waste Solution Search,’ open to submissions for all types of solutions to the food waste challenge, from field to end-of-life.

Toyota Trialling Hydrogen-Fuelled Vehicles in Australia
Toyota Trialling Hydrogen-Fuelled Vehicles in Australia

PRESS RELEASE - Toyota believes hydrogen-fuelled vehicles are more viable than electric ones — and it has brought three of its Mirai models to Australia to prove it. The Mirai is already on sale in Europe, Japan and California and uses an on-board fuel cell to convert hydrogen into electricity. The small demonstration fleet will be accompanied by a portable refuelling station, which will allow the company to tour the vehicle around the country for maximum exposure. When the Mirai’s hydrogen supply is running low, it can be fully refuelled in a matter of minutes — a stark contrast to the longer charging times of most electric vehicles. The Mirai can also travel roughly 500km before needing a refill.

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.

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Five Ways to Cheaper Offshore Wind – and More Clean Energy
Five Ways to Cheaper Offshore Wind – and More Clean Energy

CLEANTECH - The cost of black energy has now got ‘green’ competition. Solar power and onshore wind are already cheaper than fossil alternatives and according to DONG Energy, offshore wind must follow the same development. DONG Energy aims to make clean energy from offshore wind turbines at least as cheap as black energy from fossil fuels in ten years. The Danish energy company, which is among the global leaders within offshore wind power, gives five specific examples of how that is going to happen.

These 6 Startups Just Won £180,000 for Driving Innovation in the Sharing Economy
These 6 Startups Just Won £180,000 for Driving Innovation in the Sharing Economy

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Innovate UK’s IC tomorrow competition sought innovative ideas to grow trust in the sharing economy and support it in the fields of tourism, travel, home improvements, construction and data. Six winning startups were selected from over 200 entries – the most ever received in an IC tomorrow competition.

Avery Dennison Enhances CleanFlake Portfolio
Avery Dennison Enhances CleanFlake Portfolio

PRESS RELEASE - The expansion has added a selection of paper facestocks, in addition to an expanded film facestock offering. It also improves the adhesive’s convertibility, wash-off performance and waterwhitening resistance. Further, the adhesive is now compliant with the EU’s REACH regulation and is APEO-free. Avery Dennison said the portfolio now offers a complete option for converters to meet the growing need for pressure-sensitive (PS) labels that are compatible with the PET recycling process.

Shaw Industries Releases 2015 Sustainability Report
Shaw Industries Releases 2015 Sustainability Report

PRESS RELEASE - Eighth Annual Report Demonstrates Continued Commitment to Transparency and Progress Toward Sustainability Goals Dalton, GA – July 11, 2016 – Shaw Industries’ 2015 Sustainability Report, released today, continues the company’s legacy of transparency through the disclosure of key metrics and progress against its goals. The company’s 2030 sustainability goals include:

Future-Fit Business: A Metamorphosis in Our Midst
Future-Fit Business: A Metamorphosis in Our Midst

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - Since the industrial revolution, we have achieved great feats of economic, social and technological advancement for which we can be proud. The structures and strictures of old have served us well in many material ways. But times they are a changin’. We now face increasing volatility: enter the world of commodity spikes, resource scarcity, environmental destruction, social inequality, economic turbulence, population and migrant pressure, changing demographics, the internet of things, climate change, and more.

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Diageo Aiming to Drive Home Dangers of Drunk Driving with Immersive VR Experience
Diageo Aiming to Drive Home Dangers of Drunk Driving with Immersive VR Experience

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Alcohol giant Diageo — whose brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Bulleit and Buchanan’s whiskies; and Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas; along with Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness — recently announced plans to roll out a first-of-its-kind immersive virtual reality (VR) technology that will allow consumers of legal drinking age to experience the many pitfalls associated with irresponsible drinking.

Food Cowboy Launches New Alliance, Innovation Fund to Spur ‘Post-Food Waste Economy’
Food Cowboy Launches New Alliance, Innovation Fund to Spur ‘Post-Food Waste Economy’

WASTE NOT - Food Cowboy, which uses mobile technology to help food companies route surplus and unsaleable inventory to charities and organic waste to composters, recently announced the launch of the No Waste Promise Alliance and the Food Waste Innovation Fund. Together, the Alliance and the Fund will invest up to $75 million a year in solutions that help eliminate food waste.

The Paperless Office 101: Making a Seamless Conversion to Digital
The Paperless Office 101: Making a Seamless Conversion to Digital

WASTE NOT - One of the biggest trends in business for years has been the paperless office. Many brands have taken the digital or paperless office to extremes; social media platform Buffer, for example, does not have a central office, relying on its employees to produce remotely. While this model is great for sustainability purposes, it isn’t ideal for larger organizations. However, that doesn’t mean that a brand the size of Amazon isn’t capable of going paperless. The conversion simply has to happen differently.

d.light Continues to Drive Increased Energy Options to Billions Without Reliable Access
d.light Continues to Drive Increased Energy Options to Billions Without Reliable Access

CLEANTECH - In an effort to expand quality solar home system solutions to the 2.3 billion people worldwide without reliable access to power, d.light - a manufacturer and distributor of solar lighting and power products providing access to reliable, affordable, renewable energy for people in the developing world - is licensing its pay-as-you-go financing technology to partners and distributors around the world. d.light is the market leader in solar lighting and home system solutions in the developing world, as well as one of the early pioneers of the PayGo model.

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ReGen Villages: Behind the Design of Self-Sustaining Eco-Communities
ReGen Villages: Behind the Design of Self-Sustaining Eco-Communities

CLEANTECH - ReGen Villages is a tech-integrated and regenerative residential real estate development company. The Dutch holding company, in collaboration with Danish architecture firm EFFEKT, was founded by serial entrepreneur James Ehrlich, who describes his brand as “engineering and facilitating the development of off-grid, integrated and resilient neighbourhoods that power and feed self-reliant families around the world.”

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