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How sustainable lighting leads to a low carbon future

Energy-efficient lighting is fast and cost-effective way to reduce emissions and combat climate change.

LED lighting uses less power for a given application compared to traditional halogen and fluorescent light sources with a like for like lumen output.

Therefore, the overall kW/hr consumption per year is less, this helps reduce the overall CO2 emissions and help support your low carbon objectives and targets.

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IW parent company Incisive Media launches Sustainable Investment Festival

Incisive Media is delighted to host its inaugural Sustainable Investment Festival this summer to help readers of Investment Week, Professional Adviser and Professional Pensions navigate this rapidly-evolving area of the market.

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Making Prysmian Group more sustainable with a new “green” policy for corporate cars | Prysmian Group

Starting from January 2021, all Prysmian Group’s new company cars in Italy will be exclusively plug-in hybrid models, full electric or LPG, reducing the C02 emissions of our fleet as part of our goal to become carbon neutral. The programme will be rolled out to all regions where the Group operates.  The “green” corporate car policy is one of the actions Prysmian Group is taking to meet its 2022 sustainability goals: to cut its own CO2 emissions by 2-3%; to recycle as much as two thirds of its own waste; and to reuse 27% of its own drums. Starting in 2020 for the next three years, Prysmian will invest around €450 million to further improve the sustainability of its organization and supply chain, and to accelerate the development of advanced cable technologies as well as assets and services.

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Constellium and Groupe Renault partner on R&D project for sustainable automotive aluminum solutions

Constellium SE is leading a new R&D initiative in France, Project ISA3 (Intégration de Solutions Aluminium pour Alléger les Automobiles (Integration of Aluminium Solutions to Lightweight Automotive vehicles)). In partnership with Groupe Renault, ESI Group, Institut de Soudure (Welding Institute), and the University of Lorraine, this ~€7 million project will develop lightweight, recyclable and cost-efficient aluminum solutions for the automotive market.

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Link REIT Secures its First Sterling-denominated Sustainability-linked Loans with BNP Paribas and DBS

Link Asset Management Limited (Link), the manager of Link Real Estate Investment Trust (Link REIT; Hong Kong stock code: 823) announced that Link has converted two five-year loans totalling £200 million signed with BNP Paribas and DBS Bank (DBS) respectively in August last year to sustainability-linked loans. This marks Link REIT’s first sustainability-linked loan denominated in the Pound Sterling.

In August last year, Link signed two loans in Pound Sterling separately with BNP Paribas and DBS to partially finance its acquisition of The Cabot, Link’s first asset in the UK.

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Ground-breaking Performance Solutions that Deliver Sustainability & Operational Resilence

Digital transformation through the cloud unlocks new value from your assets and empowers you to adopt prescriptive maintenance and enhanced visualization of your operations. With the ability to look ahead, you can prevent costly failures, reduce downtime, and focus on improving your company’s competitiveness. Our comprehensive Asset Performance Management (APM) software portfolio, along with AVEVA Unified Operations Center (UOC) is designed to overcome today’s industrial challenges by leveraging Azure AI services like Azure Cognitive Search and Azure Cognitive Services, industrial big data, Cloud, artificial intelligence, digital twin, and augmented reality.

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‘Movement that inspires’ – Kia presents its new brand purpose and future strategy | Automotive World

Kia has announced new details of its new brand purpose and ambitions for the future during a digital showcase event. Supported by a new brand slogan, ‘Movement that inspires’, Kia today reveals new details of a strategy which will see the company go beyond vehicle manufacturing to create sustainable mobility solutions for customers.

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Shades of green: sustainable investments, financial literacy, and innovation

Mistra Financial Systems (MFS) was set up as an interdisciplinary research program with the goal to assess how the financial sector can contribute to sustainable development. As part of this work, insights from researchers across the program were recorded in a series of discussions on the future of finance.

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Environment: UK firm reveals plans seaweed farms off the Welsh coast to tackle carbon emissions  | Daily

A British firm is looking to help combat climate change by growing seaweed farms to remove carbon dioxide from the ocean while producing eco-friendly cattle feed.

Planting more trees is often touted a solution to help extract greenhouse gases from the air — as photosynthesis uses up carbon dioxide to create new biomass.

Yet trees grow slowly, the carbon they store is vulnerable to release by deforestation, and experts have said it may now be too late to put too much stock in this approach.

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Accelerator Future Hub aims to further develop the GreenTech and sustainability ecosystem in the Baltic and Nordic region

To encourage open innovation that offers sustainable solutions and strives to create a better future, Swedbank Latvia, in partnership with technology ecosystem most active players Helve, Greentech Alliance & TechChill, has established a new co-creation format sustainability accelerator Future Hub. The accelerator will provide selected startups a chance to co-create with leading enterprises in the Baltic market during the acceleration program from March to May 2021. The application process for startups is open until February 16.

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CyrusOne strengthens sustainable, design and delivery practice

CyrusOne has announced the appointment of Stuart Gray as Engineering Director Europe to strengthen its Design & Construction team. Stuart joins the company with more than 20 years of data centre sector and technical engineering expertise and will be responsible for driving consistency, efficiency and sustainable practice in the design, delivery and commissioning of developments throughout CyrusOne’s data centre portfolio in Europe. 

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What luxury travel will look like after 2020: Staycations and sustainable trends | Euronews

With much of the world under some sort of lockdown measures the future of the travel industry is hanging in the balance, says long-time luxury travel writer, Sabi Phagura.

No one could have predicted how the global pandemic would change our lives as we know it when we entered 2020. Our freedom to travel has been compromised and for most of the year, we’ve only been able to dream about holidays by browsing online with a view to booking later. Those who like to travel in style and escape to exotic locations may also have to have a rethink.

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Defence Minister unveils India’s first indigenously developed driverless metro car | Science-Environment

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh onFriday unveiled the country’s first indigenously developed Driverless Metro Car at the BEML manufacturing facility here.  The Minister, who visited the facility, said he was proud of the good work the team of engineers and technicians aredoing at BEML.  ”They are the real warriors of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’,taking India ahead, he tweeted.

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Space Tech could cure sustainability issues on earth – satPRnews

The technology that is being developed to experiment with the outer space will help immensely to create sustainable goals as framed by the United Nations. This is precisely what Danielle Wood, who is the founder of Space Enabled which is located at MIT Media Lab focused on at the TNW Conference last week. While she was discussing her work, she said that she and her team work to understand how technology from space encourages sustainability on Earth for every individual.  In other words, she explained how satellites and its different working activities help us to understand our planet in a better way.

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rök Glacier Water – Sustainability

From its founding, rök Glacier Water has been dedicated to not only providing a premium water product but also preserving and protecting those natural resources that have made our vision possible. From the glacier to the store shelf, rök Glacier Water is embracing a responsible, environmentally conscious philosophy at every stage.

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Can we anti‐consume our way to sustainability? Finding answers at the intersection of cultural values – Journal of Consumer Behaviour

Anti‐consumption behaviours are frequently seen as an effective way for an individual to mitigate harm done to the natural world and foster sustainability. Despite explicit calls to investigate the drivers of anti‐consumption behaviours, the effect of cultural values on anti‐consumption remains under‐researched. Our research examines the influence of two antecedents, cultural values (individualism and collectivism), and self‐efficacy on anti‐consumption behaviours in an emerging country setting.

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NGOs call for heightened standards on corporate sustainability reporting

An alliance of NGOs has called for the European Union’s Non-Financial Reporting Directive (NFRD) to be reformed to ensure that more corporates are disclosing relevant climate-related information.

The EU NFRD reporting mechanism was created to ensure that the impacts of sustainability are considered more broadly throughout the whole business

The Alliance for Corporate Transparency issued the calls for improvement to get more corporates providing relevant climate-related disclosure.

The Climate Disclosure Standard Board’s (CDSB) “Falling short?” report, for example, states that 78% Europe’s 50 largest listed companies, which have a combined market capitalisation of $4.3trn, are failing to report climate-related risks, despite both NFRD and the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) calling for such data to be included. The Alliance’s own research found that only 36.2% of European companies report on their climate targets, while just 14% report on aligning targets with the Paris Agreement.

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Goyal exhorts Indian investors to eye BIMSTEC nations to foster larger ecosystem for startups

nion minister Piyush Goyal on Friday exhorted Indian investors to eye the BIMSTEC nations for greater engagement through investments, mentoring and support to foster the larger ecosystem for startups in the region. He expressed confidence that India along with all the BIMSTEC nations ”will certainly experience unprecedented growth” in the post Covid pandemic world and start a golden era of development.

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Odfjell SE successfully places shipping’s first Sustainability-Linked Bond – Odfjell SE

As the first in the international shipping industry, Odfjell SE has successfully issued a…

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Sustainably caught shellfish from the west coast of Scotland –

Founded in 1987, Loch Fyne Seafarms Ltd is a company proud of its heritage and provenance supporting sustainability and harmony with nature. Based in Tarbert, Loch Fyne (a tidal loch on the west coast of Scotland) we are a growing and thriving shellfish processing and international export business. Our wonderful products reach as far as North America all the way across to Far East Asia and almost everywhere else in between. We have established strong links with fishermen who we know and trust, can track the catch and deliver to you, our customer always ensuring the highest level of quality product and customer service.  The beautiful mineral-rich waters of the west coast of Scotland provide us with the best premium shellfish available on the market today.

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Finding Sustainability in Today’s Chemicals, Oil and Gas Market

The competitive nature of the chemicals, oil and gas markets requires that facility owners and operators continue to find ways to improve their current margins and establish resilience regarding long-term and financially relevant environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks.  Doing so may mean a significant investment in renewable feedstocks. It may also mean the optimization of base operations and investment in new greenfield and/or brownfield technology upgrades, both new units and retrofits.

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New Renault boss plans leaner, electric future | Headlines

Under de Meo’s efficiency drive, Renault will build vehicles on fewer shared platforms to pare back costs by 600 euros per car by 2023, and aim to cut development time for new vehicles by a year, to under three years. The 53-year old’s shift to a more electric line-up will include building a battery plant in France with one of the company’s suppliers, while the company is working on partnerships in areas like technology.

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Ecommerce: protective Packaging Moves Closer to Sustainability

Packaging Digest’s most recent article is an exploration in the growth of ecommerce over the year and, alongside this, the growth in demand for sustainable packaging.  2020 has been a tumultuous year for all but due to lockdown restrictions we have seen a boom in ecommerce with a growth of 209% in April.

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UK Space Agency and Rolls-Royce Defence join to study nuclear power for sustainable, high-efficiency space exploration

A new research contract has been formed between the UK Space Agency and Rolls-Royce Defence that will have planetary scientists working together to explore nuclear power’s potential as a plentiful source of energy to make deep space exploration possible in the decades to come. One area of research will be nuclear propulsion that would involve channeling energy released by splitting atoms to accelerate propellants, like hydrogen, at high speeds.

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Sustainability Webinar

From developing communities to finding research solutions to global challenges, Universities have a responsibility to support the sustainability agenda in a myriad of ways.  In November, the University Council approved a vision for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) that includes the construction of a major new Science Precinct on central campus.  The Science Precinct will include new space for the Departments of Chemistry and Physics, and the School of Engineering, to enable them to grow, innovate and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

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New China regulations: Can your beauty brand benefit from new cosmetics claims rules?

The introduction of China’s CSAR means cosmetics companies now need to provide scientific evidence for any marketing claims. Carys Smith and Victoria Stoate from Ayton Global Research explain why this presents an opportunity for brands to improve their claims substantiation generally  You may have seen the big announcement regarding changes to cosmetic regulations in China from the Chinese State Council, including changes for advertising claims substantiation.

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Stacey Cassidy: Development of modular a key step on the road towards sustainable housing

According to the UK Green Building Council, the built environment weighs heavily on the UK’s carbon emissions, contributing up to 40% of our carbon footprint. Given the imperative to reach net-zero carbon emissions in Scotland by 2045 to tackle climate change, the property sector will need to play its part. Whilst this challenge looms large, the growth of modular and offsite manufacturing can provide a solution to the housing sector’s environmental impact, helping to create a more sustainable economy.

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Twists – Eco-Friendly Packing – To establish a sustainable packing solution, benefiting our future.

We believe that Twists can play a large part in the way the world thinks about plastic filler materials, and further the way the world looks at eco-friendly alternatives to everyday items. Twists can be used in so many applications, what will you come up with? Twists are made from post consumer recycled paper and do no harm to the environment. They can be recycled, re-used and even composted with no chemical signature. How can you make a difference? Start by ditching (recycling) your plastic foam packing peanuts, and switching to Twists.

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NOGA and Eni Rewind sign an agreement on circular economy initiatives in Bahrain

Bahrain’s The National Oil and Gas Authority (NOGA) and Eni’s environmental company will collaborate in the promotion of joint initiatives for the recovery of soil, water and waste resources.  The memorandum of understanding was signed in the presence of H.E. Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Minister of Oil and Claudio Descalzi, Chief Executive Officer of Eni.

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ISEAL Framework for Improving Sustainability Impacts: consultation

ISEAL has developed a good practice guide to support sustainability systems to strengthen the effectiveness of your improvement strategies. We are seeking input on this draft until 15 January 2021.  Global sustainability challenges are complex problems and determining the best strategies to bring about lasting improvements in sustainability performance remains a core challenge for sustainability systems.

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Pangilinan to industry: Be ‘greener’ this 2021, mass-produce alternatives to single-use plastics

As consumer giants Coca-Cola and Carlsberg recently announced the switch to plant-based plastics that break down within a year, Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan encourages local manufacturers to follow suit.  Pangilinan noted that his Senate Bill 40, which seeks to ban the use, manufacture, and importation of single-use plastic, also encourages the research and development of biodegradable alternatives, and incentivizes individuals and groups, including businesses, that manufacture these alternatives.

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Lenovo CO2 Offset Services Offsets 26,000 Metric Tonnes as Global Rollout Points to a Sustainable Future for Retail

Lenovo has today revealed how customers are ushering in a green revolution in commerce by opting to offset the carbon emissions of new Think branded products at the point of purchase as part of the company’s new CO2 Offset Services initiative.

Lenovo first launched the program as a pilot in the Nordics in February 2020. Building on this successful pilot, the Company plans to roll out the program in 2021 for all of Europe, Middle East and Africa as well as Asia Pacific and North America. It’s believed to be one of the first initiatives of its kind in the IT industry.

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#SustyTalk: Coca-Cola’s Therese Noorlander talks supply chain engagement on climate and plastics

The latest episode sees edie’s senior reporter Sarah George speaking with the Coca-Cola Company’s sustainability director for Europe, Therese Noorlander. 

Noorlander discusses how the company is working with its bottlers and suppliers to accelerate the net-zero transition. The Coca-Cola Company’s largest bottle in Western Europe, CCEP, notably set a 2040 net-zero target in 2020.

She also outlines the business’s plans on water stewardship and plastics – two of its most material topics – in 2021, in line with changing consumer and investor demands and improved scientific research. 

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Creating a safe and sustainable sports industry for the future – Sustainability Report

It used to be conventional wisdom that when building a career being a specialist in one area was the key to making it to the top. That notion is being challenged, with a broad selection of skills and experiences now highly desirable for prospective employees and entrepreneurs.

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Materials | Free Full-Text | Zirconia–Alumina Composites Obtained by Centrifugal Slip Casting as Attractive Sustainable Material for Application in Construction

This paper focuses on the possibility of adapting the centrifugal slip casting method to obtain zirconia–alumina composite materials in the form of finished tube-shaped products. These types of products, due to their unique properties, can be utilised, for example, in the transport of aggressive substances, even in extreme temperatures or corrosive conditions. The study reports on the two series of zirconia–alumina composites differing in the content of ZrO2—2.5 and 25 vol%. The fabricated and sintered materials were characterised using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and stereological analysis. Moreover, a life cycle assessment (LCA) was provided in accordance with the requirements of the ISO 14044 and EN 15805 standards. The obtained data clearly show that the centrifugal slip casting method allows obtaining samples with high density and extremely uniform distribution of the ZrO2 phase in the alumina matrix. The stereological analysis results proved also that the addition of ZrO2…

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Researchers propose a framework for evaluating the impacts of climate change on California’s water and energy systems

As the planet continues to warm, the twin challenges of diminishing water supply and growing energy demand will intensify. But water and energy are inextricably linked. For instance, nearly a fifth of California’s energy goes toward water-related activities, while more than a tenth of the state’s electricity comes from hydropower. As society tries to adapt to one challenge, it needs to ensure it doesn’t worsen the other.

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Jagadish Salunke: Towards low-cost alternatives for sustainable energy production | Tampereen korkeakouluyhteisö

Halide perovskite solar cells have in recent years emerged as a potential alternative to silicon-based photovoltaics due to their outstanding performance, having reached energy conversion efficiency comparable to the currently available silicon counterparts in less than a decade of research. Therefore, in addition to vast academic interest, industries are paying close attention to the development of perovskite-based photovoltaics.

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THE BETTER HOME IS AN INTELLIGENT AND LOVABLE BRAND IN THE ‘SUSTAINABLE CLEANING’ SPACE | Leapfrog Strategy Consulting

Don’t you love it when the detergent pack zooms across the shirt turning it a crisp white? Or when the toilet cleaner is advertised removing the grimy build-up to reveal a shiny, spotless surface? It’s pleasing to imagine the strong chemicals cutting through dirt and germs. But only because we’re not aware of the whole picture.

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Mercedes-Benz Cars triples global sales of xEVs and meets the European CO2 targets for passenger cars in 2020 | Automotive World

Mercedes-Benz is accelerating its journey towards CO2 neutrality. Significant progress was made in 2020, with a steep increase in xEV deliveries: More than 160,000 plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles were sold by Mercedes-Benz Cars worldwide (+228.8%), including about 87,000 units in the fourth quarter.

“We more than tripled sales of our plug-in hybrids and all-electric cars. Demand for these vehicles increased sharply, especially towards the end of the year.

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Sustainability and the Synthetic Biology Revolution

Synthetic biology has become a powerful tool to advance science, making processes more efficient, enabling completely new approaches to biology, and helping scientists find the right answers, faster.

These capabilities are having a ripple effect. They help researchers pursue avenues that had not been economically feasible or, in some cases, scientifically possible.

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Tanzania : Country Environmental Analysis – Environmental Trends and Threats, and Pathways to Improved Sustainability

Tanzania’s wealth per capita has declined because its rapid population growth has outpaced investment. This decline in wealth is almost entirely accounted for by its “renewable natural capital” loss, consisting of the country’s agricultural land, cropland, forests, forest products, and protected areas. The country’s human capital per capita is stable while its physical capital per capita has risen by 13 percent. Yet its degrading natural capital base clearly illustrates the magnitude of its sustainability problem

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Bridgestone EMIA Delivers Sustainable Innovation Through Original Equipment Business in 2020 | Automotive World

Bridgestone EMIA’s Original Equipment (OE) business achieved new successes in 2020, as the organisation continued to deliver on its standing as a sustainable solutions company.

As a valued and trusted partner of the world’s leading car manufacturers, Bridgestone has continuously grown its OE business in recent years thanks to its strengths in innovation, agility and expertise. With a commitment to always going the extra mile, Bridgestone EMIA’s OE business has provided over 80 new original equipment fitments to 13 car manufacturers, including Mercedes, BMW and Audi, across more than 30 different vehicle models in 2020.

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Pottery Barn Is Planting Trees — Will More Brands Lean Into Sustainability? 01/08/2021

To offset the impact of its wooden furniture, Pottery Barn is on a mission to plant three million trees.

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Sustainable fleet procurement | GreenFleet

Despite what has already been achieved by many fleets, it can still be a daunting task to start on the road to electrification.Kim Harrison explains how the Crown Commercial Service can help public sector fleets access solutions to meet their sustainability targets…

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Building a sustainable future – water management in residential complexes – Brigade Group

Perhaps the most significant concern looming over us in this day and age is water management. It is an essential resource for human beings, yet we fail to use it judiciously. With each advancing year, water is getting progressively scarce in many parts of the world. Hence, it is our moral obligation and duty to improve water management in our everyday lives to guarantee that we can keep on preserving water for a long time into the future.

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Sustainability Impact & Operations | Sustainability & CSR | About SE

SAP acts as both an enabler and an exemplar
To create positive economic, social, and environmental impact within planetary boundaries, we act as both an enabler and an exemplar.
As an enabler, we provide products and services that meet the purpose and sustainability challenges and opportunities of our customers. We are also an exemplar, leading by example in our own sustainable business operations and practices.

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Risk in Focus 2021: Practical guidance on climate change and environmental sustainability| Technical blog | Resources | IIA

Read our practical guidance on climate change and environmental sustainability. This practical guidance is part of the Risk in Focus 2021 publication and addresses the key topic: climate change and environmental sustainability.

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Multi capital scoring: how to measure what matters in the circular economy –

As circular economy thinking takes hold among policy makers, civil servants and scientists, policy is tending towards circular as a strategy to reach environmental objectives. Hopes are that production systems will continue to deliver and indeed grow economically, but with far less material and fossil energy intensity. This article explains why that might not be so easy and offers a way forward.

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Chipotle’s New Sustainability Feature Tracks Your “Foodprint”

In an industry first, Chipotle has launched a new sustainability impact tracker. Dubbed “Real Foodprint”, the digital tool, which is built into the Chipotle app, offers insights into the full impact of your order. 

Using data sourced from research partner HowGood, Real Foodprint allows customers to see the environmental impact of their order based on five metrics: carbon, water saved, improved soil health, organic land supported, and antibiotics avoided.

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Alternative Models for Artist Sustainability in a COVID Economy and Beyond

When the pandemic forced the closure of galleries, museums, and cultural venues, many artists were left with canceled contracts and no prospect of income for the foreseeable future. This sudden shift prompted many to reconsider their relationships with institutions that supposedly shared their same interests. In Creative Capital’s recent online conversation on the impact of the pandemic on the creative economy, Amy Smith moderated a discussion between Daniel Park, Caroline Woolard, and Kristina Wong. All four are thinking about other ways of working in solidarity and community, and maintaining financial stability and wellness as artists.

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Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Ikea & Girls Garage on Design for a Circular Economy | Waste Management World

A new video from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation explores how design has the power to trigger systemic change, through individual, business and community levels to achieve a circular economy.

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Cottagecore: how to embrace this stylish, sustainable trend

It’s the birthright of every generation to rebel against its forebears. So how can young people today define themselves as different from their phone-obsessed, digital-native parents? By donning Little House on the Prairie dresses, baking pies and cavorting with fairies. The cottagecore aesthetic has become popular with Gen Z, but what many don’t realize is how this trend actually finds its roots in sustainability.

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South Australia’s single-use plastics ban to start in March after coronavirus delay – ABC News

South Australia will push ahead with a ban on some single-use plastics including straws and cutlery, after the implementation was put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Key points:
Most single-use plastic products will be banned from March 1
There will be exemptions for people with a disability who need them
There will be an education campaign for businesses and the public
Legislation banning the sale, supply and distribution of the products was introduced in April this year and passed State Parliament in September.

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Sustainability Through Innovation in UAE’s Oil and Gas Industry

In this month’s cover story, learn more about how the Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) became one of the largest oil and gas players in the UAE. With a vision to be an innovative energy partner with a foundation on sustainability, ENOC succeeded in its ambitious plan to start dominating in the market. Now, in this exclusive interview with ENOC Group’s CEO, His Excellency Saif Humaid Al Falasi, learn more about the company’s history, ambitions and its current performance as he shares the company’s operations in the Middle East, its recent product innovations, engineering and technology to meet the demands in line with projections for EXPO 2020.

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Sustainable nutrition

The world’s population is estimated to reach 10 billion by 2050. Providing everyone with a nutritious diet and protecting the planet requires a global response.  If it was easy to change the way we eat, malnutrition in all its forms — undernutrition, overnutrition and micronutrient deficiency — could have been eliminated long ago. Everyone would have access to affordable food and choose to eat the quantity and variety that keeps them in optimal health.

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Reprocessing single-use med devices boosts circular economy for hospitals

Regulated medical device reprocessing is an important tool in improving environmental and public health outcomes, according to a new analysis published in Health Affairs. The paper indicates that health care systems generate significant amounts of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, the…

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Black Friday 2020: Are Consumers Moving Away from Sustainability?

According to Adobe Analytics data, last year the event was so popular that US shoppers spent a record $28.49 billion online, an increase of 17.7% compared to 2018’s takings.

And what’s perhaps even more encouraging for online retailers in 2020 is the estimated $75bn in total sales for Alibaba from this year’s Singles Day (the huge shopping holiday in China that takes place on November 11). That figure is double that of last year, providing hope that this Black Friday could be the best ever.

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During the recent CES 2018 in Tempe, a group of about twenty researchers met to discuss our shared interests in using cultural evolutionary approaches to sustainability. Our group, composed of academics, consultants and non-academic researchers is seeking to create an official Sustainability Working Group of the CES.

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Sustainable food leader Huhtamaki uses IBM Spectrum Protect Plus and Cloud Object Storage for their robust hybrid cloud storage data protection

If you’ve had coffee to go, there’s a good chance Huhtamaki made the cup. As a global manufacturer of sustainable food-on-the-go and food-on-the shelf packaging solutions, Huhtamaki’s innovative products help billions of consumers around the world make responsible lifestyle choices every day.

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Not a cause for celebration, though…  “ADA Website “Tester’s” Lawsuit Dismissed – Again”

From the article: “Whether or not testers have standing to sue hotels for not complying with ADA standards on their websites, hoteliers still have to deal with the headache and expense required to respond to these lawsuits. The best course of action is to update your websites to comply with the ADA and make sure OTAs that present your properties on their sites do the same.”

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New CEU Explores Materiality, Sustainability of Resilient Flooring

Guest Jane Rohde talks about her new CEU on resilient flooring with the Resilient Floor Covering Institute available here on our site. Get a crash course on some of the material covered in this distance learning opportunity and learn some of the in’s and out’s about the materiality, sustainability and performance of resilient floorcoverings.

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World Bank, GoI ink pact for USD 500-mn project to develop green, safe highway corridors | Business

The highway corridors will be developed in Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh.The Government of India and the World Bank today on Tuesday signed a USD 500-million project to build safe and green national highway corridors in the states of Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways MoRTH said in a statement.

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Grocery hacks: 4 sustainable swaps for your weekly grocery shopping

Limiting climate change is a global effort that requires many actions, large and small. Making sustainable food choices when shopping, cooking and eating is more important than ever, and more and more Canadians are looking for sustainable food choices.

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Sustainable Finance

Sustainability presents a considerable opportunity for the Swiss financial centre. The government primarily acts as a facilitator in this context, cultivating an intensive dialogue with the financial industry and supporting the creation of an optimal regulatory framework.  The competitiveness of Switzerland’s financial centre must be supported, but at the same time, steps need to be taken towards greater sustainability. Financial markets that want to remain successful must be stable and trustworthy.

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Nature’s Logic Becomes First Pet Food Company to Join American Sustainable Business Council

Nature’s Logic™, the pioneer creators of 100% natural pet food with NO synthetic vitamins, has become the first pet food company to join the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), the leading business organization advancing the power of business for a just and sustainable world.  Nature’s Logic is the first pet food company to join American 
Sustainable Business Council and its networking organization Social Venture Circle.  Sustainability is not only a tenet of Nature’s Logic mission, but a key factor in the company’s growth.

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Schneider Electric finalizes the acquisition of 25% of the capital of Planon Beheer BV

Following the announcement on November 16, 2020, Schneider Electric announced that it has successfully completed the strategic minority investment in Planon Beheer BV, a leader in building and work environment management software. Schneider Electric now owns 25% of Planon and the investment will be accounted for using the equity method, specifies the group.

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IAEA supports 13 Sahel countries to improve their understanding of the groundwater resources in five shared aquifer systems and promotes the integrated management of shared groundwater resources in…

Reliable access to clean water for drinking, agriculture and sanitation is one of the biggest challenges faced by the 135 million people who live in Africa’s semi-arid Sahel region. Thirteen countries tap into the groundwater of five aquifers systems that cross national borders in the region: the Iullemeden Aquifer System, the Liptako-Gourma-Upper Volta System, the Senegalo-Mauritanian Basin, the Chad Basin and the Taoudeni Basin.

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Sustainable asthma-style inhaler filled with powerful LLAMA antibodies could treat COVID-19

Coronavirus antibodies made by llamas could be administered to Covid-19 patients in the form of sustainable nasal sprays or asthma-style inhalers to help combat the disease.   Studies have shown that llama nanobodies, made by the animals’ immune systems, are far more effective than their human equivalents at preventing illness and infection from Covid-19.

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Sustainability Still a Priority for Aviation Industry

While aviation has been credited with furthering connection across the globe by permitting the fast transportation of people and goods, it also has an environmental impact that could lead to trouble if overlooked. Globally, the aviation industry was responsible for only 2 percent of all human-induced CO2 emissions, releasing 915 million tons of CO2 during 2019. “Passenger air travel is producing the highest and fastest growth of individual emissions,”

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Jewellery designers can win £5,000 in new Monica Vinader sustainable jewellery competition

Jewellery brand Monica Vinader is asking designers and makers to enter its ‘New from Old’ competition, raising awareness of the importance of sustainable practices within the industry.  The sustainable jewellery competition asks entrants to create jewellery from recycled materials.  The winning collection will be featured on the brand’s website, and the designer will win a £5,000 prize.

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E-shopping addiction lays waste to green packaging drive in China, Economy News & Top Stories

If you worry about all the waste generated by the annual rush of holiday shopping and gift giving, it is nothing compared with the mountains of discarded packaging that comes from a single event in China.  On Nov 11 each year, the world’s biggest consumer market goes into overdrive as e-commerce giants like Alibaba Group Holding and JD.com lure shoppers with huge bargains during the Singles’ Day sale.
On Nov 11 each year, the world’s biggest consumer market goes into overdrive as e-commerce giants like Alibaba Group Holding and JD.com lure shoppers with huge bargains during the Singles’ Day sale.

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Thousands of ocean fishing boats could be using forced labor – we used AI and satellite data to find them

Fishing on the high seas is a bit of a mystery, economically speaking. These areas of open ocean beyond the territorial jurisdiction of any nation are generally considered high-effort, low-payoff fishing grounds, yet fishers continue to work in them anyway.  I am an environmental data scientist who leverages data and analytical techniques to answer critical questions about natural resource management.

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Chubb Names Alexandra Waldman Climate Sustainability Manager

Chubb today announced that Alexandra Waldman has been appointed Climate Sustainability Manager. Formerly the company’s Senior Environmental Program Manager, Ms. Waldman in her newly created global role will help to identify and implement opportunities for climate-related products and services, encourage employee engagement in climate sustainability issues and establish an objective, metric-driven framework against which to measure progress of the company’s sustainability initiatives. 

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Sustainable D328eco Aims To Lead Turboprop Renaissance | Air Transport News

The economic shockwaves from the Covid-19 pandemic have prompted airlines to consider the prospect of operating turboprop aircraft through new eyes. Deutsche Aircraft maintains that an urgent need for carriers to recalibrate yield calculations as traffic levels slowly recover provides a strong springboard for its plans to step up the development of an updated version of the Dornier 328 regional turboprop.

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3 Steps to Becoming a More Sustainable Business

Depending on your business focus, sustainability may not be at the core of your mission, but it should be a key part of your business strategy.  For me, it’s a natural fit. You see, my business is clean energy. I’m also passionate about leadership and educating people about the importance of climate change and the environment. But the environment is just one aspect of sustainability. 
For me, it’s a natural fit. You see, my business is clean energy. I’m also passionate about leadership and educating people about the importance of climate change and the environment. But the environment is just one aspect of sustainability. 

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Finding Wedding Inspirations & Revealing Trends: Diversity & sustainability

Around 95% of couples initially planning to wed this year have postponed their big day to next year, but rather than allowing disappointment to take over, they are utilizing the extra time to plan their event in detail. From rethinking sites for photographs to planning wedding favors, wedding playlists, and reception meals and entertainment, carefully planned aspects promise to make next year’s weddings bigger, more beautiful, and certainly more Instagrammable than in past years.

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Join the LDE Centre for Sustainability Lab on Circular Textiles in February 2021 | Centre for Sustainability

Together with Fashion for Good we managed to a collect a selection of challenging graduation assignments. We are looking for graduating master level students, who are working on or looking for a thesis assignment related to Circular Textiles AND want to join an interdisciplinary and extra-curricular program together with other students from the LDE universities between February – July 2021.

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Spanish startup Sepiia interweaves sustainability and ecommerce

Not all founders are cut from the same cloth. Federico Sainz de Robles was working in a textile laboratory when he wondered why clothing brands hadn’t evolved with the times. He decided that if nobody else was making attractive, practical, and sustainable clothing, then he would. So he founded Sepiia, a Spanish clothing startup that operates at the intersection of fashion, technology, and ecology. Instead of creating cheap resource-heavy fast-fashion items, Sepiia focuses on high-quality, durable items.

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‘Choose Love’ Shop-ifies Humanitarian Aid

The Choose Love online store sells much-needed products that consumers can purchase for refugees and displaced people. These include items for day-to-day survival, for emergency situations, and for building their futures. The site breaks the Choose Love shopping journey down into three stages: “Browse our store,” “Choose real products,” and “Leave with nothing.”

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Developing to Last: The Importance of Sustainable Development for Maritime Transport

Is the environment important? More than ever! In all types of commercial activity, there is a growing recognition of the important role of sustainable development as an economic driver. For the first time in 10 years of publishing its Global Risk Report, the World Economic Forum lists environmental risks in its Top 5.

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Atomic-scale apertures represent a novel regime in physics and materials science

Two new studies demonstrate how to fabricate materials with single atom-sized pores that can be used for liquid and gas filtration. This regime of “zero dimensional” pores has a broad range of future applications, from water and gas purification to energy harvesting.  The first study, published in ACS Nano (“Stochastic Ionic Transport in Single Atomic Zero-Dimensional Pores”) and led by graduate student Jothi Priyanka Thiruraman, postdoc Paul Masih Das, and professor Marija Drndić, shows the ionic transport properties of these pores, with promise for applications in water purification and desalination as well as for creating artificial pores that mimic ion channels in biology.

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Focusing on Water Usage Effectiveness for Cooling Systems to Boost Sustainability

As the world continues to transition into learning, working and operating remotely, the data center industry is growing to match company and customer demands for high-performing IT equipment. However, with this increased demand for IT comes pressure for data center managers to meet sustainability goals to reduce their carbon footprints, save energy and reduce operating costs. However, there is another critical factor that improves sustainability in a data center: minimizing water usage.

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Sustainable Composites LLC – home of enspire leather

Since antiquity leather has been valued for its durability, comfort, and luxury.  These desirable attributes continue to make it a preferred material for many of today’s products.  Also, since antiquity, leather producers have had to deal with leather waste. Up to 75% of traditional leather is unused and is often disposed of by being sent to landfill or incineration.  Sustainable Composites LLC has developed a patented, totally unique, technically advanced material made from leather waste which changes the environmental landscape for leather products.
Also, since antiquity, leather producers have had to deal with leather waste. Up to 75% of traditional leather is unused and is often disposed of by being sent to landfill or incineration.

Sustainable Composites LLC has developed a patented, totally unique, technically advanced material made from leather waste which changes the environmental landscape for leather products.

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Roadmap to Renewables Unites Climate and Sustainability Goals

While the pressures of climate change bring a sense of urgency to renewable energy development, a new study serves as a roadmap toward uniting the goals of a low-carbon future with that of ecological sustainability and conservation.  The study, published in the journal Frontiers in Sustainability from the University of California, Davis, and John Hopkins University, aims to help decision-makers avoid the unintended environmental consequences of renewable energy development.
The study, published in the journal Frontiers in Sustainability from the University of California, Davis, and John Hopkins University, aims to help decision-makers avoid the unintended environmental consequences of renewable energy development.

“Renewables aren’t always sustainable, but they can be if we think proactively,” said co-leading author Sarah Jordaan,

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Pharrell’s Sustainable, Inclusive Skincare Line Reduces, Reuses, and Recycles

Created by musician, producer, and entrepreneur Pharrell Williams, Humanrace is a skincare company that focuses on environmental and social impact. Products are made from vegan and cruelty-free ingredients and packaged in reusable containers made from 50% post-consumer recycled landfill plastic. To reduce waste, these containers can be replenished with recyclable refill cartons.

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Sustainable packaging in the beauty industry: Q&A with Beauty Kitchen

Making beauty product packaging environmentally friendly is a challenge for the beauty industry for reasons that include using mixing plastic materials and having poor recyclability as a result of packaging design and branding.  Beauty Kitchen is a UK-based cosmetics company with a focus on sustainable packaging. It’s ’Return, Refill, Repeat’ programme, launched in partnership with Unilever, enables customers to drop off empty containers at any Holland & Barrett store in the UK, Ireland, Netherlands, or Belgium to be sent back to Beauty Kitchen. Consumers will then receive 100 ‘Reward for Life’ points at the retailer.
Beauty Kitchen is a UK-based cosmetics company with a focus on sustainable packaging. It’s ’Return, Refill, Repeat’ programme, launched in partnership with Unilever, enables customers to drop off empty containers at any Holland & Barrett store in the UK, Ireland, Netherlands, or Belgium to be sent back to Beauty Kitchen. Consumers will then receive 100 ‘Reward for Life’ points at the retailer.

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KBR Announces Energy, Sustainability Efforts; Stuart Bradie Quoted –

KBR has published its 2019 Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility Report and announced a new sustainability agenda, the company reported on Friday. KBR will implement a plan to incorporate corporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy, policies, procedures and management approaches that will support positive environmental and social impact.

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Llamas are having a moment in the US, but they’ve been icons in South America for millennia

With their long eyelashes, banana-shaped ears, upturned mouths and stocky bodies covered with curly wool, llamas look like creatures that walked out of a Dr. Seuss story. And now they’re celebrities in the U.S.  Because of their gentle and docile demeanor, llamas are often favorites at petting zoos. They appear at festivals and weddings and have even been deployed as therapy animals.

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PA Environment Digest Blog: Sustainable Pittsburgh: Support Local, Sustainable Businesses This Holiday Season

Sustainable Pittsburgh is reminding Western Pennsylvania shoppers of opportunities to Shop Sustainably and to frequent Sustainable Restaurants this holiday season.  This year, the local business districts are getting creative! You can shop small and participate in these fun programs, while supporting your local shops here and throughout the Pittsburgh region — Want to shop online? Check out Handmade Arcade and I Made It! Market’s virtual marketplaces.

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Learn – Your Ultimate Guide To Throwing A Sustainable Holiday Party

With all the fun and festive decorations, delicious cocktails, and endless holiday-themed appetizers and desserts it is one of the best times of year to bring friends and family together and just enjoy the season of giving. Unfortunately, the holidays can also come with some not so eco-friendly…

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enters partnership with sustainable energy expert

Wastefront AS is today announcing an exclusive long-term project delivery partnership with Devaltec LLC, a project developer and solutions provider in new and sustainable energies.  Devaltec, which was first introduced to Wastefront by Vitol in 2019, will now act as the primary strategic partner to Wastefront and will co-lead the development of all upcoming projects for the next 5 years. Devaltec is contracted to successfully deliver production from multiple plants of minimum 1000 MTD, commencing with Wastefront’s first waste tyre recycling plant in Sunderland, due for completion in 2023.

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F1 engine makers are testing sustainable fuel

Motorsport governing body FIA has developed 100 percent sustainable fuel for Formula 1 cars. The organization and F1 aim to hit net zero carbon emissions by 2030, and sustainable fuels will play a key role in that.  With its fuel, which is made from bio waste, FIA aims to demonstrate that renewable sources of fuel are viable for grands prix. It’s encouraging F1 suppliers to develop their own such fuels, while engine manufacturers have received their first barrels of the FIA fuel for testing.

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SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES AND PRODUCT QUALITY: IS THERE VALUE IN ECO-LABEL CERTIFICATION? THE CASE OF WINE

In theory, eco-labels have great potential to reduce the environmental and social impact of products via consumer choice. In practice, the diffusion of eco-labels remains limited, with consumers expressing concerns about their value. One problem is a perceived tradeoff between the eco-label sustainable attributes and the quality of the product.

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Louvre Abu Dhabi Announced as Sustainable Building Design of the Year & GCC Project of the Year 11.18 • News • Pascall+Watson

The Louvre Abu Dhabi has been announced as the ‘Sustainable Building Design of the Year’ and ‘GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) Project of the Year’ at the MEP Middle East Awards.  As Executive Architects, Pascall+Watson worked in partnership with French architect Jean Nouvel to create the striking museum, which opened in November last year.

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BMW Group Commissions Study on the Sustainable Mining of Lithium for Electric Vehicle Batteries – FutureCar.com – via @FutureCar_Media

German automaker BMW announced on Wednesday that it commissioned a new study that includes a scientific analysis of water consumption in the Lithium extraction process for EV batteries. The study is being co-financed by German chemical company BASF SE with cooperation from the University of Alaska-Anchorage and University of Massachusetts-Amherst. The study is part of BMW’s efforts to achieve sustainable supply chains around the world.

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Electron-producing microbes power sustainable wastewater treatment

Washington State University researchers have developed a sustainable wastewater treatment system that relies on electron-producing microbial communities to clean the water.  The work could someday lead to reduced reliance on the energy-intensive processes that are used to move and treat wastewater, which accounts for as much as two percent of the total electrical energy consumption in the United States.

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Coronavirus could turn cities into doughnuts: empty centres but vibrant suburbs

The most COVID-19 lockdowns were accompanied by sobering news from the UK’s high streets. The Arcadia Group, which owns some of the UK’s most iconic high street clothing retail outlets – Topshop, Topman and Dorothy Perkins, among others – has gone into administration…

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C.P. Vietnam in top 10 sustainable business list for manufacturing

The award, approved by the prime minister, honours businesses that have improved productivity, quality, performance, and significantly contributed to society and sustainable economic development in all areas. C.P. Vietnam president Montri Suwanposri, vice president Vu Anh Tuan, and assistant vice president Worawit Arunraksa attended the ceremony, receiving flowers and a certificate from the chairman of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) Vu Tien Loc, under the witness of Vice State President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh and representatives of ministries and agencies.

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Does Your Website Trigger Liability in California?

Now may be the time to audit your website to ensure that it is accessible to blind or visually impaired visitors. A recent case in California, coupled with ADA requirements, makes it easier for unwitting businesses with an online presence to be dragged into a California state court even if they have no California offices or employees. Companies could face significant monetary damages, not to mention serious damages to their reputation and loss of customers.