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Danmarks nye vækstmotor: Kreative teknologinørder

Danmarks nye vækstmotor: Kreative teknologinørder | Sustainable Business | Scoop.it

En ny type innovationsaktører, der kombinerer teknologi, data og design til udvikling af kreative løsninger, er ved at spire frem i Øresundsregionen. Forskerparken Symbion forsøger nu at samle de nye aktører i et innovationsnetværk, der skal sætte skub i væksten.

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For Driving Job Growth, Youth -- Not Size -- Is What Matters

For Driving Job Growth, Youth -- Not Size -- Is What Matters | Sustainable Business | Scoop.it
A study on small and medium enterprises in India demolishes some myths about job creation.
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Interessant perspektiv, som man bliver nød til at forholde sig til i den danske vækstdebat. MM har tidligere udfordret Danmarks SMV fokus med artiklen: 

https://www.mm.dk/global-vaekstguru-danmark-taenker-smaat

 

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Peter Birch Sørensen bliver første klimavismand

Peter Birch Sørensen bliver første klimavismand | Sustainable Business | Scoop.it
Tidligere overvismand Peter Birch Sørensen bliver klimavismand, oplyser ministeren.
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Economists Are Blind to the Limits of Growth

Economists Are Blind to the Limits of Growth | Sustainable Business | Scoop.it
Economists ignore a crucial constraint on human prosperity: energy.
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Economists are surprisingly optimistic about humanity's ability to have as much prosperity as it wants.

Growth inevitably entails doing more stuff of one kind or another, whether it's manufacturing things or transporting people or feeding electricity to Facebook server farms or providing legal services...

 

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Where Consumption Meets Sustainability: How 'Generation World' Makes Purchase Decisions

Where Consumption Meets Sustainability: How 'Generation World' Makes Purchase Decisions | Sustainable Business | Scoop.it
Last month my colleague, Trish Wheaton, described “a new global vanguard of consumers with co-existing values and traits [who] care about the planet and ... love to shop” as the new group around which to shape the sustainability narrative. Who are these consumers? I took a deeper dive to define their values, and discover what marketers and sustainability officers can do to better connect with them.

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Energibesparelser: Som at skære 27 kr. af medarbejdernes timeløn - Ingeniøren

Energibesparelser: Som at skære 27 kr. af medarbejdernes timeløn - Ingeniøren | Sustainable Business | Scoop.it
En analyse fra Nationalbanken viser, at danske industrivirksomheder sparer så meget på energien, at de på ti år har forbedret konkurrenceevnen med ni procent.
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Ressourceeffektivitet bliver industriens vigtigste konkurrenceparameter de kommende år

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Sustainable Buildings - Environment - European Commission

Sustainable Buildings - Environment - European Commission | Sustainable Business | Scoop.it

The construction and use of buildings in the EU account for about half of all our extracted materials1 and energy consumption2 and about a third of our water consumption3. The sector also generates about one third of all waste4 and is associated with environmental pressures that arise at different stages of a building's life-cycle including the manufacturing of construction products, building construction, use, renovation and the management of building waste.

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Great potential for #resource #efficiency in the building sector. New EU report on sustainable buildings
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Med forskerbriller og hvid flip på ”smatten” i Roskilde

Med forskerbriller og hvid flip på ”smatten” i Roskilde | Sustainable Business | Scoop.it
Roskilde Festival har udviklet sig til et enormt laboratorium for universiteter og virksomheder. Hundredvis af forskere og erhvervsfolk vil i denne uge indtage ”smatten” for at teste nye, bæredygtige løsninger.
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Roskilde Festival er blevet et laboratorium for bæredygtighed.

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Homeworking could save £3bn a year in costs and cut carbon

Homeworking could save £3bn a year in costs and cut carbon | Sustainable Business | Scoop.it
Increasing the numbers of employees working from home can cut costs by £3 billion a year for UK employers and employees and save over three million tonnes of carbon annually.

These are the findings of a new report by the Carbon Trust into the potential environmental benefits of a further shift to homeworking.
Over 40% cent of UK jobs are compatible with working from home, but recent research by the Carbon Trust has found that only 35% of companies have a policy allowing their employees to work from home. And where homeworking is offered by companies, between one-third and one-half choose not to accept it.
According to the study, homeworking reduces employee commuting, resulting in carbon, money and time savings. If office space is properly rationalised to reflect this, homeworking can also significantly reduce office energy consumption and rental costs.
It’s estimated over four million out of a workforce of 30 million employees in the UK working from home driven by advances in technologies such as broadband internet, smart phones and cloud computing.

"In the right circumstances, it has the potential to be expanded significantly and be a win-win for business and the environment."

However, the research has revealed a critical finding: carbon savings are sometimes not achieved because of potential rebound effects, particularly the increased carbon emissions from employees now working in homes that are often energy inefficient. Business must therefore take care to factor in their individual circumstances when considering homeworking policies, to ensure that these will actually cut carbon emissions and not increase them.
Hugh Jones, managing director of advisory at the Carbon Trust, said: “Homeworking is on the rise, with numbers increasing by over half a million since 2007. This new research shows that in the right circumstances, it has the potential to be expanded significantly and be a win-win for business and the environment.
Ian Foddering, chief technology officer and technical director at Cisco UK & Ireland, said: “By 2018, there will be over 10 billion mobile-connected devices globally, as such, telecommuting will not only become commonplace but is already in the progress of fast becoming the most natural way for people to work and collaborate globally. Cisco has aggressive targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from our operations and suppliers worldwide, and telecommuting is helping us to achieve these goals.”
He added the average Cisco employee telecommutes two days a week and those using its Cisco Virtual Office technology typically work from home three days each week, avoiding 35 million miles of commuting per year and reducing Cisco’s CO2 emissions by 17,000 tonnes annually. It’s also estimated to deliver $333 million a year in productivity savings.
“Although some organisations may experience cultural barriers in adopting telecommuting, we believe our experience at Cisco demonstrates the real benefits to the environment, the business and the individual employee,” said Foddering.
Get some tips on assessing if remote working is right for your business.
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Hjemmearbejde er godt for miljøet

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The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies Dedicated To Social Good

The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies Dedicated To Social Good | Sustainable Business | Scoop.it
From setting a sustainable example to providing affordable sanitation in African slums, these are the World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies...
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God inspiration

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Integrating Environmental and Human Health - Knowledge@Wharton

Integrating Environmental and Human Health - Knowledge@Wharton | Sustainable Business | Scoop.it
Sustainability is increasingly becoming a priority among decision makers at U.S. hospitals. This special report focuses on the importance of sustainable health care for patients, the industry and the environment -- and on the best practices that are making a difference.
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How Lean & Green hospitals can improve your health

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Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple to Save Climate, UN Says - Bloomberg

Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple to Save Climate, UN Says - Bloomberg | Sustainable Business | Scoop.it
International Business Times UK Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple to Save Climate, UN Says Bloomberg The world needs to triple the energy it gets from renewables, nuclear reactors and power plants that use emissions-capture technology to avoid...

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How companies make us forget we need to consume less to stop climate change

We will have to consume less, not more, if we are serious about tackling climate change. So how do businesses like Coca-Cola lure us into forgetting that inconvenient truth?
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Sustainability now key selling point for business schools attracting students

Sustainability now key selling point for business schools attracting students | Sustainable Business | Scoop.it
After years of neglect, students are now demanding business courses include sustainability on the syllabus
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Smart Cities Council | Report: Rapid growth in smart cities market (and why cities can't avoid it)

Smart Cities Council | Report: Rapid growth in smart cities market (and why cities can't avoid it) | Sustainable Business | Scoop.it
The global smart cities market is forecast to reach $1.56 trillion by 2020, according to Frost & Sullivan. Find out which sectors will see the biggest gains – and why the report says cities no longer have a choice about getting smarter.
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Et oplagt fokusområde for Danmarks fremadrettede vækstindsats. Projekter som Copenhagen Connecting (http://copenhagenconnecting.com) kan bidrage til at øge vækst og bæredygtighed både i Danmark og i udlandet...

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China and US strike deal on carbon cuts in push for global climate pact

China and US strike deal on carbon cuts in push for global climate pact | Sustainable Business | Scoop.it
Barack Obama aims for reduction of a quarter or more by 2025, while Xi Jinping sets goal for emissions to fall after 2030
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Professor: Derfor lykkes grøn omstilling ikke

Professor: Derfor lykkes grøn omstilling ikke | Sustainable Business | Scoop.it

Energiforskningen er gået i teknologisk selvsving. Forskerne er vilde med teknologi, men ignorerer menneskelig adfærd, afslører ny undersøgelse. ”De satser på at løse verdens energi- og klimaproblemer med et teknologisk fix,” siger professor Benjamin Sovacool , der står bag undersøgelsen: ”Men uden adfærdsændringer opnår vi ikke en grøn omstilling,” advarer han i et interview med Mandag Morgen.

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Limits to Growth was right. New research shows we're nearing collapse

Limits to Growth was right. New research shows we're nearing collapse | Sustainable Business | Scoop.it
Graham Turner and Cathy Alexander: Four decades after the book was published, Limit to Growth’s forecasts have been vindicated by new Australian research. Expect the early stages of global collapse to start appearing soon
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Findings should sound an alarm bell. It seems unlikely that the quest for ever-increasing growth can continue unchecked to 2100 without causing serious negative effects – and those effects might come sooner than we think.

To feed the continued growth in industrial output there must be ever-increasing use of resources. But resources become more expensive to obtain as they are used up. As more and more capital goes towards resource extraction, industrial output per capita starts to fall – in the book, from about 2015.

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Used Cigarette Filters Can Power Our Gadgets

Used Cigarette Filters Can Power Our Gadgets | Sustainable Business | Scoop.it
A group of researchers from Korea have converted used cigarette filters into a high-performing material that can be used to store energy.
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Interesting solution to a, unfortunately, still existing disposalproblem.

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The Global Cleantech Innovation Index 2014

The Global Cleantech Innovation Index 2014 | Sustainable Business | Scoop.it
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Denmark comes out on top for cleantech value-added from manufacturing (representing 3 percent of GDP), 55 and the largest number of publicly traded cleantech companies considering the size of its economy. Key examples include Novozymes, Vestas, the biotech and wind corporations respectively and Rockwool, Grundfos and Danfoss – all strong in the energy efficiency space

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World's greenest Companies 2014

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Mest bæredygtig i Danmark = nummer 27 i verden. I alt 3 danske virksomheder blandt verdens 500 mest bæredygtige. Sverige har mere end 3 gange flere, heriblandt to der scorer højere end Novo Nordisk og hele 6 blandt top100, hvor DK kun har 2...

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Chinese Solar Panels Less Green Than European Ones

Chinese Solar Panels Less Green Than European Ones | Sustainable Business | Scoop.it
Chinese solar panels have a higher carbon footprint and are likely to use much more energy during manufacturing than those made in Europe.
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Tankevækkende rapport om globalisering i cleantech industrien

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Ceres report: US corporate progress on sustainability remains incremental

Ceres report: US corporate progress on sustainability remains incremental | Sustainable Business | Scoop.it
Most of America's largest companies aren't taking the comprehensive actions required to tackle climate change, according to a new report
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De har standset jobflugten

De har standset jobflugten | Sustainable Business | Scoop.it
Seks danske produktionsvirksomheder har i tre år arbejdet på at knække koden for, hvordan man bevarer produktion i Danmark. Nu er de klar med opskriften på medarbejdere i verdensklasse. Den skal kompensere for lønforskellen til lavtlønslande og har allerede boostet konkurrencedygtigheden i flere af virksomhederne.
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