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Systemic innovation & sustainable development. Issues for learning on the road from incremental to systemic change in support of the next generations
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Breakthrough In Microalgae Oil Production, Accelerated Ability To Produce Variety Of Different Oils

Breakthrough In Microalgae Oil Production, Accelerated Ability To Produce Variety Of Different Oils | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it

A breakthrough in microalgae oil production has been made by researchers at Solazyme. The new technology accelerates the ability of microalgae to produce a variety of different types of renewable oils in the same location; for use in fuels, food, personal-care products, or in the chemical industry. The improvements are possible simply as a result of utilizing standard industrial fermentation (as opposed to open ponds) in combination with Solazyme’s new patented microalgae strains.


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New technology enables microalgae to produce oil, like these droplets, faster and in greater quantity.”


Image Credit: Los Alamos National Laboratory


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Renewable energy: Ireland back in the green

Renewable energy: Ireland back in the green | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
After two years of radical austerity the Irish economy is going through an upswing, thanks to new revenue the state is collecting from renewable energy and from taxing fossil fuels and rubbish.
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Example of benefits of taxing fossil fuels and stimulating renewables

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Trotz Atomausstiegs: Deutscher Strom wird zum Exportschlager - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Trotz Atomausstiegs: Deutscher Strom wird zum Exportschlager - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Von wegen Stromknappheit: Nach Angaben des Statistischen Bundesamts hat die Bundesrepublik 2012 so viel Elektrizität exportiert wie seit vier Jahren nicht - obwohl im Zuge des Atomausstiegs acht AKW abgeschaltet worden sind.
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Can we grow a stronger-than-steel 'wonder material' to save the world?

Can we grow a stronger-than-steel 'wonder material' to save the world? | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it

It’s stiffer than Kevlar, thinner than paper, and in a few years, it may be mass-produced using only sunlight and water.
Scientists in the US this week announced a new, and potentially groundbreaking method for producing nanocellulose — a so-called "wonder material" derived from tree fiber that could be used to create ultra-thin displays, lightweight body armor, and a wide range of other products.
Their key ingredient? Algae.


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Innovation Excellence | Company Secrets for Disruptive Innovation

Innovation Excellence | Company Secrets for Disruptive Innovation | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
What are the secrets of companies that manage to bring disruptive innovation to market?
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The ‘unstoppable’ renewable grid | SmartPlanet

The ‘unstoppable’ renewable grid | SmartPlanet | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
U.S. natural gas prices are rising, while wind and solar are growing rapidly. The global transition to mostly renewable grid power may now be unstoppa
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4 TOP Leaders in Europe for their Innovation performance

4 TOP Leaders in Europe for their Innovation performance | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
This post is based on an European memo provided on March 26, 2013 about Innovation Union Scoreboard. It provides an overview of the research and innovation performance of EU Member States and assoc...
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Latin America’s Largest PV Projects : Greentech Media

Latin America’s Largest PV Projects : Greentech Media | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
…that might actually see the light of day.
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Southern Voices in the Post-2015 Debate | Center For Global Development

Southern Voices in the Post-2015 Debate | Center For Global Development | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
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The need for a shared vision; South and North

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Melbourne Becomes World's Newest Carbon Neutral City | EarthTechling

Melbourne Becomes World's Newest Carbon Neutral City | EarthTechling | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it

The city of Melbourne, Australia, has declared itself a carbon neutral metropolisafter being certified by the Australian Government’s independent carbon offsetting authority Low Carbon Australia. City officials say the certification highlights the hard work being put in to reach the goal of Zero Net Emissions by 2020.

 

Taking an entire city from emitter to carbon neutral in a decade is no easy feat. In order to achieve its goal of Zero Net Emissions by 2020, the City of Melbourne mounted a long-term campaign to change the way it uses energy by creating multiple environmental clean-up initiatives.

 

We’re already one of the world’s most livable cities, our challenge now is to ensure we are one of the world’s most sustainable cities,” said Environment Portfolio Chair Councillor Arron Wood. “As part of our work we’re delivering new waste management solutions, upgrading several of our council buildings by installing efficient heating, cooling and water systems and making improvements to Melbourne Town Hall which will result in significant savings in lighting costs.”


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Radar Latinoamericano: Entre opinar e influir - SciDev.Net

Radar Latinoamericano: Entre opinar e influir - SciDev.Net | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Iniciativas de participación pública sobre CyT deben transparentar sus objetivos y sus impactos deben ser evaluados, dice Carla Almeida.
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The fuel of the future

The fuel of the future | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
WHICH source of renewable energy is most important to the European Union? Solar power, perhaps? (Europe has three-quarters of the world’s total installed capacity...
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Opportunities and (serious) pitfals for wood consumption for energy

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IMF Survey : IMF Sees Big Gains from Energy Subsidies Reform

IMF Survey : IMF Sees Big Gains from Energy Subsidies Reform | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Subsidies are intended to protect consumers by keeping prices low. But many argue subsidies are inefficient and could be replaced with better means of protecting consumers in need.
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EU is still fighting what they call "unfair competition" from renewables. Fortunately IMF did take the next step.

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Duitsland: Geen elektriciteitstekort, maar overschot

Duitsland: Geen elektriciteitstekort, maar overschot | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
“In 2012 heeft Duitsland opnieuw meer stroom geëxporteerd dan geïmporteerd”, bericht Spiegel Online: er werd voor 43,8 TWh (terakilowatt per uur) aan elektriciteit geïmporteerd en […]
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Het sluiten van 8 kerncentrales is blijkbaar in het geheel geen probleem in Duitsland

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Hydrogen fuel breakthrough could revolutionize the alternative energy market

Hydrogen fuel breakthrough could revolutionize the alternative energy market | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
A team of Virginia Tech researchers has discovered a way to extract large quantities of hydrogen from any plant, a breakthrough that has the potential to bring a low-cost, environmentally friendly ...
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What is Innovation? (It’s Not Creativity) | 15inno

What is Innovation? (It’s Not Creativity) | 15inno | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
This older post is a response to the many comments on my recent post: Don't Confuse Creativity with Innovation Innovation. Just the word or term itself is
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India has a long way to go in impact investments

India has a long way to go  in impact investments | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it

Impact investments or investments with a social cause, though trying to make a headway in India, still has a long way to go before they can compete with the established PE and VC industry, believe experts. 

Such investments are basically categorised under non-profit or very little profit garnering investments. Some say that social impact and profit are inversely proportional in any impact investment. 

The main points of difference between VCs and impact investments is the size. In case of impact investments, the fund could be anywhere between $10,000 and $500,000. Another difference between traditional venture capitalists and an impact investor is that while the former has a pre-set agenda to exit in 5-7 years, the former has no specific exit horizon.


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Universal Energy Access: Moving from a technological fix to poverty reduction

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Beyond CSR: Integrated external engagement - McKinsey Quarterly - Strategy - Strategic Thinking

Beyond CSR: Integrated external engagement - McKinsey Quarterly - Strategy - Strategic Thinking | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Companies must incorporate interaction with stakeholders into decision making at every level of the organization. A McKinsey Quarterly Strategy article.
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What's the link between "Integrated external engagement" and "Inclusive Technological Innovation"?

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Agriculture Innovation in Action: What’s Next for the AgResults Initative? | Center For Global Development

Agriculture Innovation in Action: What’s Next for the AgResults Initative? | Center For Global Development | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
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A pull mechanism that is focused on missing technologies and the markets failures that prevent development or adoptation of technologies that could improe lives. It is being tried to engange the private sector and, ideally, to create sustainable markets. This fits in the  Inclusive Technological Innovation (ITI) approach

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Mexico to promote rooftop solar PV for rural communities

Mexico to promote rooftop solar PV for rural communities | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it

The lower house of the Mexican government has approved amendments to the country’s renewable energy bill aimed at promoting rooftop PV at public schools.

 

Installations at schools in rural communities will also have the opportunity to sell surplus energy to the rest of the municipality.

 

Commenting on the bill, Deputy Ricardo Astudillo Suarez from the Green Ecologist Party said that renewable energy will combat climate change and reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Energy independence is particularly important for public schools in rural communities, Astudillo said.

 

He added that this ruling demonstrates the government’s commitment to extending the renewable energy programmes currently in place.

 

Labour Party Deputy José Alberto Benavides Castañeda said reducing fossil fuels through renewable energy sources will cut economic and environmental costs.

 

Last year, Mexico was the second country in the world to implement long-term climate change targets into national legislation.

 

The renewable energy bill calls for a 30% reduction in emission growth by 2020, and 50% by 2050 with 35% of energy to come from renewable sources by 2024.


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Asia’s Accelerating Energy Revolution

Asia’s Accelerating Energy Revolution | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it

Largely unnoticed in the West, Asia’s energy revolution is gathering speed. It’s driven by the same economic and strategic logic that Reinventing Fire showed could profitably shift the United States from fossil-fuel-based and nuclear energy to three-times-more-efficient use and three-fourths renewables by 2050.

 

Renewable energy now provides one-fifth of the world’s electricity and has added about half of the world’s new generating capacity each year since 2008. Excluding big hydro dams, renewables got $250 billion in private investment in 2011 alone, adding 84 GW, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance and ren21.net. The results were similar in 2012.

 

While RMI explores how key partners could apply our U.S. synthesis to other countries, including China, revolutionary shifts—strikingly parallel to our approach—are already emerging in the three biggest Asian economies: Japan, China, and India. They add strong reasons to expect the already-underway renewable revolution to scale even further and faster.


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