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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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A World in Trouble: Capitalists Call For Market Revolutions

A World in Trouble: Capitalists Call For Market Revolutions | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it

March 18, 2013 - CSRwire Talkback

'A World in Trouble: Capitalists Call For Market Revolutions' blog post by John Elkington.

The world must be in real trouble if even capitalists are beginning to call for “market revolutions.”

Peter Bakker, President of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, calls for a “revolution of capitalism.” What he means is that markets must learn how to value and manage multiple forms of capital, including the human, social and natural forms. Like-minded leaders include Sir Richard Branson (founder of the Virgin Group), Paul Polman (CEO of Unilever) and Jochen Zeitz (former CEO of German sportswear brand PUMA).

Old Order A Global “Suicide Pact”

We have been tracking this trend for some time. At our Breakthrough Capitalism Forum last year, speaker after speaker stressed that the inertia of that old economic order is now a massive constraint on the necessary system change. “The system is blind to potentially existential threats,” warned Jeremy Leggett, a leading solar energy entrepreneur. He argued that the current order is “dysfunctional almost to the point of being suicidal.”

Nor is he the only one to have reached this conclusion. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has also stressed that our economic mindset and models increasingly look like “a global suicide pact.” We “mined our way to growth,” he said. “We burned our way to prosperity. We believed in consumption without consequences.”...  http://www.csrwire.com/blog/posts/763-a-world-in-trouble-capitalists-call-for-market-revolutions

 

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Bedrijven worstelen vaak met communicatie rond duurzaamheid

Bedrijven worstelen vaak met communicatie rond duurzaamheid | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Slechts 28 procent van de bedrijven met een strategie rond maatschappelijk verantwoord ondernemen, integreert die activiteiten ook in zijn communicatiebeleid. Dat is de conclusie van een wereldwijd onderzoek van consulen...
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Balance of economic power will shift dramatically over the next 50 years

Balance of economic power will shift dramatically over the next 50 years | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it

The balance of economic power is expected to shift dramatically over the next half century, with fast-growing emerging-market economies accounting for an ever-increasing share of global output, according to a new OECD report.

Divergent long-term growth patterns lead to radical shifts in the relative size of economies. The United States is expected to cede its place as the world's largest economy to China, as early as 2016. India’s GDP is also expected to pass that of the United States over the long term. Combined, the two Asian giants will soon surpass the collective economy of the G7 nations. Fast-ageing economic heavyweights, such as Japan and the euro area, will gradually lose ground on the global GDP table to countries with a younger population,  like Indonesia and Brazil (see chart).


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Globelics. The Global Network for the Economics of Learning, Innovation and Competence building Systems

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Latin America's Institutional and Regulatory Innovations for Microfinance Growth | ELLA

Latin America's Institutional and Regulatory Innovations for Microfinance Growth | ELLA | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
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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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EU's new research mechanism 'complex and narrow' - SciDev.Net

EU's new research mechanism 'complex and narrow' - SciDev.Net | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
The EU's Horizon 2020 mechanism risks alienating developing countries with its complex procedures and lack of capacity building, say critics.
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How institutional repositories are already working to solve the Open Access problem

How institutional repositories are already working to solve the Open Access problem | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it
Last week, Mike Taylor discussed his concerns on institutional repositories as an adequate solution to the open access problem and asked Green OA advocates to address these problems. In response, N...
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Looking to 2060: A Global Vision of Long-term Growth

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New Participatory Guide: LINKing Smallholders: A guide on inclusive business models

New Participatory Guide: LINKing Smallholders: A guide on inclusive business models | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it

CIAT’s research area Linking Farmers to Markets, is pleased to announce the release of a new participatory guide to inclusive business models, a project that has been developed in a in close collaboration with the Sustainable Food Lab, IIED, CRS and Rainforest Alliance and with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The LINK Methodology aims to promote the engagement of small holder producers with modern markets by guiding a multi-stakeholder process of shaping or upgrading inclusive trading relationships with the potential to create win-win situation for all actors involved. For that reason, four key tools are designed to kick off, implement and conclude a participatory innovation process in the iterative manner of a “design-test-check-act” cycle.


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The global sustainability transition: it is more than changing light bulbs

The global sustainability transition: it is more than changing light bulbs | Systemic Innovation & Sustainable Development | Scoop.it

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