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The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), together with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), hosted a panel discussion promoting green industry on the fringes of last week’s 2013 United Nations Global Compact Leaders Summit.
Renowned green building author, Jerry Yudelson, offers five valuable lessons for designers, contractors, and building owners, based on a study of 55 high-performance projects from around the world.
The global management consultancy, McKinsey & Company, has published a new report on the factors that make a city a superior place to live and work. The report, ‘How to make a city great’, evaluates a number of indicators to establish some key steps that leaders can take to make their cities economically, socially and environmentally world class.
Sweden, Germany, Ireland and Luxembourg are the EU Member States getting the most out of innovation, according to a new indicator proposed by the European Commission. The "Indicator of Innovation Output" measures the extent to which ideas from innovative sectors are able to reach the market, providing better jobs and making Europe more competitive. The indicator was developed at the request of EU leaders to benchmark national innovation policies, and shows that significant differences remain between EU countries.
Eighty percent of Chinese cities are failing to achieve a balance between economic growth, resource efficiency and sustainable development, according to a study by Accenture and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). The joint research, covering 73 cities, also shows that China’s mid-sized cities are in the best position to achieve that balance in the future.
The amount of raw materials needed to sustain the economies of developed countries is significantly greater than presently used indicators suggest, a new Australian study has revealed.
Using a new modelling tool and more comprehensive indicators, researchers were able to map the flow of raw materials across the world economy with unprecedented accuracy to determine the true "material footprint" of 186 countries over a two-decade period (from 1990 to 2008).
The European Commission has today started the search for the first European Capital of Innovation, or iCapital. The prize will reward the city which is building the best “innovation ecosystem”, connecting citizens, public organisations, academia, and business. Given that 68% of the EU population now lives in urban areas, it is these areas that will contribute the most to making Europe more innovative.
Flemmich Webb asks if emotionally durable design can create a deeper, more sustainable bond between people and products.
Investors are calling for clearer, more comparable and more integrated non-financial reporting and greater accountability from company boards, according to a new survey.
The study, by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the European Sustainable Investment Forum (Eurosif), asked investors to evaluate the non-financial reporting practices of European companies.
With motto "Promoting the rapid uptake of green industry in harmony with the Earth’s ecosystems", the third Green Industry Conference (GIC) will be held in Guangzhou, China, from 7 to 9 November 2013.
The three-day event will be organized by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).