Tag: Sustainability

Why AI and digital twins could be the keys to a sustainable future

Were you unable to attend Transform 2022? Check out all of the summit sessions in our on-demand library now! Watch here. Digital twins aren’t new, but AI is supercharging what they can do. Together, they are transforming how products are designed, manufactured and maintained. The combination of the technologies provides forensic insights into our increasingly […]

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More Lithium Mining, Wells Running Dry In California And EV Charging Infrastructure

This week’s Current Climate, which every Saturday brings you the latest news about the business of sustainability. Sign up to get it in your inbox every week. Forbes This past week we held the inaugural Forbes Sustainability Leaders Summit, where we brought in leaders from multiple industries to talk about solving pressing environmental issues while […]

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Charging EVs At Home Overnight May Not Be The Cheapest Option For Much Longer

Researchers at Stanford University say that recharging electric vehicles at home overnight will begin to stress the grid by late this decade unless energy-generation capacity is increased. JAMES LIPMAN for Ford A benefit of owning an electric car is being able to conveniently recharge it at home overnight when power demand is low and electricity […]

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3 Questions: Janelle Knox-Hayes on producing renewable energy that communities want

Wind power accounted for 8 percent of U.S. electricity consumption in 2020, and is growing rapidly in the country’s energy portfolio. But some projects, like the now-defunct Cape Wind proposal for offshore power in Massachusetts, have run aground due to local opposition. Are there ways to avoid this in the future? MIT professors Janelle Knox-Hayes […]

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Dreamforce 2022: Salesforce aims to make sustainability accessible with Net Zero Marketplace

Were you unable to attend Transform 2022? Check out all of the summit sessions in our on-demand library now! Watch here. At Dreamforce 2022, CRM platform provider Salesforce unveiled two new product focusing on industrial carbon credit market transparency and productive services for teams to get more value from their digital HQ.  Dreamforce, which runs […]

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The promise of sustainable AI may not outweigh the organizational challenges

Were you unable to attend Transform 2022? Check out all of the summit sessions in our on-demand library now! Watch here. An organizational movement towards mass digitization is underway — and no industry is exempt. The number of connected devices is expected to reach 55.7 billion by 2025, of which 75% will be connected to an […]

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Dig This: The Shift To EVs Requires A Massive Expansion Of Battery Metal Mining

Electric cars charging in Berlin, Germany. Getty Images The ongoing transition away from fossil fuels will likely trigger shortages of some key metals used in electric vehicle batteries requiring hundreds of new mines. This is according to industry experts who expect demand for EV batteries to spike to tens of millions of units annually in […]

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Ethics in action

Design decisions often treat people unequally. Take a bicycle, for instance. Bicycles offer a relatively inexpensive, healthy, and environmentally friendly mode of transportation for billions of people around the world. Yet each bicycle that hits the market automatically excludes those living with certain disabilities. “Even with the most benevolent technology, no matter how well-intentioned we […]

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China Adds A New Energy Storage Billionaire

Shenzhen Hello Power went public at the Shenzhen Stock Exchange today. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty … [+] Images) VCG via Getty Images China, home to the world’s largest number of billionaires after the United States, added a newcomer from the portable energy storage field today. Shares in Shenzhen Hello Tech Energy, which debuted at […]

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Big data could help deliver sustainability in Web3

Were you unable to attend Transform 2022? Check out all of the summit sessions in our on-demand library now! Watch here. There’s little doubt that discussion about a future built on Web3 and the emergence of the metaverse will intensify over the coming years. With it, so too will the urgency surrounding the development of […]

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Green PCs Get an A for Effort

Conventional wisdom has it that PCs and electronics are just bad for the environment. While silicon makes up most of a computer chip’s wafer, all sorts of funky, toxic elements have been used in traditional PC manufacturing, like cadmium, arsenic, beryllium, boron, and phosphorus. It’s like the periodic table of nasty elements. Some, like arsenic […]

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Cracking the carbon removal challenge

By most measures, MIT chemical engineering spinoff Verdox has been enjoying an exceptional year. The carbon capture and removal startup, launched in 2019, announced $80 million in funding in February from a group of investors that included Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Ventures. Then, in April — after recognition as one of the year’s top energy […]

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Sustainability Software Takes the Spotlight

Today’s buzz-phrases for tech proficiency in business are well known. Data drives innovation. AI is the future. The sustainability-related perils facing business are established too. Greenhouse gas emissions must reach net zero within decades. Climate catastrophes are increasing at a staggering rate, and threaten not only social contracts but the bottom line. What isn’t so […]

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Computing for the health of the planet

The health of the planet is one of the most important challenges facing humankind today. From climate change to unsafe levels of air and water pollution to coastal and agricultural land erosion, a number of serious challenges threaten human and ecosystem health. Ensuring the health and safety of our planet necessitates approaches that connect scientific, […]

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3Q: How MIT is working to reduce carbon emissions on our campus

Fast Forward: MIT’s Climate Action Plan for the Decade, launched in May 2021, charges MIT to eliminate its direct carbon emissions by 2050. Setting an interim goal of net zero emissions by 2026 is an important step to getting there. Joe Higgins, vice president for campus services and stewardship, speaks here about the coordinated, multi-team […]

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MIT accelerates efforts on path to carbon reduction goals

Under its “Fast Forward” climate action plan, which was announced in May 2021, MIT has set a goal of eliminating direct emissions from its campus by 2050. An important near-term milestone will be achieving net-zero emissions by 2026. Many other colleges and universities have set similar targets. What does it take to achieve such a […]

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GM’s Affordable Electric Car, Crypto’s Energy Impact And Rotary’s Battery Recycling

This week’s Current Climate, which every Saturday brings you the latest news about the business of sustainability. Sign up to get it in your inbox every week. Los Angeles Times via Getty Images Earlier this week, the city of Sacremento, CA hit a new all-time heat record: 116 degrees. All throughout the West this week, […]

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The Business of Business is Climate

How bad does it need to get? As we at Techonomy prep for our upcoming conference on business and climate, we’re talking to businesspeople of all sorts, as well as climate scientists, environmentalists, and investing experts. As we do, global weather is in a historic tailspin which certainly is just the tip of a melting […]

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J-WAFS awards $150K Solutions grant to Patrick Doyle and team for rapid removal of micropollutants from water

The Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab (J-WAFS) has awarded a 2022 J-WAFS Solutions grant to Patrick S. Doyle, the Robert T. Haslam Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT, for his innovative system to tackle water pollution. Doyle will be working with co-Principal Investigator Rafael Gomez-Bombarelli, assistant professor in materials processing in the […]

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Report: Workplace sustainability is a must-have for 32% of employees

Were you unable to attend Transform 2022? Check out all of the summit sessions in our on-demand library now! Watch here. Almost a third of total employees (32%) surveyed agreed that they would only work for an employer that prioritizes sustainability. Of that total, 42% of millennials, 30% of Gen-X, and 21% of Boomers somewhat […]

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Turning carbon dioxide into valuable products

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a major contributor to climate change and a significant product of many human activities, notably industrial manufacturing. A major goal in the energy field has been to chemically convert emitted CO2 into valuable chemicals or fuels. But while CO2 is available in abundance, it has not yet been widely used to […]

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Using graph-powered analytics to keep track of ESG in the real world

Editorial Disclosure: The author of this article has a business relationship with James Phare, CEO and founder of Neural Alpha. What does sustainability actually mean for organizations? Can it be measured, and if yes, how so? Often, these are obvious questions with less-than-obvious answers, even for sustainability and environmental, social and governance (ESG) professionals like […]

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How the metaverse could bring us closer to a sustainable reality

Were you unable to attend Transform 2022? Check out all of the summit sessions in our on-demand library now! Watch here. The metaverse is primed to transform the way we interact and conduct business, with the potential to impact every facet of the enterprise and the consumer experience. But this will not come without implications […]

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LG’s $4.4B Battery Plant, Taming Volcanic Brine And More Fuel Cells For Trucks

This week’s Current Climate, which every Saturday brings you the latest news about the business of sustainability. Sign up to get it in your inbox every week. Corbis via Getty Images Last weekend, I read a fascinating essay by historian Bret Devereaux, who used scholarship to answer the question: why didn’t the Roman Empire have […]

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High energy and hungry for the hardest problems

A high school track star and valedictorian, Anne White has always relished moving fast and clearing high hurdles. Since joining the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE) in 2009 she has produced path-breaking fusion research, helped attract a more diverse cohort of students and scholars into the discipline, and, during a worldwide pandemic, assumed the role […]

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Bosch Is Investing $200 Million To Make Fuel Cells For Hydrogen Trucks In South Carolina

Bosch plans to start making fuel cell stacks at its Anderson, South Carolina, plant in 2026 for hydrogen trucks. Bosch Bosch, the German conglomerate that makes everything from dishwashers to industrial software and security systems, is investing $200 million in its auto parts factory in South Carolina to produce fuel cell stacks to supply an […]

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