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Moving the Needle Toward Sustainability Last Updated on 2012-03-18 00:00:00 An Article by  Bruce Rayner, Contributing Editor, Enterprise Efficiency OEM I’m a strong supporter of businesses that are making a concerted and sincere commitment to reducing their environmental footprint -- carbon, waste, water, etc. With the climate challenges that the planet’s 7 billion people face, corporate action is essential. So I read with interest "Five Megatrends Creating 2012's Trillion Dollar Global Sustainable Economy," a post by Bill Roth, founder of Earth 2017. Roth is a former senior vice president of energy services for PG&E, former COO of Texaco Ovonics Hydrogen Solutions, and former president of Cleantech America. The piece argues that "sustainable product solutions" will generate $1 trillion in revenue worldwide this year, and that figure could reach reach $10 trillion by 2017. Those are big numbers.... More »
8 Companies that Make Money from Recycling Last Updated on 2012-02-08 01:50:38   With customers and stakeholders putting companies increasingly under the sustainability microscope, more businesses are realizing that waste is not a nuisance, but an opportunity to create revenue during uncertain economic times. Many companies, of course, have a revenue model solely based on waste management and recycling. Milorganite, for example, has been in business for over 85 years, turning Milwaukee’s sewage into organic fertilizer. But other companies are finding that dealing with waste smartly can add to their business portfolio and generate new revenue streams. What was once thrown away can now even become transformed into a consulting business. The following are eight companies that find profit in trash, either from collecting or incorporating recycled and upcycled materials into their products. Read the entire article More »
Minerals and Metals Scarcity in Manufacturing: The Ticking Timebomb - PricewaterhouseCoopers Last Updated on 2011-12-11 07:36:09   The fine line between ‘just in time’ and ‘just not there’ With a growing population, increasing GDP levels and improving lifestyles, we’re consuming more and more. Renewable and non-renewable resources—energy, water, land, minerals—are in ever-higher demand. And since the relationships between these resources are strong, both the causes of, and the solutions to scarcity are complex. Which, for a manufacturing organisation with a global supply chain, can spell trouble. Minerals and metals scarcity—explosive prices, delivery delays In Minerals and metals scarcity in manufacturing: The ticking time bomb, we explore the impact that minerals and metals scarcity is likely to have on seven manufacturing industries. We interviewed senior executives in many of the leading organisations that are central to the future... More »
New! Preliminary Version of Informal Sector Assessment Provided by GTZ Last Updated on 2010-11-01 09:47:22 The report has a focus on understanding the nature of formal and informal waste management and recycling operations, and the costs and benefits to society of the work of the solid waste informal sector. For this purpose it is also necessary to understand how the informal sector interacts with formal governmental and private sector solid waste management (SWM) activities. A special focus is on understanding the risks and problems created by the modernisation process, especially as they lead to formulation of policies to restrict the access or rights of the informal sector to valorise materials, or sometimes even to eliminate this sector. The study uses a systems analysis approach. The system is defined as the current (2006-2007) waste management system in each of the six cities, including both formal and informal waste services and valorisation. The analysis is designed to... More »