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[14 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 1,975 views]
Talking to GE: their take on business needing a framework

General Electric is pioneering its Ecoimagination strategy from 2005, where it took first-mover leadership in environmental solutions and products. I spoke with a couple of senior executives from GE about why business needs a framework from governments to move on climate change adaptation and mitigation products.

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[14 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 1,847 views]
Grundfos’ “Future Now” depends on COP-15

Danish pump manufacturer Grundfos is taking an active role in activism and political pressure on governments to make a deal at COP-15. A deal at COP-15 is core to its business advantage, which will dictate its success and growth long-term.

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[12 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 1,141 views]
Nokia Siemens Networks create energy efficiency in mobile telecommunications

The communications industry is a high carbon polluter, but you would never suspect it. Nokia Siemens Networks is a company committed to reducing their carbon footprint, and have used their Flexi Base Station technology to dramatically reduce the emissions of their products to allow a more environmentally sustainable spread of communications throughout the world.

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[11 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 1,518 views]
India’s private sector hopeless in climate change, relying on government to act

Yesterday’s side event from the Asian Development Bank about “Private Sector Solutions for Asia and the Pacific” revealed that the Indian private sector is waiting for their governments to provide an environment for them to act. The event also revealed that really do not understand how climate change makes business sense.

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[11 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 2,027 views]
Pushing forward the frontiers… from COP-15 into space!

There are talks that COP-15 lacks scientific background regarding its main focus – the issue of climate change. However, if you visit the exhibition “Space for Earth” and observe the realistic model of the newest “CryoSat-2”, you may have to rethink your point of view.

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[11 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 1,025 views]
A better place: what role should Switzerland really be playing on the international stage?

Copenhagen is all about country sovereignty, and how much each country is willing to give up of their right to pollute the atmosphere, or even their right to carbon-intensive development. While Canada, Saudi Arabia, the US amongst others might be singled out as the biggest offenders in wanting to give up the least, each and every nation state is an equal offender in the error of only defining this as a problem of what they must give up, rather than what they could gain.

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[10 Dec 2009 | 3 Comments | 1,741 views]
Is business lazy with respect to climate change technologies?

Corporate representatives argued at the Road to Copenhagen 3 conference that in order for the development of climate change technologies to occur, governments should provide business with predictability, subsidies and a direction. Why should governments provide this now? When did business ever need these things in order to innovate, especially in the realm of climate change?!

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[9 Dec 2009 | One Comment | 1,089 views]
HP’s video conferencing studio set to ground work-related air travel

With the vast majority of WWF Climate Savers cases talking about energy efficiency, this example by Hewlett Packard illustrates the great results that can be achieved from reduced air travel. HP has reduced air travel by 43%, dropping CO2 emissions by 104,000 tons of CO2 equivalent between October 2007 and September 2009. It’s done so with its Halo Video Collaboration Studio technology, which simulates the face-to-face meeting.

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[8 Dec 2009 | One Comment | 2,258 views]
Sagawa Express sees business sense in adapting to climate change

As a case writer for IMD Business School, I was asked to write two cases for the WWF Climate Savers to present at COP-15, who would use them to highlight how climate change strategies make business sense. Sagawa is taking a proudly long-term approach to climate change mitigation by moving its truck and vehicle fleet towards diesel powered to compressed natural gas. It is convinced there is business sense in adapting to climate change. It knows profit and results will arise.

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[8 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 1,035 views]
“Concrete” ideas – but are they actionable?

There is a powerful expectation from the conference leaders to the delegates to provide concrete solutions and actionable points for people to pick up and implement. It is consensus that we need to break down high-level discussions into solutions. It appears that concise action points stop short of being actually practical solutions.