Guest blog by Earth Institute Staff
FROM THE EDITOR
From Competition to Collaboration: The “New” Likes Company
BMW and Volkswagen are teaming up to build high-speed public charging stations for EVs on the East and West coasts. This follows news that Pepsico, Coca-Cola, and Dr. Pepper Snapple are sharing previously proprietary data about their truck fleets to drive better fuel efficiency. In the pharma industry, GlaxoSmithKline is working with Pfizer on the development of new HIV medications. There are more examples, but you get the idea: business archrivals are forming innovative collaborations, driven by disruptive technologies. Such peer partnerships make sense to share the risk of the large investment of resources required to launch new products and services, but also to accelerate the speed of development in a time of rapid change. Look for more unprecedented partnerships in the future.
John Howell, Editorial Director
News & Blogs
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - This is a good news story about the wild Indian tiger. As according to the latest tiger figures released in a report by India’s National Tiger Conservation Authority the population is rising! In 2014 tigers increased to 2,226 from 1,706 in 2010. In 2006 there numbers were meagre, at only 1,411. However, the current tiger population is a fraction of the 45,000 that roamed India a century ago.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Last week, I wrote about my visit to the Shams-1 hybrid thermal solar-natural gas plant in Abu Dhabi. This 100MW plant, which combines concentrated solar power (CSP) with natural gas, is capable of generating power around the clock. The plant’s technical support manager, Abdulazoz Al Obaidli, said that it was unclear whether more plants like this one would be built, seeing as how new solar photovoltaic plants were challenging this technology on both price and...
Guest blog by Network for Business Sustainability
Canadian businesses play a critical role in building resilient economies and communities. Our latest report, From Challenges to Opportunities: The 7 Sustainability Opportunities for Canadian Business in 2015, highlights opportunities for business to take decisive action towards positive change.
(3BL Media and Just Means) - I’m a solopreneur and I want to belong. I want to belong to the B Corp movement where companies like Method, Etsy, WorkSquare, Suncommon and Green Mountain Power hang together. But what does it really take to join them? Does it make sense for me to spend the time working through a lengthy questionnaire, pay $500, form a Board of Advisers, organize an audit and track all of my impact?
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – In 2014, jobs in the U.S. economy grew by 1.3 percent over the previous year. This has been hailed as the strongest year for job growth since 2009. Interestingly, during the same period, jobs in the solar industry grew nearly 20 times that of the economy as a whole.