Antonio Pasolini

Antonio Pasolini
apasolini@gmail.com
Corporate Social Responsibility writer for Justmeans, Antonio Pasolini is a journalist based in Brazil who writes about alternative energy, green living and sustainability. He edits Energyrefuge.com, a top web destination for news and comment on renewable energy, and contributes articles on emerging technology to Gizmag. He is also a happy herbivore.

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5 days 15 hours ago

(3BL Media/Just Means) - Visitors at the International IAA Commercial Vehicles show will see firsthand the new Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid bus. The launch introduces a new tailpipe emissions-free model that is part of a new generation of clean public transport solutions.

One of the main selling points of the new Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid is its lower fuel consumption. It offers a 75% reduction in fuel consumption, 60 per cent in energy use, resulting in a 75 percent reduction of CO2.

It runs in electric mode on average 70% of the...


1 week 1 day ago

(3BL Media/Just Means) - ​A new online business-to-business portal ​​offers a new type algorithm to help buyers find the products that match their responsibility criteria.

Qualitytrade.com​, which launched with 12,000 members​, ​is aimed at corporate leaders ​looking for products that comply with their​ standards in terms of ethical, environmental and workers protection certifications. Typically, portals let suppliers buy a higher position in the search results, even if another supplier provides a higher...


1 week 4 days ago

(3BL Media/Just Means) - There’s a global race going on at the moment in search of renewable, clean types of energy to enable a transition from our current fossil fuel-based economy to a sustainable way of life. These include solar, wind, hydrogen and biofuels, among others. Natural gas is also being pursued as a transitional alternative. But this will take a while for a various reasons, since it is no easy task to update a whole system, especially with strong political and economic interests at stake.

But there’s something that can be...


1 week 6 days ago

(3BL Media/Just Means) - Renewable energy, investment in communities, human rights and donations to philanthropic non-profits. These are some of the actions that banking company KeyCorp, a provider of services to the payments and retail industries, is taking to promote sustainability and social responsibility. The variety in KeyCorp’s portfolio is one of the highlights of the company’s newly released CSR report, which outlines its approach to three areas: banking, citizenship and operations. In terms of banking, it covers products, services and client approach. Citizenship looks at diversity, philanthropy and initiatives in volunteer work while the...


2 weeks 14 hours ago
 
(3BL Media/Just Means) - The international garment industry has a big challenge in its hands in this age of outsourced manufacturing to regions where labor conditions and wages often fail to meet basic welfare conditions. As awareness of labor exploitation grows, so does the ​consumer ​rejection of garments made in sweatshops in the developing world.

Bangladesh is one of the countries with a high concentration of garment workers. According to the War on Want campaign against poverty, the country houses 4,825 garment...


2 weeks 5 days ago

(3BL Media/Just Means) - When we think of Canada, the country’s vast and spectacular natural resources spring to mind. In relation to forestry, we often think of lumberjacks in plaid shi​rts felling whole forests. But the times have changed and so have forestry practices. ​With dwindling forest coverage all over the world, Canada faces international scrutiny over the sustainability of its forest-based industries. As a consequence, the country’s forests rank among the most sustainably managed in the world.

According the Canadian chapter of the Forest Stewardship Council, 34 percent of Canada’s certified forests are FSC-certified while 31...


3 weeks 1 day ago

(3BL Media/Just Means) - Electric vehicles are helping green up the transport network by eliminating tailpipe emissions. However, the manufacturing and the source of energy feeding into those vehicles could be greener. This is where the industry is currently focusing in order to make e-mobility even more sustainable, perhaps even 100 percent planet-friendly.

​​One of the most recent initiatives announced by a car maker was made by Volkswagen during the annual conference of the Society of Environmental Journalists. The company used the...


3 weeks 6 days ago

(3BL Media/Just Means) - With social networks giving animal rights activists unprecedented exposure, the issue of animal welfare has gone mainstream, with undercover videos often revealing to the general public serious breaches of welfare standards on animal farms. As a consequence, the public is much savvier about the workings of those operations and the opportunities for abusive practices that can be found there.

For companies that source materials from animal farms, tracking those practices across a supply chain spread across the globe is a complex issue and one...


4 weeks 1 day ago

(3BL Media/Just Means) - Carbon fiber is busy these days. This super strong composite material can be found in helmets, cycling gear, staplers, etc. Even the nautical industry is using it in propellers.

It’s also in aircraft such as Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner model whose primary structure is 50 percent of Boeing carbon fiber, including the fuselage and wing. These materials make the Dreamliner more fuel efficient (20 percent) than the airplane it replaces. The composite wing of the new 777X will make the model the largest and most efficient twin-engine jet in the...


1 month 4 days ago

(3BL Media/Just Means) - ​Clear labeling is an important tool for consumer education on the content of their purchases. As public demand for socially responsible and ecological credibility grows, communicating those aspects of a product is a must.

These days consumers come across hundreds of certifications that give them all types of information, from factory work conditions to animal welfare. Labels also express whether a product is ​organic, fair trade, forest-friendly and ​whether it​ is recyclable or made from recycled material. The...


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