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AkzoNobel Ramps Up Use of Renewable Energy with Vattenfall

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May 17, 2017 /3BL Media/ - A new contract with energy company Vattenfall will enable AkzoNobel to ramp up the supply of renewable electricity to its facilities in Sweden and Finland. Hydro power and wind already make up the majority of the electricity supplied by Vattenfall, and the companies have agreed to further increase the share of renewable energy to the facilities to 100% by 2020.

New White Paper on EU Pump Efficiency Regulations

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As the EU seeks to become the most climate friendly region in the world, it is continuously introducing new regulations that place ever-stricter demands on CO2 emissions and the environmental design of energy-using products. As a leading supplier of pumps for the construction sector, Xylem has created a new white paper to help customers understand the complex regulatory landscape.

Better Hearts Better Cities: Launching a Multisector Effort to Combat Hypertension in Low-income Urban Communities

Making our cities into places of wellbeing, exciting growth and opportunity will require every sector to join forces on urban health, says Dr. Ann Aerts, Head of the Novartis Foundation.
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By Dr. Ann Aerts, Head of the Novartis Foundation

Walking through the wealthier streets of cities like Geneva, London or New York, it seems that health and fitness is an international obsession. National food chains boast of fresh ingredients, light options, and low-fat meals. Shelves are stacked with the trendiest superfoods – quinoa, chia seeds, kale and avocado.

Xylem Discusses Smart Water Tech at Global Water Summit

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Executives from Xylem recently participated in the Global Water Summit 2017 in Madrid, which explored how data is disrupting the traditional dynamics of the water industry. Xylem President and CEO Patrick Decker participated in forums focused on emerging trends in the water sector, particularly the adoption of smart technologies.

Novartis Foundation and Partners Launch Initiative to Tackle Hypertension and Its Root Causes in Low-Income Urban Communities

Better Hearts Better Cities is an initiative to improve cardiovascular health in low-income urban communities by addressing the prevention, management and control of hypertension
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  • Better Hearts Better Cities is a Novartis Foundation initiative to improve cardiovascular health in low-income urban communities by addressing the prevention, management and control of hypertension.
  • Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including cardiovascular disease, are a growing health crisis with 75% of NCD deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries; this is compounded by rapid urbanization.
  • The innovative approach is being tested on three continents: in Mongolia, Senegal, and Brazil.

Infrastructure Week 2017: Keys to Digital Grid Strategy

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At the dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, we are relying heavily on the impacts of a more digital grid. The previous revolutions had significant impacts on society – introducing steam, electricity and computing, but none that were so closely intertwined with technology.

The Circular Economy Advantage on Bechtel Projects

by James Feiler, Environmental Services Manager and Michael Davies, Project Environmental Manger, SCPx Project
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A defining characteristic of the remarkable industrial development experienced over the last 100 years has been a ‘make-use-dispose’ approach to resource utilization in industrial processes. While this ‘linear economy’ approach has resulted in enormous advances for societies, it also has created an unsustainable demand for and use of resources and materials. With global population expected to swell to an estimated 9 billion by 2050, the intelligent use of limited resources in production and consumption has become a subject of socio-political, environmental, and economic discussion.

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A defining characteristic of the remarkable industrial development experienced over the last 100 years has been a ‘make-use-dispose’ approach to resource utilization in industrial processes. While this ‘linear economy’ approach has resulted in enormous advances for societies, it also has created an unsustainable demand for and use of resources and materials. With global population expected to swell to an estimated 9 billion by 2050, the intelligent use of limited resources in production and consumption has become a subject of socio-political, environmental, and economic discussion.

Collaboration, Creativity and Planning Will Define Smart Cities

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The rise of the smart city will rely on the ability of stakeholders to collaborate, engage citizens and act on data. Partnerships are hard at work and planning is under way to overcome the legacy of siloed services, focus on integrated systems that will ultimately be more adept at delivering critical services, empower communities and elevate our quality of life.

Looking Up: PepsiCo Opens Vertical Plant in Singapore

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On April 27, PepsiCo held a grand opening event for its new concentrate plant in Singapore, a 215,000+ square-foot facility that will manufacture and ship hundreds of beverage product recipes to bottlers throughout the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. The plant will serve as a local beverage hub that will accommodate faster, more streamlined deliveries to its markets––driving cost efficiencies for PepsiCo’s business in the region.

Ecocentricity Blog: Buzzwords

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When it comes down to it, I fear that for many people “sustainable” has become synonymous with “less bad.” That’s not enough, friends.

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When it comes down to it, I fear that for many people “sustainable” has become synonymous with “less bad.” That’s not enough, friends.

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