EU Call for Proposals: Information and promotion about the sustainable aspect of rice production

The objective is to highlight the sustainable aspect of rice sector. Rice production in Europe has a particular environmental dimension, being at the heart of the preservation of certain wetlands. Rice cultivation is a sensitive and specific practice at European level, since it is produced in areas where there are few crop alternatives. Its preservation and improvement contribute to the sustainability of rice producing regions, by playing an active role in maintaining rural areas, protecting nature and preserving biodiversity. Actions shall highlight the environmental sustainability of the production, stressing its beneficial role for climate action and the environment.
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Call for Projects: Concrete and innovative solutions for a better organization of our world

The Paris Peace Forum calls on all organizations to bring concrete and innovative solutions that tackle global challenges and to present them at the second edition of its annual event.
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Call for Proposals: Environment, Energy & Health Challenge

DLR is looking for innovative ideas that use Earth observation data to drive the sustainable management of our limited natural resources and foster human well-being. In addition to using Copernicus data and other Earth observation satellite data, participants are encouraged to supplement their ideas with other sources of data, such as information generated by crowd-sourcing, social media or in-situ measurements. Ideas should support professionals working in these areas, inform the public, or empower public authorities to take action and solve issues on a local, national, or global scale.
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Call for nominations: The United Nation’s Young Champions of the Earth 2019

The 2019 Young Champions of the Earth will be given a platform to become change agents, protecting the environment through their revolutionary ideas and radical innovation for people, planet and even for profit.
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Call for applications: 2019 SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development

Are you part of a small and growing eco-inclusive enterprise that continues to deliver environmental, social and economic benefits to your target markets?
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EU Call for Project Ideas: European Climate Initiative 2019

The EUKI finances climate projects. Implementers must have their official office in an EU member state or be registered there. In accordance with the regional focus of EUKI, implementers from Central, Eastern, South-Eastern and Southern Europe in particular are encouraged to submit project proposals. Bilateral and multilateral consortia are equally sought; however, the maximum number of implementing partners (in addition to the implementer) is three. The number of implementing partners should be proportionate to the project’s goals and funding and to the distribution and weighting of each set of tasks.
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European call for proposals: Sustainable and Resilient agriculture for food and non-food systems

Based on the two previous calls, the FACCE SURPLUS partners decided to further advance their successful funding scheme with a third call of the initiative in order to complete the portfolio of projects and filling remaining research and funding gaps. Having in mind the research already conducted in FACCE SURPLUS projects, this call at the end of the initiative aims at further improving collaboration in the area of food and nonfood biomass production and transformation systems.
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Call for Applications: Women entrepreneurs - Solutions that tackle challenges facing the FinTech and Social Impact landscapes

Visa Everywhere Initiative: Women’s Global Edition focuses on providing women entrepreneurs with a platform to showcase their ground-breaking solutions.
Application Deadline in 23 days

Call for Applications: Grants to protect natural resources, improve the production and distribution of food, and promote public health

The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation is currently accepting applications to protect natural resources, improve the production and distribution of food, and promote public health in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.
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Call for Applications: The Drucker Prize 2019 for Nonprofit Innovation

Beyond the cash award, The Drucker Prize offers nonprofits a host of practical insights to help them become more innovative and more effective. Indeed, The Drucker Prize’s resource-rich learning platform blends the timeless wisdom of Peter Drucker with the thinking of some of today’s brightest management minds. Our original content is open first to each year’s 50 semifinalists. Leaders of these organizations get to dive into specially designed mini-courses covering key aspects of innovation and nonprofit performance.
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Facebook Call for Proposals: Computer Vision for Global Challenges

Facebook is calling for proposals for pilot and early-stage research that extends computer vision technologies in developing countries. We specifically seek projects that address the technical challenges impeding computer vision in these contexts, including data and hardware limitations and better integration of new information sources, such as high-resolution satellite imagery. Competitive applications will similarly leverage computer vision to achieve global development priorities, especially those captured in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
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Call for Proposals: Innovative ideas in the field of agriculture technology and sustainable production

Project proposals that incorporate innovative ideas in the field of agriculture technology and include more sustainable ways of production are especially expected to be submitted.
Application Deadline in 23 days

Call for applications: The Zayed Sustainability Prize 2020

The Zayed Sustainability Prize has a three-stage evaluation process, beginning with the due diligence conducted by a reputed international research and analysis consultancy. Following this, the shortlisted entries undergo evaluations by a Selection Committee to determine the finalists. From these finalists, a Jury selects the winners, in all five categories, including winning schools from six world regions. The regions are: The Americas, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East & North Africa, Europe & Central Asia, South Asia, and East Asia & Pacific.
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Call for Proposals: Energy for those in need

Possible solutions we are looking at could include new innovative and sustainable technologies not necessarily based on renewables, the revival of ancient low-cost techniques and knowledge as well as the vast array of services that increase the energetic resilience of a whole community.
Application Deadline in 9 months

Call for Applications: Go Green in the City 2019

The Go Green in the City challenge is now entering its 9th year running and our 2019 edition is going to be even bigger, better and bolder! We are looking for students like you from around the world who are willing to put their skills and ideas to the test.
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PRIMA Call for Proposals: Farming Systems 2019 - Sustainability and competitiveness of Mediterranean greenhouse and intensive Horticulture

New soilless systems (including freshwater aquaponics) should be also incorporated and tested in order to facilitate the adoption of efficient fertigation strategies, particularly under conditions of water scarcity and low water quality while ensuring nutrient balance strict and smart control systems to fight eutrophication. Successful technological implementation rests on the effective use by single users or consortia in tight connection with processing industries. This should include integrating sensors data and algorithms into decision support systems.
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Call for Nominations: 2019 Africa Food Prize

The Africa Food Prize recognizes extraordinary women, men, and institutions whose outstanding contributions to African agriculture are forging a new era of sustainable food security and economic opportunity that elevates all Africans.
Application Deadline in 22 days

Soft Drink Supply Chain Sustainability: A Case Based Approach to Identify and Explain Best Practices and Key Performance Indicators

Environmental regulations and sustainable developments are forcing industries to assess, optimize and improve their processes to minimize costs and increase the efficiency of industrial sustainability dimension. This effect is more evident in the food industries due to the high impact that this sector has on environmental and economical sustainability, considering the primary role of packaging systems, the huge water consumption both for the production and the cleaning processes or the energy utilization related to the treatment plant or to the raw material production.

Call for applications: European Startup Prize for mobility

The EUSP is a unique accelerator programme that supports startups developing sustainable mobility innovations, with the aim of giving them the resources necessary to scale up in Europe.
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Call for Nominations: AIDF Africa Innovator Of The Year Award

The aim is to recognise individuals for their inspiring leadership, forward-thinking, creative problem-solving and implementation of innovative programmes that have helped drive African progress towards Sustainable Development Goals.
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Call for applications: UN SDG Action Awards

Every year, the UN SDG Action Awards recognize individuals, civil society organizations, subnational governments, foundations, networks, private sector leaders who are advancing the global movement for the Sustainable Development Goals in the most transformative, impactful and innovative way.
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Call for applications: DOEN Foundation Circular Entrepreneurship Programme 2019 for young Social Entrepreneurs

DOEN is looking for sustainable, social entrepreneurs with innovative products or services that will contribute to the creation of this new circular economy. We are looking for people who dare to take risks and seize new opportunities. People who come up with new solutions or business models.
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Call for applications: The Expo 2020 Dubai - Innovation impact grant program

Expo Live’s flagship Innovation Impact Grant Programme will award injection funds up to USD 100,000 to support the growth of social enterprises, startups and grassroots projects from around the world whose solutions generate social value and are in line with Expo 2020 Dubai’s subthemes of Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.
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Call for applications: PeaceTech Accelerator Program 2019

We are looking for Start-ups that are designing, developing and using new and innovative technologies to help to bring about the end of violent conflict and promote sustainable peace.
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Call for applications: Encouraging Sustainable Solutions around the World

Applicants are invited to apply for SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund to work with purpose and passion on behalf of wildlife and habitats worldwide, encouraging sustainable solutions through support of species research, animal rescue and rehabilitation and conservation education.
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Call for applications: International Innovation Award for Sustainable Food and Agriculture

FAO and the Government of Switzerland are calling on individuals, private companies or institutions to submit a nomination.
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Call for applications: Concept notes for P4G Partnership Fund

Applicants are invited to submit concept notes for P4G Partnership Fund that offers financial support and targeted assistance to select public-private partnerships that are advancing innovative strategies to achieve five Sustainable Development Goals.
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NEXUS: Integrated Sustainable Energy for Enhancing Farm Productivity

NEXUS is developing inexpensive and efficient sustainable energy greenhouse heating technologies that provide affordable and sustainable means to improve the food-growing capacities and the standard of living for farmer communities in rural Appalachia while reducing the use of fossil fuels.

EU Call for Proposals: Sustainable wood value chains

The forest-based sector can contribute to climate change mitigation through increasing sinks in and reducing emissions from living biomass, soils and wood products, and the substitution of fossil fuels through the material and energy use of wood-based materials.
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5 months ago

Call for Applications: Young Social Entrepreneurs

The Young Social Entrepreneurs (YSE) programme seeks to inspire, equip and enable youth of different nationalities to embark on social enterprises (SEs) in Singapore and beyond. If you have a social enterprise idea, we want to help you make it happen! Participants will learn from leading social entrepreneurs, business professionals and other youth who are keen on social innovation, while expanding their networks for potential collaborations for good.
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Call for Proposals: Improve the production and distribution of food in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East

The foundation supports projects that demonstrate local leadership and promote professional development in the conservation, agricultural, and health sciences; develop the capacity of local organizations; and address a particular problem or question in the field.
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Call for Applications: SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund

The Fund has 4 areas of focus: 1. Species Research 2. Habitat Protection 3. Conservation Education 4. Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation
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EU's Call for Proposals: Blue Labs

The focus of this action is to support young scientists supported by experienced researchers, industry and local stakeholders, to team up and develop innovative technologies, products and services in support of a sustainable blue economy, preserving marine resources and ecosystems.
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Environment and Big Data: Role in Smart Cities of India

This study identifies six environmental factors, which should be integrated in the development of smart cities. These environmental factors include indicators of landscape and geography, climate, atmospheric pollution, water resources, energy resources, and urban green space as a major component of the environment.

EU's Call for Proposals: Sustainable solutions for bio-based plastics on land and sea

Activities shall focus on sustainability strategies and solutions for bio-based productsand support the Plastics Strategy. They shall include innovative product design and business models facilitating efficient reuse and recycling strategies and solutions, including ensuring the safety of recycled materials when used for toys or packaging food stuffs.
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EU's action plan to develop a sustainable and circular bioeconomy

The bioeconomy can turn algae into fuel, recycle plastic, convert waste into new furniture or clothing or transform industrial by-products into bio-based fertilisers.

Finnish pilot develops a new solution for sustainable forestry

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, the Finnish Forest Centre and MHG Systems Oy Ltd are among the organisations that have joined forces to accelerate European bioeconomy with the help of big data technologies based on aerial and satellite images and on open forest data provided by Finnish Forest Centre.

Sustainable agricultural mechanization can redeem Africa from perpetual food insecurity

The framework presents a menu of priority elements to be considered by AUC Member States when developing their own national strategies for sustainable agricultural mechanization.

Call for Applications: Total Startupper Challenge

This year, a Top Female Entrepreneur category has been introduced. During the first Challenge, women accounted for almost 25% of the winners, even though they only made up 13% of the applicants. With this special award this year, we hope to give the women entrepreneurs an extra push to take part. It is also aligned with other Total initiatives for women.
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Call for Applications: IoT.ATL AgTech Challenge - Innovative AgTech solutions

The IoT.ATL AgTech Challenge will select six solutions to tackle the growing global food shortages. Startups are encouraged to collaborate to provide one complete and innovative AgTech solution. The selected startups will get access to a 20-foot shipping container along the Atlanta Beltline to pilot their AgTech over the course of 12-months as part of Atlanta's Demonstration Project program.
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Evolution of Integrated Open Aquaculture Systems in Hungary: Results from a Case Study

The various modern integrated freshwater aquaculture systems, such as intensive fish production combined with wetland, recirculation aquaculture system and multi-functional aquaculture, have proved their viability.

Advanced Monitoring and Management Systems for Improving Sustainability in Precision Irrigation

Water scarcity is increasing worldwide, resulting in tighter regulation of its use for agriculture. This necessitates the development of irrigation practices that are more efficient in the use of water but do not compromise crop quality and yield.
10 months ago

Call for projects : 2019 St Andrews prize for Environment

The Prize aims to find innovative solutions to environmental challenges across the world. The solutions should be practical, scalable and able to be replicated in other places, combining good science, economic reality and political acceptability.
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10 months ago

Call for Applications: Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards 2018

The Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards support and celebrate inspirational young people from all over the world who have existing initiatives, products or services tackling some of the planet’s biggest sustainability challenges.
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10 months ago

Precision for Smallholder Farmers: A Small-Scale-Tailored Variable Rate Fertilizer Application Kit

In this study, a real-time variable rate fertilizer application system was developed and tested as an add-on kit to conventional farm machinery. In the context of low investment costs for smallholder farmers, high user-friendliness and easy installment were the main concerns for the system to be viable.
a year ago

FAO calls for global coordination for a bioeconomy that leaves no one behind

If done right, in particular with and for family farmers, bioeconomy can help efforts to tackle pressing global problems such as hunger, poverty and climate change.
a year ago

EU Call for Proposals: Develop technologies and systems to produce bio-based aromatics that outperform fossil-based counterparts

The specific challenge of this topic is to increase the process yields of aromatics from sustainable biomass sources able to outperform fossil-based counterparts.
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a year ago

EU Call for Proposals: Valorise sugars from the cellulosic and/or hemicellulosic fractions of lignocellulosic biomass

The specific challenge of this topic is to better use the sugars from lignocellulosic feedstock in a sustainable way.
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a year ago

EU Call for Proposals: Develop adequate computational systems for modelling the design, start-up, scaling-up and continuous improvement of bioprocesses involving microorganisms

Develop modelling systems that contain experimental multi-omics data on microbial responses to conditions in large fermenters and that combine know-how of metabolic networks and large-scale fluid dynamics into an integral, computation-driven framework to help in the design, scale-up and start-up of bioprocesses.
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a year ago

EU Call for Proposals: Large-scale production of proteins for food and feed applications from alternative, sustainable sources

Proposals should include the whole value chain from the feedstock supply to processing and production steps for the targeted high added-value products. All relevant technologies in the different steps are applicable, provided they have been already proven at a significant scale.
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a year ago

Novel NUS technique strengthens building structures by mixing biochar from saw dust with cement

Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have found an innovative and environmental-friendly technique to enhance building structures. The new method, which incorporates biochar recycled from saw dust into cement, improves the strength and water tightness of mortar and concrete, and offers an alternative use to the large volume of wood waste produced in Singapore.
a year ago

NUS engineers pioneer greener and cheaper technique for biofuel production

A team of engineers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) recently discovered that a naturally occurring bacterium, Thermoanaerobacterium thermosaccharolyticum TG57, isolated from waste generated after harvesting mushrooms, is capable of directly converting cellulose, a plant-based material, to biobutanol.
a year ago

EU Call for Proposals: Sustainable harvesting of marine biological resources

Activities shall provide data, information and knowledge on the potential role of mesopelagic micro- and macro-organisms for human food chain and other bio-based products and processes. While preserving biodiversity and enhancing resilience to climate change and mitigation.
Applications are closed
a year ago

3 projects won the INvertebrateIT Open Contest on sustainable fish feeds, competitive aquaculture and integrated waste management

The INvertebrateIT project aims to help aquaculture operators mitigate their current dependence on costly, volatile, and often unsustainable fish feeds, to diversify their business and to contribute to a better management of valuable organic waste and/or new algal substrates for invertebrate production.
a year ago

Breakthrough technologies for a sustainable mushroom industry

Currently, compost used for mushroom growing is only effective for one to three harvests and has to be disposed of after use, creating significant financial and logistical problems for farmers. But even used mushroom compost still contains valuable components, and BIOrescue partners will transform it into competitive bio-based products, such as bio-pesticides, biodegradable nanocapsules for drug delivery, and bio-based horticultural fertilisers.
a year ago

Role of marine macroalgae in plant protection & improvement for sustainable agriculture technology

Marine macroalgae commonly occupy intertidal and sublittoral-to-littoral zones on rocks and other hard substrata. They are considered to be an excellent natural biosource in different aspects of agricultural fields. They have great proficiency in improving soil physical and chemical properties.
a year ago

Bioenergy from Finnish forests: Sustainable, efficient, modern use of wood

This report describes Finland’s approach to sustainable solid biomass supply based on forest wood resources. The study, prepared by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd in close co-operation with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), offers insights for other countries on the development of sustainable forest bioenergy.
a year ago

Call for Applications: The 2018 African Entrepreneurship Award

This year, the African Entrepreneurship Award will fund $1 million USD to African entrepreneurs with scalable and sustainable businesses in 2 new categories: Sports and Innovation.
Applications are closed
a year ago

Make Our Planet Great Again - Call for proposals for financing of master’s excellence grants

Three broad research themes are prioritized: earth systems, climate change and sustainability, and the energy transition.
Applications are closed
a year ago

Inclusive Climate-Smart Finance (in Africa) – Reaching those most in need

Addressing the climate challenge rests inter alia on the availability of adequate and sustainable climate-smart finance, along with properly designed mechanisms for its smooth provision.
a year ago

Agricultural Sustainability Project Reached 20.9 Million Smallholder Farmers Across China

Smallholder farmers who cultivate perhaps only a few hectares of land dominate the agricultural landscape in places like China, India, and sub-Saharan Africa. Increasing their efficiency while reducing their environmental impact are critical steps to ensuring a sustainable food source for the world’s growing population.
a year ago

Open source in wood construction fosters innovation and increases knowledge

Wood is a carbon-storing, renewable and strong construction material, yet it accounts only for a very small fraction of global construction. The wood construction industry is fragmented and local, while the construction business is dominated by two less environmentally-friendly construction materials, steel and concrete.
a year ago

Higher Shares of Renewable Energy Central to Sustainable Development Across Southeast Asia

IRENA highlights that renewable energy is proving key to expanding energy access in a region where 65 million people lack it. With Southeast Asia’s vast, untapped renewables potential, considerable opportunities exist to accelerate renewables deployment in the power sector but also in heating, cooling and transport.
a year ago

SparkLabs Cultiv8 Launches Its 1st Batch with AgTech, FoodTech and Sustainability Startups from Across the Globe

SparkLabs Group, a global venture and accelerator group, recently launched SparkLabs Cultiv8, a new $10M food and agtech accelerator based in Australia. This has been a catalyst for agtech companies from the U.S., and other parts of the world, to come to Australia to enhance their businesses benefiting from Australia’s farming expertise, research institutions and access to Asian markets.
a year ago

Call for Proposals: Farming systems to improve the sustainability of Mediterranean agro-ecosystems

PRIMA-IS is launching a call for research and innovation (RIA) proposals to mobilize the Euro-Mediterranean scientific communities, stakeholders and private entities and to support a wide range of research and innovation projects expected to produce a socio-economic impact in the near future.
Applications are closed
a year ago

FAO and OECD call for responsible investment in agriculture

The project aims to improve the implementation of the Guidance and internationally-agreed standards on responsible production, sourcing and supply chain management in the agricultural sector.
a year ago

Call for Proposals: 2018 BCFN YES Research Grant - Sustainable Agri-Food system

The Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN) Foundation is seeking young researchers from all over the world for its 2018 BCFN Young Earth Solutions (YES) Research Grant Competition with an aim to improve the sustainability of the food system.
Applications are closed
a year ago

Call for Applications: Go Green in the City 2018

Go Green in the City has become a major event for business and engineering students worldwide. In 2017, nearly 20,000 young innovators from 3,000 universities in 180 countries took part, including 58% women. The stakes for Go Green in the City competitors are high, with mentoring, networking, travel, cash prizes and business/job opportunities all on the horizon.
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a year ago

Call for Applications: CEMEX-Tec Award - High-impact proposals and projects regarding sustainable development, innovation and entrepreneurship

The CEMEX-Tec Award is divided into two categories with a global scope: Transforming Communities, aimed at undergraduate and graduate students with proposals for the sustainable transformation of a community; and Social Entrepreneurs, aimed at entrepreneurs with projects that solve social problems and encourage a systemic change with the potential of becoming a social business.
Applications are closed
a year ago

Localized Agri-Food Systems and Biodiversity

The studies focus on Nordic low-intensity livestock systems related to species-rich semi-natural grasslands. All the studies show that low-intensive agriculture and use of semi-natural grasslands may play an important role in maintaining biodiversity on both small and large scales.
a year ago

Call for Applications: 2018 Innovation Lab

Unleash invites young experts from all around the world to participate in the 2018 Innovation Lab in Singapore (May/June 2018) to create real, scalable solutions to the Sustainable Development Goals. Teams will explore real-life challenges within the SDG themes, before defining specific problems and coming up with solutions. The top teams present their solutions to investors and experts.
Applications are closed
a year ago

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation awards VTT for a bio-based packaging solution that reduces the use of plastics

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation awarded VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland for a packaging solution made of cellulose in Davos on 23 January 2018. VTT is one of the five prize winners, between whom the foundation splits a one-million-dollar prize in equal shares. The new material can extend the shelf life of food, while also reducing food waste and the worldwide microplastics problem.
a year ago

EU Call for Proposals: Urban mobility:a cross-cutting challenge

New innovative mobility concepts, in particular when individual means of transportation are to be replaced by public and collective means of transport, should be accepted by citizens. Bringing about behavioural changes with no disadvantages for the quality of life and the cost of living in urban areas will be one of the great challenges to be addressed in this area.
Applications are closed
a year ago

EU Call for Proposals: Sustainable Blue Economy

The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund has launched a new call to foster Sustainable Blue Economy. The call with a total budget of €14.5 million focuses on four areas: Demonstration & market, fighting marine litter, blue networks and restoring ecosystems.
Applications are closed
a year ago

UMD Researcher Develops Innovative Water Treatment System to Clean and Sustain the Port of Baltimore

Algae grows quickly and is harvested by the Port once a week and fed into a series of three digesters, housed in small greenhouse-like structures that break down the algae, to produce methane-enriched biogas. The biogas can be used as a supplement to power a fuel cell that produces electricity.
a year ago

Using Big Data for Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is developing new solutions for the responsible and sustainable use of the resources of agriculture, forestry and fishery.
a year ago

Call for Proposals: Imagine tomorrow's Construction Industry !

The construction sector has to take action to overcome these new challenges, and new technologies will undoubtedly be one aspect of the answer, digitalized project design and construction using digital models (BIM – Building Information Modelling), the introduction ofrobots to construction sites, and 3D printing of construction materials are just a few examples of these innovative technologies.
Applications are closed
a year ago

Eight priority actions to shift cocoa production practices in West Africa toward sustainable management

The World Bank, together with the World Cocoa Foundation and Climate Focus, has released a new report to help guide the work of these governments and companies to operationalize the Frameworks for Action at the level of cocoa farmers.
a year ago

Call for Applications: Value Chains in the Cotton and Garment sectors

The specific objectives of this call for proposals are improving knowledge, awareness and advocacy on social and environmental conditions to promote responsible production and consumption; enhancing and up-scaling voluntary transparency and traceability schemes through existing multistakeholder initiatives to support sustainable and responsible production
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a year ago

Geothermal, an Affordable and Sustainable Energy for Developing Countries

The World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) leads the Global Geothermal Development Plan to mobilize new funds for the initial investment phases which carry the greatest risk. So far, the plan has raised $235 million.
a year ago

United Nations' New Global Data Hub to Provide Geographic Insights into Reporting Progress for the Sustainable Development Goals

Esri announced that Esri and the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) are working with a number of member states to utilize a data hub that will allow countries to measure, monitor, and report on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a geographic context.
a year ago

European Commission gives new support for EU regions working together on high-tech projects

The aim of this pilot action is to help these partnerships scale up their projects in priority sectors such as big data, bioeconomy, resource efficiency, advanced manufacturing or cybersecurity.
a year ago

For-profit Business Models are an effective path to Sustainable Development, meeting hears

SafeMotos equips motorcycle drivers with smartphones that track their driving, when they speed up, and how often they brake. The data is then fed into an algorithm developed by insurance companies to identify risky driving behavior.
a year ago

Call for Proposals: EU Programme Horizon 2020, Realising the Potential of Regional and Local Bio-based Economies

Proposals shall foster cooperation and networking between relevant actors at all levels, so that regional bio-based economies can take off, promote open innovation approaches, and ensure adequate knowledge exchange within and among regions. Emphasis shall be put on increasing the capacities of regional/local authorities and stakeholders, especially in regions with high potential (e.g. underused biomass streams, human capacities), but that have a low number of established biorefineries.
Applications are closed
a year ago

European Union will mobilise €44 billion of sustainable investment for Africa and the Neighbourhood countries

The European Commission has defined concrete areas of investments for its External Investment Plan. The new plan will mobilise €44 billion of sustainable investment for Africa and the EU Neighbourhood countries.
a year ago

Not Profit Technologies: Emphasizing Open Source Cloud Computing

Not Profit Technologies is an important aspect these days and mainly dedicated to the building and designing of technologies and products which are mainly used for the community or society or other public or organization. Virtually, it comprises IT and ECE system which supports the goal of nonprofit, nongovernment, grassroots and so many dedicated organizations.
a year ago

Integrated Technologies to Recover Metal and Plastic from Electronic Waste

Vast amounts of valuable raw materials are lost through recycling and processing: As much as half of all materials can end up in landfill. Products are becoming increasingly complex, which is why traditional mechanical recycling processes are no longer enough.
a year ago

UN forum in Bahrain Call for the Integration of Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Sustainable Development

A United Nations forum on sustainable development concluded today in Bahrain with a strong call for the integration of entrepreneurship and innovation in all economic and social dimensions as key strategies to implement the Sustainable Development Goals.
a year ago

Tereos introduces the First Connected Sugar Beet

Placed in the field to be harvested by machine, the connected sugar beet follows the usual path of sugar beet in the digger, passing through the turbines up to the hopper and then to the silo.
a year ago

Call for Proposals for Research, Development and Innovation in the Forest-based sector

The overarching aim of the call is to support projects that will address the development and/or proof of concepts on novel strategies, methods, processes or products designed to support the forestry and forest-based industries including their respective partners, resellers, consumers and end-users in remaining competitive and efficient providers of sustainable bio-products and services. Currently underutilised potential in the forest-based sector shall be used to develop novel ideas and create new markets.
Applications are closed
a year ago

From Cellulose to 3D Objects: 3D printing with a Biobased Polymer for CO2-neutral Manufacturing

Researchers working with Valentine P. Ananikov at the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow) have now solved these problems while also developing a sustainable process: 3D printing with polyethylene-2,5-furandicarboxylate (PEF), a polymer they make from cellulose.
a year ago

Power Road®, The Positive Energy Road

Power Road® is based on a simple concept: a road featuring all the regular safety, durability and recyclability characteristics of pavement with added heat energy production capacity obtained by capturing the sun’s heat energy. This heat is stored and then used to heat surrounding infrastructure.
a year ago

AlgaPrimeDHA, a sustainable omega-3-rich whole algae ingredient, has received the 2017 Global Aquaculture Innovation Award

AlgaPrimeDHA is currently produced at Corbion's and Bunge's SB Renewable Oils joint venture facility in Brazil. The facility embodies the principles of sustainable production to produce algae-based products with low carbon, water and land use impacts. Based on sugarcane feedstock, AlgaPrime DHA has a lower carbon and water footprint and higher yield per hectare than DHA produced from most other non-marine sources.
a year ago

Telit and Husqvarna Collaborate on Robots for Urban Park Sustainability Program

Telit announced that Husqvarna is using a wireless sensor device co-developed by Telit and Wireless System Integration (WSI), an award-winning Sweden-based design house developing wireless products and systems, in their city robotic mower pilot program.
a year ago

Food Biotechnology - Sustainable Development Strategy

The role of biotechnology is very important in the food industry; this is a biotechnology because agro-food raw materials are biological products and therefore their conservation until consumption, fresh or industrialization involves the control of the enzymatic activity of the vegetal and animal tissues or of the microflora contamination.
a year ago

UNWTO launches a Travellers’ Competition to Promote Sustainability

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has launched a travellers’ competition ahead of World Tourism Day. The initiative is part of the ‘Travel.Enjoy.Respect’ campaign taking place within the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017. A one-month trip across the world visiting sustainable tourism initiatives is the prize that will be awarded to the winner of the competition.
Applications are closed
a year ago

Microwave Pyrolysis of Lignocellulosic Biomass, a Contribution to Power Africa

This review examines the perspective of renewable energy from biomass as an important strategy for a sustainable development in Nigeria. The paper also addresses the use of pyrolysis technology, an efficient thermo-chemical process for energy applications.
a year ago

EU's Industrial Policy Strategy: Investing in a Smart, Innovative and Sustainable Industry

The renewed EU Industrial Policy Strategy brings together all existing and new horizontal and sector-specific initiatives into a comprehensive industrial strategy. It also clarifies the tasks ahead for all actors involved and sets out the fora – an annual Industry Day, the first edition of which took place in February 2017, and a High Level Industrial Roundtable , that will allow in particular industry and civil society to steer industrial policy actions in the future.
2 years ago

Bio Dynamic Farming: A Future Agriculture Farming

Biodynamic farming is based on systematic and synergistic harnessing of energies from cosmos, earth, plant and cow. Biodynamic farm is a self-sufficient unit, a closed ecosystem that produces its own compost, seeds and livestock.
2 years ago

A Review of Sustainability Enhancements in the Beef Value Chain: State-of-the-Art and Recommendations for Future Improvements

This paper reviews the main discussions that occurred during this event, along with the key lessons learned, messages, and strategies that were proposed to improve the sustainability of the global beef industry.
2 years ago

Canada launched Forest Bioeconomy Framework to enhance the Sustainability of the Forest Sector

The Forest Bioeconomy Framework establishes a path that will result in a forest bioeconomy that identifies sustainable bio-based materials from healthy forests available for high added-value manufacturing. The framework highlights innovation, collaboration, and investment and opens the door to further enhancing the sustainability of the forest sector through research, innovation and strong public policy.
2 years ago

Nanotechnology in Sustainable Agriculture: Recent Developments, Challenges, and Perspectives

The significant interests of using nanotechnology in agriculture includes specific applications like nanofertilizers and nanopesticides to trail products and nutrients levels to increase the productivity without decontamination of soils, waters, and protection against several insect pest and microbial diseases.
2 years ago

Bottles to trees: Plastic Beverage Bottles as an Alternative Nursery Growing Container for Reforestation in Developing Countries

Reforestation is needed globally to help restore degraded sites, combat desertification, protect watersheds, and provide forest products. This involves planting forest tree seedlings grown in local nurseries, but technologies to produce quality seedlings are lacking in developing countries.
2 years ago

A new Norwegian Bioeconomy based on Cultivation and Processing of Seaweeds: Opportunities and R&D needs

Through a new bioeconomy based on cultivated macroalgae Norway will establish a future feedstock bypassing the competition with land­based agricultural resources and at the same time contribute to the replacement of fossil resources.
2 years ago

Innovation in the European Bioeconomy: 15 million euro project optimizes Value Chains for Miscanthus and Hemp

Developing the bioeconomy as an alternative to fossil fuel dependency is vital in order to ensure sustainable growth whilst combatting climate change. A number of key barriers exist in the bioeconomy. Firstly, there is a lack of farmer confidence in the industry end markets for biomass. Meanwhile industry do not have access to sufficient biomass of a suitable quality to develop their production chains at scale. An additional barrier is needed to ensure that cultivation of crops for producing materials does not compete with requirements for food production by using prime agricultural land.
2 years ago

High-tech Electronics made from Autumn Leaves: New process converts Biomass Waste into useful Electronic Devices

The investigators used a multistep, yet simple, process to convert tree leaves into a form that could be incorporated into electrodes as active materials. The dried leaves were first ground into a powder, then heated to 220 degrees Celsius for 12 hours. This produced a powder composed of tiny carbon microspheres. These microspheres were then treated with a solution of potassium hydroxide and heated by increasing the temperature in a series of jumps from 450 to 800 C.
2 years ago

Diversification, Yield and a New Agricultural Revolution: Problems and Prospects

We review the evidence for differences in crop yields between industrial and alternative systems and then evaluate the contribution of yields in determining whether people are fed, the land in production, and practices farmers will adopt. In both organic and conservation agriculture, different combinations of crops, climate and diversification practices outperformed industrial agriculture, and thus we find little evidence that high input systems always outperform alternative forms of agriculture.
2 years ago

High-Efficiency Solar-Powered 3-D Printers for Sustainable Development

The electrical system design is tested outdoors for operating conditions: (1) PV charging battery and running 3-D printer; (2) printing under low insolation; (3) battery powering the 3-D printer alone; (4) PV charging the battery only; and (5) battery fully charged with PV-powered 3-D printing.
2 years ago

An Open Source (DYI 3D printed) “Smart Lamp” for the Optimization of Plant Systems and Thermal Comfort of Offices

The article describes the design phase, development and practical application of a smart object integrated in a desk lamp and called “Smart Lamp”, useful to optimize the indoor thermal comfort and energy savings that are two important workplace issues where the comfort of the workers and the consumption of the building strongly affect the economic balance of a company.
2 years ago

Sustainability Issues and Opportunities in the Sugar and Sugar-Bioproduct Industries

The cogeneration of bioelectricity from bagasse and leaf residues is being increasingly manufactured in more countries and, due to the high carbon content of bagasse and leaves, can also be converted into value-added products such as biochar.
2 years ago

SmartFarm: Improving Agriculture Sustainability Using Modern Information Technology

In this paper, we overview our ongoing work on an open source, hybrid cloud approach to agriculture analytics for enabling sustainable farming practices. SmartFarm integrates disparate environmental sensor technologies into an on-farm, private cloud software infrastructure that provides farmers with a secure, easy to use, low-cost data analysis system.
2 years ago

Clean Technologies in Agriculture - How to Prioritise Measures?

Evaluation of 17 selected clean technologies was based on literature information and expert opinion. Wireless sensor irrigation networks, frequency converters for vacuum pumps and stable air conditioning, PV electricity and drip irrigation were the five technologies with the highest sustainability scores, outperforming the 12 other clean technologies.
2 years ago

The Identification of Key Success Factors in Sustainable Cold Chain management: Insights from the Indian food industry

A conceptual model was proposed in the consultation of practitioners and literature support to address the important issues in cold supply chain management for food companies. Therefore, in order to identify the key success factors for sustainable cold chain management, in this study a conceptual model developed.
2 years ago

UNWTO Manila Conference sets Roadmap to measure Sustainable Tourism

The outcome ‘Call for Action on Measuring Sustainable Tourism’ represents a global commitment to sustainable tourism and the need to measure it through a consistent statistical approach recognizing that effective sustainable tourism policies require an integrated, coherent and robust information base.
2 years ago

African Governments commit to Investing in Green Innovation to boost Continent's Development

African ministers agreed to promote circular economy, green economy, blue economy and industrial symbiosis strategies in their countries, and to upscale and replicate the circular economy and green business development policies and programmes to enable the growth of sustainable entrepreneurship as a key driver of Africa’s economic transformation agenda.
2 years ago

Additive Manufacturing and Sustainability: an Exploratory Study of the Advantages and Challenges

In this paper, consideration is given to the role of one such advanced manufacturing process technology: additive manufacturing. The consequences of adopting this novel production technology on industrial sustainability are not well understood and this exploratory study draws on publically available data to provide insights into the impacts of additive manufacturing on sustainability.
2 years ago

Proparco and IFC invest in Green Bond to promote Sustainable and Renewable Energy projects in Morocco

The financing is expected to help save 938,000 tons on average of CO2 emissions equivalent per year, as well as the equivalent of 17.36 million tons of CO2 in greenhouse gas savings over the remaining lifetimes of the projects being financed.
2 years ago

Technology Innovation and Environmentally Sustainable Techniques Drive Double-digit Growth in North American Agricultural Biologicals Market

The North American agricultural biologicals market has witnessed double-digit growth in recent years, driven by several favorable trends. These include the use of technology innovation such as microbial-derived ingredients, seed inoculants, and bundle packaging; desire for environmentally sustainable techniques; new biological product releases; and a decline in synthetic chemical launches.
2 years ago

Freshwater from Salt Water using only Solar Energy

An emerging technology for desalination is membrane distillation, where hot salt water is flowed across one side of a porous membrane and cold freshwater is flowed across the other. Water vapor is naturally drawn through the membrane from the hot to the cold side, and because the seawater need not be boiled, the energy requirements are less than they would be for traditional distillation. However, the energy costs are still significant because heat is continuously lost from the hot side of the membrane to the cold.
2 years ago

Design, Development and Performance Evaluation of a Small-Scale Solar Assisted Paddy Dryer for on Farm Processing

By using the solar assisted paddy dryer, saving in time was also achieved as compared with the traditional sun drying method. Solar assisted paddy dryer took 8hr for drying the 100 kg paddy up to 14%, while sun drying method dried paddy up to 13.89% in 19 hrs.
2 years ago

The Potential of the Blue Economy : Increasing Long-term Benefits of the Sustainable Use of Marine Resources for Small Island Developing States and Coastal Least Developed Countries

This report was drafted by a working group of United Nations entities, the World Bank, and other stakeholders to suggest a common understanding of the blue economy; to highlight the importance of such an approach, particularly for small island developing states and coastal least developed countries; to identify some of the key challenges its adoption poses; and to suggest some broad next steps that are called for in order to ensure its implementation.
2 years ago

Artificial Intelligence for Good Global Summit welcomes “new frontier” for Sustainable Development

The world's brightest minds in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and humanitarian action meet with industry leaders and academia at the AI for Good Global Summit, 7-9 June 2017, to discuss how AI will assist global efforts to address poverty, hunger, education, healthcare and the protection of our environment.
2 years ago

Energy Technology Developers Focus on Sustainability and Efficiency to Stay Relevant in a Changing Market

Asia-Pacific, led by China, is expected to continue to make considerable investments in the renewable energy sector, particularly solar and wind. Europe has been leading the offshore wind sector from the front. Despite a slight slowdown this trend is expected continue with countries in APAC playing a key role in the next five years in the offshore wind sector.
2 years ago

Environment Technologies that Help Extract Optimum Value from Wastewater Prove Hugely Successful

Futuristic farm management technologies like micro and drip irrigation systems will greatly bolster the agriculture industry in developing countries. The implementation of the cash-and-carry model will allow companies to participate all along the agricultural value chain, so they can provide inputs to farmers on micro irrigation solutions, seeds, saplings and skillset development.
2 years ago

Sustainability, Innovative orientation and Export performance of Manufacturing SMEs

This work propose future research doing the same study with other types companies. Originality/value: Corporate image requires special attention, as it acts as a filter of the impacts of sustainability and innovative orientation. The creation of corporate image not only as a result of tangible items, but as a result of the actions and behavior of the company.
2 years ago

Sustainable Development - The Premise of Economic Growth in Conditions of Globalization

Sustainable development is a relatively new concept applied to economic growth, in order to take into account, primarily, ecological aspects at the level of the Planet. This new concept was imposed because the conventional economy progress cannot ensure the needs of millions of people and undermining the possibility of future generations and ensure.
2 years ago

The Theory of Sustainable Tourism Development

When tourism growth emerges from a carefully designed and implemented strategy, tourism is documented to contribute to generating foreign exchange earnings, creating employment and income, and stimulating domestic consumption. It also brings about social and cultural development of the host communities.
2 years ago

Africa Sustainable Livestock 2050

In the next 30–40 years, growing demand for meat, milk and eggs will drive significant growth in the African livestock sector. This presents substantial risks to the environment, public health and livelihoods, but also meaningful opportunities for economic growth.
2 years ago

Bioeconomy: Insect Meal as a Sustainable Aquaculture Feed

If the feasibility and profitability analysis as well as the European framework legislation continue to develop positive, the IGB product idea should also be exploited commercially. Likewise, the core results should serve political actors as an evidence-based decision-making basis for further strategies in the bioeconomy.
2 years ago

Social Media in Tourism: Establishing factors influencing attitudes towards the usage of Social Networking Sites for Trip Organisation

Tourism organisations and destination policy makers need to understand factors that influence tourist use of SNSs for trip organisation in order for them to be able to effectively utilise SNSs.
2 years ago

Breakthrough in Tuna Feed Research Shows Promise for Sustainable Tuna Farming

The research tested various soy-based diets for larval Atlantic Bluefin tuna in Spain and for juvenile yellowfin tuna in land-based facilities in Panama. Building on these experiences, a diet was successfully tested on ranched Pacific Bluefin tuna in ocean net pens off the northwest coast of Mexico.
2 years ago

Postharvest management of fruits and vegetable: A potential for reducing poverty, hidden hunger and malnutrition in sub-Sahara Africa

Postharvest technologies such as controlled ripening, edible coating, temperature management, and chemical treatment methods are potential tools to reduce FV postharvest losses, increase food and nutritional security and alleviate poverty in SSA.
2 years ago

From Sustainability-as-usual to Sustainability Excellence in Local Bioenergy Business

The objectives of this research were to characterise the maturity levels of bioenergy corporate responsibility for sustainability and outline an approach by which companies can operate at the most mature sustainability excellence level.
2 years ago

Arabesque Combines Big Data and Artificial Intelligence to Launch Unique Corporate Transparency Tool

A new tool that allows investors, regulators, NGOs, corporates, and consumers to monitor the sustainability of over 4,000 of the world’s largest corporations has been launched.
2 years ago

An Overview of the New Trends in Rural Tourism

In agritourism, authenticity is experienced by the tourists performing chores in a rural setting; the authentic feature of ethnic tourism is represented by living the life of local minorities; authenticity in ecotourism is perceived due to the ecological aspect; the authenticity in creative tourism is derived from the creative activities performed together with the locals; the authentic feature of culinary tourism is given by the fact that the tourists can experience local cuisine and beverages.
2 years ago

Healthy Oceans are needed for a Sustainable Future

More than 31% of global fish stocks have been estimated as being fished at biologically unsustainable levels, according to the 2016 edition of the State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture report of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
2 years ago

Agroecology as a Science of Integration for Sustainability in Agriculture

A knowledge contribution is provided in order to understand agroecology as both a scientific discipline and a philosophical paradigm for promoting sustainability in agriculture.
2 years ago

Turning Food Waste into Tires - Eggshells, Tomato Peels add strength to Sustainable Rubber

Researchers at The Ohio State University have discovered that food waste can partially replace the petroleum-based filler that has been used in manufacturing tires for more than a century. In tests, rubber made with the new fillers exceeds industrial standards for performance, which may ultimately open up new applications for rubber.
2 years ago

FAO and USAID launch Africa Sustainable Livestock 2050 project

Africa Sustainable Livestock 2050 aims to facilitate dialogue, knowledge sharing and consultation among livestock, health and environment stakeholders in order to identify opportunities and threats associated with the long-term development of livestock.
2 years ago

Financing Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City: What Lessons Can Be Drawn for Other Large-Scale Sustainable City-Projects?

This article focuses on a thus far relatively understudied aspect of SSTEC, the financial vehicles used to fund SSTEC. The authors find that highly structured and intense collaboration at the national level between China and Singapore plays a catalytic role in attracting many other players to the project by giving them confidence that it is too big to fail.
2 years ago

Achieving Sustainability: Insights from Biogas Ecosystems in India

This paper focuses on how the use of renewable energy technologies such as biogas can help to achieve environmental and socio-economic sustainability. It combines research on sustainable consumption and production, natural and industrial ecosystems and renewable energy adoption to develop a framework for an industrial ecosystem for biogas for bottom-of-the-pyramid and rural populations.
2 years ago

The challenge of Protein Crops as a Sustainable Source of Food and Feed for the Future

Nutritional evaluations of quinoa indicate that it constitutes a source of complete protein with a good balance of all of the amino acids needed for human diet, and also important minerals, vitamins, high quality oils and flavonoids.
2 years ago

Malaysian Researchers from UPM has succeeded in creating a new, efficient and practical method of producing high-performance oil palm woods using low quality wastes

A team of researchers from Universiti Putra Malaysai (UPM) has succeeded in creating a new, efficient and practical method of producing high-performance oil palm woods (OPW) using under-utilized, low quality oil palm stems.This new technology is developed with the objective of producing new, quality alternative for wood materials using under-utilized oil palm stem biomass.
2 years ago

Sustainable business can unlock at least US$12 trillion by 2030

Putting the Sustainable Development Goals, or Global Goals, at the heart of the world’s economic strategy could unleash a step-change in growth and productivity, with an investment boom in sustainable infrastructure as a critical driver. However, this will not happen without radical change in the business and investment community.
2 years ago

Empowering Women in Africa through Access to Sustainable Energy - A desk review of gender-focused approaches in the renewable energy sector

Women and men do not have equal access to energy, the same energy service may impact women and men differently, driving distinct social and economic outcomes for each group. The gendered division of labour creates different energy needs, as do different perceptions of the benefits of energy and the capacity to access those benefits depending on one’s gender. Energy poverty hinders social and economic development.
2 years ago

Additive Manufacturing – a Sustainable Manufacturing route

Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies allow developing and manufacturing very complex shaped parts and functional products with a high level of customization, being a great alternative to Traditional Manufacturing (TM) methods like injection molding, die-casting or machining.
2 years ago

A Patent Analysis for Sustainable Technology Management

In this paper, we propose a new patent analysis approach based on statistical analysis for the management of sustainable technology (MOST). Our proposed methodology for the MOST is to extract a technological structure and relationship for knowing the sustainable technology. To do this, we develop a hierarchical diagram of technology for finding the causal relationships among technological keywords of a given domain.
2 years ago

Small Scale Co-Composting Process and Efficient Methods

Besides the organic waste, composting can also be applied as secondary treatment for faeces and excreta collected in urine diversion and composting toilets. Degradation of is a natural process, but Composting allows us to control and accelerate this process by optimizing the environment for microbial activity in the waste.
2 years ago