‘Coollection’ of Vetted, Carbon-Cutting Projects Seeking Investment

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August 24, 2016
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THE NEXT ECONOMY
Yet More Reports Tout Circular Economy as Road to Emissions Reduction, Job Creation
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A new report suggests that businesses and governments could help save lives and create jobs by adopting a circular economy approach to waste management. The report highlights different case studies that demonstrate how waste-to-energy and resource efficiency initiatives have improved standards of living, and builds on the findings of previous studies that have outlined the social, economic and environmental benefits of transitioning to circular models.
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STARTUPS
Nonprofit Launches ‘Coollection’ of Vetted, Carbon-Cutting Projects Seeking Investment
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The average American emits 17 tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year just by going about their daily life — breathing, blow-drying their hair, cooking, and so on. For most people, it is impossible to reduce this figure to zero. So what are we to do? Enter Cool Effect and its “Coollection” of projects. Touted as a “first-of-its-kind, best-of-breed carbon-cutting solution to climate change,” Cool Effect’s platform allows individuals to easily buy carbon credits and offset their personal emissions.
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ICT AND BIG DATA
Ford Doubling Team, Partnering with Startups to Offer Fully Autonomous Ride Sharing by 2021

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Ford has announced a plan to have a ride-sharing service featuring high-volume, fully autonomous, Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)-defined level 4-capable vehicles in commercial operation by 2021. To get there, the company is investing in or collaborating with four startups to enhance its autonomous vehicle development, doubling its Silicon Valley team and more than doubling its Palo Alto campus.
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BUSINESS MODELS
Why the Energy Sector Needs a Sharing Economy
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A collaborative effort can scale faster, deploy technology faster, and drive innovation into the DNA of an organization faster. Together we can architect a system that cuts energy use, provides measurement and visualization tools that increase energy consumption awareness, improves the operational performance of mechanical equipment on an ongoing basis, and reduces waste of all kinds. We just have to want to.
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PRODUCTS AND DESIGN
Trending: Consumers Want Fewer Phones, More E-Waste Recycling

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Each year, a new wave of computers, smartphones and accessories spill onto the market with smaller components made from increasingly complex materials. Even as awareness of e-waste has grown and the circular economy has begun to spread its wings, progress is being undermined by a disposable culture in the tech industry. A new Greenpeace study suggests consumers have had enough. Meanwhile, Mineworx says it has developed a nontoxic leach formula that extracts precious metals from ores and e-waste that is safer for the environment than existing cyanide-based formulas.
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LIBRARY | RESEARCH REPORT
Virtuous Circle: How The Circular Economy Can Create Jobs and Save Lives in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
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This paper, jointly published by Tearfund and the Institute of Development Studies, outlines the triple win that the circular economy offers for low and middle-income countries. The authors suggest that adopting circular economy principles could help prevent deaths linked to mismanagement of waste and pollutants, alleviate poverty by creating jobs, and boost local economies.
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