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New Finance Platform Aims to Scale Up Circular Economy in Europe. Image Credit: Toute L'Europe One year after adopting an ambitious Circular Economy Package, the European Commission has partnered with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to establish the Circular Economy Finance Support Platform, to help bring investors and innovators together and keep up the momentum in the transition to a circular economy.

New Finance Platform Aims to Scale Up Circular Economy in Europe

“Building a circular economy for Europe is a key priority for this Commission. We have made good progress and are planning new initiatives in 2017. We are closing the loop of design, production, consumption and waste management, thereby creating a circular and competitive Europe,” said First Vice-President Frans Timmermans. Intelligent Assets: Unlocking the circular economy potential, by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and World Economic Forum as part of Project MainStream.

With up to 50 billion connected devices predicted by 2020, a pervasive digital transformation is reshaping the economy.

Intelligent Assets: Unlocking the circular economy potential, by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and World Economic Forum as part of Project MainStream

Will this ‘fourth industrial revolution’ lead to an acceleration of the extractive, ‘linear’ economy of today, or will it enable the transition towards a society in which value creation is increasingly decoupled from finite resource consumption? A new report, Intelligent Assets: Unlocking the circular economy potential, finds that pairing circular economy principles with the information generated by intelligent devices creates a fertile ground for innovation that could enable this decoupling, and lead to broad social benefits. The report was produced by the World Economic Forum and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation as part of Project MainStream, a global, multi-industry initiative that aims to accelerate business-driven innovations to help scale the circular economy. “Digital technologies are driving a profound transformation of our economy.

Intelligent Assets: Unlocking the circular economy potential - download the infographics. Visit our websites The go-to online location for news and insight on the circular economy and related subjects.

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Go to website An online festival that brings together entrepreneurs, designers, industry, makers, learners and doers to explore and respond to the changing economy. Go to website The gateway into all of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation websites. Go to website our sites email us. Iot report. 52014DC0398. COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS Towards a circular economy: A zero waste programme for Europe /* COM/2014/0398 final */ Towards a circular economy: A zero waste programme for Europe 1.

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Introduction: a circular economy in support of sustainable growth Valuable materials are leaking from our economies. In a world where demand and competition for finite and sometimes scarce resources will continue to increase, and pressure on resources is causing greater environmental degradation and fragility, Europe can benefit economically and environmentally from making better use of those resources. Circular economy systems keep the added value in products for as long as possible and eliminates waste. Industry already recognises the strong business case for improving resource productivity.

EllenMacArthurFoundation PolicymakerToolkit. Smart technology could slash global emissions by 15% The spread of mobile devices and and uptake of smart technology could help reduce global GHG emissions by up to 15% by 2030 - more than the current footprint of the EU and the US combined - according to a new report from Swedish communication technology company Ericsson.

Smart technology could slash global emissions by 15%

Currently ICT emissions account for 1.6% of global emissions which could grow to around 2% by 2020 The Ericsson Mobility Report suggests that harnessing new technologies - such as smart grids, smart transport and smart buildings - could cut around 10 gigatonnes of CO2e emissions. The report states: “Recent studies show that in OECD countries with high ICT use, the total energy footprint (and consequently the carbon footprint) has started to decrease. Another new and important change is that as mobile device usage grows, the use of larger, less energy-efficient fixed devices declines, further reducing the energy and carbon footprint of ICT overall.” Integral device EMR November 2015. How the Internet of Things is transforming sustainability. 2016 will be the year that the Internet of Things market starts to make a profound impact on the world of sustainability, with endless possibilities to slash global emissions through interconnected devices and objects.

How the Internet of Things is transforming sustainability

The Internet of Things refers to the wirelss transfer of information between objects or machines So says Elaine Weidman-Grunewald, the VP of sustainability and corporate responsibility at global ICT company Ericsson. Is the IoT the Most Sustainable Business Model Ever? By Jennifer Tuohy Is the Internet of Things (IoT) the most sustainable business model ever?

Is the IoT the Most Sustainable Business Model Ever?

Yes. And here’s why: At its core, the Internet of Things is a business model that reduces waste and streamlines processes, promising to deliver greater value from a smaller amount of resources. More from less is a key tenet of sustainability. Untitled. 5 Business Models That Are Driving The Circular Economy. When they crash, self-driving Mercedes will be programmed to save the driver, and not the person or people they hit.

5 Business Models That Are Driving The Circular Economy

That's the design decision behind the Mercedes Benz's future Level 4 and Level 5 autonomous cars, according to the company's manager of driverless car safety, Christoph von Hugo. Instead of worrying about troublesome details like ethics, Mercedes will just program its cars to save the driver and the car's occupants, in every situation. One of the biggest debates about driverless cars concerns the moral choices made when programming a car's algorithms. Say the car is spinning out of control, and on course to hit a crowd queuing at a bus stop. The Circular Economy Concept - Regenerative Economy. HP’s IoT Printing Services. Will Allen is an Inventor and Innovator in the Core Technologies group inside HP, and I am happy to welcome him as a guest blogger today.

HP’s IoT Printing Services

Before Will shares his thoughts on HP’s innovative printing systems, let me tell you a little bit about him. For thirty years, Will has been deeply engaged with inventing and commercializing digital technology, contributing to HP programs with global impact in instrumentation, inkjet printing at all scales, digital projection displays, and services.

He’s currently working on the future of the workplace and mobile technology, Internet of Things, enterprise & consumer printing services, pan-organization innovation, and HP technical career path governance. Okay Will, the floor is all yours. Unregulated 'internet of things' industry puts us all at risk, security experts say. Last Friday's massive cyberattacks should serve as a "wake-up call" and a warning to consumers that smart devices designed to make our lives more convenient are also making us unsafe, security analysts warn.

Unregulated 'internet of things' industry puts us all at risk, security experts say

We're at the frontier of an era in which everyday objects — baby monitors, home appliances and even medical devices — come with built-in web connections. But regulation and security measures aren't keeping pace with this phenomenon, dubbed "the internet of things. " "Back in the 1970s, for much of the 1980s, and even into the 1990s, it was hard to foresee just how integrated this far-flung global infrastructure would become with every aspect of our lives and thus have deep security implications," Gabriella Coleman, the Wolfe chair in scientific and technological literacy at McGill University, said.

Otherwise, experts say we can expect to see a lot more cyberattacks that jeopardize individuals, businesses — or as we saw last week — the very fabric of the internet. 'A war in heaven' Iot report. Internet of Things IoT. The "Internet of Things" is a great example of how the media will latch onto the first decent buzz phrase that is associated with a new technology. I mean really, what could be more vague than internet and things? Oh, I know! The “Internet of Things” Could Save 9 Billion Tons of Carbon. Samsung's Note 7 recall could be an 'environmental disaster' - Nov. 1, 2016. Greenpeace is blasting Samsung for failing to detail how it will dispose of the millions of Note 7 smartphones it's recalling around the world.

If the South Korean tech company chooses to dump them, it would create the equivalent of about 28 shipping containers of toxic waste, according to the environmental advocacy group. And that doesn't even include the battery chargers. Related: Note 7 crisis wipes out almost all of Samsung's mobile profits Samsung decided last month to permanently halt sales and production of the Note 7, one of its flagship smartphones, after persistent reports of the devices bursting into flames. The world's largest smartphone maker has said it sold more than 3 million Note 7 devices worldwide.

Samsung said Tuesday it was reviewing Greenpeace's assertions, but it didn't comment on them. Related: Is your cell phone powered by child labor? The Internet of Things Could Drown Our Environment in Gadgets. The pitch is that the Internet of Things will make our world a greener place. Environmental sensors can detect pollution, the voices say. Smart thermostats can help us save money on our electric bills. 'Internet of things' promises nine billion tons of carbon savings - 25 Feb 2013. M2M Communications. AT&T M2M Video - Extend Your Reach [2:47] Increase business velocity with AT&T M2M solutions.Global SIMs Come to the Forefront Deploy Machine-to-Machine (M2M) solutions quickly and cost effectively to transform your business processes with our market leading suite of M2M solutions.

M2X Data Service AT&T’s M2X is a cloud-based fully managed time-series data storage service for network-connected devices. AT&T Cargo View with FlightSafe AT&T Cargo Tracking: Monitor your cargo shipment over land, sea or air. Smart Grid Solutions from AT&T Get Smart Grid - focused expertise to help your utility business gain knowledge about and remotely manage systems and assets. The "Internet of Things" Could Save 9 Billion Tons of Carbon. Urban farming is usually an afterthought: a vacant lot becomes a garden or an existing roof holds a new greenhouse. A new project in Denmark suggests a different approach. What if a dense neighborhood was designed to coexist with full-scale agriculture—and farm waste helped power the buildings?

Agro Food Park, on roughly 250 acres of land outside Aarhus, Denmark, isn't inside city limits. But when the area—an innovation and research center for the future of food—redesigned its campus, it used a dense, city-like, walkable layout. Is the IoT the Most Sustainable Business Model Ever? Improving People’s Lives through IoT. Solving city issues with SEAT. What makes an idea a great one is not only its originality but also its utility. The fact that something is needed in society is, very often, what makes it successful. According to this premise, iCity Project and SEAT have been working on a great idea that can solve one of the biggest dramas for European drivers, especially in big cities: parking.

Vodafone slashes emissions impact with Internet of Things. Smart technology could slash global emissions by 15% Circular Economy Report - Delivering The Circular Economy. The circular economy offers business leaders and government a clear opportunity for long-term growth that is less dependent on cheap materials and energy, and which can restore and regenerate natural capital. This report provides an actionable toolkit for policymakers who wish to embark on a circular economy transformation. It identifies eight key insights, details policy options, opportunities and barriers, and demonstrates how the tools may be applied in a pilot study of Denmark. 5 Business Models That Are Driving The Circular Economy. Circular Economy News and Insight.

Cyrus Wadia explains just how much "materials matter" to Nike Inc. Pete Myers on the health benefits of a circular economy. What resource efficiency innovations are needed today for the circular economy of the future? Coming of age: The heroes and villains of the circular economy. Please sign in or register to read the rest of this article. To access unlimited free content, and in order to make edie more relevant to you, we are asking regular visitors to log in if they read more than five articles per month.

Existing website users: Click here to sign in for full access to all content. How the Internet of Things is transforming sustainability. Please sign in or register to read the rest of this article. To access unlimited free content, and in order to make edie more relevant to you, we are asking regular visitors to log in if they read more than five articles per month. Is the IoT the Most Sustainable Business Model Ever? Circular economy: Lessons from China. Yongsky/Dreamstime.com. Waste not want not: Sweden to give tax breaks for repairs. The Swedish government is introducing tax breaks on repairs to everything from bicycles to washing machines so it will no longer make sense to throw out old or broken items and buy new ones.

Sweden’s ruling Social Democrat and Green party coalition is set to submit proposals to parliament on Tuesday to slash the VAT rate on repairs to bicycles, clothes and shoes from 25% to 12%. It will also submit a proposal that would allow people to claim back from income tax half of the labour cost on repairs to appliances such as fridges, ovens, dishwashers and washing machines. “We believe that this could substantially lower the cost and so make it more rational economic behaviour to repair your goods,” said Per Bolund, Sweden’s minister for financial markets and consumer affairs and one of six Green party cabinet members. Bolund has been a key figure in driving through the new incentives.

But emissions linked to consumption have stubbornly risen. Using Technology to Enable Next-Level EHS Performance. How the Internet of Things is changing sustainability practices. What resource efficiency innovations are needed today for the circular economy of the future? Coming of age: The heroes and villains of the circular economy. Is the IoT the Most Sustainable Business Model Ever? How the Internet of Things is transforming sustainability. How the Internet of Things is changing business models. The circular economy: the natural progression? The circular economy: the natural progression? How the Internet of Things is changing sustainability practices. The Internet of Things Will Create a More Sustainable World - Yeti.

3 Sustainable Uses of the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things: Net Positive or Negative for Sustainability? Circular economy on the rise, but Canada lags on repurposing waste. The circular economy: the natural progression? Circular economy in emerging markets: an introduction - Circulate. More from less — material resource efficiency in Europe — European Environment Agency. Policy landscape report on resource efficiency and circular economy - Circulate. Circular Economy System Diagram - Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Circular economy in emerging markets: an introduction - Circulate. The circular economy is part of the irresistible unfolding of a digital revolution - Circulate. The circular economy is part of the irresistible unfolding of a digital revolution - Circulate.