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Zeit zu handeln...
Zeit zu handeln – Mit dem iPoint Compliance Agent setzen Sie auf einen etablierten Standard und reduzieren interne Aufwände Im kommenden Frühjahr…
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Asien auf der Agenda
Reutlingen, 29. Oktober 2013 – Mit je einer Niederlassung in Shanghai und in Tokio weitet das Software- und Beratungsunternehmen iPoint-systems seine…

Events

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Verschoben: Conflict Minerals – Sustainability & the Future 14.11.2013 in Los Angeles, Kalifornien, USA
Am 14. November 2013 findet das zweite von iPoint in den USA ausgerichtete Event zum Thema Konfliktmineralien statt. Nach dem Erfolg der letzten…
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Internationale IPC-Konferenz "Conflict Minerals: Complying with EU and US Laws"
Am 23. Oktober 2013 findet in Brüssel eine internationale Konferenz zum Thema "Conflict Minerals: Complying with EU and US Laws" statt. Die…

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26 Life-Cycle-Based Business Strategies that Matter
We’ve all heard of the sharing economy. We’re all aware of the need for double decoupling. We all know that our resource consumption needs to drop…
Beyond Heavy Oil – 8 Future-Proof Cargo Vessel Technologies
Think global, buy local? The idea of limiting one’s personal consumption to national, regional or local boundaries is an excellent way to reduce…
Chance or Catastrophe? Towards a Constructive Media Coverage of Climate Change
Instead of using the opportunity to promote a low-carbon society, media reports of global warming generally convey only two messages. First, “watch…
Making an LCA in 1 Hour – How to Get Going with Umberto
SimaPro and GaBi are the most commonly used software tools to conduct a professional life cycle assessment. There is, however, a third solution in…
The Cow, Black Sheep of Our Climate
Right after driving, flying, heating, and cooling, consuming meat and dairy products weighs the most heavily on our lifestyle related climate budget.…
Sustainability Triangle? One Pillar Missing!
There is a significant growing concern in several arenas that the three-pillar model of sustainability, consisting of environmental, economic and…
Efficiency 2.0 – How to Reveal Hidden Savings Potential with Integrated Energy Management
Adjust all the details, but don’t forget the big picture. That’s the best conclusion you can draw from analyzing industry’s most stunning cases of…
From Data to Knowledge: The Power of Elegant Sankey Diagrams
Industry defines the structure of our economy, of our work environment, of our personal mobility, and of our urban space. Furniture, buildings,…
Top-Notch Sustainability Practitioner Gathering: Umberto User Workshop in Essen, Sept 11/12, 2013
When the only way to implement a satisfactory future in human development is holistic thinking about sustainability, why is it that we so rarely…
Turning World War II History into a Renewable Present – 3 Striking Sustainable Adaptations from IBA Hamburg
Hamburg, Germany’s second-largest city, saw more than half its building stock destroyed during world war II. The war is way over, but many buildings…
Long-Distance, Low-Impact? Inside Cargo Ship Travelling
As I sail through the English Channel and complete my last miles around the world on a reefer vessel, accompanying 5000 tons of kiwifruit on their way…
First LCA on 3D Printer Sustainability: Green Manufacturing Revolution or Overrated Gadget?
Rapid prototyping, also called 3D printing, is the name of a much praised technological innovation touted as revolutionizing the well-established…
How to Get Maximum Greenhouse Gas Reductions in Emerging Economies, Part II: India, Mexico, South Africa, South Korea
Last week, I critically reviewed the term emerging economy and concluded that, given the lack of an appropriate alternative, it remains all right to…
How to Get Maximum Greenhouse Gas Reductions in Emerging Economies, Part I: Brazil and China
Over the course of the last two decades, most people have realized that in a rapidly changing economic world order, country development categories…
5 Steps towards Maximum Resource Efficiency Part 2: Material Flow Modeling, MFCA and LCA Made Easy
Last week, I introduced you to the first three steps small and medium-sized companies need to take to increase their resource efficiency to a maximum.…
5 Steps towards Maximum Resource Efficiency: Material Flow Modeling Made Easy
When calculating and reducing business-related environmental effects, two different approaches are traditionally taken. There is the product centered…
A Truly Green Building Sector? Sustainable Housing Challenges in Northern Europe
Throughout its lifespan, a building affects the environment in a multitude of ways. How our house is built, how we live in it, and what climate it…
5 Clear-Cut Economic Benefits of Sustainability Reporting
Business is not responsible for society. Business is society. Entrepreneur, manager, employee, customer – no matter what role you play, there is one…
How to Recycle Phosphorus, the Most Least-Known Scarce Resource
Picking up on “sustainable agriculture”, most people think of free range chicken. They imagine livestock on green pastures. Some better informed would…
ISO 14051-Based Material Flow Cost Accounting in a Nutshell
The ISO 14000 series has proved to be handy for quite a while now. Companies and public institutions have valued the universal guidelines for all…
Who’s Happier – The Proactive Lohas or the Spontaneous Hedonist?
The perception that pro-environmental behaviour has negative effects on well-being has made it difficult to make big and concrete steps towards…
The Truth About the Dragon: China’s Future is Inevitably Green
What if every person in India drove a car? What if all Chinese were to live in their own 3-bedroom house? At the sight of a prospering global economy,…
Discovering All Environmental Effects: How Life Cycle Assessment with LCA Software Works
Environmental effects are extremely complex, that’s why they’re impossible to measure, so let’s not bother about them too much and keep producing and…
Cutting GHG Emissions of Industrial Parks by 35% through Corporate Collaboration
Buy local, drive less, switch to renewable energy – these are just a few of the omnipresent suggestions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions at the…
How to Invent the Right Institution to Cut Resource Conflicts
Can you resist the impetus coming from a 234 page report that has the promising title “Resource Futures” and boasts a beautiful Sankey diagram on the…
From Green to Blue to Gray to Black: The Chromatics of Water Footprints
Because water is the most vital element for life, many contemporary intellectuals expect it to be the most conflict-generating resource of the 21st…
Kyoto’s CO2-Baseline Wrong by 7% – But Today’s GHG Inventories Aren’t All That Bad
Regardless of how China is perceived in the west, in the medium term, the world’s most ambitious energy efficiency goals can be found in that country.…
When Oil Majors Embrace Material Flow Analysis, New Hope for a Sustainable 21st Century Arises
There are manifold approaches to close the apparent gap between a shrinking resource base on the one hand and the ever rising human resource demand on…
337 Opinions on the Most Resource-Efficient Policy Instruments to Embed Ecodesign
Quite a few of the European Commission’s 23,000 civil servants devote themselves to the environment. Just over 500, to be precise. It is this very…
How Sustainable are Europe’s 5 Million E-Cars in 2020? New LCA Guidelines Help the Assessing
When it comes to sustainable private transport, the 21st-century-bearer-of-hope number one is called electric car. Unprecedentedly efficient, locally…
67 Quick-Payoff Measures to Reduce Urban Carbon Emissions
Transforming the energy supply from fossil to renewable sources is a goal that makes sense, but even so, it is not enough. As I wrote last week, the…
100% Renewables? How Germany’s Energy Transition Is Taking Shape
What happens when an entire country decides to phase out nuclear and fossil energy? When this energy transition towards 100% renewables is a…
Holistic Sustainability Measurement: The Composite 3-Pillar-Index
By the end of the 20th century, a deep conceptual gap had evolved between a destructive economy devouring the declining resource base on the one hand…

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