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News

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If not now, when?
Time for Action – With the iPoint Compliance Agent, these adjustements will appear seemless. Next spring, the IMDS Release 9.0 will bring significant…
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Asia on the Agenda
Reutlingen, October 29, 2013 – The software and consulting company iPoint-systems is increasing its presence in the Asian market by establishing…
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European Conflict Minerals legislation expected by the end of 2013
January 2013 marked the beginning of the first Conflict Minerals reporting period for companies affected by the US Dodd-Frank Act. A EU-specific…
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iPoint Inc. Open House
We are located in Southfield, Michigan at 26200 Lasher Road, Suite 160. On September 19th, 2013 starting at 10:00 am, you will have a chance to meet…
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Press release: iPoint opens new subsidiary in the USA
Reutlingen, September 18, 2013 – Due to a massive increase in customers in the USA, iPoint-systems has set up a new subsidiary in North America. With…
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iPoint-systems gains certification in ISO 9001 and ISO 14001
Reutlingen, 22 August 2013: For 2013*, iPoint's management systems for quality management (ISO 9001) and environmental management (ISO 14001) have…
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Caterpillar, Visteon and AIAG address Conflict Minerals Challenges and Solutions on July 10th in Chicago, IL
REUTLINGEN, Germany, June 27, 2013 — Companies around the globe are preparing to disclose the use of Conflict Minerals in their products. Section 1502…
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Conflict Minerals Initiative of the European Union
26th, the European Commission launched a public consultation concerning an initiative on so-called “Conflict Minerals”. Until June 26th, 2013,…
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Medical Equipment Affected by RoHS Directive From 2014
Reutlingen, February 27, 2013 – In addition to the Chemicals Regulation REACH (Regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and…
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Information and Notification Obligations of the Retail Sector in Line with the EU Chemicals Regulation REACH
EEF, a UK industry group, recently conducted a survey which revealed an alarmingly low awareness of REACH’s implications for British manufacturers,…

Events

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November 14, 2014: POSTPONED: Conflict Minerals – Sustainability & the Future, LA, CA
On November 14, 2013, iPoint will be hosting its second US-based Conflict Minerals event. This time, the event will take place in Los Angeles in order…
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October 23, 2013: International IPC-Conference "Conflict Minerals: Complying with EU and US Laws" in Brussels
The conference is hosted by the IPC ("Institute for Interconnecting and Packaging Electronic Circuits"), a major American electronics association…
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October 9-10, 2013: IMDS & Product Chemical Compliance Conference
After last year's successful event, the AIAG is setting up a new event addressing legislation surrounding global substances of concern, as well as…
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October 8, 2013: iPoint presenting at the ISWA World Congress
This congress, hosted by the International Solid Waste Association, is one of the world’s most important congresses in the field of waste management.…
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September 25, 2013: Conflict Minerals Industry Briefing II
Yet again, iPoint is sponsoring the AIAG-hosted "Conflict Minerals Industry Briefing" event, held since 2010. This year’s briefing will take place on…
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September 19, 2013: iPoint Inc. Open House
We are located in Southfield, Michigan at 26200 Lasher Road, Suite 160. On September 19th, 2013 starting at 10:00 am, you will have a chance to meet…
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August 28, 2013: iPoint at the 2013 China International Forum on Chinese Automobile Recycling in Beijing
The IFCAR, which is hosted by CATARC (China Automotive Technology and Research Center), focuses on automobile recycling laws and regulations in China…
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June 17-23, 2013: 50th International Paris Air Show
iPoint will be exhibiting at the 50th international Paris Air Show. You will find us in Hall 4 in the Austrian Pavilion.
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June 5, 2013: It's Not Easy Being Green
"Get a one-day intensive update on the key regulations affecting the electronics industry and learn about the sustainability trends being driven by…
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June 3-4, 2013: IPC Conflict Minerals Conference
"To help you benchmark your companies’ efforts, compliance managers from leading industry companies will share their company’s plans for complying…
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April 24, 2013: iPoint Compliance Agent Customer Meeting
The iPoint Compliance Agent customers will discuss updates regarding the development of the iPoint Compliance Agent and current topics regarding ELV…
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April 24-25, 2013: Corporate Responsibility Summit
WHEN: April 24 - 25, 2013 WHERE: Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Avenue, Novi, MI 48374 Integrating Sustainability Into Your…
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April 23, 2013: CLEPA Materials Regulations Event
CLEPA Materials Regulations Event 23rd April 2013 FILharmonie Filderstadt – Congress and Conference Center – Germany 10:00 – 16:30 The next CLEPA…
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April 22, 2013: iPoint Compliance Agent OEM Customer Meeting 2013
The agenda is currently being put together, and we will make sure to provide a very fruitful meeting. Suggestions are welcome. Date: April 22nd, 2013…
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March 7, 2013: CeBIT Hannover - Most important event in the automotive industry
As in previous years, iPoint will be sponsoring the automotiveDAY at CeBIT convention in Hannover, Germany. Visit us in 'Convention Center Saal 1'!…

Blog

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…