1. RioPlus Business Focus: Securing food and energy supply in the Philippines

    Politicians make the policy. But it’s often left to business to implement it. For this reason RioPlus Business is featuring submissions from business across the globe in the lead up to Rio+20. The aim is to demonstrate how Sustainable Development is becoming a reality on every continent, country and city. Today...
  2. RioPlus Business Focus: Local action in Europe

    By Monica Sirbu, Climate Alliance The Climate Alliance of European Cities with Indigenous Rainforest Peoples is the largest European network of local and regional authorities dedicated to climate protection. Climate Alliance represents more than 1,500 local authorities in 17 European countries. When becoming a member of Climate Alliance, cities and municipalities commit...
  3. RioPlus Business Focus: Biodiversity in Raincoats

    Faraway places with exotic animals: that is what nature protection is often about. Lush rainforests being destroyed, brightly coloured coral reefs that are dying and strange animals turned into souvenirs are the images that pop up when thinking of reasons to protect nature. The sad tree next to the metro entrance,...
  4. RioPlus Business Focus: Creating a closed loop for Cassava in Vietnam

    The Huong Hoa Tapioca Starch Plant in Quang Tri Province, Central Vietnam has the capacity to process of about 600 tonnes of fresh cassava roots per day to produce tapioca starch for export and is a model for sustainable development in poverty alleviation in Viet Nam.  The key for success is that the plant has...
  5. Rio+20 Business Focus: Time for tourists to tread lightly on pristine planet

    The meaning of the term sustainability varies greatly depending on who you speak to. To many business leaders globally, it means balancing ‘people, planet and profits’, and in doing so, placing the focus on the long term viability of the company. Within the Travel & Tourism industry, examples of this approach...
  6. What is sustainable energy?

    With 2012 designated the year of Sustainable Energy for All by the United Nations and the issue high on the agenda at the Rio+20 summit in June, what exactly is sustainable energy and how can it help developing countries? The immediate image it may conjure in the developed world is much...
  7. Why India’s electric fans, frozen peas and women hold key to green economy

    Leading energy ministers believe a social and economic revolution will be required to ensure goals to reduce poverty and carbon emissions are met in the coming decades. The UN estimate that nearly one in five people around the world lack access to modern energy services – while more than three billion...
  8. Ban Ki-moon calls for Rio+20 to replace GDP with sustainable development index

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for this summer’s Rio+20 summit to create a sustainable development index to replace GDP as the main measure of a country’s advancement. Addressing a group of mayors and local government officials at the UN in New York, Ban called for “an outcome from Rio+20 that...
  9. Greenpeace slates Apple, Twitter and Amazon over energy use

    Apple, Twitter and Amazon have been criticised by Greenpeace over the renewable power and energy efficiency of their growing data centres. As more and more data storage is moved to “the cloud”, vast banks of servers are required to host the information creating a new energy drain. The power to operate and...
  10. Developing pro-poor pathways to the low-carbon transition

    Low-carbon development is not only about the transfer of technologies but about making sure the skills and capabilities are also available locally, according to the Sussex Energy Group. Speaking at the Low Carbon Energy for Development Network conference, Rob Byrne and David Ockwell both from the Sussex Energy Group, spoke about...

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