SDG 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure

 
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Eneco: Dutch Windmills are Moving Trains

Dutch railway company NS has announced that as of the beginning of 2017, all public transport trains in the Netherlands are being powered entirely by 100% renewable energy sources, namely wind power.
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3 Solutions to Tackle the Plastic Soup

Over the years the global community has spent more time admiring and talking about the great plastic waste problem than finding a solution. Luckily, a number of organizations has started to take matters in their own hands. They engage the right stakeholders, create a solution to address the problem and make a profit along the way, by re-engineering their business model and sustainable innovation.
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Building Future-Proof Business Through Sustainability

The idea of business model innovation is an appealing concept that is assembling passionate business leaders. Leading academics focused on the topic, like Porter and Prahalad, discussed the qualities of disruption and, its value creating opportunities by shifting business models. However many C-suite managers are hesitant to change their current model, since change seems a synonym for risk. But is that still the case in a context of shifting powers, needs and challenges? Norbert Reithofer, CEO of BMW Group presented an opposing view when asked why BMW started the risky e-car project: "Because doing nothing was even a bigger risk," he claimed.
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Biobased Coffee Capsules Are the Answer to Nespresso's "What Else?"

Global coffee consumption is still moving more and more towards specialty coffees and single-serve pod machines. The Nespresso coffee capsule system has become the worldwide standard for single served capsule systems. Every year around 15 billion of capsules are sold. Although the single served capsules are really convenient, it has one drawback: the aluminum and plastic they are made of, create a lot of waste.
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Sustainable Innovation in the Chemical Industry

Innovation is quite essential for organizations that compete in rapidly changing markets being under pressure of for instance shifting customer demands and global challenges. But a strong culture of innovation is not an easy feat. Data research on innovation in the chemical industry reveals that 49 percent of chemical organizations recognize that establishing an innovation culture is a challenge for their organization. The underlying reasons for the struggle of chemical companies are related to the number of projects and long decision paths before an innovation is actually implemented. So how can organizations overcome this hurdle?
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Effective Partnering: Learning from the Past

As circularity is becoming a topic of interest with larger corporations around the globe, a question that emerges is how they can develop the necessary innovations to fuel the circular economy. With 68 percent of the top 100 companies from the Forbes Global 500 already engaging with start-ups in one form or another, fast-forwarding the development of dearly awaited innovations is definitely not a new challenge. INSEAD and 500 Startups conducted a research study based on the world's 500 biggest public companies that highlights what we can learn from past corporate experiences.
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Fueling Your Circular Economy Business Model Canvas

Circular economy is seen as a demanding change. Due to natural resource constraints, corporations are more inclined to move from a traditional, linear approach towards a circular one. But, as with all business transformation processes, not design or theory but execution is the hardest part. How can one move from an existing linear business model to a more circular one?
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3 Reasons Why Companies Should Start an Accelerator

Corporate accelerators are hot business. Every self-respecting enterprise seems to have initiated a creative hotbed where starting entrepreneurs are coached in making their young businesses a success. Google and Microsoft are obvious candidates to step into startup acceleration, but what about corporations such as Telefónica, Volkswagen and Barclays? Is there a real business case behind these endeavors or is it just a short-lived hype that will be over in a few years?
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Smart Cities, Smart Transit: Bike Shares as Urban Transport Solution

If you have explored a large city in the past five years, there’s a fair chance you noticed neatly organized rows of bicycles in racks on sidewalks, available for public usage. May it be the Parisian pioneering public Vélib' system, or corporation-sponsored programs Barclays Cycle Hire in London and Citi Bike in New York, large-scale bike sharing systems have in common that they are adding a highly individual form of low-carbon transit in cities that are continuously looking for measures to become more liveable and maintain their attractiveness for citizens and businesses.
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