The Dutch climate agreement and recent developments in the carsharing market present business opportunities to tap into the circular economy and bounce back better. Car sharing not only reduces the administrative and financial burden of company cars but also decreases emissions and congestion, which lead to better ESG performance. It also paves the road for a more circular automotive industry by incentivizing manufacturers to retain ownership of cars and maximizing their useful life.
The next edition of the World Resources Forum is taking place in the heart of Antwerp, Belgium from 24-27 February 2019 in collaboration with the Public Waste Agency of Flanders (OVAM). This time, business leaders, policy-makers, NGOs, researchers, entrepreneurs, the media, and students will share solutions and practices undertaken to move from a linear and fossil to a circular and low carbon economy.
As part of their round-the-world sailing trip in search of sustainable solutions, the Sailors for Sustainability visited Copenhagen last summer. The Danish capital has set the ambitious target of becoming CO2-neutral by 2025. This innovative policy objective makes Copenhagen the world’s leading capital city on climate change. Transformations in the construction, transportation and energy sectors will be required, which will not only have positive effects on the environment, but also create business opportunities.
The Circular Economy European Summit (CEES) on 15-17 November in Barcelona brings together global industry experts and professionals from different backgrounds, for keynotes, panel sessions and stakeholder dialogues delivering much needed constructive discussion and provocative debate.
Not only companies are integrating sustainability into the core of their strategy, also cities nowadays are more and more concerned about becoming sustainable. With our worldwide population set to grow towards 9 billion by 2050 and strong urbanization, cities have to prepare for the future. This topic is the central challenge of Urban-X and accelerator created by HAX, an existing hardware investment company, together with MINI.
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.
As early as 1505, Emperor Maximilian had the vision to establish a postal network in the European Empire, appointing Franz von Taxis to run it. After the collapse of the Empire in the beginning of the 19th Century, the Thurn and Taxis postal system continued as a seperate organization. In current times, with new technologies and postal volumes dropping between 3-9% annually such a network is no longer required. But what can we learn from history when smart charging is applied in the roll-out of the European electrical vehicles recharging network?