SDG 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure

 
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Circular Economy in Chem: Materiality in Material Science

According to chemical industry association Cefic, the EU chemical industry’s share of world markets has seriously declined in the past 20 years. In 1995 EU industry sales amounted to €326 billion, representing 32.3% of worldwide sales. Two decades on, the EU chemicals sales have grown almost 60% but the market share has dropped to a meagre 14.7% in 2015. This “dilution effect” looks set to continue. Demand for chemicals is growing strongly in China, India and other emerging countries but slowly in Europe and North America, where Europe sells most of its chemicals. What can sustainable innovation contribute to this challenge?
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Novozymes: Value Capture from LCA’s

It takes a lot of effort to get non-financial reporting right. And with the ever emerging new legislation and frameworks, this effort is not getting any less. The example of Novozymes shows that companies can turn this burden into a business opportunity by capturing the value that is harnessed in the abundance of data. Through big data techniques, peer-comparisons are made and the non-financial data is harvested and combined with market information resulting in clear prospects.
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Circular Crustaceans: Learning from a Frontrunner Failure

At increasing speed, the world is currently undergoing the energy transition. For businesses around the globe, this means new challenges and possibilities for innovation and transformation towards circular economy business models are emerging. So are businesses cashing in on those opportunities? Doubtful: research suggests that 84% of executives agree that innovation is important to the growth strategy of their company. Unfortunately, only 6% of executives were pleased with the innovation performance of their company. What can we learn from fail-often start-ups to help address those new possibilities for innovation?
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EAT Stockholm Food Forum 2017

On 12 and 13 June 2017, EAT will once again gather 500 of the brightest minds from the fields of science, politics, business and civil society in Stockholm, Sweden. Together, they will discuss progress on implementing solutions in an interconnected way to solve climate, sustainability and health challenges by transforming the food system.
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How Copenhagen Realizes its Ambitious Climate Goals

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.
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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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